On September 12, 2013 in San Francisco at Nixon Peabody, SVForum Emerging Technology hosted Bio-Computational Specialist Siamak Ashrafi’s presentation “Embedded Technology / Functional Fashion (Demo of Google Glass) and the future of mobile.” Ash talked about the convergence of wearable computing, functional fashion and smartphones. Micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) are replacing traditional dedicated embedded systems with smartphone apps leveraging internal sensors and antennas. He then compared and contrasted devices like the Nike+ Fuelband, Lark, Fitbit, Jawbone UP, BodyBug, Motoactv, MSP430, Google Glass, Recon Jet and GlassUP. He wrapped up with what ware we will wear. Say that three times fast.
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On Tuesday, December 6, 2011 in San Francisco at Nixon Peabody, SVForum held a Clean Tech Breakfast on “Solar Energy: Competition from China and the Solyndra Aftermath.” Mavis L. Yee of Nixon Peabody moderated panelists Troy Dalbey of Upsolar, Mark Domine of Enfinity , Kevin Gibson of Solaria, Mark Perutz of DBL Investors and Eric Wesoff of Greentech Media.
China now controls two thirds of the $39 billion photovoltaic (PV) solar production global market. China’s flood of cheap subsidized solar materials is at the expense of US manufacturers like Solyndra, despite substantial federal, state and local support. People in the solar industry are now worried that a trade war may break out just as the industry becomes competitive with old energy. Experts think that the money can be made in adding value to the basic systems with installation, monitoring and service. In other words, don’t try to make money from making an iPhone but from the apps.
Greg Smestad Ph.D., Associate Editor of Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells was on hand with a number of links to detailed stories on the state of the solar industry. There was so much information it will have to be a separate posting.
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On October 22, 2008 in Palo Alto at Frank, Rimerman and Company, SDForum presented “A Case Study of Learning Lessons for Entrepreneurs”. Jim Chapman of Nixon Peabody moderated panelists Steve Baroni of Frank Rimerman, Lisa Chapman of Nixon Peabody, Dave Dembitz of Keiretsu, Anthony Nassar of Venture Momentum, George Northup of Auction Drop, and Emily Ruvalcaba of Bridge Bank. Text from DJCline.com
The idea is to put yourself in the shoes of principal at a fictional startup called GS, following the startup’s lifecycle over the next five months. Panelists were presented with problems and discuss available options. The first problem was a common one in today’s economy: a cash crunch. Text from DJCline.com
GS has successfully landed its first major partnership GS television production company for their new show “America Has A Big Secret.” They have been doing consulting on the side, but the company has not yet begun to generate revenue from its core business. Unfortunately, the company is almost completely out of cash. This is their first big break, yet they cannot even pay their employees, taxes, rent, or even buy their own coffee. What can and should the founders do?Text from DJCline.com
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