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Feb. 2, 2011 SDF Corporate Sustainability

On Wednesday, February 2, 2011 in Menlo Park at Orrick, SDForum presented as part of their Green and Clean Evening Series “The State of Corporate Sustainability.” Mitch Zuklie of Orrick moderated Michael Beutler of SAP, Joyce Dickerson of Stanford University, Brian Goncher of Deloitte, Bruce Klafter of Applied Materials and Andrew Williamson of Physic Ventures. Building sustainability into an organization’s DNA improves efficiency, competitiveness and profitability.

Reaching sustainability is as much an attitude as a process. Any organization can benefit from rethinking how it does business. Examine your costs. Can you eliminate travel by teleconferencing? Would it be better to have all your employees in the same geographic location or time zone? Can social networking internally and externally increase communication and productivity? How much office space do you really need? Is there a service than can be delivered with less energy or product with less packaging? If you convert most of your information to online, can you reduce your costs with more energy efficient IT centers?

Beyond your company, can you offer services that help your customers be more efficient and sustainable than their competitors? Anticipate their need and you will beat the competition.

For more information check out James Downey’s article.

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Apr. 23, 2010 SDF Teen Tech Titans of Tomorrow

On April 23, 2010 in Mountain View at Microsoft, SDForum held the fourth annual “Tech Titans of Tomorrow: Teens Plugged In 2010.” The focus was on being more socially and environmentally responsible and using social media. Text from DJCline.com

The opening keynote was given by Josh Becker of New Cycle Capital. Becker is a Green Energy Entrepreneur who for over twenty years has worked at the nexus of community activism, technology, environmentalism, and social justice. He co-founded New Cycle Capital, a pioneer in building socially responsible businesses. Josh also co-founded the Stanford Board of Fellows program, which trains students to serve on the boards of local non-profits, engaging them in social progress at the beginning of their careers, rather than the end. He thinks there is never a better to time to make the world a better place.

Mike Cassidy of the San Jose Mercury News moderated the first panel with college students Matthew Roeckel of Santa Clara University, Sol Tran Santa Clara University, Alvin Tse of Stanford and Nima Wedlake of UC Berkeley. His Silicon Valley Dispatches column looks at the entrepreneurship, diversity and risk-taking tradition that make the valley a place like few others in the world. While seldom watching television they may carry more than one mobile device to surf or text.

Anne Hardy of SAP gave the first corporate spotlight. Hardy leads Technology Innovation initiatives for SAP’s Technology Strategy group. She looks for critical enabling technologies that might disrupt SAP’s platform business.

James Bickford of Tigo Energy gave the first teen success story. After graduating from Santa Clara with a degree in mechanical engineering, James Bickford co-founded Valence Energy to develop energy efficiency software. He gave a hilarious talk about moving a solar house across the country. Bickford became the Marketing Manager at Tigo Energy. Their technology significantly boosts the amount of energy harvested from any solar panel.

Bruce Klafter of Applied Materials gave the second corporate spotlight. Klafter is the Senior Director of Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) and also serves as Head, Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability for Applied Materials. Applied Materials is one of the leading suppliers of equipment and services to several industries, including the semiconductor, flat-panel display and solar photovoltaic industries.

Emily Gran and Julia Sommer of Menlo-Atherton told their success stories saving energy by changing behavior with high schools. Gran got involved in the environmental movement and spread the message to her peers about climate change and encouraging people to get involved.

Shreya Indukuri of The Harker School told her success story. She co-founded SmartPowerEd, a network seeking to connect schools with smart energy-tracking systems to cut carbon emissions and energy costs. She was a youth climate representative at the Governor’s Global Climate Summit and her project was part of a UNICEF documentary. She is currently on the Youth Advisory Board for Alliance for Climate Education, who awarded her project a $5,500 grant for on-campus green initiatives in 2009.

Allison Leopold Tilley of Pillsbury Winthrop moderated the fireside chat “Learning Lessons from Young Entrepreneurs” with Ken Elkabany of PiCloud and Simon Montford of Vibio.

Ken Elkabany graduated with honors from the University of California at Berkeley Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department, getting the William Everitt Award for Excellence in 2007. He co-founded HotSwap, a video ecommerce pioneer. He is the CEO of PiCloud, providing true utility computing in the cloud. He is also a published academic researcher in biomedical engineering.

Simon Montford is a British serial entrepreneur born in London. Some of his ventures were Corsellis-Montford Interactive, acquired by New Media Industries Group in 2000 and icollector Plc, purchased in 1999 by Able Auctions Inc. He left London to become an Entrepreneur in residence at Edinburgh University in 2007 and is currently founder and CEO of Vibio (UK) Ltd and Vibio Inc.

After lunch there was the “Call to Action: Teens Reach Out.” Teen entrepreneurs and developers gave their thirty second pitch on their projects.

Crystal Yan of Monta Vista High School told her teen success story. Yan is the Founder of Torque Media Group (design agency with a nonprofit branch that offers pro-bono design packages to startups/nonprofits), Co-Founder of Social Startup Summit (high-impact social entrepreneurship unconference for youth), Co-Curator of What’s Next: 25 Big Ideas from 25 Gen-Yers Under 25 (an e-book with big ideas from under-25 entrepreneurs/activists), and Founder of EconForAll (media campaign to with tools to make learning fun for K-12 educators and nonprofits). She is a trilingual Chinese American student entrepreneur in the San Francisco Bay Area. She talked about ways to eradicate polio.

Alison van Diggelen of Fresh Dialogues moderated the second panel with high school students from local Bay Area high schools discusses how they use technology and their personal interest in technology and entrepreneurship.

Amy Strande of Microsoft gave the third corporate spotlight. Strande is a Director with the Student Audience Marketing team.  She has launched connected the digital experiences of website, mobile and  competitions to reach students and give them low cost software, career advice, and school success tips.

Chris McCann of Startup Digest told his teen success story. McCann is an entrepreneur, writer, and general activist in the entrepreneurial community of Silicon Valley and San Luis Obispo. He has led the entrepreneurial programs at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, where he started an alumni led incubator Innovation Quest. He leads social media strategy for TEDx Silicon Valley.

Matt Thompson of Microsoft moderated the third panel Ben Narasin of TriplePoint Capital, Gamiel Gran of Sierra Ventures, Eli Chait of Alsop Louie Partners. They listened as teen entrepreneurs pitched to investors and experienced entrepreneurs, got advice and input on their projects. Text from DJCline.com

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Jan. 12, 2010 SDF Clean Energy

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On January 12, 2010 in Sunnyvale at AMD Commons Auditorium, SDForum held the third annual “State of Clean Energy: Global Challenges and Opportunities” event. This year focused on who is leading in clean energy to create new jobs and sustainable growth while reducing costs.

Dian Grueneich, Commissioner of the California Public Utilities Commission delivered the opening keynote. Grueneich focuses on transmission planning and permitting, energy efficiency, climate change, renewable energy resources, and low income consumer issues.

The first panel discussed “The Greening of Corporations.” Lynelle Cameron of Autodesk  moderated panelists Scott C. Bolick of SAP, Mukesh Khattar of Oracle, Bruce Klafter of Applied Materials and Rich Lechner of IBM.

The second panel discussed “The Role of Public Policy and Research in Private Innovation.” Patrick Bray of PacificVision Partners and Osaka City Investment moderated Hal LaFlash of PG&E, Marc LePage of Embassy of Canada and Dean Arthur Ramirez of UCSC School of Engineering.

Sally M. Benson of Stanford University’s Director of the Global Climate and Energy Project delivered the second keynote. She knows how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by capturing carbon dioxide from power plants and pumping it into deep underground formations for permanent sequestration.

The third panel discussed “Leaders in Innovation: Global Success Stories in Clean Energy.” Brad Rock of DLA Piper moderated Gregg Dixon of EnerNoc and Kate Sherwood of Recurrent Energy discussed who is winning around the world.

The fourth panel discussed “Early Stage Investors: What Does This Mean for Entrepreneurs?” Camille Ricketts of VentureBeat moderated panelists Dan Lankford of Wavepoint Ventures, Bruce Pasternack of CMEA Capital, Dylan Steeg of Intel Capital and Robert Walker of Sierra Ventures.

The fifth panel discussed “Financing the Next Level: Global Investment Climate.” Michael Kanellos of Greentech Media moderated panelists Tim Carey of PricewaterhouseCoopers, Larry Kellerman of Goldman Sachs, Randy Lewis of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati and Prakash Ramachandran of Nordic Windpower.

Tom Rand of the MaRS Discovery Project gave the final keynote on “Kick The Fosssil Fuel Habit: Ten Technolgies To Save Our World.”

Basically we are in trouble and need get moving. Try everything and see what works best to avoid the worst.

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