The Future of Global Tech Entrepreneurship
Dr. Dixon R. Doll
Co-founder and General Partner of Doll Capital Management
Friday, November 21, 2014|
11:00am - 12:00pm
Stamps Auditorium, Walgreen Drama Center
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About the Event
The Silicon Valley at this moment is experiencing arguably one of the most robust seasons of opportunity in its storied history. In tandem, other entrepreneurial hubs are emerging around the country, broadening the effects of the Valley and its coastal complement, Boston. New York City, Washington, DC, Atlanta, Dallas, Austin, Boulder, Seattle, Chicago, Los Angeles and even St. Louis and Detroit are growing their entrepreneurial ecosystems through tailored imitation. And this phenomenon is developing not only within the United States but also in parts of Europe, Latin America and Asia. The recent $21B+ valuation of the Chinese internet behemoth Alibaba only underscores what has been emerging as a global wave of entrepreneurship. Where did this latest wave of entrepreneurship originate? What technological and political factors have helped make it possible? Who are its leaders? And where is future technological innovation likely to emerge? Dixon Doll, considered by many as among the “Fathers of the Silicon Valley,” will help us explore these questions by examining our nation’s entrepreneurial past and by predicting its – and the world’s – entrepreneurial future.
For more than 35 years, Dixon has influenced and guided entrepreneurs, investors and executives in the computer, communications, and internet industries. Dixon was named to the Forbes Midas List for four consecutive years and received the 2013 Special Achievement Award in VC from the International Business Forum. He was elected to the Board of the National Venture Capital Association in 2005 serving on the Executive Committee and as Chairman in 2008/9. Under Dixon’s leadership, the NVCA developed a widely embraced set of recommendations (NVCA 4-Pillar Plan) to stimulate liquidity in the U.S. venture capital industry. This plan resulted in bipartisan Congressional support for new job creation legislation and simplification of the IPO process for young emerging companies. Known as the JOBS Act, President Obama signed it into law in 2012.
Open to: Public