New entrepreneurs dream about making an impact that spans decades. Bill Campbell has done it. Some readers may know him as a key early Apple executive featured in the Steve Jobs biography, and as an Apple board member today. Others will recognize him for his work as CEO turned now chairman of Intuit. But ask around in Silicon Valley executive circles and you’ll most likely just hear that he’s “Coach.”
He really was a football coach, at Columbia, before he joined Apple. And he really is one today, providing formal and informal advice to industry leaders across the industry. He’ll be bringing his wisdom and experience to bear this Monday at Disrupt SF, where he’ll be interviewing Andreessen Horowitz cofounder and entrepreneur Ben Horowitz.
Campbell will join our all-star list of speakers and guests which now include: Twitter and Sqaure’s Jack Dorsey, Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer, TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington, super angel Ron Conway, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, Vinod Khosla, Google Ventures’ Kevin Rose, Path’s Dave Morin, Marc Benioff, Jeff Clavier, about.me’s Tony Conrad, Quora founder Adam D’Angelo, Freestyle Capital’s Josh Felser, Reid Hoffman, Khan Academy’s Sal Khan, Yammer’s David Sacks, The Honest Company’s Jessica Alba and Brian Lee, and many more. Also, just announced — Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg. This is one show you will not want to miss.
Get your tickets here while you still can (by the way, we just announced that Mark Zuckerberg will be appearing). As always, if you are interested in becoming a sponsor, opportunities can be found here. Students can also come and be a part of Disrupt SF. We only have 300 student tickets available, so be sure to go here to find out how to get yours quickly.
Bill Campbell assumed his role as chairman of the board of directors in August 1998. He previously served as Intuit’s president and chief executive officer from 1994 to 1998 and as chief executive officer from September 1999 until January 2000.
During Campbell’s tenure, Intuit solidified its position as the clear leader in tax, personal finance and small business accounting software. During that time, the company also invented a new class of Web-based finance businesses delivered through Quicken.com, Intuit’s Web site.
For the three years before joining Intuit, Campbell was the president and chief executive officer of GO Corp., a pen-based computing software company. Previously, he founded and served as president and chief executive officer of Claris Corp., which was purchased by Apple Computer Inc. in 1990.
Before starting Claris, Campbell was Apple’s executive vice president, group executive of the United States. He joined Apple in July 1983 as vice president of marketing and added the title of vice president of sales in January 1984. In September 1984, his duties were expanded to include distribution, service and support when he was promoted to executive vice president. In June 1985, Campbell was named group executive of the United States and has served on its board of directors since August 1997.