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John L. Hennessy

The secret for those dreaming of Silicon Valley success.

A legend of Silicon Valley, who has influenced countless leaders across academia and industry
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Behind the Success of Silicon Valley

John Hennessy, the tenth president of Stanford University and current chairman of Alphabet Inc., Google’s parent company, knows culture and talent more than anyone else. This is why he was once called the "Godfather of Silicon Valley" by Marc Lowell Andreessen, American entrepreneur and software engineer.

What is the secret behind the success of Silicon Valley? How did Silicon Valley achieve such innovation? And what is the secret of a successful tech company? Hennessy’s answer to all these questions is always “talent.” He talks about what crucial leadership qualities future leaders should have.

In lecture one, The Secret of Silicon Valley, he vividly explains the story of the most well-known start-ups of Silicon Valley. These include Hewlett and Packard, who started a business in a garage; Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Google’s founders; and Steve Jobs, an innovation icon. He also talks about the cultural elements behind of the success of Silicon Valley.

In lecture two, Leadership Education at Stanford, he reviews the leadership qualities required for young leaders of not only Silicon Valley but for any leaders of global companies. In lecture three, Crisis: The Key to Success, Hennessy, with his own stories of struggle, tells us about various crises and solutions that almost all start-up leaders will face in their journey to success.

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John L. Hennessy

Tenth President of Stanford University (2000-2016)
Chairman of Alphabet Inc., Google’s parent company (2018-)
ACM A. M. Turing Award, known as the “Nobel Prize of Computing” (2017)
Inaugural Director of the Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program (2016-)
IEEE Medal of Honor, the highest IEEE award (2012)
Developed the RISC, Reduced Instruction Set Computer 
Cofounded MIPS Computer Systems Inc. (1984)

John Hennessy is a world-renowned scholar in electrical engineering and computer science. As the tenth president of Stanford University, he increased the prestige of Stanford so much, that in 2014, Slate called the university the “Harvard of the 21st century.” His influence at this position extended far beyond the reach of most university presidents, creating lasting effects not only in academia but also in industry and in our daily lives.

While serving as a professor, he founded MIPS Computer Systems Inc., where he helped develop RISC (Reduced Instruction Set Computer), and now RISC processors constitute 99% of microprocessor volume. For this achievement, he received the Turing Award, often referred to as the “Nobel Prize of Computing,” in 2017.

In 2018, he was announced as the chairman of Alphabet Inc., Google’s parent company. He also co-founded, with Phil Knight, the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program, providing extensive funding for graduate students.

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