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Deborah Perry Piscione

Information for the Deborah Perry Piscione Event
Date: Wed., April 10, 2013
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: University of Baltimore Student Center (21 W. Mt. Royal Ave. Baltimore, Md. 21201

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An Evening with Deborah Perry Piscione, author of Secrets of Silicon Valley

On Wednesday, April 10, Deborah Perry Piscione, author of Secrets of Silicon Valley: What Everyone Else Can Learn from the Innovation Capital of the World, will discuss the reason why Silicon Valley is buzzing—with innovation, investment and growth.

In the last two years, more than 100 incubators have popped up there, and the number of angel investors has skyrocketed. Today, 40 percent of all venture capital investments in the United States come from Silicon Valley firms. Silicon Valley, where meritocracy, collaboration and openness rule the day, embodies the values, culture and vision that will pave the way for future prosperity. In her talk the audience will hear more about:

  • How Silicon Valley adapts through continuous cycles of innovation,
  • Why the high tolerance for risk, as well as failure, is a huge competitive advantage,
  • How the Silicon Valley business model, including generous and flexible employee benefits, contributes to the robustness of the industries based there,
  • Why venture capital swelled so magnificently in Silicon Valley, while languishing in other major metropolitan cities,
  • What traits set the Silicon Valley entrepreneur apart from others,
  • How to create a quality of life that attracts and retains the best talent in the world.

Ticket Information

General admission tickets are $20 and are available on e-Tix.

UB Student Tickets are free to students enrolled in spring semester classes.

  • Students are required to register to receive a free ticket. Tickets are distributed are on a first-come, first-serve basis and limited to one ticket per student. Click here to register.

About Deborah Perry Piscione

Deborah Perry Piscione is the creator of Alley to the Valley, an organization that networks the world¡¦s most influential women for dealmaking, and BettyConfidential. Since moving to Silicon Valley from Washington DC, she has successfully founded three companies in six years. Piscione has served as a commentator on CNN and NPR, and has appeared as a guest on the Today show, Wolf Blitzer Reports, The O'Reilly Factor, Hardball with Chris Matthews, and Politically Incorrect, and has been a featured guest on PBS, BET, and NPR programs including The Tavis Smiley Show. Piscione has won numerous awards, including the 2009 Silicon Valley Women Business Owner of the Year, a Gracie Allen Award for her participation in a debate for NPR's Justice Talking, and a distinguished award from The White House Project. She has been featured in leading women¡¦s magazines such as Ladies' Home Journal, and in newspapers including The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, and Dallas Morning News. She lives in Silicon Valley, California.