Trends in Computing and Communications from a VC's Perspective

EECS Joint Colloquium Distinguished Lecture Series

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Kevin Fong
Managing Partner, The Mayfield Fund

Wednesday, October 4, 2000
Hewlett Packard Auditorium, 306 Soda Hall
4:00-5:00 p.m.

Abstract:

Massive changes in all aspects of computing and communications have created huge opportunities for startups. Mayfield Fund, which has been funding innovations in these areas since 1969, will share its vision about where this world is going from the perspective of the entrepreneur. While understanding technology trends is important, combining that roadmap with the direction of the markets (add money too!) allows the creation of successful companies. Mr. Fong's talk will outline the changes and opportunities that exist in these worlds and how you might participate. Areas that will be addressed include the mobile world (wireless), storage, software infrastructure, fiber optics and networking.



Biography:

Kevin Fong, a Managing Partner of Mayfield, provides leadership to the Mayfield partnership by working to ensure that the fund remains a leading-edge venture partnership. He is an entrepreneur, a leader in the venture industry, a successful investor and a communications industry luminary. Mr. Fong leads the communications group, whose investment focus is broadband communications equipment and services - wireless, optical and digital television infrastructure.

Kevin Fong currently serves on the Board of Directors of interWave Communications (IWAV), Vixel (VIXL), 3Par Data, Mob Shop, Burst Wireless, Cypress Semiconductor, Envive, Geocast Networks, QuantumShift, Desana Systems, Tiara Networks, XStream Logic and Wireless Online. He also was formerly on the Board of Directors of the Western Association of Venture Capitalists and is on the Board of Directors of Community Foundation Silicon Valley.

Mr. Fong is the co-founder of Silicon Valley Social Ventures (SV2), a board member of Community Foundation of Silicon Valley, and is an invited member of the American Leadership Forum. His work is very prominent within the philanthropic community and has been nationally recognized at the White House Conference on Philanthropy.

Kevin Fong holds an M.B.A. and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley.



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