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2012-2013 CIE Events

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CIE Speaker Series

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 Peter Gotcher 2013

Spring CIE Speaker Series


Peter Gotcher
Independent Venture Investor
Chairman, Dolby Laboratories
Chairman & Co-Founder, Topspin Media
Director, Pandora Media, Line6, and Trion Worlds

The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship recently welcomed Emmy Award Winner Peter Gotcher, Chairman of Dolby Laboratories, Chairman and Co-Founder of Topspin Media and Director and Investor of Pandora Media for the Spring CIE Speaker Series on May 8 in the Recital Hall, Music & Dance Building.  

Peter shared his exciting story about his extensive experience in the public and private startup environment, venture capital and investment arena as founding partner of Redpoint Ventures and his transition into private equity investing including how a drum machine got things rolling (and rocking).  Our generous speaker graciously provided attendees with a complimentary one-year premium subscription to Pandora.  Photos from the event are below.


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Wednesday, May 8, 2013
6:30-7:00 pm Check In/Registration 
          & Complimentary Desserts
7:00-8:30 pm  Program
Recital Hall
Parking available in the Parking Structure (permits required on campus until 8 pm)
Register Here 

About Our Guest Speaker: 

Peter Gotcher is an independent venture investor focusing on investments in digital media companies. He is Chairman of Dolby Laboratories (NYSE:DLB) and Chairman of Topspin Media, Inc., which he co-founded in 2007. He also serves on the boards of Pandora (NYSE:P), Line6 and Trion Worlds.

Peter founded Digidesign Inc. in 1984 and served as its President, CEO and Chairman. Digidesign became the world's leading manufacturer of Digital Audio Workstations and completed a successful Initial Public Offering in December of 1993(NASDAQ: DGDN). Digidesign was acquired by Avid Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ:AVID)in January of 1996, and Peter remained as the General Manager of Digidesign and an Executive Vice President of Avid until May of 1996, and served on the company's board of directors until 2001.

At the 2000 Grammy Awards, Peter accepted the Technical Achievement Grammy in honor of Digidesign's contributions to the recording industry. Digidesign also received an Oscar from the Motion Picture Academy in 2004. In 2010, Peter was awarded the Philo Farnsworth Lifetime Achievement Emmy award.

Peter became a technology-focused venture capitalist upon joining Institutional Venture partners as a Venture Partner in 1997. In 1999, he was a founding Venture Partner with Redpoint Ventures of Menlo Park, California, a leading Silicon Valley technology venture capital firm. Peter is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Berklee College of Music.

He attended the University of California at Berkeley where he graduated with a BA degree with University Honors in 1981.


In compliance with the ADA/504 please direct your accommodation requests to: Linda Jenkins via email at at least 7 days prior to the event.

"The presence of a guest speaker on the campus of SCU does not necessarily imply approval or endorsement by the University of the views expressed by the guest speaker or by anyone else present at the event"



2011-2012 CIE Speaker Series 


Fall11 Cabrera


Spring12 Nick Woodman forweb

Winter12 Holland


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More About The CIE Speaker Series

On a quarterly basis, the CIE hosts the CIE Speaker Series- informative, entertaining events that feature a dynamic, leading entrepreneur or leader in innovation sharing experiences and advice with the SCU community, generating awareness of the role played by and importance of Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Target Audience
The audience for the CIE Speaker Series includes SCU students and faculty as well as invited guests from the Silicon Valley business community and the CIE Advisory Board.

The CIE Speaker Series provides attendees a unique opportunity to hear a first-hand account of stories in start-ups and breakthroughs in innovation and technology including challenges and lessons learned.  Presenters typically provide a 45 minute presentation followed by an informative 15 minute Question & Answer session.  


Fall:  Wednesday, November 14, 2012, Featuring Steve Blank

Winter: Wednesday, February 6, 2013, Featuring Maynard Webb

Spring:  Wednesday, May 8, 2013

All CIE Speaker Series events are held in the Recital Hall, Music & Dance Building.  Program time is 7 pm, join us for desserts and coffee during check in from 6:30-7 pm.

Thank you to all who joined us in 2011-2012 as we welcomed Chris Cabrera, Paul Holland and Nick Woodman (links below to event recap and photos). 

If you have a disability and require accommodation, call 408-554-5757 or email 48 hours prior to the event.

2011-2012 CIE Speaker Series Archive

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