COVID-19 and its impact on Silicon Valley

A conversation with Rick Rasmussen

Date: 12th May, 6PM CEST

Rick Rasmussen

Christian Rangen

About the Webinar

COVID-19 is disrupting global economies. With more than 2 months in lock-down, California is starting to feel the pressure.

What are the realities on the ground? What is actually moving – and what is not? How are investors and startup coping?

Are we entering a recession? And if so, what will be some of the consequences for both Silicon Valley and the world?

Join us to explore these topics and more, as global ecosystem advisor,  UC Berkeley & Northwestern University Faculty, and Silicon Valley investor Rick Rasmussen joins us with an update from the Valley.

Topics We’ll Cover

  • How is the COVID-crisis affecting the world’s innovation hotspot?

  • What are the realities on the ground in the Valley?

  • Have we seen this before?

  • Dying unicorns and black swans

  • Predications and outlook: the good and the bad

  • A new breed of startups on the Horizon

  • Interactive Q&A with Berkley faculty, Rick Rasmussen


00:00 Welcome and Introduction

00:05 Main presentation by Rick

00:30 Discussion, Rick & Chris

00:40 Q&A from the participants

00:55 Summary conclusions


Rick Rasmussen

Rick Rasmussen is a Silicon Valley native with several lifetimes worth of experience and accomplishment.  Rick is a sought-after speaker in the fields of entrepreneurship, corporate innovation as well as ecosystem development and has keynoted dozens of conferences around the world. 

He currently serves as Industry Fellow and Director of Startup Programs for the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology at UC Berkeley.  Here he has developed a full set of graduate-level curricula covering the range of startup development from inception through exit.   This material has been extensively taught at many top 50 global entrepreneurial international universities including UC Berkeley, Columbia, NYU, IE Business School, NTU, Tsinghua, CKGSB, ETH, Northeastern and worked with many more. 

Rick advises accelerators and government-led economic development initiatives for a number of countries including Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Brazil, Canada, China, Japan, Korea, Mongolia, Portugal, Mexico, and Ukraine.   Prior, Mr. Rasmussen served as the Trade Commissioner for the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade with responsibility for linking Canadian IT companies to Silicon  Valley.   He operates flawlessly among startups, the corporate world, government and education.  


Christian Rangen | Strategy Tools

Christian Rangen is a serial entrepreneur, strategy expert, business school faculty, speaker, author – and most recently founder and CEO of Strategy Tools. Since 2011, Strategy Tools has been used with 1000’s of companies around the world. Over the past 18 years, he has advised companies and governments globally on strategy, innovation, transformation and developing ecosystems.

Strategy Tools Speaker Series

Scott d. Anthony, Rita McGrath, Alexander Osterwalder, Bill Fischer, Rick Rasmussen, Simon Torrance – Join Christian Rangen in discussing with top strategy leaders discuss how we can survive and thrive in times of crisis.