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Jan. 19, 2012 SVForum SVASE Merger

Jan. 19, 2012 in Redwood City at the Sobrato Center for Nonprofits-Redwood Shores, SVForum and SVASE celebrated the joining of members and resources. SVForum speakers included CEO Chris Gill, Board Member Ann Winblad of Hummer Winblad and Deborah Magid of IBM Venture Capital Group who will be the incoming Chair and Director. SVASE speakers included Board Members Laura Pickering of Sizijee and Jim Connor of Sand Hill Angels. KV Rao of Zuora spoke about how these organizations helped him get funding.

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Oct. 15, 2010 SDF Open Innovation and the Ecosystem Conference

Oct. 15, 2010 in Palo Alto at HP, SDForum held the Open Innovation and the Ecosystem Conference. Experts shared how innovation works for large and small companies at the local and international level.

Anthony Wasserman, Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley made the welcoming remarks. Ted Shelton of Open-First introduced opening keynote speaker Judy Estrin, CEO of Jlabs and author of “Closing the Innovation Gap”. She spoke of the need for sustainable innovation culture where people are comfortable taking risk. While everyone wants a breakthrough, most corporate innovation is incremental, meeting only existing customer expectations. Henry Ford said if he had given customers what they wanted, they would have gotten a faster horse. The challenge is to encourage orthogonal innovation, where an existing product is used in a new way. Apple did not invent the MP3 player, the cell phone or tablet, but it found an innovative way to use both with the iPod, iPhone and iPad.

Rich Friedrich, Director of Strategy and Innovation Office at HP Labs gave a company keynote on “Open Innovation at HP Labs.” Mobile sensors measuring our surroundings will transform the way we collect and use information in areas like weather, traffic or even bio-signs.

Ping Li of Accel Partners and Mike Olson of Cloudera had a fireside chat. Olson’s previous company was bought by Oracle and he wanted to do something different. He found it in the cloud. He thinks Hadoop and other tools will cause the biggest change since the introduction of the relational database thirty years ago. All of this data cannot be kept private if we want to use it effectively. We must penalize people who misuse it. An example would be insurance companies having access to medical records but they could not deny coverage based on it.

Deborah Magid, IBM Venture Group gave a keynote on “The Innovator’s Dilemma.” IBM made an early commitment to open source and Linux. They have a long track record of innovation and are investing in the cloud and mobile spaces.

Chris Yeh of PBWorks moderated panelists Christine Crandell of Accept Corporation, Riley Gibson of Napkin Labs, Guy Martin of CollabNet and Padmanabh Dabke of Spigit. The topic was “Innovation in Practice.” If you don’t have a research and development lab, start one. Promote risk and accept failure in a culture of cross discipline. Reward courage.

Doug Solomon of IDEO spoke of his five principles in “Building Innovation Tools that Work,” The challenge was to design a system to share knowledge effectively in an organization. IDEO developed an internal social media site that builds pointers to people and not just the data they produce. People need to be rewarded for participating. They should demand intuitive interfaces. They must take the road more traveled by finding the way most users are comfortable communicating. Learn from these steps and keep iterating early and often.

Pascal Finette, Director of Mozilla Labs gave his perspective on browser innovation.

Mike Cassidy of San Jose Mercury News moderated panelists Raj Apte of PARC, Denis Browne of SAP and John Wolpert, CEO of UpStart Mobile. The topic was “Silicon Valley Innovators: How They Do What They Do?” They look outside their own companies for new ideas and trends.

Henry Tirri of Nokia Research Center gave the closing keynote.

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Sept. 9, 2010 SDF IBM SmartCamp

On September 9, 2010 in Menlo Park, SDForum was a sponsor to IBM SmartCamp! This is the sixth event bringing entrepreneurs, investors and mentors together to build a smarter planet. Claudia Fan Munce, VP of IBM’s Venture Capital Group, introduced Gerald Mooney, GM for IBM’s Public Sector, who talked about “Smarter Cities for a Smarter Planet.”

Deborah Magid, Director of IBM’s Venture Capital Group explained how the finalists qualified for SmartCamp. The panel of judges consisted of Susan Lucas Conwell of SDForum, Curtis Mo of DLA Piper, Gerald Mooney and Ann Winblad. The finalists were Kyle Brinkman and Jason Kiesel of CitySourced, Neil Helfrich of iFind Systems, Zia Yusuf of Streetline, Shahram Javey of Aquacue and Albert Santalo CareCloud. The judges chose two winners: CareCloud and Streetline.

Ann Winblad of Hummer Winblad presentation was “From Start to Finish: Building a High Performance Company.” She advised startups working with IBM to be patient but persistent when working with IBM.

Mark Hanny, VP of IBM ISV and Developer Relations made the closing remarks.

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Jun. 8, 2010 SDForum Health IT

On June 8, 2010 in Palo Alto at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, SDForum and IBM partnered “The Healthcare IT Symposium: The Role of Technology Innovation in Healthcare.” The event focused on the challenges the health care industry’s IT infrastructure response to new regulations and the Health Information Exchanges (HIE).

Deborah Magid introduced fellow IBMer Lonne Jaffe who gave the opening keynote “Enabling Technologies for Healthcare Transformation.”

Gerry Hinkley of Pillsbury Winthrop moderated panelists Linda Drumright of DecisionView, Ryan Howard of Practice Fusion, Ron Jimenez of Santa Clara Health and Hospital System, Dr. Wayne Pan of SciMed Partners and Marco Smit of Health 2.0 Advisors. They discussed information technology in health care’s challenges of preserving patient privacy and meeting regulatory requirements.

Adam Bosworth of Keas gave a contrary view in his keynote “Innovating in Healthcare – The Emperor Has No Clothes.” All the technology and regulation in the world will not improve the health of patients in less there are incentives to everyone in the system to prevent long term disease. He mentioned Mint.com’s software as an example of how patient’s can manage their health.

Philip Korn of TriNet moderated panelists Brian Ascher of Venrock, Jeff Calcagno of Scale Venture Partners and Dr. Louis G. Lange of Asset Management. They discussed the venture landscape and where they are investing in healthcare IT.

Jaap Suermondt of Hewlett-Packard gave the final keynote about the crisis approaching and how we might deal with it.

I recommend James Downey’s article on this event:


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Jan. 15, 2009 SDF Australia

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On January 15, 2009 at the Quadrus Conference Center in Menlo Park, SDForum and Austrade held the third annual “Australian Innovation – A Shoot Out”. Continue reading Jan. 15, 2009 SDF Australia