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Up Portraits for Talks Resume Seth Fearey is VP & COO for Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network, a regional economic development organization that provides leadership for programs that bring together business, government, universities, labor, and community leaders.  As director for the Smart Valley initiative, Seth provides leadership for the Wireless Silicon Valley, Wireless Campus, and Smart Health projects.

Seth Fearey played a key leadership role in developing the strategy for Silicon Valley's Smart Valley, Inc., one of the largest and most successful connected community programs in the world. As a member of the Board of Directors, he championed the formation of CommerceNet, an international consortium of companies and public agencies learning to do business over the Internet. He promoted the concept of Smart Permitting putting the building permit process on the Internet which is now being deployed by 17 cities. He developed the marketing strategy for Smart Voter, a Smart Valley initiative now being managed by the League of Women Voters. Seth contributed to many of the other Smart Valley initiatives, including Smart Schools Net Day, PC Day, Government Guide, telecommuting, the Public Access Network, and Connect 96, a global conference for connected community initiatives.

Seth enjoyed a twenty-year career at Hewlett-Packard Company (HP), holding management positions in finance, marketing, information systems and strategic planning. From 1989 to 1995, he represented the company on the technology policy committee of the Computer Systems Policy Project, an association of computer industry CEOs collaborating on public policy issues of interest to the industry. The CSPP was the first organization to describe the importance of the National Information Infrastructure to economic development.

At Hewlett-Packard, Seth managed the company's first Intranet in 1985, learning first hand how networks could change how research was conducted at HP Laboratories. He championed HP's Internet strategy and brought its first Internet servers to market in 1995 generating sales of $100 million in the first year.

Seth serves on the Board of Directors of CalRHIO, a state-wide initiative to enable the electronic exchange of medical records.  Seth also serves on the board of the Middpeninsula Community Media Center, a public benefit corporation providing locally produced television programming for cable viewers in Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Atherton, Stanford and East Palo Alto.

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