Finding God in Silicon Valley: Spiritual Journeys in a High-Tech World

Finding God in Silicon Valley: Spiritual Journeys in a High-Tech World

Finding God in Silicon Valley: Spiritual Journeys in a High-Tech World

Finding God in Silicon Valley: Spiritual Journeys in a High-Tech World


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God is doing the seemingly impossible in Silicon Valley—changing the hearts and attitudes of the rich and successful, and those desperately pursuing riches, power, and prestige. Having a tradition of disrupting the status quo with technology, Silicon Valley may be poised to challenge its perception as a wasteland of faith as well. Finding God in Silicon Valley tells how God is working in the lives of people in Silicon Valley—venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, leaders of major companies, innovators in non-profit start-ups, scientists, and technologists. You will be inspired and challenged as you read their journeys of faith.

The book provides lessons for anyone who has struggled with faith. You will read how these leaders got beyond the trappings of financial and business success to find God; how they overcame personal struggle and even tragedy to come to know Christ; how they reconciled reason and faith, and science and faith; and how they discovered meaning, purpose, and a calling for their lives.

The book's Foreword is written by Pat Gelsinger, CEO of VMware, a $6 billion company. Included in the book are stories of venture capital luminaries such as venture capitalists Kevin Compton and Promod Haque, and Google executive Kirk Perry.

Following are endorsements for the book:

“In a thought-provoking manner, Skip Vaccarello provides a collection of amazing stories of leaders who have found God in Silicon of the most influential but anti-God places on earth...” Pat Gelsinger - VMware CEO

“For those curious about faith, I highly recommend that you read Finding God in Silicon Valley. It could change your life!”
~ Brent Jones, former All-Pro SF 49er and Managing Director, Northgate Capital 

“In Finding God in Silicon Valley, you will meet some great folks of faith.”
~ Kevin Compton, Founder, Radar Partners, a venture capital firm

“Skip has skillfully woven together the captivating stories of influential men and women of the Silicon Valley, a place where you might not expect to find such vibrant followers of Christ.”
~ Chuck Bryant, CEO and Board Chair, Pinnacle Forum America, Inc.

“This is a must read for business leaders, and beyond—soak it in, learn, and be inspired! “
~ Bob Dees, Major General, U.S. Army, Retired

“These stories breathe humanity, wisdom, ethics, and even joy into a technological age in search of truth. A treasure of insight into what matters, and why.”
~ Kelly Monroe Kullberg, Finding God at Harvard, The Veritas Forum

“If you are looking for inspiration and finding out what it takes to live a truly purpose-driven life, this book and these stories could change your life forever.”
~ Tom Tognoli, CEO, Intero Real Estate, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780578176703
Publisher: Springstone
Publication date: 02/08/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 305
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Skip Vaccarello has over 35 years of experience in leadership positions for Silicon Valley technology companies. In 1979, he came to Silicon Valley as the VP of Operations with VisiCorp, the provider of the industry's first spreadsheet, VisiCalc, and a pioneer in the personal computer revolution. Most recently, he served as President and CEO of Applied Weather Technology, a global company providing software and services to the maritime industry. His other experience includes CEO of Communications Solutions, Inc., division general manager of 3Com, and co-founder and CEO of The Saratoga Group. Skip is the author of the book, Finding God in Silicon Valley: Spiritual Journeys in a High-Tech World, and the blog In addition to writing, Skip provides executive mentoring and business consulting services, sits on the boards of companies and non-profit organizations, and is active in church and community activities, including chairing the Silicon Valley Prayer Breakfast. He earned an A.B. in economics from Harvard College and an MBA from Boston University.
CEO of VMware, a $6 billion company and world leader in cloud computing.

Table of Contents

Dedication Foreword by Pat Gelsinger God and Silicon Valley: The Journey Begins ***** Section One: Faith and Success Chapter 1 Gratitude: Discovering God's Impact on Our Lives Paul Ely, former Hewlett-Packard executive Chapter 2 Success and Surrender Dr. John Dearborn, orthopedic surgeon Mike Griego, Silicon Valley executive Chapter 3 Success Redefined Pat Gelsinger, VMware CEO Sanjay Poonen, VMware, executive vice president Chapter 4 Hollow Success Skip Vaccarello, author, Silicon Valley executive ***** Section Two: Reason, Science, and Faith 91 Chapter 5 Reason and Faith Brent Dusing, Lightside Games CEO Promod Haque, Norwest Ventures venture capitalist Chapter 6 Science and Faith Dr. David Persing, Cepheid executive vice president Dr. Phil Stillman, anesthesiologist Dr. Paul Baba, scientist and author Chapter 7 The Search for Truth Dr. William Hurlbut, Stanford consulting professor ***** Section Three: Struggle, Pain, and Faith 141 Chapter 8 Peace in the Face of Adversity Michael Halloran, National Exchange Services CEO Chapter 9 Struggle, Prayer, and Healing Kevin Compton, Radar Partners venture capitalist Dustin Keele, entrepreneur Jaida Im, Freedom House founder Chapter 10 Pain and Purpose Jaida Im, Freedom House founder (continued) Tess Reynolds, New Door Ventures CEO Reggie Littlejohn, Women's Rights without Frontiers founder ***** Section Four: A Higher Calling Chapter 11 Following God's Call Neil Ahlsten, Carpenter's Code CEO Kirk Perry, Google president of brand solutions Chapter 12 Business as a Calling Deb Liu, Facebook executive Emily Liggett, NovaTorque CEO Chapter 13 Called as an Entrepreneur Andrew Laffoon, Mixbook CEO Victor Ho, FiveStars CEO Chapter 14 Called to Serve Ken Yeung, Prince of Peace Enterprises founder and CEO Tom Gutshall, Cepheid co-founder and former CEO Dave Evans, co-founder, Electronics Arts and educator Chapter 15 Concluding Thoughts ***** Index Acknowledgements Products and Services Resources Citations
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