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Silicon Valley Comes to Oxford University

Posted by Tom Foremski - November 18, 2010

Coming up next week, the Saїd Business School, University of Oxford is hosting its annual "Silicon Valley comes to Oxford" (SVCO) event and presenting some of Silicon Valley's top entrepreneurs.

The focus this year is to: "explore the disruptive technologies and business innovations of the past 10 years, and the demise of incumbent industries, standard economic and social models and familiar perspectives, and predict the discontinuities of the next decade."

Panels will also discuss Silicon Valley's DNA and why other countries have been unable to replicate it.

Here is a partial list of speakers:

· Mark Cummins, Co-Founder & CEO at Plink

· Anil Hansjee, Head of Corporate Development, Google EMEA

· Tom Hayes, Vice President, Corporate Marketing, Marvell

· Brent Hoberman, Co-Founder, Lastminute.com

· Reid Hoffman, Executive Chairman and Co-Founder, LinkedIn

· Ian Howlett - CEO, Publisha

· Joichi Ito, General Partner, Neoteny Labs and Chairman and CEO, Creative Commons

· Saul Klein, Partner, Index Ventures

· Jorn Lyseggen, Founder and CEO, Meltwater Group

· Monique Maddy, Founder and CEO at eZuZa

· Mike Malone, Columnist, ABCNews.com

· Raymond Nasr, Advisor, Twitter and former Director of Executive Communications, Google

· Kim Polese, Entrepreneur, Co-Founder, Marimba Inc, Director, Silicon Valley Leadership

· Megan Smith, Vice President, New Business Development and General Manager Google.org, Google

· Biz Stone, Co-Founder, Twitter

· Elizabeth Varley, CEO, TechHub

Here's one very happy participant an a former SVCO event:

'SVCO gave me a push', says alumnus Kulveer Taggar, now part of an influential Oxford alumni network in the Valley. 'Six months after meeting them at SVCO, I flew to the US to meet Evan Williams and Max Levchin (PayPal) to ask for advice. I returned with Evan becoming an advisor to the company, which was really useful.' Taggar sold his company Auctomatic eighteen months later for $5m, after investment from Google's Chris Sacca - a SVCO regular.

About Saïd Business School

Established in 1996 the Saïd Business School is one of Europe's youngest and most entrepreneurial business schools with a reputation for innovative business education. An integral part of Oxford University, the School has an established reputation for research in a wide range of areas, including finance and accounting, organizational analysis, international management, strategy and operations management.

For more information, see www.sbs.ox.ac.uk/


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