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About this event
This event is in-person at HanaHaus Palo Alto (456 University Avenue Palo Alto, CA 94301) on Thursday, October 6, 2022 at 6:30pm (PDT).


Join Stanford professor, early Google engineer, & co-author of System Error: Where Big Tech Went Wrong & How We Can Reboot, Mehran Sahami, & author of the upcoming satirical corporate thriller, Bit Flip, & Silicon Valley veteran, Mike Trigg in a conversation about the growing identity crisis within the tech industry.

From gentrification to gender inequality, data privacy to teen depression, the two will delve into the dark side of Big Tech & what to do about it-a topic both authors explore in their work moderated by Entrepreneur & NY Times Best Selling Author, Chris Yeh.

Event Format

Live in-person event featuring an on-stage one-on-one discussion, audience Q&A, & post-event reception & book signing.

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Mehran Sahami, Panelist

Mehran is the James & Ellenor Chesebrough Professor in the School of Engineering & Associate Chair for Education in Computer Science at Stanford University. He is also the Robert & Ruth Halperin University Fellow in Undergraduate Education. Sahami earned his BS & PhD from Stanford University.

Prior to joining the Stanford faculty, he was a Senior Research Scientist at Google & a Senior Engineering Manager at Epiphany. Sahami is co-author, with fellow Stanford faculty Rob Reich & Jeremy Weinstein, of System Error: Where Big Tech Went Wrong & How We Can Reboot.

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Mike Trigg, Panelist

Mike Trigg spent over 20 years in Silicon Valley's tech industry before becoming an author. He has been a founder, executive, & employee at dozens of venture-backed start-ups, including Hightail/YouSendIt, hi5, & Epiphany. He has also been an angel investor, advisor, & EIR with several venture capital funds, & a contributor to TechCrunch, Entrepreneur, & Fast Company.

Born in Kentucky & raised in Wisconsin, Trigg earned a BA from Northwestern University & an MBA from University of California, Berkeley. He lives in Menlo Park, California, with his wife & two sons. Bit Flip (SparkPress, 2022) is his first novel.

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Chris Yeh, Moderator

Chris Yeh is the co-founder of the Blitzscaling Academy, which teaches individuals & organizations how to plan for & execute on hypergrowth, & of Blitzscaling Ventures, which invests in the world's fastest-growing startups. Chris has founded, advised, or invested in over 100 high-tech startups since 1995, including companies like Ustream (investor, advisor, CEO) & (NYSE: USER; advisor).

He is the co-author, along with Reid Hoffman, of Blitzscaling: The Lighting-fast Path to Building Massively Valuable Companies, & the co-author, along with Reid Hoffman & Ben Casnocha, of the New York Times bestseller, The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age. Chris earned two degrees from Stanford University, with distinction in both, & an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he was named a Baker Scholar.


About HanaHaus:

HanaHaus is a community workspace that combines the best aspects of caf & coworking culture & cultivates a dynamic atmosphere for innovation. The concept of HanaHaus is rooted in the philosophy that great ideas spring from anywhere, & more often when people come together. HanaHaus brings people together & offers a space where they can connect, explore new ideas, & bring them to life.





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