Thousands of business men and women from across the world converged on Stanford University’s campus last week to network, pitch ideas and collaborate on concepts at the 7th annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit.
Friday, the third and final day of the event, featured panels that included President Obama, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, AOL co-founder Steve Case, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, Google CEO Sundar Pichai and the cast members of HBO’s Silicon Valley.
Obama joked that during the 2008 presidential campaign his 20-something-year-old advisors suggested using “this new thing called MySpace.” No one laughed harder than Zuckerberg.
Steve Case emphasized the point that people don’t need to physically be in Silicon Valley to have success in tech.
“Silicon Valley is an idea,” he said.
As a refreshing comedic interlude, the cast of Silicon Valley shared stories, engaged in jokes with the audience and took selfies as they made their way to the stage.
Many of the summit’s panel participants were budding entrepreneurs from countries as far away as Jamaica, Thailand and Egypt. Many speakers detailed their successes as well as difficulties with government regulations and restrictions.
Zuckerberg noted that Facebook is helping entrepreneurs worldwide as the ubiquitous social media network helps people share their lives and life’s work.
“The biggest thing that I am personally focused on is connectivity,” Zuckerberg said.
In one of the more interesting breakout sessions throughout the event, Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google, spoke with Mary Grove, the company’s head of entrepreneurship. Brin stressed that “luck is just a huge part of the equation,” and talent and a good product weren’t the only factors in Google becoming the most valuable company in the world.
All photos by Jamie Soja.
I think I’ll go eat some grass, I’d like to throw up after reading this!
Obama doesn’t know a lot of things.
But he very likely knows less about capitalism and entrepreneurship than anything else.
hmmm, guess my comment vaporized (once again?, without even being toxic towards all of us ‘no ones’?) 2nd attempt:
Welp, two sociopaths, leading the pack, in that photo.
I’ve always been intrigued by the fact that the ‘brainiac’ UC Irvine student, who clearly and utterly snapped, … shooting up that theatre in Colorado, seemed to be mimicking stunningly antisocial (as in: reads Kissinger to his baby girl for inspiration????; …. does not believe in human language, versus algorithms and emoti CONs™, algorithms and emoti CONs™ manipulated, defined and controlled by him and his billionaire, wanna be immortal, ilk?????? ; stunningly abuses and manipulates humans’ heart felt commentary to make billions of dollars), …….. megalomaniacal, $urveillant Censor Billionaire, Ivy Frat Boy, ZuckerF__k’s looks.
And those financially falling through the cracks – while trying desperately not to abuse their neighbors – are the problem??????????????