Timothy C. K. Chou


Stanford Cloud Computing

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Timothy C. K. Chou

Dr. Chou began his career at one of the first Kleiner Perkins startups, Tandem Computers. He was the first President of Oracle’s multi-billion dollar cloud business. Timothy has also been a member of the board of directors of a public company since 2000.  Today he serves as a board member of Blackbaud (NASDAQ: BLKB), which provides application cloud services for social good and Teradata (NYSE: TDC), a cloud data warehouse company.

While at Oracle he authored his first landmark book, The End of Software, which foretold the rise of SaaS applications. In a quest to discover the next generation of enterprise software he published the book, Precision – Principles, Practices and Solutions for the Internet of Things.  The book is in it’s 3rd printing in Chinese and the prime minister of Vietnam has called it a guidebook for the future of their economy.

In parallel with his commercial career he has also taught at Stanford University for over thirty years. For fifteen years he taught core computer architecture and only took a break because he had to fly to Bali for a sales kickoff meeting and get back within 36 hours to teach class.  After leaving Oracle he went back to Stanford and started the first class on cloud computing, CS309A (cs309a.stanford.edu). One of his most notorious students was Dr. Anthony Chang, who inspired a moon shot mission to enable safe, secure data sharing from 1,000,000 healthcare machines in all 500 children’s hospitals in the world.

Artificial intelligence software holds the promise of dramatically improving healthcare across the globe, equitably. There are three technical challenges. First, how do you access large amounts of diverse data? Second, how do you use this data to train the AI while preserving privacy? And lastly, how do you deploy the AI to the point of care.  An elite team motivated by the moon shot mission has the answer.

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