Timothy Chou has been lucky enough to have a career spanning academia, successful (and not so successful) startups and large corporations. He was one of only six people to ever hold the President title at Oracle. As President of Oracle On Demand he grew the cloud business from it’s very beginning. Today he serves on the Board of Directors of Blackbaud (NASDAQ: BLKB) and Teradata (NYSE:TDC).
He started his career at one of the original Kleiner Perkins startups, Tandem Computers. He’s invested in and been a contributor to a number of other startups, some you’ve heard of like WebEx, and others you’ve never heard of but were sold to companies like Cisco and Oracle. Recently he became the Chairman of the Alchemist Accelerator focusing on industrial IoT and has invested in a select group of young companies all focused in cloud computing, blockchain, machine learning and artificial intelligence.
In 1982, Tim was asked to teach a class at Stanford University. He taught introductory computer architecture for fifteen years and only stopped because he had to fly to Bali, do a sales kickoff and fly back in 24 hours to teach class. Since leaving Oracle he returned to Stanford, where he launched Stanford’s first course on cloud computing. Now in its 12th year the course has featured guest lectures by nearly 100 public company CEOs. Timothy has delivered keynote speeches on all six continents and recently launched another book, Precision: Principals, Practices and Solutions for the Internet of Things. The prime minister of Vietnam has called the book a “roadmap for the future of the economy”.
The World Economic Forum has said “In the next 10 years the Internet of Things revolution will dramatically alter manufacturing, energy, agriculture, transportation and other industrial sectors of the economy which, together, account for nearly two-thirds of the global GDP.” So what is the Internet of Things?
You can't go to thru any airport, or watch any sporting event without seeing the word "cloud computing". So what is cloud computing and why should I care? This talk will start by describing cloud computing in a way you could explain to your Facebook friends.
Over the last year as consumers we've seen some significant advances in artificial Intelligence. Whether that's Alexa voice recognition, Facebook facial recognition or seeing AlphaGo beat a human at Go, ten years earlier than anyone predicted the change is faster than many ever expected.
While software and hardware technology has evolved at a meteoric rate over the past three decades, the more significant changes have been driven by economics and the resulting creation of new business models. This talk will start by showing you seven key business models.
“What makes Timothy special, is his deep know-how about manufacturing industries, the software business and the impact of analytics. I’ve seen dozens of IoT keynoters mostly contemplating about the impact of IoT using B2C examples. Tim instead meets the pain points of industry executives and professionals by offering well-founded insights on the mechanics behind the tremendous change in the industrial space. Tim’s keynote created an exciting atmosphere and a great basis for in depth discussion between all attendees.” ~ Thomas Rohrmann,
Senior IoT business development and marketing lead for SAS in Germany, Austria and Switzerland
Dr. Timothy Chou proved to be both an engaging and informative plenary speaker at our last quarterly member meeting. Our meeting brought together a who’s who of the Industrial Internet. We received very positive feedback on his speech from our members, who represent more than 250 global technology companies working to accelerate the adoption of the Industrial Internet of Things. Dr. Chou was gracious with his time and stayed after his speech to answer a queue of questions from our members in one-on-one conversations.
We were looking for a recognized leader to speak on IOT, cloud, and the impact on various industries. As former President of Oracle and author of Precision we thought Tim would fit the bill. What we got was so much more. Our community of 250 Senior Executives rated his content and presentation off the charts but was even more impressed with his ability to tailor the information, ease and comfort in the Q&A segment, and his willingness to stay and take one on one questions. Great content, great presentation, engaging personality, and highly rated…what more could an event leader ask for!
What makes Timothy special, is his deep know-how about manufacturing industries, the software business and the impact of analytics. I’ve seen dozens of IoT keynoters mostly contemplating about the impact of IoT using B2C examples. Tim instead meets the pain points of industry executives and professionals by offering well-founded insights on the mechanics behind the tremendous change in the industrial space. Tim’s keynote created an exciting atmosphere and a great basis for in depth discussion between all attendees.
In his opening keynote in Shanghai, Tim elegantly prescribed to the audience the futurisic world of software defined machines, both technology and business models, and how will it significantly disrupt the industries that heavily depend on equipment that will soon become live on the internet with sensors, AI and cloud technologies that have already enabled us human beings.
Timothy was the highlight of our event. His style of story-telling, combined with amazing content and delivery, had everyone on the edge of their seat wanting more. Dr. Chou will make you challenge your thinking - you won’t be disappointed! It’s not the first time we’ve used Tim to help us shape and change the way we understand the future of our business.
I’ve had the pleasure of hearing Timothy speak at several technology conferences, including some of our own. Tim provides a unique eye into the future, and challenges audience members to put aside their day-to-day view of the world, to see what’s coming next. Dr. Chou's combination of humility, insight, humor and real world data, leaves attendees feeling inspired and informed. By far, Timothy’s feedback ranks the highest among our speakers.
Tim is a powerful speaker who combines a deep understanding of technology as well as people, processes and business priorities. He truly knows how people digest information and has a great manner and delivery that brings a balance of a credible, trustworthy voice that is still provocative. His approach to seeing the future technology realities and being able to understand our collective role in it through his deep insights is very powerful. After hearing him speak, you always leave better informed, feeling smarter, and more enlightened. He goes the extra mile of getting to know you and the audience, and he’s as genuine as they come, over-delivering on your expectations. I would engage him again with zero hesitation.