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RockIT joins DukeGEN to Sponsor Innovation Ecosystem Panel

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

RockIT is pleased to announce its support of a special event hosted by DukeGEN and the Duke Northern California Alumni Association!

When: Thursday November 15, 6-9pm

Where: RocketSpace (181 Fremont St)

Panel: “The Innovation Ecosystem” – Silicon Valley & Beyond

We’re excited to present a lively panel discussion exploring the Silicon Valley success story and what it can teach us about establishing other innovation ecosystems in different geographies. The panel will explore a number of the critical issues facing today’s entrepreneurs. Questions for discussion include: What are the challenges inherent in creating disruptive companies in established industries? Who are the constituents that must partner together for a venture to succeed? How do the perspectives of technologists, founders and investors differ?

Our distinguished panel:

Bill Brown, L’80 - Co-Founder of Palmer Labs LLC (clean energy startup) and 8 Rivers Capital, Professor of Practice at Duke Law School, former Managing Director and Global Co-head of Listed Derivatives at Morgan Stanley

Ryan Caldbeck, ‘01 - Founder and CEO Circle Up,  startup connecting investors with other start-ups

Harrison Dillon, L’03 - Co-Founder and President of Solazyme, publicly-traded Microalgae-based renewable oil company

Scott Kupor - Managing Partner and COO of Andreessen-Horowitz, venture capital firm

Sean Schickedanz, B’94, L’94 - General Partner and CIO of CleanPacific, early-stage venture capital firm investing in clean technology companies