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June 5, 2007 SDF VC PWC

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SDForum Quarterly Venture Breakfast with PWC

On Tuesday, June 5 2007 at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, Palo Alto, SDForum held the second quarterly Venture Breakfast Series in partnership with PWC. A panel of corporate venture capitalists talked about how they invest, from seed funding to series C+, turning innovative technology into fast growing industries. Corporate VC investments can be a leading indicator on the viability of a sector. Continue reading June 5, 2007 SDF VC PWC

May 3, 2007 ASME Tesla Roadster

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May 3, 2007 ASME Tesla Roadster

Tired of burning gas? Get a Tesla Roadster. Save the planet and get a speeding ticket at the same time. On Thursday May 3, 2007 at Menlo Park’s TechShop, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers of Santa Clara Valley hosted Doug Bourn, Senior Electrical Engineer of Tesla Motors to talk about the design and testing of the Power Electronics Module (PEM) for the Tesla Roadster.

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The Bourn Supremacy

Doug Bourn earned his BSEE from Stanford and worked for a decade at IDEO designing or developing consumer products and medical electronic devices. Bourn is a pilot, skydiver, motorcyclist, ham radio operator and not afraid to take risks.

The Toadster

The Tesla Roadster costs $80,000, which is not unusual for a high performance sports car. Tesla is planning a cheaper production car to be built in New Mexico, so in many ways the roadster is a prototype to test the concept. They feel the need for speed and efficiency. Here are the specs. It can go from zero to sixty in four seconds. Its top speed is 140 miles per hour with a 250-mile range. At current electric rates, it costs a penny per mile or approximately 130 miles per gallon. Bourn talked about some of the innovation in the main components.

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David Vespremi talked about Tesla’s strategy to develop less expensive vehicles. They have no intention to build econo-boxes. Most luxury sedans are in the thirty to fifty thousand dollar range and they think they can do that.

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After the talk Jim Newton gave a tour of the TechShop, a high tech playground for fabricators of all ages.

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I have never seen such an excited group of engineers. I think they would have taken the car apart in the parking lot just to see how it worked. Stephen Magie was there and Elise Engelhardt of SVEC was ready to drive it off the lot.

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Apr. 2, 2007 SDF Scandinavia

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On Monday, April 2, 2007, at DLA Piper in East Palo Alto, SDForum’s International SIG Program presented Scandinavia: Opportunities and Challenges. Foad Vafaei Director, Office of General Manager, Emerging Solutions, at SAP Labs moderated a panel consisting of Michael Hadley, Sales and Alliances Executive of Ekahau, Inc., Howard Hartenbaum, former Skype board member and Partner at Draper Richards, LP, Jyri Huopaniemi, Head of Interaction Core Technology Center at the Nokia Research Center, and Pekka Parnanen, Director of FinNode. They discussed the state of innovation in Scandinavia. Continue reading Apr. 2, 2007 SDF Scandinavia

Mar. 27, 2007 SDF Investment Trends

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The SDForum Platform 2.0 panel on Investment Trends was moderated by Brian Goncher Relationship Manager at Deloitte and consisted of Mitchell Kertzman, Partner at Hummer Winbald, Tom Cole, General Partner at Trinity Ventures, Gary Little, General Partner at Morganthaler Ventures and Ray Wu, New Business Ventures at Hewlett-Packard. It was the funniest and smartest panel I’ve seen in months. Continue reading Mar. 27, 2007 SDF Investment Trends

Mar. 25, 2007 Cybersalon Life After TV

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On March 25, 2007 at the Berkeley Cybersalon, Sylvia Paull hosted a panel about life after TV. The panel consisted of Andrew Keen, founder of AfterTV.com and author of Cult of the Amateur, Mary Hodder, founder and CTO of Dabble, a video search engine, Evan Berg, senior director of Brightcove, a video distribution site and Joe Savage, president of Fiber-to-the-Home Council, a marketing organization for promoting broadband to the home. Continue reading Mar. 25, 2007 Cybersalon Life After TV

Mar. 12, 2007 BDA Salon Doug Wray

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On Monday March 12, 2007, Thomas Howard Imaging in Boulder hosted the Boulder Digital Arts Salon. Web Guru Doug Wray talked about the benefits of using Cascading Stylesheets (CSS).

I thought Cascading Stylesheets were something you threw in the dishwasher to remove spots from your fine crystal until Doug set me straight. CSS can improve your website, reduce your maintenance load and keep your site’s appearance consistent. A good CSS redesign dramatically simplifies making changes. Wray showed how to transition from tables to CSS with little fuss. The result is more performance and available bandwidth.

Full disclosure: Doug Wray designed this site. Congratulations Doug!

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Feb. 22, 2007 SVEC Hall of Fame Awards

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On February 22, 2007 at the Hyatt Santa Clara, the Silicon Valley Engineering Council (SVEC) held its engineering Hall of Fame Awards. The SVEC is an umbrella organization of every local engineering group imaginable. Every year they raise money for scholarships to encourage the next generation of technical professionals by honoring the last. It is an extraordinary moment where the past meets the future. Continue reading Feb. 22, 2007 SVEC Hall of Fame Awards

Feb. 22, 2007 SDF Global Emerging Markets

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On February 22, 2007 at Morgan Lewis in Palo Alto, SDForum and the Women’s Technology Cluster presented the Global Emerging Technologies Conference. Panels of experts discussed disruptive emerging technologies and markets. There are opportunities from synthetic biology to pattern technology and from Shanghai to Sao Paolo. The second part of the conference dealt with emerging markets. Continue reading Feb. 22, 2007 SDF Global Emerging Markets