• Reed Smith (map)
  • 1510 Page Mill Rd # 110
  • Palo Alto, CA 94304

Please join us in a moderated discussion about Silicon Valley and its fascinating history, recently captured like never before in two excellent books—Troublemakers: Silicon Valley Coming of Age (by Leslie Berlin) and Valley of Genius: The Uncensored History of Silicon Valley (by Adam Fisher). Don’t miss this unique opportunity to see Leslie and Adam discussing their books together, and also have an opportunity to ask these amazing authors questions about their works.

If you haven’t (yet) read these books, and you think you know Silicon Valley, think again! These highly complementary books provide amazing and fascinating details about the people and companies that played major roles in shaping Silicon Valley. Unless you have already read these books (both of which are just slightly under 500 pages) you are likely to know only a tiny fraction of what Leslie and Adam cover in their books. We guarantee that these books will give you a new and greater appreciation of the place that LOTS of people around the world think they know.

As is the Silicon Vikings tradition, we will give you—the attendees—“equal time” (i.e. 45 minutes for Leslie and Adam and 45 minutes for the attendees to ask questions), so this gives you a unique opportunity to not only hear these amazing authors together on the panel, but also give you plenty of time to ask them questions that they are uniquely qualified to answer.


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Leslie Berlin. Leslie is Project Historian for the Silicon Valley Archives at Stanford University. She has been a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences and served on the advisory committee to the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. Leslie was a "Prototype" columnist for The New York Times and has commented on Silicon Valley for the Wall Street Journal, NPR, PBS, The Atlantic and Wired. Former Google chairman Eric Schmidt called publication of Troublemakers, her book exploring how Silicon Valley during the 1970s set the stage for our modern high-tech world, "a landmark event." The Washington Post said that The Man Behind the Microchip, her definitive biography of microchip co-inventor and Intel co-founder Robert Noyce, "should be required reading for today's entrepreneurs and executives." She received her PhD in History from Stanford and her BA in American Studies from Yale. She has two college-age children and lives in Silicon Valley with her husband, whom she has known since they were both twelve years old. More at leslieberlinauthor.com


Adam Fisher. Adam grew up in Silicon Valley playing Atari, programming computers, and reading science fiction. He still lives in the Bay Area but now spends his time thinking about the future, tracing it's origins, and writing about it - for Wired, MIT Technology Review, and The New York Times Sunday Magazine. Valley of Genius is his first book, and the author would like to thank you personally for reading it! You can visit him at ValleyofGenius.com for audio clips, rare photos, outtakes, and other neat Silicon Valley stuff.



Richard Allen Horning. Richard—the Chairman of Silicon Vikings—practices law at Reed Smith in Palo Alto, California. He specializes in counseling high technology and e-commerce companies in all stages of development, from start-up to Fortune 50, with particular emphasis on funding transactions, intellectual property protection, licensing, contract and antitrust issues. He also has substantial experience in representing high technology companies in litigation and arbitration matters, in both international and domestic venues. Richard is Past President of the International Technology Law Association, and formerly served on the Executive Committee of the Intellectual Property Law Section of the State Bar of California. He serves on the Advisory Board's of BNA Electronic Information & Policy Law Reporter, Center for Intellectual Property [Gothenburg, Sweden] and the International Institute of Innovation Journalism. He is a frequent speaker at industry and legal conferences, and has authored numerous articles on Internet law, arbitration and technology law. He has been selected by his peers for inclusion in the International Who's Who of Internet and E-Commerce Lawyers, and as a Northern California "IP Super Lawyer". He served as a member of the ICC Task Force on IT in Arbitration, ICC Working Party on International Small Claims Arbitration, Judge Pro Tem of the San Francisco Superior Court, Discovery Referee in high technology cases in the Santa Clara and Contra Costa Superior Courts, and has been involved in over 60 domestic and international high technology arbitrations.

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Eilif Trondsen. Eilif—a transplanted Norwegian who has spent his whole professional life in Silicon Valley—has led and participated in a number of syndicated research programs and numerous consulting projects during his 40 years at SRI International (formerly Stanford Research Institute) and Strategic Business Insights (a spin-out from SRI, located on the Menlo Park campus of SRI). Eilif has also been Adjunct Professor of Economics at a number of Bay Area universities. Most of his work has focused on eCommerce, Learning, Innovation, and Virtual Technologies, and in recent years much of his work has focused on the Nordic region, especially Finland and Norway, including projects for Tekes and the Norwegian Research Council, and three projects funded by Nordic Innovation. He was recently the project leader of a new Nordic Innovation project awarded to Silicon Vikings, which will build a Nordic EdTech Network. He has been a Board member of Silicon Vikings for the last 9 years, and have been the Chair of the Special Interest Group on Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Learning since its beginning.