Key Note Speakers for the Event
Peter Levine is Managing Director at Mayfield, and brings a strong engineering and operations background to Mayfield's storage, enterprise infrastructure and software focus. Prior to Mayfield, Peter spent 11 years of increasingly senior positions at Veritas Software, and left the company in 2001. Peter was a member of the team that developed Veritas' first products. His early career was spent as a software engineer for distributed computing projects at MIT's Project Athena. Peter sits on the boards of Actona Technologies, OuterBay, Mendocino Software, Zenprise, and Incipient.
Hatim Tyabji is executive chairman of Bytemobile, a mobile data infrastructure company; chairman of Datacard Group, a global provider of secure ID and card personalization solutions; and ambassador-at-large for Benchmark Capital. Prev iously, he was founding chairm an and CEO of Saraide; chairman and CEO of VeriFone; and president, information systems for the Sperry Corporation.
Tyabji is recognized for both his visionary innovations and his executive leadership. At VeriFone, he created the worldís first virtually run company long before the advent of the Internet. His pioneering organizational concepts are documented in two Harvard Business School cases. In 2001 he received the Point Of Sale (POS) Industryís Lifetime Achievement award; in 2000 he was honored as the Academy of Managementís Distinguished Executive of the Year and received the Silicon India Lifetime Achievement award for excellence in business and technology.
Tyabji serves on the boards of Best Buy, eFunds, Merchant eSolutions, and the Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance. He is a trustee of the Carnegie Institute and a member of the deanís council at the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Tyabji holds a B.S. and M.S. (both in Electrical Engineering) and an M.B.A. (International Business). He is a graduate of the Stanford Executive Program and was awarded an honorary Doctorate by the State University of New York.
Jerry Brown is currently the Mayor of Oakland, and was formerly the Governor of California.
Edmund G. Brown Jr., known as Jerry, was born in San Francisco on April 7, 1938. He received his B.A. degree in classics from the University of California at Berkeley in 1961, and graduated from Yale Law School in 1964.
In 1969 Brown was elected to the Los Angeles Community College Board of Trustees. In 1970, he was elected California Secretary of State. Four years later, he was elected Governor. He was reelected in 1978. As governor, Brown presided over a state where 25% of the nationís new jobs were created. He established the first agricultural labor relations law in the country, started the California Conservation Corp (CCC), enacted into permanent law the California Coastal Protection Act, successfully pushed for the country's first building and appliance energy efficiency standards and made California the leader in solar and alternative energy. He appointed an extraordinary number of women and minorities to high government positions, including the first woman, African-American and Latino to the California Supreme Court. Brown also legalized the practice of Acupuncture and strongly supported the rights of chiropractors, osteopaths and lay midwives.
After leaving the Governorís Office, Brown spent six months in Japan and worked briefly with Mother Teresa in India. He practiced law in Los Angeles and in 1989 became chairman of the state Democratic Party.
He resigned that position in 1991, expressing his disgust with the growing influence of money in politics, and sought the 1992 Democratic Presidential nomination. During that campaign he refused to take contributions larger than $100 and used an "800" number to raise funds.
Brown was elected Mayor of Oakland, California in June, 1998, gaining 59 percent of the vote. In 2002, he was elected to a second term. His central focus as Mayor has been to revitalize the center of the city in a spirit of "elegant density." He has also opened two new charter schools, one involving the performing arts and the other, a military academy.