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#380: Ed Zschau — The Polymath Professor Who Changed My Life

#380: Ed Zschau — The Polymath Professor Who Changed My Life

Update: 2019-08-0169
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"Entrepreneurship isn't about starting companies. Entrepreneurship is an approach to life." — Ed Zschau

Ed Zschau is the Interim President of Sierra Nevada College, and he brings to the college 17 years of leading technology companies. He founded System Industries in Palo Alto, California in 1969, and as its CEO led it to a successful IPO in 1980. In the 1990s, he was the General Manager of the IBM Storage Systems Division headquartered in San Jose, California. Ed has a total of 10 years of teaching experience as a professor in the graduate business schools at Stanford University and Harvard University, and he has taught high tech entrepreneurship courses for a total of 22 years in the engineering schools at Princeton University, Caltech, and University of Nevada, Reno. In addition to serving on the boards of major public companies such as Reader's Digest and StarTek, Ed has helped to start and build several technology companies during the past 20 years, some of which were founded and led by his former students.

In the 1980s, Ed represented the Silicon Valley area of California for two terms in the US House of Representatives, serving on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Also, during the 1980s, he was a General Partner of Brentwood Associates, a venture capital firm, and he was the Founding Chairman of The Tech Interactive, (formerly The Tech Museum of Innovation), a non-profit educational institution in San Jose, California.

Ed holds an A.B. degree (cum laude) in Philosophy (bridging with Physics) from Princeton University, as well as M.B.A., M.S. (Statistics), and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University and a Doctor of Laws degree (Honoris Causa) from the University of San Francisco. Currently, he is a Senior Fellow of the California Council on Science and Technology.

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Comments (7)

Aditya Dhyani

In this fierce competitive world if the official website of your business enterprise doesn’t feature a video, it will definitely lag behind others in the competition. But the video production in the professional manner for a company or an organization is a daunting and tedious task and demands a lot of time, effort and energy. Visit:graphic design company in delhi

Oct 7th
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Dāvis Freimanis

One of the best Tim's episodes! Would definitely like to see Ed returning to the podcast.

Aug 15th
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Ayse Blogosphere

4:22 is the beginning

Aug 6th
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Will Bright

Can Tim get a less sensitive mic. I don't need to hear every bit of saliva connect and disconnect from your oral mucosa you animal

Aug 4th
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Patrick Mateus

Great guest! One of my top favorite episodes of the podcast. Thank you, Tim, Thank you, Ed!!!

Aug 3rd
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TurtleToast

Sending LOVE ✌💙🐢

Aug 2nd
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#380: Ed Zschau — The Polymath Professor Who Changed My Life

#380: Ed Zschau — The Polymath Professor Who Changed My Life