Barry Katz is Professor of Industrial and Interaction Design at the California College of the Arts, and Consulting Professor in the Design Group, Department of Mechanical Engineering, at Stanford University. He is the author of six books including, most recently, Make it New: The History of Silicon Valley Design.
Design is a problem-solving exercise and for punk rocker-turned-product designer and entrepreneur Neil Grimmer the problem was his own overweight body. But instead of going to a doctor, he set out to rethink the food, weight-loss, and diet industries.
The Foundation Capital partner is at the head of a new generation of Silicon Valley VC’s who did not descend from the heights of finance, but rose through the ranks of design. And, he believes, we're entering the century of the designer-founder.