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Trip Hawkins

Professor of Practice, Technology Management Program
Founder, Electronic Arts

An expert on innovation, entrepreneurship and technology management, Trip Hawkins played a key role in defining and building two major industries:  personal computers and video games.  He was an executive in three companies that had IPOs and was the founder and CEO of Electronic Arts (EA Sports) which remains an industry leader today with a market capitalization of over $20 billion.

As a result of defining, establishing and leading in the creative and business practices of entertainment software, Hawkins, his products and companies have won hundreds of awards and he has won multiple Entrepreneur of the Year, Lifetime Achievement and Hall of Fame awards.  A holder of three patents, he invented, produced or directed several pioneering sports simulation games including John Madden Football.

Using a formula similar to how he worked with sports experts like Madden, the last game Hawkins produced, IF… The Emotional IQ Game, was created with world experts on emotional intelligence and culminated more than a decade of domain analysis and research on human behavior and the brain.

Thanks to a long career in Silicon Valley, Hawkins had the opportunity to know, work with and learn from numerous tech and media legends including Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Steven Spielberg, Nolan Bushnell, Steve Wozniak, Gordon Moore, Bob Noyce, Don Valentine, John Doerr, Michael Moritz, Mike Markkula, Bob Pittman, Rupert Murdoch, Ted Turner, Steve Ross, Lew Wasserman, Sid Sheinberg, Masayuki Matsushita, Ben Rosen, Dick Asher, George Lucas, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Ken Kutaragi, Nicholas Negroponte, Bill Atkinson, Larry Tesler, John Malone, Regis McKenna, Larry Sonsini, Marc Andreessen, Michael Marks, Hugh Martin, John Roach, Larry Probst, Tom Schelling, Hiroshi Yamauchi, Jerry Kaplan, Shaun Tomson, Janice Toben, Timothy Leary, John Madden, Earl Weaver, Julius Erving, Bill Budge, Dani Bunten, Richard Garriott, Masayoshi Son, Peter Molyneux, Dean Hovey, David Kelley, Chuck Peddle and many others.  Hawkins has also had the pleasure of mentoring remarkable media creators and tech leaders in dozens of companies; clients include Apeel Sciences, FluidStance, Kixeye, Mobcrush, Scopely and Skillz.

A life of community service has included decades as a Big Brother for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, co-founding the successful San Mateo branch of Menlo Church, managing a charitable foundation and advising non-profits including The Santa Barbara Rescue Mission, The National Museum of Play and the Center for Digital Games Research at UCSB.  Hawkins has keynoted numerous events including GDC and CES and has lectured at MIT, Stanford, UC Berkeley, UCSB, USC and Draper University.

Hawkins graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College and has an MBA from Stanford where he ranked in the top 10%, a highest distinction now known as an Arjay Miller Scholar.


Tech Venture Experience: 

Apple, EA, 3DO, Digital Chocolate, If You Can Company, Kixeye, Apeel Sciences