Open Source Administration

John Maeda (KPCB)
Location: Ballroom - 3rd Level
Average rating: ****.
(4.20, 54 ratings)


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John Maeda


John Maeda is an American designer, engineer and creative leader. An internationally recognized voice at the intersection of design and the technology industry, John works with early, mid-, and late-stage startup CEOs as design partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB) in Silicon Valley. At the start of 2015, Fast Company named KPCB one of the “10 Most Innovative Companies” in design—a position fortified by John’s subsequent launch of the #DesignInTech Report, which covers venture capital funding and M&A activity for design in the technology industry.

John received his BS and MS degrees in electrical engineering and computer science from MIT, with his MS thesis entitled “Concurrent Sparse Matrix Equation Solver for Three-Dimensional Semiconductor Simulation.” He earned an MBA from Arizona State University and a PhD from the University of Tsukuba in Japan. He’s been awarded honorary doctorates in fine arts from Maryland Institute College of Art and Simon Fraser University. His other awards include the White House’s National Design Award, the Louise Blouin Foundation’s Creative Leadership Award, the AIGA Medal, the Raymond Loewy Foundation Prize, the Mainichi Design Prize, the Tokyo Type Director’s Club Prize, and induction into the Art Director’s Club Hall of Fame.

A celebrated author and speaker, his books include The Laws of Simplicity, Creative Code, and Redesigning Leadership, the latter of which expands on his Twitter feed, @johnmaeda, one of Time Magazine’s “140 Best Twitter Feeds.” John’s talks on design, technology, and leadership for have received over 2 million cumulative views to date, and his live addresses to audiences around the world, from Davos to Beijing to São Paulo to New York City, have been favorably received. As a contemporary artist, John’s work has been exhibited in solo exhibitions in Paris, Los Angeles, Tokyo, London, San Francisco, and New York City—and he continues to make art, design, and write software code.

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Megan Murray
04/03/2009 5:56pm PDT

Really enjoyed this one. Wish there was more time. More humanity please.

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Björn Woltermann
04/02/2009 10:18am PDT

I loved the human and humanity centric approach. We are the constant and need the connection with the real world. I hope this spreads to many more institutions!

Patrick Consorti
04/01/2009 11:28pm PDT

Excellent new approach to communication and leadership for which RISD is the perfect setting. Let’s learn, correct and expand to other learning institutions.

ayana baltrip balagas
04/01/2009 9:13pm PDT

John Maeda was an incredibly refreshing component to this conference. Let’s definitely promote more humanity in technology.

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Phillip Klien
04/01/2009 7:22pm PDT

Awesome presentation … may the pendulum really be switching from tech to humanity

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