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A Fireside Chat With Allan Vermeulen of

Date: 6:30pm PST January 31, 2014 Location: Agnes Flanagan Chapel

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In this inaugural fireside chat, Michael Kaplan, managing director of the Center for Entrepreneurship, will talk with’s Allan Vermeulen about Vermeulen’s involvement in creating cloud computing at and what it really means to be entrepreneurial, even in a very big company. Kaplan will also ask his guest what he wishes he’d studied in college, what looks for in employees, and what he thinks entrepreneurship may look like in the future.

Lewis & Clark students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to submit questions and discussion topics for consideration. Email your suggestions to and indicate whether you wish your name/title to be included with your question.

The event is free and open to the public. There will be a reception with beverages and light appetizers following the talk at Greg Pavilion from 7:30 to 8 p.m.


About Allan Vermeulen:

Allan has been with for 14 years, where he has worked his way through a variety of ‘titles’ including VP, platform services; VP, Amazon Web Services Engineering; Chief Technical Officer, and most recently, Distinguished Engineer. 

Prior to Amazon, Allan was VP Development and CTO for Rogue Wave Software. During his seven years at Rogue Wave, it grew from a small Corvallis, Oregon start up to a publicly traded company.

Outside of work, Allan enjoys investing in high potential very early stage companies, and participates in several Portland based angel investment funds. Allan holds a BASc and a PhD in Systems Design Engineering from the University of Waterloo. He is an author of the well regarded book, The Elements of Java Style.  In his spare time, he runs, flies airplanes, and walks across islands with friends.

About the Center for Entrepreneurship’s Fireside Chat Series

Lewis & Clark’s Center for Entrepreneurship serves as a hub not only for students of the College of Arts and Sciences, the Graduate School of Education and Counseling, and the Law School, but also for alumni and the Portland and Pacific Northwest communities at large. In the interest of furthering entrepreneurial excellence, collaboration and connections on Lewis & Clark’s campuses and with the community, the center is presenting a number of fireside chats with accomplished individuals sharing their perspectives on entrepreneurship and innovation.

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