Thomas Perkins (businessman) wikipedia Thomas James Perkins (born January 7, 1932) is an American businessman, capitalist and was one of the founders of venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Perkins received a B.S. in EECS from MIT in 1953. He earned an MBA from Harvard University in 1957. While attending MIT, Perkins joined the Delta Upsilon Fraternity. Perkins was mentored by Georges Doriot. In 1963, he was invited by Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard to become the administrative head of the research department at Hewlett-Packard.
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David G. Cohen David G. Cohen is the Founder, Managing Partner and CEO of TechStars, a mentorship-driven seed stage investment firm. He has founded four companies, including Pinpoint Technologies (Broomfield, CO, public safety software, acquired by ZOLL Medical Corporation in 1999), iContact.com (Boulder, CO, mobile social networking, defunct), earFeeder.com (Boulder, CO, acquired by SonicSwap) and TechStars. He is also an active angel investor nationally managing about $70M in funding. David blogs at DavidGCohen.com. About IDEO “Design thinking is a human-centered approach to innovation that draws from the designer's toolkit to integrate the needs of people, the possibilities of technology, and the requirements for business success.” —Tim Brown, president and CEO Thinking like a designer can transform the way organizations develop products, services, processes, and strategy. This approach, which IDEO calls design thinking, brings together what is desirable from a human point of view with what is technologically feasible and economically viable. It also allows people who aren’t trained as designers to use creative tools to address a vast range of challenges. Design thinking is a deeply human process that taps into abilities we all have but get overlooked by more conventional problem-solving practices.
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How Silicon Valley Became The Man - Justin Fox Silicon Valley has been taking a lot of heat lately for its power and elitism. That’s only natural for a region that has rapidly gained enormous economic and cultural clout. But it seems especially ironic that this is happening in the San Francisco Bay area, that one-time headquarters of flower power where entrepreneurs have long fashioned themselves as rebels and iconoclasts battling robotic rivals (Microsoft, IBM) and liberating workers from the hierarchical ways of corporate life. Thinking about this got me wondering how exactly those California hippies (I grew up in the Bay area in the 1960s and 1970s, so I’m allowed to make sweeping and largely inaccurate generalizations like that, right?)