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Regis McKenna is included in the San Jose Mercury News' Millennium 100 as one of the 100 people who made Silicon Valley what it is today. He founded a high tech marketing firm over 30 years ago; he is an investor in high tech ventures, authored five books on technology marketing; and continues to lecture extensively on the social and market effects of technological change.
In 1970, Regis McKenna founded his Silicon Valley high tech marketing firm - Regis McKenna, Inc. Regis helped launch high tech entrepreneurial start-ups during their formation years. These included: America Online, Apple, Electronic Arts, Genentech, Intel, Linear Technology, National Semiconductor, Silicon Graphics, 3COM, and many others.
Over its colorful 35 year history, Regis McKenna, Inc. evolved from a high tech outsource marketing business focusing on start ups, to a broad based marketing strategy firm servicing international clients in many different industries. In 2000, after selling his interest in the firm, Regis retired from active consulting.
Regis was a general partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in the 1980's and continues as an investor and board member of several Silicon Valley venture-backed, entrepreneurial companies including - BroadWare Technologies, Golden Gate Software, Nanosys and the advisory board of XLoom.
Regis is on the International Advisory Board of Toyota Motor Company, the Advisory Board of the Economic Strategies Institute. He is a founding member and Chairman of the Board of Advisors for the Santa Clara University Center for Science, Technology and Society and a trustee of the University. Regis and his wife, Dianne were founders and continue as Trustees of The Children's Fund of Silicon Valley, a non-profit organization providing college scholarships to foster youth in the Valley.