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Silicon Valley Came To Saïd Business School At Oxford University


Monday, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford hosted the seventh "Silicon Valley Comes to Oxford" event with speakers:

* Reid Hoffman (founder of Linkedin),

* Chris Sacca (Head of Special Initiatives, Google)

* Biz Stone (co-Founder Twitter)

* Bill Byun, MD, Samsung Ventures

* Bob Goodson (CEO, YouNoodle)

* Paul Graham and Jessica Livingston (Y Combinator)

* Allen Morgan,( MD Mayfield)

* Kim Polese, (CEO SpikeSource)

* Jerry Sanders (San Francisco Science)

* Maria Sendra (Partner Baker & McKenzie)

* Mike Malone (President, Malone-Grove Productions)

The organizers described the event as:

A vibrant and fast-paced mix of masterclasses from leading Valley figures, panel debates focusing on the big issues around innovation and exploring future directions, innovation workshops where ideas could be developed, and one-to-one clinics for aspiring entrepreneurs.

Here are audio links to the panel sessions:





[Thanks to Clare Fisher, Head of Public Relations, Saïd Business School]

More info:

Silicon Valley Comes to Oxford (SVCO) is the lead engagement event in the portfolio of entrepreneurship and innovation teaching, research and engagement at Saïd Business School. Entrepreneurship is a key strength and priority at the School. Over 10% of recent alumni, for instance, self-identify as entrepreneurs in their first work, post MBA. Many more graduates from our MFE, MSc, EMBA and undergraduate programmes have active involvement in entrepreneurial ventures. We also have a large group of social entrepreneurs. All Oxford MBAs complete an Entrepreneurial Project – a two term core requirement that culminates in presentations of business plans to panels of expert VCs and others.

A number of faculty are active in research relating to innovation and entrepreneurship

We have a number of practical activities in entrepreneurship including our Build a Business programme of evening sessions for aspiring entrepreneurs which are popular with broader University members seeking to commercialise an innovation; the 21st Century Challenge Competition which encourages bold and innovative business ideas to help solve major social and environmental problems – profitably; and the recently established Saïd Business School Venture Fund which invests in early stage businesses each year.

For full details of our entrepreneurship activity please visit: http://www.science-enterprise.ox.ac.uk/html/Default.asp

2 About Saïd Business School

Established in 1996 the Saïd Business School is a full service business school and one of Europe’s newest and fastest growing business schools. An integral part of Oxford University, the School embodies the academic rigour and forward thinking that has made Oxford a world leader in education. The School has an established reputation for research in a wide range of areas, including finance and accounting, organisational analysis, international management, strategy and operations management. The School is dedicated to developing a new generation of business leaders and entrepreneurs and conducting research not only into the nature of business, but the connections between business and the wider world. In the Financial Times ranking of MBA programmes (Jan 07), Saïd again improved its position and is ranked 19th in the world. This achievement follows the School’s success in HM Treasury’s 2005 ranking of the top 50 MBA programmes in the world, where it finished number one out of all the UK business schools. In the university league table published by The Guardian (May 2007), Saïd ranked first of all UK universities for undergraduate business for the fourth consecutive year. The University of Oxford also ranked top for business studies in The Times report published in August 2007. For more information, see www.sbs.ox.ac.uk.