January 4, 2007 – George Gilder

January 4, 2007

  • Social interaction
  • Discussion of current issues and events
  • And a lively conversation with our featured speaker

George Gilder
editor in chief of the Gilder Technology Report
and senior fellow at Discovery Institute.

Supply Side Investing

George Gilder, Editor in Chief of Gilder Technology Report, is Chairman of Gilder Publishing LLC. He’s also a Senior Fellow at Discovery Institute where he directs Discovery’s program on high technology and public policy.

Born 1939 in New York City, he attended Harvard where he studied under Henry Kissinger and helped found Advance, a journal of political thought, which he edited and helped to re-establish in Washington, D.C., after his graduation in 1962.

During this period he co-authored (with Bruce Chapman) The Party That Lost Its Head. He later returned to Harvard as a fellow at the Kennedy Institute of Politics and editor of the Ripon Forum.

In the 1960s Gilder also served as a speechwriter for several prominent officials and candidates, including Nelson Rockefeller, George Romney and Richard Nixon.

In the 1970s, as an independent researcher and writer, Gilder began an excursion into the causes of poverty, which resulted in his books Men and Marriage (1972) and Visible Man(1978); and hence, of wealth, which led to his best-selling Wealth and Poverty (1981).

Gilder pioneered the formulation of supply-side economics when he served as Chairman of the Lehrman Institute’s Economic Roundtable, as Program Director for the Manhattan Institute, and as a frequent contributor to A.B. Laffer’s economic reports and the editorial page of The Wall Street Journal.

In the 1980s he also consulted leaders of America’s high technology businesses. According to a study of presidential speeches, Mr. Gilder was President Reagan’s most frequently quoted living author. In 1996 Gilder was made a Fellow of the International Engineering Consortium.

The investigation into wealth creation led Gilder into deeper examination of the lives of present-day entrepreneurs, culminating in many articles and a book, The Spirit of Enterprise(1986, revised 1992).

That many of the most interesting current entrepreneurs were to be found in high technology fields also led Gilder, over several years, to examine this subject in depth. In his best-selling work, Microcosm (1989), he explored the quantum-roots of the new electronic technologies.

His next book, Life After Television, was a prophecy of the future of computers and telecommunications and a prelude to his book on the future of telecommunications,Telecosm (2000).

Gilder’s latest book The Silicon Eye (2005) travels the rocky road of the entrepreneur on the promising path of disruption, and celebrates some of smartest-and most colorful-technology minds of our time. In this narrative of personality and technology, Gilder shares his insider knowledge of Silicon Valley and illustrates how the unpredictable mix of genius, drive, and luck that can turn a startup into a Fortune 500 company.

Gilder Publishing produces the Gilder Technology Report and the annual Gilder/Forbes Telecosm Conference, both of which offer elite analysis of ascending and disruptive technologies affecting management and investment decisions of investors, executives, engineers and entrepreneurs.

Gilder is a contributing editor of Forbes magazine and a frequent writer for The Economist,The American Spectator, the Harvard Business ReviewThe Wall Street Journal and other publications.

He and his wife Nini live in Tyringham, Massachusetts, in the Berkshire Mountains. He’s an active churchman, sometime runner and parent with his wife of their four children.

  • We gather at 7pm on the first Thursday of each month and begin our organized meeting around 7:30.
  • The featured speaker is normally introduced at about 8. The meeting continues until about 10.
  • Please note: Junto is not the usual sort of meeting with a long speech followed by Q & A. Invited speakers give a short presentation, and then are challenged to defend their assertions. Discussions are intense, but polite.

Location:
General Society Library
20 West 44th St.
Between 5th & 6th avenues, near Grand Central Terminal

Subway: 4, 5, 6, 7 to Grand Central – 42nd St.,
B, D, F, V to 42nd St. – Sixth Ave., or
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Admission is free, and no reservation is necessary.

Junto focuses on libertarianism, Objectivism — the philosophy of Ayn Rand — and investing.

Our founder and host is Victor Niederhoffer, publisher (with Laurel Kenner) of Daily Speculations.

 

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