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Judy Estrin

Author, Closing the Innovation Gap

Judy Estrin is a networking technology pioneer and Silicon Valley leader. Since 1981, she has co-founded eight technology companies and served as CTO of Cisco Systems. As CEO of JLABS, LLC, she is an advisor and speaker in the areas of entrepreneurship, leadership and innovation.  Previously, she served on the boards of directors of The Walt Disney Company (1998 - 2014,) FedEx Corporation (1989 - 2010,) Sun Microsystems (1995 - 2003,) Rockwell Corporation (1994 - 1998,) KQED (2015-2017,) and The Medium Corporation (2016-2017.)

Estrin is the author of the book, Closing the Innovation Gap: Reigniting the Spark of Creativity in a Global Economy (McGraw-Hill; September, 2008). The book explores key concepts of innovation and challenges business, education and national leaders to work together to reignite the sustainable innovation essential for future growth. Her more recent thoughts about the impacts of technology on democracy and society are expressed in Authoritarian Technology: Attention! and The World is Choking on Digital Pollution.

What is JLABS?

After a career focused on building companies in the technology industry, JLABS is my "work lab" through which I am involved in a variety of activities. I currently write, speak and advise in the areas of leadership, entrepreneurship, and innovation as it applies to organizations, national policy and education.

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