Lecture by Steve Blank: “The Secrets of Silicon Valley”

September 17, 2011, 19:00


On September 17th at the Digital October Center, entrepreneur Steve Blank gave an open lecture entitled, “The Secrets of Silicon Valley.” He told his Russian colleagues how Silicon Valley was established and how it has evolved since the Cold War between Russia and the United States.

The lecture took place in English with simultaneous translation. You can view the broadcast of the entire event below.

Steve Blank is a serial entrepreneur in America’s Silicon Valley and an expert on the innovative technology business. Blank has worked in the high-tech industry since 1978; his first companies specialized in semiconductors (Zilog and MIPS Computers), workstations (Convergent Technologies), supercomputers (Ardent), and video games (Rocket Science Games). In 1996, Blank founded the company E.piphany, which he sold for $329 million nine years later. Blank described this experience in his book, “Four Steps to the Epiphany”.

For the last several years, Blank has been teaching courses on technology entrepreneurship at Stanford University and the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. In 2009 he was rewarded for his outstanding contributions to teaching technology entrepreneurship at Stanford University, and in 2010 at UC Berkeley.

Blank is the founder of eight Silicon Valley startups; almost all of his projects ended up on the NASDAQ exchange and were sold to large companies. Last year, Steve made the list of the top ten most influential people in Silicon Valley. More information on Blank’s activities and the schedule for his visit to Russia can be found at: http://www.steveblank.ru/.

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