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
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.