The Internet, Interconnections, Instability, and Policy

EECS Joint Colloquium Distinguished Lecture Series

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Dr. Bill Davidow
Partner, Mohr, Davidow Ventures

Wednesday, February 21, 2001
Hewlett Packard Auditorium, 306 Soda Hall
4:00-5:00 p.m.


Interconnections driven by the Internet are increasing at a very rapid rate and are having dramatic effects on our society. Large tightly interconnected complex systems whether they are physical, social, or economic are inherently unstable. This suggests that many of our most familiar institutions - government, monetary systems, tax systems etc. -- are not properly designed to deal with the challenges of the Information Age. The reasons why this is true will be discussed and suggestions will be made as to possible ways to deal with the challenges.


Bill Davidow has been a high-technology industry executive and a venture investor for more than 30 years. Dr. Davidow continues as an active advisor to MDV. He serves as the board chairman for FormFactor, Rambus, and Viant, and he is on the boards of Lightspeed Semiconductor and Numerical Technologies. He is the author of Marketing High Technology and a co-author of Total Customer Service and The Virtual Corporation.

While at Intel Corp., Dr. Davidow served as Senior Vice President of Marketing and Sales, Vice President of the Microcomputer Division and Vice President of the Microcomputer Systems Division. Prior to Intel Corp., he worked in various managerial positions at Hewlett Packard and General Electric.

Bill Davidow earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Dartmouth College, a master's degree in electrical engineering from both Dartmouth College and the California Institute of Technology, and a doctorate in electrical engineering from Stanford University.

Dr. Davidow serves on the boards of California Institute of Technology, Community Foundation Silicon Valley, Santa Clara University Center of Science, Technology and Society, Cultural Initiatives Silicon Valley, Technology Network, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, and the Jack Baskin School of Engineering, University of California, Santa Cruz.