Legendary Silicon Valley venture capitalist Pitch Johnson will give the commencement speech Saturday to the first graduating class at Palo Alto University.
Johnson, who co-founded pioneering venture firm Draper & Johnson and has invested in then-startups such as Amgen and Tandem Computer, lectured for years about venture capital at Stanford University. More recently, the Palo Alto native helped found Build, a program that teaches underprivileged high schoolers about entrepreneurship.
"I like students a lot," said Johnson, whose parents were a teacher and a coach. "The basic elements of Silicon Valley have been put together by universities. Plus, the weather should get some credit."
He plans to speak Saturday about the different meanings of success.
Palo Alto University was founded in 1975 as the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology and changed its name in 2009 with the entrance of its first class of undergraduates. It operates out of Foothill College, and Saturday's commencement exercise takes place at 10 a.m. at Foothill's Smithwick Theater.
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