For those of you keeping tabs on my life, after two amazing years at Stanford, I now have my MBA! What comes next? Potentially some very exciting stuff. Stay tuned, answer should be coming in a week or two. :)
It was the first day of school and I'm enrolled in a called "Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital". What's particularly cool about the class is that it's taught by Peter Wendell (Founder of Sierra Ventures), Andy Rachleff (founder of Benchmark Capital) and Eric Schmidt (CEO of Google). In class today, Peter apologized for Eric's absence, saying that Eric unfortunately had to miss class as he was Moscone Center making an announcement with Steve Jobs. An hour into the class, my neighbor, Meagan, got a message on her blackberry, and passed me a note that Steve had brought Eric on stage to help announce the iPhone. For a kid from Canada, it was a pretty cool Silicon Valley moment.
Last week I went to the Cut&Paste graphic design battle in San Francisco. Above is a picture from the event. It was pretty intensely cool. Check out the event description from the website:
Cut&Paste is the live digital design competition that pits eight of their city's best graphic designers against each other in an elimination battle of creativity, technical expertise, and wit. The competitors will work live on stage, in front of an audience and panel of expert judges. An MC will host the festivities and a soundtrack will be provided by hometown favorite DJs .
We get some great speakers at Stanford, but this event line-up I'm currently at is ridiculous! Check out the list of speakers below. Man, sometimes I really love this school... Starts in 30 minutes.
2006 TechNet Innovation Summit at Stanford University
America's top leaders in technology will discuss emerging industry trends as well as the public policies that will shape the future of our nation. Moderated by award-winning journalist Charlie Rose, this event will be taped for broadcast and will feature:
* Brian Halla, CEO, National Semiconductor * Reed Hastings, Founder and CEO, Netflix * Jerry Yang, Founder, Yahoo! * John Doerr, Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers * Scott McNealy, Chairman, Sun Microsystems * Bill Gates, Chairman, Microsoft