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August 23, 2010

Mtg: From Carbon-based to Sustainable Energy: What We Can Learn from “How Big Things Happen” in America

by @ 2:42 pm. Filed under ALL, Electrical/Power, Electronics Design

WEDNESDAY September 15, 2010
SCV Power Electronics Chapter
Speaker: Ray Rothrock, VENROCK
Time: Networking & Pizza at 6:30 PM; Presentation at 7:00 PM
Cost: none
Place: National Semiconductor Building E Auditorium, 2900 Semiconductor Drive, Santa Clara
RSVP: not required

The United States is an amazing country, with a long history of innovation when it comes to solving big problems. With the freedom to publish, think, and argue, so many good things have come to pass for its citizens and the world â?? and probably some good things were missed, too.? At Venrock this past year, we set out on a systematic journey through five decades of American business technology history to answer the question: where does innovation happen and when it does, how do big things happen in America?? Our goal was apply what we learned to the most important challenge of our time: how to transition America from carbon-based to sustainable sources of energy.
Using simple pattern recognition of the many variables in business, academia, and innovation, we observed when and how America has achieved great things, and identified the key success factors that drove these achievements.? Of course, there were failures, too, and understanding where and why these failings occurred was equally important to our task.
In this talk, Ray Rothrock, a Venrock partner and two-decade venture capitalist and energy investor, takes listeners through a brief history of the research and patterns that helped us determine how big things happen in America, and how what we learned can be applied to energy.? The talk includes case studies.? Then, with these learnings in hand, Ray applies them to the current situation in the United States, and world, regarding our energy future, what is at stake, and what needs to be done.? Ray then presents an â??If I were President??? action plan of some controversy.

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