San Mateo County History Makers

Entrepreneurs Who Changed the World

The exhibit chronicles some of the entrepreneurs who made San Mateo County known around the world for advances in such fields as finance, high tech, and biotech. Their work has changed our daily life – from innovations that make banking more accessible to microchips that speed communications to advances in medicine.

Touching History

History comes alive through hands-on activities.

  • Play Are You an Entrepreneur?, a computer game exploring what entrepreneurs do.
  • Nominate someone for the Entrepreneurs' Hall of Fame.
The Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs who have lived or worked in San Mateo County include:
Herbert Boyer, Genentech
Dr. Thomas Fogarty*, Inventor Balloon Catheter
A.P. Giannini, Bank of America
Trip Hawkins, Electronic Arts & Digital Chocolate
Steve Jobs, NeXt
Charles B. Johnson*, Franklin Templeton Investments
Charles Litton, Litton Engineering
Rod McLellan*, Rod McLellan Company
Gordon Moore*, Intel
Alexander Poniatoff, Ampex
Miller Ream*, Borel Estate Company
Thomas M. Siebel*, Siebel Systems, Inc.
Robert Swanson, Genentech
G.W. Williams*, Real Estate and Construction
Clarence N. Wolfe, Television Pioneer

*Film in the exhibit's Theatre of Innovation.