Autumn 2017

We're pleased again to be able to offer we this unique class that you will find at no other university on the planet. Come listen to these eminent leaders discuss their vision of the future of software-powered businesses. The class is open to all Stanford students.

Course Outline

The first lecture will frame cloud computing from a business and technology point of view. The remaining lectures will be delivered by guest lecturers who will introduce their particular company and discuss the implications of cloud computing from their unique perspective. This quarter I have focused a little more on the coming enterprise and consumer application of the Internet of Things.

Guest Lecturers

Jim Heppleman, CEO, PTC (NASDAQ: PTC)

Jeff Lawson, CEO, Twillio (NYSE: TWLO)

Steven Mollenkopf, CEO, Qualcomm (NASDAQ :QCOM)

George Oliver, CEO, Johnson Controls (NYSE: JCI)

Dheeraj Pandey, CEO, Nutanix (NASDAQ: NTNX)


The course is not technical, but of course assumes you have interest in the high technology business either from a consumer or enterprise point of view. For CS/EE students this is a unique way to learn about the business side of technology from some of the leaders in the industry. For the MBA students this is a way for you to understand this important sector of the economy. And for the MD, JDA, Art History or Journalism student consider registering as a way for you to get exposed to an area that will affect you in your personal and professional life.

For those who are not currently Stanford students

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