The Exponential Center is the first museum institution devoted to capturing the legacy and advancing the future of entrepreneurship and innovation in Silicon Valley and around the world.
We collect and share the stories of founders and builders of the Digital Age. We explore the birth, growth, and impact of iconic companies. We examine how Silicon Valley and other ecosystems around the world can serve humanity to inform and inspire the next generation of changemakers.
Courage, Creativity, Bold, Be Humble, Grit, Kindness . . . These are just a few of the words of advice offered by Silicon Valley leaders to aspiring entrepreneurs. They are featured in the One Word educational initiative led by the Exponential Center. The multiformat project aims to inspire and motivate people to think about what it takes to start and build a company. One Word includes a CHM lobby exhibit, booklet, education workshops, and curriculum materials.
The One Word project is made possible by a generous grant from the Patrick J. McGovern Foundation.
The Exponential Center is leading an ambitious program to capture and share the stories of pioneering venture capitalists and their partnerships with disruptors and innovators that extend from idea to IPO and beyond. Through a variety of activities that capitalize on the Museum’s core strengths, the center will explore what the industry does, how it works, and what happens when venture capitalists and entrepreneurs join forces to create a company.
The Exponential Center offers educational experiences and unique curricula to serve a wide variety of college and adult audiences on topics such as innovation, entrepreneurship, and the Silicon Valley ecosystem model. Explore all of our Resources and Discussion Guides.
Since launching in 2016, the Exponential Center has become core to CHM’s growth and impact. We’ve been an innovator for programming, content, curriculum, and traveling exhibits. We’ve served as the focal point for collections on founders, funders, and other ecosystem builders. And, we’ve been a leader for business, strategic, influencer, and next-generation audiences and critical for CHM’s expanded focus on global audiences.
Collaborating with teams across CHM, the Exponential Center’s women in tech initiative recognizes and shares women’s fundamental contributions to technology innovation and entrepreneurship. We want to do our part to support and enable more diversity and inclusion for innovators and entrepreneurs as we move into the future. We’re hosting events, conducting oral history interviews, developing curriculum and fostering partnerships in an on-going commitment to capture and share women’s experiences.
Participants in the Exponential Center’s Silicon Valley workshop activities in March 2019 were winners and advisors from the first state-wide West Virginia Innovation and Business Model Competition. From digestible drinking straws to medical telemetry data collection and from mobile laundry services to a medical debt lottery system, students had already been experiencing the ups, downs, and pivots of developing a business idea. Their trip west was sponsored by Intuit, whose executive chairman, Brad Smith, is a West Virginian and proud graduate of Marshall University.
Through “one word” of advice, trailblazing Silicon Valley venture capitalists and entrepreneurs Karen Boezi, Joanna Drake, and Laurie Yoler shared personal stories and hard-won lessons learned with an intimate audience of women professionals at CHM. The panelists are all members of Broadway Angels, an early-stage, private group of investors who all happen to be women.
On March 28, 2019, in an event jointly sponsored by the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) and CHM, venture capital trailblazers William Draper III, C. Richard Kramlich, and Franklin “Pitch” Johnson discussed the highlights and challenges of their long careers and legendary firms. The audience included venture capital colleagues from USVP and IVP to Lux Capital and B Capital, and the panel was moderated by venture partner Christy Remey Chin of the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation.
The event celebrated the transfer of 17 rare oral histories of early venture capitalists from the NVCA to CHM’s renowned oral history archive, where the collection is now freely accessible.
Blazing a Trail: Venture Capital Pioneers Reflect on the Industry