Accelerating Change 2005. September 16-18, Stanford University. Artificial Intelligence and Intelligence Amplification. Transforming Technology, Empowering Humanity

Sponsors Directory


It is a sincere privilege to announce the dynamic, change-aware sponsors of Accelerating Change 2005. We are grateful for their support of our conference and growing community of strategic thinkers. To add your company's energy and message to AC2005 see our Sponsorship Benefits for details.


Premier Sponsor


Founded in 1972, SAP is the recognized leader in providing collaborative business solutions for all types of industries and for every major market. With 12 million users, 79,800 installations, and 1,500 partners, SAP is the world's largest inter-enterprise software company and the world's third- largest independent software supplier overall. We have a rich history of innovation and growth that has made us a true industry leader. Today, SAP employs nearly 30,000 people in more than 50 countries. Our professionals are dedicated to providing high-level customer support and services.

Platinum Sponsor


Clarium Capital Management is a San Francisco-based global macro hedge fund, combining the diligence and prudence of an Old World investment firm with the energy and entrepreneurship of a Silicon Valley start-up. Clarium is a fortress in Greek mythology. Clarium's President and Chairman of the Investment committee is Peter Thiel, the former chairman, CEO, and co-founder of PayPal Inc., acquired by eBay Inc. for $1.5 billion in 2002. Priot to founding PayPal, Mr. Thiel ran Thiel Capital Management, which started with $1 million under management in the fall of 1996. Driven by a contrarian bias, CCM pursues opportunities in four areas: currencies, commodities, distressed debt, and micro-cap public equities. CCM also selectively pursues private investments that show exceptional promise. For more information, call 415-248-5140 or visit

Gold Sponsors


Artificial Development is building CCortex™, an simulation of the Human Cortex and peripheral systems, running on a computer cluster. CCortex will enable the development an array of systems and products that can replicate, partially or completely, some of the primary characteristics of Human Intelligence. Those characteristics include pattern recognition, verbal and visual communication, knowledge acquisition, and conscious-approximate decision-making capabilities.

They plan to deliver a broad range of commercial products that will enhance business relationships on a global scale.


Draper Fisher Jurvetson is the premier early stage venture capital firm. Founded in 1985, Draper Fisher Jurvetson has created a global network of affiliated venture funds with approximately $3 billion in capital commitments and offices in the major technology centers around the world. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, the firm has proven expertise in identifying and helping extraordinary entrepreneurs who want to change the world.


Firefox is the award-winning open source Web browser pioneered by Mozilla, whose mission is to preserve choice and innovation on the Internet.

Besides Firefox, Mozilla is also:
• The producer and provider of the Thunderbird e-mail software.
• A software development tools provider.
• An open source community of developers and testers.
• A partner for the technology industry.
• An advocate for standards on the Net who provides tools for developing standard web content.
• Educators, providing educational materials about Internet technologies and software development.

Linden Lab is a privately held company established to develop an extraordinary new form of shared 3D entertainment. Through its award-winning 3D online world, Second Life, Linden Lab offers a truly collaborative, immersive and open-ended entertainment experience, where together people create and inhabit a virtual world of their own design.

Based in San Francisco and founded in 1999, Linden Lab employs a senior development team bringing together expertise in physics, 3D graphics and networking. Team members have previously worked at leading entertainment companies such as Electronic Arts, Disney, THQ, Acclaim, Hasbro, and Mattel.

Linden Lab

Founded in 2002, Lulu is the web's premier independent publishing marketplace for digital do-it-yourselfers. It's the only place on the web where you can publish, sell and buy any and all things digital — books, music, comics, photographs, movies and well, you get the idea. We simply provide the tools that leave control of content in the hands of the people who created the content. You see, Lulu is a technology company, not a publisher. So you can use Lulu to publish and sell any kind of digital content, and no one here is going to ask you to change anything. Ever. Your vision is entirely YOURS.

There is no set-up fee and no minimum order to publish and sell on Lulu. We manage the online business, including printing, delivery and customer service. You set your own royalty for each piece of content, and at the end of each quarter, we'll mail you a check for the royalties your content generates. Lulu makes a small percentage from each transaction, which means that we only make money if you succeed in selling your work.

Lulu was founded by Bob Young, who was also the co-founder of Red Hat, the world's leading open source company. We mention this only because, like Lulu, open source software is based on putting users in control of technology. In much the same way, Lulu believes in putting authors and independent publishers in control of their digital content, from content creation to pricing to royalties. Lulu simply brings creative content to the world and gives our talented publishers and web visitors the venue to buy and sell independent works. Publishing through Lulu leaves control of content in the hands of the people who created it. Pretty revolutionary, really.

Microsoft TV believes that digital technologies present enormous opportunities for the television industry worldwide. Microsoft TV provides innovative software for bringing more and better digital and interactive TV services and content to TV viewers - entertaining, informing, and empowering them in new ways. Microsoft TV is dedicated to creating significant new business opportunities for cable operators, broadband and telecommunications providers, broadcasters, content producers, third-party application developers, and others who provide the services, content, and technologies that comprise the global digital TV marketplace. Microsoft TV offers solutions that network operators can deploy now in order to derive more value from existing digital TV and broadband networks, and it will continue to develop new solutions that build on the current platform to enable the networks, services, and content of the future.

Microsoft TV’s vision is based on Microsoft's overall mission and passion: creating innovative software that helps individuals and organizations realize their full potential.

Merging social software, semantic web and AI, System One provides a holistic strategy perspective that enables organizations to be more successful, adaptive and flexible in a constantly changing market environment full of fragmentation and increasing commodities. We empower individuals within those organizations by giving them a personal toolset to manage the increasing chatter of ubiquitous information and extend comprehension as well as the basis for everyday decisions to an organization wide context. At the core of our service portfolio is a technological platform in which innovations from the areas of Social Software, Semantic Web and Information Retrieval are continuously reflected and integrated.

Linden Lab

Wired puts you on the front lines of the 21st century, with insightful and in-depth coverage of the people, companies, and ideas that are transforming our lives. You'll get the intelligence you need on the topics that matter most: technology and innovation, science and medicine, business and global politics, arts and culture, the best new products, and more.

Subscribe to Wired to save over 80% and receive a free gift.

Global Awareness Sponsor

The Omidyar Network hosts an online community that exists for one single purpose: so that more and more people discover their own power to make good things happen. Originally, we created so that everyone at Omidyar Network could share information, discuss different ideas and viewpoints, and collaborate on projects. We found that it serves us well. So, we decided to open it up to anyone and everyone working toward making the world a better place.

As a member of, you can network with others who share your interests, participate in discussions on a wide variety of topics or start your own, collaborate with other people, and invite others to join discussions or initiatives. Go to to become a member.

High School Scholarship Sponsor

The University of Advancing Technology (UAT) is a private college in Tempe, AZ dedicated to advancing technology both in practice and in theory. The mission of the university is to challenge, educate and empower students who have a passion for technology through diverse, innovative learning experiences with the result that they will be fully equipped for a lifetime of contribution to our global society.

We serve our student body by fostering knowledge creation and academic excellence in an environment that embraces the richness and diversity of modern technology. We teach students how technology has shaped the world so that they may be part of its evolution. While many colleges that offer a technology education approach their students with visions of high salaries and professional certification as enrollment incentives, we maintain that a well-educated graduate may create whatever future they wish on their own merit. We believe that the complex relationship between knowledge and technological innovation will create a better world. Our students agree.

Bronze Sponsors

DEVONtechnologies was founded 2002 and is today headquartered in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, USA. The main focus of all activities is clearly on the intelligent usage of the robust, flexible and versatile architecture to create rock-solid applications for a variety of purposes, including but not limited to databases, intelligent agents, data-mining, information retrieval and human-computer-interfaces. DEVONtechnologies researches in the field of semantic and associative data analysis and synthesis, and develops key applications based on the DEVONtechnology.


iRobot is dedicated to creating realistic robotic solutions to real-world problems.  Our robots are not far-flung, far-off science fiction, but Robots for the Real World.  They are practical, reliable, innovative products that effectively answer users' needs with creative engineering and design.  iRobot produces products to get the job done today. features the big thoughts of today's big thinkers examining the confluence of accelerating revolutions that are shaping our future world, and the inside story on new technological and social realities from the pioneers actively working in these arenas.

We are witnessing intersecting revolutions in a plethora of fields: biotechnology, nanotechnology, molecular electronics, computation, artificial intelligence, pattern recognition, virtual reality, human brain reverse engineering, brain augmentation, robotics, and many others. The leading visionaries represented on this site examine these transforming trends and their profound impact on economics, the arts, politics, government, warfare, medicine, health, education, disabilities, social mores, and sexuality.

Segway of Oakland is an authorized Segway HT Service Center. We can handle any Segway service need and we feature the fastest and most economical Segway service currently available. We provide you with up-to-date product support information and our certified technicians can perform necessary maintenance or component replacements.


Six Apart Ltd., based in San Francisco, Calif., is the company behind the Movable Type publishing platform, the TypePad personal weblogging service and LiveJournal, an online community organized around personal journals. Six Apart was founded by husband and wife team Ben Trott and Mena G. Trott in 2002, and joined by LiveJournal founder Brad Fitzpatrick early this year. The company is funded by Neoteny Co., Ltd. and August Capital. Six Apart's sole focus is to create simple, yet powerful communication tools that enable millions of individuals, institutions and corporations to express, share and connect
in ways never before possible. For more information, visit the Six Apart corporate weblog at

Socialtext Incorporated is enterprise social software for collaboration. Socialtext captures the best features of web-native tools called "wikis" and "weblogs" and brings them inside your enterprise to create a collaboration and knowledge tool that works the way people do.


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