Timothy Chou

Timothy Chou, PhD

Lecturer, Stanford University


Tim has been lucky enough to have a career spanning academia, successful (and not so successful) startups and large corporations. He was one of only six people to ever hold the President title at Oracle. As President of Oracle On Demand he led the cloud business from it’s very beginning. Today the Oracle cloud business is over $2B. He wrote about the move of applications to the cloud in 2004 in his first book, “The End of Software”. Today he serves on the board of Blackbaud, a $600M vertical application cloud service provider.

After earning his PhD in Electrical Engineering at the University of Illinois he went to work for one of the original Silicon Valley startups. Had he understood stock options he would have joined earlier. He’s invested in and been a contributor to a number of other startups, some you’ve heard of like Webex, and others you’ve never heard of but were sold to companies like Cisco and Oracle. Today he has invested in several new ventures in cloud computing, big data, machine and the Internet of Things.

Finally, he was lucky enough to be able to start teaching at Stanford University in 1982. He taught introductory computer architecture for fifteen years and only stopped because one day he had to fly to Bali, do a sales kickoff and fly back in 24 hours to teach class. Since leaving Oracle he launched Stanford’s first course on cloud computing. He also has delivered keynote speeches on all six continents, most recently for Telefonica in Mexico City. He has also recently published a 3-volume book on cloud computing and co-authored a paper for the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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