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Hammer and Silicon Book Launch

  • CIC Cambridge, 15th floor kitchen 101 Main Street Cambridge, MA, 02142 United States (map)

Come celebrate the launch of Hammer and Silicon: The Soviet Diaspora in the US Innovation Economy - Immigration, Innovation, Institutions, Imprinting, and Identity (Cambridge University Press, 2018). Enjoy a conversation with the authors, Sheila Puffer, Daniel McCarthy, and Daniel Satinsky. Moderated by CIC director, Stas Gayshan. Meet people whose stories are included in the book! 

Complimentary food and drinks courtesy of CIC. 

This deeply personal book tells the untold story of the significant contributions of technical professionals from the former Soviet Union to the US innovation economy, particularly in the sectors of software, social media, biotechnology, and medicine. Drawing upon in-depth interviews, it channels the voices and stories of more than 150 professionals who emigrated from 11 of the 15 former Soviet republics between the 1970s and 2015, and who currently work in the innovation hubs of Silicon Valley and Boston/Cambridge. 

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How can I contact the organizer with any questions? 

Contact Professor Sheila Puffer at


Earlier Event: October 9
Japanese/English Language Exchange
Later Event: October 10
Veggie Eats Lunch Meetup Cambridge