Hennessy answers the question: How do you get people to stay at Stanford when there is so much opportunity in the business sphere? He remarks that companies are great things, but they are missing most of what makes a university so appealing to its employees: the freshness and excitement of the students and the freedom to conduct one's own research.
John Hennessy lectures on Entrepreneurship for Stanford University students, April 21, 2004. Dr. John Hennessy has been President of Stanford University since 2000. He became a Stanford faculty member in 1977. He rose through the academic ranks to full professorship in 1986 and was the inaugural Willard R. and Inez Kerr Bell Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from 1987 to 2004. In this Stanford lecture, he talks about envisioning new centers of entrepreneurial activity and Silicon Valley.