Posts filed under: Business Leaders

It is the conventional wisdom that by the time people reach their 70s, they have made up their minds what to believe or not to believe about God.  Paul Ely, former Hewlett Packard executive vice president and board member, built his career defying conventional wisdom. On the God question, he defied conventional wisdom as well. ......
“Surrender” is a word not often heard in Silicon Valley.  But surrender is what God requires of those who are his followers, even those in Silicon Valley.  Jesus said in Luke 9:23:  “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.”  The Message paraphrase......
Silicon Valley is known as a place where entrepreneurship thrives. Recently, I had the opportunity to meet with Jason Johnson, who embodies the Silicon Valley entrepreneurial spirit.  He has successfully led four major start-up companies.  He co-founded Founders Den to help budding entrepreneurs.  His newest start-up is August, which he expects will become a leading......
“Balancing Faith, Family, and Work” was the topic Pat Gelsinger, CEO of VMware, addressed at the 20th Annual Silicon Valley Prayer Breakfast on March 28, 2014.  In his address, Gelsinger challenged the overflow crowd “to be hot for the kingdom of God,” to devote time to family, and to commit to radical philanthropy. Gelsinger’s inspiring talk......
Gamification takes the experience of game thinking and mechanics and applies it to other areas, such as work.  Yu-kai Chou is an entrepreneur and gamification expert.  Chou describes gamification as making boring things fun – things you have to do, but do not necessarily want to do.  Chou’s believes that gamification has the potential to......
Can one have success in business and be a committed follower of Christ?  Must believers compromise their Christian values to succeed in business?  Tom Steipp offers an instructive example of how one can succeed in business and live out Christian values at the same time. Business Background Steipp’s has a stellar resume – US Air......
David Persing is a scientist and a follower of Jesus Christ.  One of his life’s dreams has been to use his faith and God-given talents along with his training and experience in molecular diagnostics to have a positive impact in the world.  As the Executive Vice President and Chief Medical and Technology Officer at Cepheid,......
Are faith and science compatible or are they in conflict?  Is there evidence for Christian faith?  To many skeptics, faith and science are not compatible.  In their opinion, there is not enough evidence to have Christian faith.  Paul Baba, Ph.D., disagrees.  In fact, this scientist, business leader, and thoughtful man felt compelled to address the......
What happens when the Silicon Valley startup culture and biblical principles are brought together in the entertainment industry?  Ben Chelf, a Silicon Valley technologist and entrepreneur, recently co-founded a new company, The Story Locker, “to produce high quality films with great stories.”...
Are miracles possible?  The existence of miracles is certainly a barrier for skeptics. And in the Christian community, some feel that the age of miracles has past and none happen today.  Dustin Keele, co-founder of a solar energy development and finance company called Photon, emphatically disagrees.  He recently experienced a miracle himself while on a......
How does one have a great family life and success in a career?  Pat Gelsinger, a married father of four and CEO of VMware, a $4.6 billion Silicon Valley technology company, suggests that faith is the key ingredient.  In fact, he wrote two books on the subject....
Gil Ahrens and his wife, Kim, had their lives upended by an automobile accident on October 12, 2002. The accident left Kim paralyzed and Gil badly injured.  Although the accident was tragic, it gave them something that they treasure today — a deeper relationship with God.  And it gave them a new perspective on why......