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Perspectives on Innovation and Entrepreneurship: David Cheriton and Ken Xie
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Here's your chance to hear and participate in a frank and candid conversation with these remarkable individuals, whose passion for innovation and entrepreneurship runs deep.


David Cheriton, Professor of CS/EE, Stanford University; serial entrepreneur; Google early investor.

Ken Xie, Founder and CEO, Fortinet; serial entrepreneur

David Cheriton and Ken Xie are two of the most successful serial entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley. One born in Vancouver and the other in Beijing, both came to Silicon Valley and made their fortunes.

A professor at Stanford University, David Cheriton co-founded three companies with Andy Bechtolsheim: Kealia (sold to Sun for $90M), Granite Systems (sold to Cisco for $200M+), and Arista Networks. In August 1998, Bechtolsheim and Cheriton wrote the first two checks to fund a new startup named Google.

Ken Xie came to Silicon Valley 22 years ago and started his first company, SIS, while studying at Stanford in 1993. He founded NetScreen in 1996, which later sold to Juniper Networks for $4 billion. He is presently the founder and CEO of his third company, Fortinet (NASDAQ: FTNT), where he pioneered Unified Threat Management (UTM) in the Internet security space. Fortinet’s market cap today is around $4 billion.

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5:30PM - 8:30PM, Thursday, February 23, 2012


5:30PM - 7:00PM Registration. Hors d'oeuvres Reception & Networking

7:00PM - 8:30PM Program

Silican Valley Bank
Kellogg Auditorium
3005 Tasman Drive
Santa Clara, CA 95054


$50 online registrations at

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Biography of Speakers:

As a scholar, he founded and led the Distributed Systems Group at Stanford University Computer Science department, which developed the V operating system; In 2003, he was presented with the SIGCOMM Lifetime Achievement award by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) for his contributions in data networking and systems, and for his keen talent for questioning the assumptions behind all our work. As a serial entrepreneur, he co-founded Granite Systems with Andy Bechtolsheim in 1995, which was acquired by Cisco System in 1996. He was also a co-founder, in 2001, of Bechtolsheim's next start up company, Kealia, acquired by Sun Microsystems in 2004; As an investor, He and Andy Bechtolsheim wrote the very first two checks to Stanford students Sergey Brin and Larry Page to fund their company Google, at the front porch of his own home in 1998. His name is David Cheriton. On November 18. 2005, the university of Waterloo announced that Cheriton had donated $25 million to support graduate studies and research in its School of Computer Science. In recognition of his contribution, the school was renamed as "David R Cheriton School of Computer Science”.

Ken Xie has more than 20 years of technical and management experience in the networking and security industries. A seasoned and successful entrepreneur, Ken was Founder, President and CEO of NetScreen (NASDAQ: NSCN), which was acquired by Juniper (NASDAQ: JNPR). Additionally, he was Managing Partner of Jedi Venture, Founder, President and CEO of Stanford Infosystems, and Security Architect for Healtheon (NASDAQ: HLTH) and Philips. Business success and technology innovation has garnered Ken numerous patents and accolades. In 2006, Ken was named a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum and Time Magazine and a Northern California Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young. He was also recognized as a Top 5 Entrepreneur by Entrepreneur Magazine in 2005 and a Top 15 Technology Innovator by Computer Reseller News magazine in 2004. Ken earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electronic Engineering from Tsinghua University in China, and also attended Stanford University where he pursued a graduate degree in electrical engineering for four years before taking a leave of absence to found his own company.

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