The infraNET Project and
Faculty of Math, University of Waterloo
The 2002 J.W. Graham Medal Seminar
Trapped in Silicon Valley
During the Grand Chase
Recipient of the 2002
J.W. Graham Medal in Computing & Innovation
Business Consultant, Overture Services, Inc.
Friday, June 14, 2002
2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Davis Centre, Room 1302
University of Waterloo
In 1988, I left Waterloo for Silicon Valley. Fourteen
years later, I seem to have acquired the sort of business, legal, and technology
experience that suggests an impending relapse of the Pretty Girl Syndrome.
I'd like to say that all of this was part of some grand master plan of mine.
But the truth is always more prosaic. You see, like most everyone else at the
time in Silicon Valley, I woke up to find myself running breathless during the
Grand Chase of 1996-2000. Being blessed with two feet and a working
pair of lungs, I ran, and so have my Internet stories to tell. But what
were we chasing? One thing we were chasing was scale and speed. Scale
and speed have their place, as all things do. But sometime after the
bubble had burst, I realized that beauty is found in the small, and
grace in the slow. And I learned that happiness is a math equation for
which scale and speed are not variables. In any event, it always comes
down to math.
Peter Savich received his B. Math. (1985) and
M. Math. (1987) from the University of Waterloo and Doctor of Jurisprudence (1991
Order of the Coif - top 10%) from the Stanford Law School. Mr. Savich began
his career as a software developer of computer litigation support software with
Fenwich & West, Palo Alto, CA (1989-91, 1993-95), LegalWare, Inc., Toronto,
Canada (1987-88) and Fasken & Calvin, Toronto, Canada (1988). During
this time he started pursuing law at the Stanford Law School. From 1992-96,
Peter was an Associate Attorney (Fenwick & West, Palo Alto, CA, and Latham &
Watkins, San Francisco, CA) dealing with intellectual property, including
licensing, partnering, litigation, and registration. In 1996, he became
Director of Business & Legal Affairs, VXTREME, INC., Sunnyvale, California,
where he was responsible for all company legal matters and specific business
initiatives. From 1997-99, he was Business Development Director, Microsoft
Corp. where he specified the MSN Shopping strategy, introduced the Microsoft
telecom platform to strategic CLECs and secured technology partners for
Microsoft NetShow. In 1999, he joined RIVIO Inc. as Chief Strategist, where he
handled strategic initiatives in the areas of financing, cost control, mergers
and acquisitions, human resources, product development, engineering, legal
and marketing. He is currently a business consultant assisting with strategic
and organizational matters concerning business direction, product design,
and intellectual property.
Peter will receive the J.W. Graham Medal
in Computing and Innovation at convocation at the University of
Waterloo on June 15, 2002.
For more information
The infraNET Project
Computer Systems Group, University of Waterloo
This seminar is sponsored by the Faculty
of Mathematics and The infraNET Project, University of Waterloo.
The infraNET Project, initiated by the
University of Waterloo in 1996, is a partnership to advance Web and
Internet technologies. Its founding partners are: INFORIUM, MKS, Open
Text, RIM, Sybase (Waterloo) and Waterloo Maple.
We also gratefully acknowledge the
assistance of the Institute for Computer Research, University of