October Conference Brings Together Industry Thought-Leaders to Exchange Ideas on Next Generation High-Tech Innovation and Funding

PALO ALTO, CALIFORNIA–August 14, 2003–The Churchill Club and Garage Technology Ventures today announced plans to co-produce “Silicon Valley 4.0: The Future of the Future,” a conference designed to consider “the next big thing” in high-tech: what it will be, who it will come from, how it will be financed and how it will be different from the “last big thing.”

Silicon Valley 4.0 will be held Tuesday, October 7, 2003 at the new Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA. The one-day event is designed to be a unique gathering of industry leaders–past, present and future–who will predict next-generation technology developments and share lessons learned that transcend generations.

“Silicon Valley has produced three incredible generations of technology: semiconductors, personal computers and the Internet. Our goal with Silicon Valley 4.0 is to assess where the next bet is likely to be placed,” said Guy Kawasaki, CEO of Garage Technology Ventures. “Will it be nano, wireless, biotech, Internet 2, or something not currently on the radar?”

“This is a conference whose time has come,” commented Churchill Club Executive Director Christie Valdez. “We’re pleased to join forces with Garage to present an industry forum that offers a fresh perspective and new attitude: one that is optimistic and confident about the Valley’s future.”

  • Joseph Chamie, Director – United Nations Population Division
  • Judy Estrin, Chairman of Packet Design and former CTO – Cisco
  • Irvin Federman, General Partner – US Venture Partners
  • John Freund, Managing Director – Skyline Ventures
  • Craig Johnson, Chairman & Co-Founder – Venture Law Group
  • Steve Jurvetson, Managing Director – Draper Fisher Jurvetson
  • Rich Karlgaard, Publisher – Forbes
  • Harry Kellogg, Vice Chairman of the Board – Silicon Valley Bank
  • Geoffrey Moore, Chairman, Founder & Managing Partner – TCG Advisors LLC
  • Mike Moritz, Partner – Sequoia Capital
  • Gerry Purdy, Principal – MobileTrax and Partner – Diamondhead Ventures
  • Janice Roberts, General Partner – Mayfield
  • Heidi Roizen, Managing Director – Mobius Venture Capital
  • Ted Schlein, Partner – Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
  • John Toole, Executive Director & CEO – The Computer History Museum
  • Les Vadasz, Director Emetrius – Intel
  • Ann Winblad, Partner – Hummer Winblad Venture Partners
  • Magdalena Yesil, General Partner – US Venture Partners

Kawasaki will be joined by Bill Reichert, President of Garage Technology Ventures, as moderators for the forum, amongst others. Sponsors for the event include Silicon Valley Bank and Venture Law Group.

Cool Demos and Historic Exhibits
To provide a glimpse into the future, Silicon Valley 4.0 will feature a number of “cool stuff” product demonstrations. As an unusual twist, conference attendees may submit demo ideas for consideration by the Silicon Valley 4.0 staff. To honor the past, the conference also will provide the opportunity to peek in on the Computer History Museum’s Visible Storage Exhibits.

Tickets are priced at $395 through September 8, 2003. Space at the Computer History Museum is limited.

About the Churchill Club
The Churchill Club is Silicon Valley’s premier business and technology forum. The 5,000-member, nonprofit organization has built a reputation for dynamic, in-the-news programs featuring Silicon Valley CEOs, up-and-coming executives and national business leaders. The events regularly draw more than 400 attendees and give members the opportunity to network with the best of Silicon Valley.

About Garage Technology Ventures
Garage Technology Ventures is an early-stage venture capital firm located in Silicon Valley focusing on emerging technology companies on the West Coast. The firm is currently investing in its third fund, a seed-stage and early-stage fund anchored with an investment from CalPERS. Unlike some venture funds, Garage is happy to support first-time entrepreneurs who are building the next great technology company.

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