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Computer History Museum’s Exponential Center Launches “One Word” Educational Initiative Featuring Silicon Valley Founders and Builders

Mountain View, California  |  November 15, 2018

The Computer History Museum (CHM), the world's leading institution exploring the history of computing and its ongoing impact on society, today announced the launch of One Word, an innovative educational initiative that brings to life the stories and advice of a diverse circle of founders and builders. One Word will kickoff on November 21 with the unveiling of a 30-foot wall display and accompanying publication, with companion curriculum, workshops, and events coming in spring 2019. The multiformat project is made possible by the Patrick J. McGovern Foundation.

“The Patrick J. McGovern Foundation is proud to support the Computer History Museum and the Exponential Center’s One Word initiative. It is a unique opportunity to support innovative education and to promote the spirit of entrepreneurship,” said a representative from the Patrick J. McGovern Foundation.

Collected through a series of oral histories and live events since the Exponential Center’s launching in 2016, One Word features advice, stories, and insights from a remarkable selection of Silicon Valley founders, innovators, executives, and venture capitalists. The elite list includes Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak, Cloudflare cofounder Michelle Zatlyn, Yahoo! cofounders David Filo and Jerry Yang, Floodgate cofounder Ann Miura-Ko, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati cofounder Larry Sonsini, VMware cofounder and Google Cloud CEO Diane Greene, Twitch cofounder Justin Kan and more. Each leading person shared one word that represents their entrepreneurial journey. Words vary from “bold,” “courage,” and “creativity” to “empathy,” “kindness,” and “humble.” Each word tells the unique story of its creator.

“Our goal is to make entrepreneurship in technology accessible and applicable to a wide array of audiences, expand the diversity of role models, and offer insights and inspiration for what makes a successful entrepreneur,” said the Exponential Center Executive Director Marguerite Gong Hancock. “We hope it shows that one piece of advice, one person, or one word can truly make a difference.”

The Exponential Center is launching One Word in the midst of National Entrepreneurship Month with the opening of its lobby exhibit, which features a graphical wall display, a touchscreen interactive to further explore leaders’ stories, a hands-on activity where visitors can post and share a word of inspiration, and an accompanying book with a foreword by Silicon Valley pioneer Regis McKenna. Events, workshops, and educational curriculum designed particularly for aspiring entrepreneurs, university students, and international business leaders will be available early 2019.

Learn more about the One Word initiative by the Exponential Center at the Computer History Museum.

Follow the Computer History Museum on social media and share your entrepreneurial inspiration and stories with #onewordinspires.

About the Exponential Center

The Exponential Center at the Computer History Museum captures the legacy and advances the future of entrepreneurship and innovation in Silicon Valley and around the world. The center explores the people, companies, and communities that are transforming the human experience through technology innovation, economic value creation, and social impact.

About the Computer History Museum

The Computer History Museum (CHM) in Mountain View, California, is a nonprofit organization with a four-decade history as the world's leading institution exploring the history of computing and its ongoing impact on society. The Museum is home to the largest international collection of computing artifacts in the world, encompassing computer hardware, software, documentation, ephemera, photographs, and moving images. The Museum brings computer history to life through large-scale exhibits, an acclaimed speaker series, a dynamic website, docent-led tours, and an award-winning education program. For more information and updates, visit

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