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FUTURE TALK #78
Breakthrough Ventures
This episode examines some of the scientific breakthroughs that are likely to change our lives in the next few years, and the culture of innovation that will make them possible. The guest is Norman Winarsky, past president of SRI Ventures, which is a part of SRI International, where he built the SRI venture process and helped found about 60 technology companies valued at over $25 billion. They include Nuance, which is the leading speech recognition company, Intuitive Surgical, which is a pioneer in robotic surgery, and Siri, the maker of the natural language and artificial intelligence software that was purchased by Steve Jobs for the iPhone. Norman and his team also won an Emmy Award for their contributions to high definition television. He has a PhD in mathematics from the University of Chicago, he’s been a member of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University, and is a lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He’s the coauthor of the recent book “If You Really Want to Change the World: A Guide to Creating, Building, and Sustaining Breakthrough Ventures.” It’s a road map for entrepreneurs who want to build world changing companies. Martin Wasserman hosts.