Menlo Meets Silicon Valley

Menlo Meets Silicon Valley

On Wednesday, September 12, Menlo College hosted Menlo Meets Silicon Valley, a panel discussion featuring two current Menlo trustees, alongside two Menlo alumni – each of whom illustrates a very different path to success in the area Menlo students aspire to make their mark.

Featured Guests:

Andy CunninghamAndy Cunningham
President and Co-Founder – Cunningham Collective

Andrea (Andy) Cunningham is an entrepreneur at the forefront of marketing, branding, positioning and communicating “The Next Big Thing.” Andy has played a key role in the launch of a number of new categories, including video games; personal computers; desktop publishing; digital imaging; RISC microprocessors; software as a service; very light jets; and clean tech investing. She is an expert in creating and executing marketing, branding and communicating strategies that accelerate growth, increase shareholder value and advance corporate reputation. Andy is the founder and president of Cunningham Collective, a brand strategy firm dedicated to bringing innovation to market. In addition to her role as a trustee of Menlo College, Andy serves on the following boards: Specialized Bicycle Components, Inc.; Finelite, Inc.; Rhythm One, LLC; The Aspen Institute; Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications; and ZERO1: The Art & Technology Network. Andy graduated from Northwestern University.

Bob UttenreutherBob Uttenreuther ’98
St. Strategic Partner Manager – Google

Bob is a Sr. Strategic Partner Manager at Google within Google Marketing Solutions Channel Sales organization. He is responsible for the communication and education of Google’s ad products, sales, and strategy to the North America Premier Channel Sales Partners. Prior to joining Channel Sales, Bob held sales management positions across Google – including Agency, TV Ads, and Doubleclick. Bob holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Menlo College and lives with his wife and daughter in the San Francisco Bay area.

Carol HagueCarol Hague ’93
Senior Director, Partner Marketing – Box

Carol Hague is a Senior Director of Partner Marketing at Box where she manages all their strategic alliances partners, Microsoft, IBM and AT&T focusing on a GTM effort to build net new pipeline for business. She also led the Field Marketing organization during the IPO phase at Box too. Prior to Box, Carol managed Global Campaigns at VMware and Symantec. Carol graduated from Menlo College in 1993 where she majored in Bio Technology Management and Business. She got her MBA at Notre Dame de Namur University. Carol grew up in the Bay Area, speaks fluent Spanish and is married with two kids, Emma (14) and Charlie (11).

Tom ByersTom Byers
Professor – Department of Management Science and Engineering – Stanford University

At Stanford University since 1995, Professor Tom Byers focuses on education regarding high-growth entrepreneurship and technology innovation. He is the first holder of the Entrepreneurship Professorship endowed chair in the School of Engineering, and is also a Bass University Fellow in Undergraduate Education. He has been a faculty director since the inception of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program (STVP), which serves as the entrepreneurship center for the engineering school. STVP includes the Mayfield Fellows work/study program for undergraduates and the Entrepreneurship Corner (eCorner) collection of thought leader videos. He was the director and lead principal investigator of the Epicenter, which was funded by the National Science Foundation to stimulate entrepreneurship education at all US engineering and science colleges. He is the co-author of a textbook called Technology Ventures: From Idea to Enterprise that is published by McGraw-Hill.

He is a past recipient of the prestigious Gordon Prize by the National Academy of Engineering in the USA and Stanford University’s Gores Award, which is its highest honor for excellence in teaching. He is a member of the board of trustees at Menlo College. He has been a member of advisory boards at Harvard Business School, UC Berkeley, World Economic Forum, and Conservation International. Tom was executive vice president and general manager of Symantec Corporation during its formation, and started his career at Accenture. Tom holds a BS in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research and an MBA from UC Berkeley. He also earned a PhD in Business Administration (Management Science) at UC Berkeley.