About Regis McKenna
 Board Of Directors Seats
 Board of Directors/Trustee - Non-Profit
 Advisory Boards
 Books Published
 Publications and Pamphlets
 Awards for Contribution

Regis Mckenna

Regis McKenna founded his own high tech marketing firm, Regis McKenna, Inc., in Silicon Valley in 1970 after working in the marketing departments of two early semiconductor pioneering companies. Over the past 30 years, his firm evolved from one focused on high tech start ups to a broad based marketing strategy firm servicing international clients in many different industries and countries. McKenna retired from consulting in 2000 and is concentrating his efforts on high tech entrepreneurial seed-ventures.

McKenna is included in the San Jose Mercury News' Millennium 100 as one of the 100 people who made Silicon Valley what it is today. McKenna has written and lectured extensively on the social and market effects of technological change advancing innovations in marketing theories and practices.

McKenna and his firm worked with a number of entrepreneurial start-ups during their formation years including: America Online, Apple, Compaq, Electronic Arts, Genentech, Intel, Linear Technology, Lotus, Microsoft, National Semiconductor, Silicon Graphics, 3COM, and many others. McKenna helped launch some of the most important technological innovations of the last thirty years including the first microprocessor (Intel Corporation), the first personal computer (Apple Computer), the first recombinant DNA genetically engineered product (Genentech, Inc.), and the first retail computer store (The Byte Shop). In the last decade, McKenna consulted on strategic marketing and business issues to industrial, consumer, transportation, healthcare, and financial firms in the United States, Japan, and Europe. McKenna continues to be involved in high tech start-up companies through his venture activities.

McKenna pioneered many of the theories and practices of technology marketing that have become integrated into the marketing mainstream. Some of these include:

  • The process of diffusing technology across various classes of users ranging from innovators to early adopters to late adopters and laggards and the corresponding evolution of the "whole product." (The Regis Touch, 1985).
  • The development of industry infrastructure modeling whereby a relatively small number of "influencers" establish and sustain standards.
  • The focus on "intangibles" as the benefits of technology products.
  • The development of "other" as a major, growing segment of market share with the result of "choice becoming a higher value than brand."
  • His book, Relationship Marketing, was a pioneering work in the concept of one-to-one marketing.
  • The development of the concept of "Real Time," whereby technology compresses time (from want or need to zero), creating "the never satisfied consumer.

McKenna has written five books on technology business strategies and marketing. His first two books were: The Regis Touch and Who's Afraid of Big Blue. His third book, Relationship Marketing, published in 1992, focuses on the interactive relationships vital to market acceptance in the "Age of the Customer." Real Time, Preparing For The Age Of The Never Satisfied Customer, was published by Harvard Business Books in 1997. This book analyzes the effects of technology on the marketplace and describes how high-speed electronics enables ready access to information, products and services and in the process, generates increased expectations for immediate satisfaction. His most recent book, TOTAL ACCESS, Giving Customers What They Want in an Anytime, Anywhere World, published by Harvard Business School Press in March 2002, addresses the future of marketing as computers and the network do most of the work, from data gathering to customer care and response. The marketing function disappears into a network of relationships and responsibilities between man and machine throughout the value chain. Total consumer access to-and interaction with-the marketplace replaces the archaic broadcast model.

McKenna has appeared on the television NightLine special on Time, The Jim Leher Report on technology at the Millennium and on The Today Show on venture capital.

McKenna is Chairman of the Board of the Santa Clara University Center for Science, Technology and Society and was a founding board member of Smart Valley. He is a trustee at Santa Clara University, the Advisory Board of the Haas School of Business University of California Berkeley and the Economic Strategies Institute. He is president of the Board of Trustees for The Children's Shelter Fund of Silicon Valley, an investor and on the Board of Directors of a number of high technology companies as well. Formerly McKenna was on the International Advisory Board of Toyota Motor Company.

Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, McKenna attended Saint Vincent College and is a liberal arts graduate of Duquesne University. In 1962, he moved to Silicon Valley. In 1965, he joined the marketing department of General Micro Electronics, the first company to develop and market commercial MOS (metal oxide semiconductor) products, the basis for much of today's electronics technology. He joined another start-up, National Semiconductor, in 1967 where, as Marketing Services Manager, he helped direct National's marketing strategies in the early stages of the company's growth.

Board of Director Seats

  • Golden Gate Software (www.goldengate.com) - GoldenGate Software is the market leader in Transactional Data Management (TDM) solutions. TDM provides guaranteed capture, routing, transformation, delivery, and verification of data transactions across heterogeneous environments in real time.
  • LighUp (www.Lignup.com) - LighUp provides web-services based VoIP and data platform enabling system and network integrators, and service providers to quickly and cost-effectively assemble differentiated, cost competitive solutions and services for enterprise customers.
  • Nanosys, Inc. (www.nanosysinc.com) - Focused on the development of nanotechnology-enabled systems. These systems incorporate zero and one-dimensional nanometer-scale materials such as nanowires, nanotubes and nanodots (quantum dots) as their principal active elements.
  • Coghead, Inc. (www.coghead.com) - A simple, powerful new way to create web-based business applications that can be used by anyone, anytime, anywhere. Coghead is the one do-it-yourself web application platform that can handle all of your projects from beginning to end.

Board of Directors/Trustee - Non-Profit

Advisory Boards
  • Center for the Study of Science, Technology & Society (www.scu.edu) Santa Clara University (Chairman)
  • Progressive Policy Institute (www/ppionline.org) - Technology, Innovation & New Economy Project
  • The Tech Museum (www.thetech.org) - A cosmopolitan museum singularly focused on technology - how it works and the way that it is changing every aspect of the way we work, live, play and learn

Books Published
  • Total Access, Giving Customers What They Want in an Anytime, Anywhere World, Harvard Business School Press, March 2002
  • Real Time, Preparing for the Age of the Never Satisfied Customer, Harvard Business School Press, Fall 1997
  • Relationship Marketing, Addison-Wesley, 1991
  • Who's Afraid of Big Blue, Addison-Wesley, 1989
  • The Regis Touch, Addison-Wesley, 1985

Publications and Pamphlets
  • Where Technology and Science Meet, co-authored with Jim Koch, STS NEXUS. University of Santa Clara Center For Science & Technology. Vol 1, No. 1. Winter 2001.
  • The Choice to Shape The Future, SiliconIndia, Technology & Business Magazine. Special Issue: Business Challenges For the 21st Century. February 2001
  • When Marketing Disappears, Gartner Group Business Technology Journal, Millennium Edition, November, 1999
  • "Goodbye Stranger, It's Been Nice," ForbesASAP, The Big Issue IV, The Great Convergence, October 4, 1999
  • "Forget Me Not," ForbesASAP, The Big Issue - on Time, November 30, 1998
  • "Board of a Different Breed," Directors & Boards Magazine, Fall 1995
  • "Real-Time Marketing," Harvard Business Review, July-August 1995
  • "Stalking the Information Society," Upside Magazine, January 1995
  • "Know Thy Customer," OEM Magazine, October 1994
  • "Marketing Is Everything," Harvard Business Review, 1991
  • "Marketing in an Age of Diversity," Harvard Business Review, 1988
  • "Why High Tech Products Fail," The International High Technology Marketing Review, 1987
  • And That Has Made All the Difference, Regis McKenna Inc., 1986
  • Technology and Freedom, Regis McKenna Inc., 1986
  • Word of Mouth Marketing, Regis McKenna Inc., 1986
  • "International Competition in High Technology," California Management Review, 1984
  • "Sustaining the Innovation Process in America," The Industrial Policy Debate, ICS Press, 1984
  • Creating New Retail Markets, Regis McKenna Inc., 1984
  • Trees Have Blemishes, But the Forest is Beautiful, Regis McKenna Inc., 1981

McKenna has also published exclusive articles in various Japanese, Brazilian, British, and French journals.
Awards for Contribution Regis Mckenna