ગુજરાત ગૌરવ દિવસ (Gujarat Day) – May, 2018


ગુજરાત ગૌરવ દિવસ નિમિતે દર વર્ષની જેમ આ વર્ષે પણ બે એરિયા ના ગુજરાતીઓએ ગુજરાતી  ભાષાને, ગૌરવવંતા ગુજરાતીઓને, અને ગુજરાતી સાહિત્ય, કલા અને કલાકારોને એક સુંદર કાર્યક્રમમાં વણીને ખુબજ સુંદર કાર્યક્રમ રજુ કર્યો તે માટે સહુ પ્રસ્થિત મહાનુભાવોનો અને સાથીઓનો આભાર. . શ્રી સુરેશમામા મામી, માનનીય પ્રતાપભાઈ, રમાબેન, મનીષાબેન અને નરેન્દ્રભાઈ જેવા મહાનુભાવોના સહકાર અને પ્રોત્સાહન વગર તેમજ રઘુભાઇ, કલ્પનાબેન, રાજેશભાઈ વગેરે પ્રેણનાપૂરક કાર્યકર્તાઓ વગર શક્યજ નથી અને તેમને અંતરથી બે એરિયાના બધાજ ગુજરાતીઓ વતી ખુબ ખુબ આભાર. ગુજરાત ગૌરવ દિવસ નિમિતે જે કાર્યક્રમ શ્રોતાઓ સમક્ષ પેશ કરવામાં આવે છે તેનો મોટો જશ હું પ્રજ્ઞાબેન દાદભાવાળા ને આપું છું. 

તેમણે કેટલાયનો ભારત સુધી સંપર્ક સાધી ને આ કાર્યક્રમ માટે માહિતી અને માર્ગદર્શન મેળવ્યું છે. તેમાં ખાસ આભાર આપીએ શ્રી ચંદ્રકાન્તભાઈ શાહને (જે “માસ્ટર ફૂલમણિ” ના લેખક છે અને આ કાર્યક્રમ માટે સ્ક્રીપટ સાથે તેમના જુના ગીતો રજુ કરવાની પરવાનગી સાથે ખુબ સહકાર આપ્યો), વિનયકાન્તભાઈ દ્વિવેદીને (જે જૂની રંગભૂમિના ચેતન સ્વરૂપ નાટ્ય મહર્ષિ કવિશ્રી પ્રભુલાલભાઈ દ્વિવેદીના દીકરા છે અને તેમણે પ્રજ્ઞાબેન જોડે પોતે જોયેલ જૂની રંગભૂમિ ના સંભારણા તાજા કરીને માર્ગદર્શન આપ્યું) અને ઉત્કર્ષભાઈ મજમુદાર (જેમણે પ્રજ્ઞાબેનને પોતાના અનુભવનો નિચોડ કરીને ખુબ માર્ગદર્શન આપ્યું). પ્રજ્ઞાબેને સુકાન તો સાંભળ્યું પણ છેટ ભારત થી કેલિફોર્નિયા સુધી તેમને ઘણા મહાનુભાવો એ વિવિધ પ્રકારનો સાથ આપ્યો અને તેનું પરિણામ આ બે એરિયામાં જૂની રંગભૂમિ તાજી કરીને બનેલો શ્રેષ્ઠ કાર્યક્રમ.

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wp-1526613165087.jpgઆ વર્ષે તેમણે અથાગ મહેનત થી અને બે એરિયાના કુશળ કલાકારોની મદદ થી જૂની રંગભૂમિના નાટક અને કલાકારોને જીવંત કર્યા અને પ્રેક્ષકોને મનોરંજન સાથે ગુજરાતી રંગભૂમિનો ઇતિહાસ પીરસ્યો. પ્રજ્ઞાબેન ની મહેનત ને લીધે દર વર્ષે ગુજરાત ગૌરવ દિવસે ગુજરાતી સાહિત્ય અને કલા ની નવી સમજણ બે એરિયાના પ્રેક્ષકો ને મળે છે.

તમને ખબર છે કે ગુજરાતી નાટ્ય પ્રવૃત્તિ શરુ કરવાનો જશ મુંબઈ ના પારસીઓને જાય છે? દર્શનાબેન ભૂત્તા શુક્લા અને નરેન્દ્રભાઈ શુક્લા એ પારસી યુગલ તરીકે પારસી રંગમંચ વિષે વાતો કરી તે સાંભળતા લોકો હસી હસીને ઢગલા થઇ ગયા. 1853 માં દાદાભાઈ નવરોજીના આશીર્વાદથી ફરામજી ગુસ્તાદજી દલાલ ના સંચાલન હેઠળ પારસી નાટક મંડળી સ્થપાઈ અને “રુસ્તમ સોહરાબ” નામનું પહેલું નાટક રજુ કરવામાં આવેલ તેમાં રુસ્તમ ના પાત્ર એ અસલી ઘોડા પાર એન્ટ્રી મારેલ।

જૂની રંગભૂમિના નાટકો જ નહિ પણ તેના ગીતો પણ ખુબ પ્રચલિત થઇ ગયેલા અને પ્રેક્ષકો તેમને મહિનાઓ સુધી ગણગણતા. માધવીબેન અને પ્રજ્ઞાબેને જૂની રંગભૂમિની મજાની વાતો ભપકા અને રમૂજ થી પ્રસ્તુત કરી અને સાથે સાથે માધવીબેન અને અસીમભાઈએ તેના ગીતો પીરસીને પ્રેક્ષકોના મન જીતી લીધા.1944 ના સાલ માં “વીર પસલી” નામનું નાટક ભજવાયું ત્યારે લોકો એ નાટક પાછળ ઘેલા થઇ ગયા હતા. મુંબઈ થી વડોદરામાં એ નાટક જોવા માટેની સ્પેશ્યલ ટ્રેન દોડતી જેના ડબ્બા ઉપર નાટક નું નામ લખવામાં આવતું. અચલભાઈ અને આનલબેન અંજારિયા એ નાટકનું  સુંદર ગીત “પ્રેમીને પ્રેમી કોઈ પૂછે કે નયનોમાં શું છે, તું છે” ભજવીને પ્રસ્તુત કર્યું.

બાળક જયશંકર નો નાટક પ્રત્યેનો અત્યંત પ્રેમ જોઈને એક પારસી નાટક કંપનીના દાદાભાઈ ઠુઠ્ઠી નામના શેઠે જયશંકરના માતા પિતા સામે પ્રસ્તાવ મુક્તયો કે “તમારો છોકરો મને સોંપી દ્યો। તેનામાં રહેલ હીર હું પારખી ગયો છું અને તેને હું કલાકાર બનાવીશ”. ઊંચી રકમની ઓફર જોઈને આખરે માતા પિતા માની ગયા અને જયશંકર કલકત્તા માટે રવાના થયા. જયશંકર જી એ આગળ વધીને “સુંદરી” નામે ગુજરાતી રંગભૂમિ ઉપર સ્ત્રી પાત્રો ભજવીને ગરવી ગુજરાતણને રંગભૂમિ ઉપર એટલી સુંદર રીતે સજીવ કરી કે તેમના સ્ત્રી પાત્ર પાછળ પ્રેક્ષકો પાગલ થઇ જતા. તેવાજ પાગલ બે એરિયાના પ્રેક્ષકો ICC માં અમરીશ દામાણી ના સ્ત્રી પાત્ર ઉપર થઇ ગયા. તેમના સ્ત્રી જેવાજ હાવભાવ, કપડાંની ઢબ અને લહેકાઓ અને નખરા જોઈને કોઈ એક પળ પણ હાસ્યને રોકી શકે નહિ. આફ્રિન!!

સાલ 1927 માં ભજવાયેલ “વલ્લભીપતી” નામના નાટક નું સુંદર અતિ લોકપ્રિય અને મીઠી સ્ત્રીહઠ દર્શાવતું ગીત  “ઝટ જાઓ ચંદનહાર લાઓ, ઘૂંઘટ નહિ ખોલું હું” જયારે પ્રજ્ઞાબેન દાદભાવાળાએ ખુબ નખરા સાથે ઘૂંઘટ ઓઢીને નરેન્દ્રભાઈ શાહ સાથે ભજવ્યું ત્યારે દરેક પ્રેક્ષકો તે ગીત ગણગણવા લાગ્યા. હેતેઅલબેન બ્રહ્મભટે “નાગરવેલયો રોપાવ તારા રાજ મહેલોમાં” અને માધવીબેન મહેતા “મીઠા લાગ્યા આજના ઉજાગરા” અને ગીતાબેન અને સુભાષભાઈ ભટ્ટે “સાયબો મારો ગુલાબનો છોડ, હું તો વેલી લવંગની” ભજવ્યા ત્યારે એમ થયું કે જાણે ગુજરાતી સંગીતનો લ્હાવો લેતાજ રહીએ। ને ગરબો ગવાયો ત્યારે તો ગુજરાતણ બેઠી જ કેમ રહી શકે?

તમે જો આ પ્રસંગ કોઈ પણ કારણસર બે એરિયા માં હોવા છતાં ચુકી ગયા હો તો મેં તેમાંનો થોડો ઇતિહાસ  વણીને અને થોડા ફોટો મૂકીને અમે માણેલા મધુર દિવસની થોડી ઘણી મીઠી ક્ષણોને અહીં પ્રસ્તુત કરી છે. ફરી ફરીને હું ભલામણ કરીશ કે તમે આપણા એકદમ વ્યસ્ત બે એરિયા માં કોઈપણ પ્રસંગ ચુકો તો પણ બની શકે તો ક્યારેય ગુજરાત ગૌરવ દિવસ નો પ્રસંગ ચુકતા નહિ. અને પ્રજ્ઞાબેન આયોજન કરે છે ત્યાં સુધી તો નહીંજ ચુકતા. I am Pragnaben Dadhbhawala’s shameless fan.  એમનું ગુજરાતી ભાષા અને સાહિત્ય માટેનું સમર્પણ, તેમની વિવિધ કલા અને તે ઉપરાંત કળાની પરખ અને વિવિધ કલાકારોને એક છત્ર નીચે ભેગા કરીને દરેકની કુશળતાને યૌગ્ય રીતે  પેશ કરીને દર્શાવવાની અને તે બધામાં પ્રેક્ષકોના મનોરંજન માં તલભરની કમી ન રહે તે રીતે સુંદર કાર્યક્રમ નું આયોજન કરવાનું તે તેમની કુશળતા ઉપર હું આફ્રિન છું.

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October: Bollywood Movie Review


In the movie “October”, there are no head spinning dance moves or villain trying to seduce the heroine or evil mother-in-law fomenting trouble. Without any over dramatization, Juhi Chaturvedi’s writing and Shoojit Sircar’s direction has created a masterpiece about love and humanity that isn’t cognitively complex but on the contrary, it’s simplicity stirs your soul.

Image result for October movieDan (Varun Dhawan), a hotel management student is an intern at a top notch hotel. While his batch mates are serious about their careers, Dan seems to be fumbling his way through. He certainly has no passion for his chosen career, shows little focus and dedication and plays many pranks that constantly gets him in trouble with his superiors. His batch mates try and cover for him but also tire of it and lecture him to shape up. Dan has simply not found his life’s purpose.

Image result for October movieIn a freak accident, one of his colleagues, Shiuli (Banita Sandhu) falls from the height of 30 feet and lands up at the hospital, in a coma. To the writer and director’s enormous credit, nothing that happens is overly dramatized. There isn’t overly complicated medical diagnosis, doctors are kind and humane, recovery progresses slowly. Banita Sandhu has given a fantastic performance as a comatose patient, from blank and stoic stares to gradual eye movements to emerging into consciousness with just few simple words, over a period of weeks and months.

Image result for October movie, Rachica OswalBut it is Dan’s reaction to the sudden incident that the story centers around. For some unknown reason, Dan is deeply affected by his colleague’s medical emergency. His involvement in her medical care and his soul stirring emotional journey, the gentle development of his character and characters of those around him including Shiuli’s mother, Vidya Iyer (incredibly well played by Gitanjali Rao), as well as that of the doctor and the nurse treating Shiuli and many of her friends is all seamless and graceful.

There is a short scene that tugs at your heartstrings where Dan’s mother (Rachica Oswal) visits Shiuli and there meets her mother, Vidya. This short scene is a tribute to mothers, who never give up, no matter how challenging the journey. Dan’s mother is not happy with Dan lacking career focus, wasting his fees that the the family has scrambled to pay, but despite noting his failures, she does not get judgemental about her son or give up on her son. Dan’s mother wants to continue to be a part of his life and understand for herself what moves him. And then there is Shiuli’s incredible mother who refuses to give up on her comatose daughter, despite many pressures of being a sole breadwinner and single parent to three children. Despite her life turning upside down by overwhelming medical emergency of her daughter, she finds solace and grace to be a pillar of strength and security for her two other children. She understands that life will always go on, if not for her own joy, at least for their sake, for their future.

This is a beautiful, gentle, graceful movie about love and humanity, and on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being excellent, I rate it a 4.8.

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JOBS: May, 2018


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Please see some of my current opportunities below. All opportunities are for local candidates with valid work visa and most require deep industry experience. Contract opportunities are posted at the bottom. If you have an interest then please send an email (resume as an attachment) at wd_darshana at hot mail dot com.  Please bookmark and keep checking here for updates on new opportunities.

Mechanical Engineer – Santa Cruz, CA

Company focusing on an array of brain computer interface devices to address a range of neurological problems has an opening for Mechanical engineer.

Head of Manufacturing Engineering – San Jose, CA

There is an exciting opportunity for Head of Manufacturing Engineering in San Jose, CA.  This is an exciting opportunity with high potential.

Responsibilities include,  implementing pilot manufacturing line, develop components & assembly manufacturing processes including materials science and selection, develop processes for injection molding, conventional & novel polymers, micro-product molding, converting &  sealing plastic films, micro-tablet compression, clean room processing & large molecule processing.

Required: BS in Engineering plus 12+ years of mechanical engineering experience in medical device industry. Any of the following, highly desired: Experience in consumer product medical device, pharmaceutical (transdermal and solid dosage), and combination product design, manufacturing process development, manufacturing equipment design and development, pharmaceutical and sterile device packaging development, 3-D metal and plastic product design, tooling design and fabrication, injection mold design and fabrication, CNC and g-code programming, production engineering management, maintenance management, manufacturing management, and project management and experience in new product launches through heritage product manufacturing.

Software Engineer – Santa Cruz, CA

Company focusing on an array of brain computer interface devices to address a range of neurological problems has an opening for SW engineer.  Embedded microprocessor experience and windows app experience is required.

CFO – San Jose, CA

There is an exciting opportunity for CFO for a company, in San Jose – CA. Found by a veteran leader the company focuses on disruptive drug delivery platform technology. 15+ years M&A and licensing deals experience in bio/pharma industry is required.

Director of Program/ Project Management – Santa Cruz, CA

There is an exciting opportunity for Director of Program/ Project Management for a company located in Santa Cruz – CA. This company is found by a veteran leader and focuses on an array of brain computer interface devices to address a range of neurological problems. Candidate is required to have 4+ years of medical device program or project management experience in electromechanical systems area.

Head of Regulatory – San Jose, CA

There is an exciting opportunity for Head of Regulatory for a company, in San Jose – CA. Candidate must have 15+ years experience in bio/pharma industry. Experience working with biologics and taking a drug to market in the US and EU is essential.

Design QA Scientist –  Pleasanton, CA.

Responsibilities: Support DQA Principal Scientists and Project teams; Review & approve documentation consistent with design control regulations; technical verification, risk; Assist DQA project team to assess completion of milestone deliverables; Assist in the review and development of high SOPs; Support audits/inspections; Other duties as requested.
Requirements: Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology or related scientific discipline, or equivalent combination of education and work-related experience.
Preferred: Job-related Professional License(s) or Certification(s) and 5 Years Development, Manufacturing and/or Quality Assurance experience under established quality regulations.

Clinical Research Associate II – California 

Responsibilities include, participate in design, planning, implementation and overall direction of clinical research projects; ensure compliance with the overall scientific study objectives;  work with international investigators and key customers as well; Travel to field sites to monitor studies; Receive general instructions; plans and prepare studies; Review study protocols, report manuscripts; Contribute technical & clinical operations expertise for these documents; Work with Data Management & Biostatistics staff on the design of documents and processes for the collection of study data from participating sites; Collect & maintain legal and regulatory documentation, as applicable; Assume responsibility for training & coordinating certification of study site personnel; Ensure accurate and complete study management/data collection and transfer to data management; Ensure site compliance with regulations and study protocol; Monitor the sites and provide technical assistance, as necessary; Assist, prepare and manages study timelines; Manage material logistics for the studies; Conduct reference material testing in-house. Organize investigator meetings, as necessary; Participate in Project Team Meetings; Keep informed of trends and developments in clinical research; Know &  effectively use the broad concepts of a particular field or speicalization to resolve problems of limited scope and complexity; Analyze alternative approaches to solve problems or devleop new perspectives & existing solutions. Bachelors degree in a scientific discipline or related field, or equivalent combination of education and work experience is required. Certificate of completion of sections 1 through 6 is required. Minimum 2-6 years of relevant clinical research experience and knowledge of regulations and guidelines is required.

 

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RMD Biospecimen Scientist – Pleasanton, CA — 6 mo. contract

The BioSpecimen Management (BSM) Scientist position will facilitate the daily operations associated with providing the best-in-class simple biological solutions to customers. Biospecimen solutions include acquisition, characterization, and management of biological materials, and build of select panels fit for purpose for RMD research. Responsibilities include deliver simple, efficient solutions, facilitate receipt of shipments of human biological samples, verify sample integrity and data accuracy, process (centrifuge, aliquot, and pool) samples, consolidate inventory, retrieve and distribute samples, maintain inventory of supplies and ships supplies and facilitate routine activities in the build of custom panels, in close communication with team members. Also includes, responsibility for the accuracy, quality, and timeliness of all assigned projects, tasks and related activities,  accontablity for electronic records management, use of validated systems, and keep supervisor informed of project status.  Requires, Associate degree or certification in Biological Science or related field, or equivalent combination of education & experience, experience handling biological samples, understanding of good laboratory, data and documentation practices, and experience with basic computer application.

Scientist 1 – Pleasanton, CA: 6+ Months Contract

This opportunity is with NGS workflow controls for the RSS assay development team that identifies and tests cutting edge reagents, technologies or protocols that are supporting the development of products in Oncology, Genetics, Infectious Disease and Automation/Sample Preparation. Areas of interest include short and long read sequencing technologies, low input and difficult sample preparation methods and creating integrated workflows. Candidates must be able to work in a collaborative, exciting, and fast-paced team environment.
Responsibilities: Operate & maintain equipment, interact with LIMS databases, complete projects in a timely fashion, research & development, and give presentations at weekly meetings. Additional responsibilities: Operation of different genomics analysis technologies such as next-gen sequencing, microarrays, real time PCR and ancillary equipment for quality control and validation; Develop, validate & apply methods for various genomics methods mainly focused on sequencing; Process include nucleic acid isolation and quantification, PCR amplification, library preparation, plate normalizations and Work with senior personnel, perform early development activity to create new workflows that are robust, cost-effective and time efficient; Collaborate with R&D to transfer new assays and methods to automation platforms; Work closely with IT group and instrument vendors to develop and implement automated workflows; Accurately and consistently record experimental methods, materials & results in electronic laboratory notebooks; Analyze data, evaluates results, form conclusions, and determine future experiments; Present findings or comprehensive project status reviews at internal/external seminars/meetings; Apply advanced technical writing & graphical skills to produce reports & documents; Prepare summaries, reports, presentations, manuscripts, etc.; Present early development work including scientific background information & project updates at internal staff meetings and at cross-functional team meetings; Determine all chemicals, reagents & supplies needed for a project; develop a strong knowledge of all related third-party vendors and their technologies and products; Establish and maintain productive relationship with personnel in development; orient & trains new Research Technicians & peers.
Requirements:  Strong Molecular Biology background or Biochemistry or Immunology background with strong knowledge of Molecular Biology;  Experience performing next-generation sequencing methods (Exome, whole genome, RNA sequencing) a plus; Bachelor of Science with a minimum of 2 years of lab experience.

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Imagine how emerging technologies may reshape our world


detail of 3d printer printing a metal pieceAmong the hottest new emerging technologies for 2018, picked by MIT Technology Review, here are some that caught my attention. While 3D printing has been around for a while, it’s only been for plastics, while printing anything in metal is challenging and costly. But recent strides in 3D metal printing that are combining sophisticated software with cheap metal printers (e.g. Lawrence Livermore National Labs, Markforged, Desktop Metal etc.) are enabling precise control of microstructure of metals and will likely enable mass production of parts. Just imagine, you scrape your new Lexus Mini against a pole in the narrow parking space and you get home in the evening and 3D print a new bumper.

VANCOUVER City - CANADAOr imagine a city that makes sense.  A recent project in Toronto, called Quayside is designing urban neighborhoods built around digital technologies. Through an extensive network of sensors, data will be gathered on every aspect of urban life from air quality to noise levels to people’s daily activity patterns and decisions about design and policies will be made to make life more affordable, pleasant, fun and environmentally friendly.

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The image symbolizes the innovative technologies in the field of chemistry and Or imagine your baby arriving into the world with a report card that offers probabilities of heart attack, cancer, getting addicted to alcohol or tobacco, or being smarter than average, or being too competitive. LOL.  Through huge genetic studies, some involving more than a million people, this may become possible. It can bring so many new challenges that we better start thinking about all the implications.

Abstract Artificial intelligence. Technology web background. Virtual conceptOr imagine the possibilities of AI. Currently Artificial Intelligence is used mostly in the tech industry. But how AI will transform industries from medicine to manufacturing and energy, are endless. Recently at Ichan School of Medicine in Mount Sinai, a project called “Deep Patient” is based on use of AI to go through mounds of health data, in order to obtain insights about disease risk. With the use of deep learning, a machine learning tool, the computer is learning new things without prior programming. Similarly, at University of Montreal, in an approach known as GAN or a generative adversarial network, two networks are trained on the same data but pitted against each other. This dueling neural networks become proficient and over time gain an independent ability to make sense of the world. And when Artificial Intelligence acquires capability for imagination, the possibilities are endless on how it will impact all aspects of our lives.

You can read about top 10 breakthrough technologies of 2018 at https://www.technologyreview.com/lists/technologies/2018/

Virtual reality, Augmented Reality, Autonomous vehicles and Artificial Intelligence will all intersect with Data, Cloud and will reshape our world in unimaginable ways. Attend TiEInflect 2018 www.TiEInflect.org this Friday and Saturday and get insights into which new technology innovations will have an immediate profound impact on our lives and which ones hold the future potential to turn our world upside down. 

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JOBS: April, 2018


It's Time For A New Job, Business ConceptPlease see some of my current opportunities below. All opportunities are for local candidates with valid work visa and most require deep industry experience. If you have an interest then please send an email (resume as an attachment) at wd_darshana at hot mail dot com.  Please bookmark and keep checking here for updates on new opportunities.

Head of Manufacturing Engineering – San Jose, CA

There is an exciting opportunity for Head of Manufacturing Engineering in San Jose, CA.  This is an exciting opportunity with high potential.

Responsibilities include,  implementing pilot manufacturing line, develop components & assembly manufacturing processes including materials science and selection, develop processes for injection molding, conventional & novel polymers, micro-product molding, converting &  sealing plastic films, micro-tablet compression, clean room processing & large molecule processing.

Required: BS in Engineering plus 12+ years of mechanical engineering experience in medical device industry. Any of the following, highly desired: Experience in consumer product medical device, pharmaceutical (transdermal and solid dosage), and combination product design, manufacturing process development, manufacturing equipment design and development, pharmaceutical and sterile device packaging development, 3-D metal and plastic product design, tooling design and fabrication, injection mold design and fabrication, CNC and g-code programming, production engineering management, maintenance management, manufacturing management, and project management and experience in new product launches through heritage product manufacturing. 

Software Engineer – Santa Cruz, CA

Company focusing on an array of brain computer interface devices to address a range of neurological problems has an opening for SW engineer.  Embedded microprocessor experience and windows app experience is required.

CFO – San Jose, CA

There is an exciting opportunity for CFO for a company, in San Jose – CA. Found by a veteran leader the company focuses on disruptive drug delivery platform technology. 15+ years M&A and licensing deals experience in bio/pharma industry is required.

Director of Program/ Project Management – Santa Cruz, CA

There is an exciting opportunity for Director of Program/ Project Management for a company located in Santa Cruz – CA. This company is found by a veteran leader and focuses on an array of brain computer interface devices to address a range of neurological problems. Candidate is required to have 4+ years of medical device program or project management experience in electromechanical systems area.

Head of Regulatory – San Jose, CA

There is an exciting opportunity for Head of Regulatory for a company, in San Jose – CA. Candidate must have 15+ years experience in bio/pharma industry. Experience working with biologics and taking a drug to market in the US and EU is essential. 

 

 

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Exciting Emerging Technologies track at TiEInflect 2018


Emerging Technology and Predictions of Digital Trends 3D Illustration RenderFrom keynote with a catchy title “Silicon to Science Fiction” to a dedicated track on “Emerging Technologies”, TiEInflect 2018 will explore new innovations that may potentially change our world, turn our lives upside down and profoundly impact us; from retail to health to business, and influence how we interact, and whom we interact with. Virtual reality, Augmented Reality, Autonomous vehicles and Artificial Intelligence will reshape the world in which we live, work, encounter health challenges, solve them and the world in which we play.

Woman Using Virtual Reality HeadsetThe Emerging Tech track has panels and speakers who are playing in this hot area and will discuss and explore the trends and opportunities. AI and AR/VR have gained momentum, the hype has begun to settle down, and serious discussions are happening, among investors. How will investors define risk for technologies that do not exist and have yet to define penetration and acceptance by the audience? What sort of government policies will emerge and how will the policies intersect with investment decisions?

Participate in the emerging technologies track at the largest #entrepreneurship conference @TieInflect 2018 and through an exciting mix of keynotes, panelists, industry professionals and interested stakeholders and visionaries get an early insight into how emerging technologies will elevate human experience, in the years to come. Registration is open at www.tieinflect.org

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Unicorns by NAATAK – Play Review


“How can we make user experience like flushing a toilet”, rhetorically questions Silicon Valley startup CEO, Mike Jordan (Barnaby Falls), in Anush Moorthy’s play “Unicorns”, a satire on modern era startups. It’s a perfect script to be presented without the elaborate set, costumes, or lights, to a small, intimate gathering of Silicon Valley audience. The play was performed on second stage at Mountain View Center for Performing Arts, by NAATAK company which has won for three years in a row in 2015, 2016, and 2017, the San Jose Mercury News Reader’s Choice Award, for “Best Live Theatre in Silicon Valley”.

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Unicorns traces an engineer’s journey as he joins Oberherr, a high valuation startup. Paranoid Silicon Valley culture has made it imperative for Oberherr, to be extremely secretive regarding their products and offerings. In the absence of talking about their products, in order to get noticed before the big launch and the IPO, the company banks on heavy use of buzzwords. Mike often says, “at Oberherr, we imaginate, innovate, ideate”. Dressed in the style made fashionable among high achievers by  Apple’s former boss, Steve Jobs, in black turtleneck and blue jeans, Mike insists, their engineers “create things from nothingness”.

The company has eliminated desks to enable free flow of thinking and interaction and employees are forbidden to talk about the company, outside its premises. And then there is a palpable omnipresence of the board (Havish Ravipati) keeping a tight focus on the impending IPO. All this paranoia and cutthroat mentality has created interesting dynamics at Oberherr. While Radhika (Tannistha Mukherjee) is highly territorial and least helpful to newbies, her accomplishments go unnoticed in supposedly “egalitarian” workplace, dominated by men.  Ramanathan (Natraj Kumar) has learned to get noticed by sucking up to Mike, and Robin (Rohit Mukherjee) stays out of trouble by staying focused on his laptop. Sahil (Varghese Muthalaly) is fabulous in his role as a new engineer joining Oberherr whose fortune rises and tumbles at the blink of an eye. Sahil shares a healthy camaraderie with a fellow software engineer, Joyce (Aparna Warrier) but couldn’t explain even to his wife Priya (Preeti Bhat) about company’s products.

As seen from a few recent debacles, (one of the prominent one being Theranos) there are interesting shortcomings in the hyped up Silicon Valley startup culture.  The focus on speed and short term gains, at the expense of long term vision and value-add of its offerings is often proportionately correlated with diminishing concern for people, true teamwork and quality of life. People become pawns in a system when stretching the truth isn’t just overlooked but sometimes admired, in quest for world domination and mad rush to IPOs.  Unicorns by NAATAK is a fantastic spoof on the Silicon Valley startup culture. This is a not-to-miss play of this theater season in the bay area. Tickets may be available at www.naatak.com .

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Postman Always Rings Twice – Play Review


San Jose Stage Company premiered a new stage adaptation by Jon Jory of “Postman Always Rings Twice”, directed by Kenneth Kelleher, as a part of their 35th anniversary season. Adapted from 1934 novel by James M. Cain that was also made into a 1946 classic film with Lana Turner and John Garfield, this is a crime thriller with some twists and turns.

Image result for postman always rings twice, san joseSince its first appearance in 1934, this story captured the minds and gained high popularity.  Frank (Jonathan Rhys Williams) is not only morally bankrupt but is a hobo without a sense of purpose or ambition in life. He makes a pit stop at a rural California diner for a meal and is offered a job by Nick Papadakis (Robert Sicular), the Greek owner of the diner. Franks ends up staying and soon begins a passionate affair with Nick’s wife, Cora (Allison F. Rich).

Image result for postman always rings twice, san joseCora swoons to Frank’s rough and tumble approach to life but is unhappy with her inconvenient husband standing in the way. The first part in the play moves rather slowly and mostly focuses on Frank and Cora plotting to remove the inconvenience out of the way. In part two the story picks up speed as the duo attempts to put into practice their questionable motives and intentions. A murder plot is hatched but gets botched, elopement is planned and then abandoned, even the confession after a crime does not turn out as intended.

Apart from keeping the audience guessing, the play’s many twists and turns inevitably make one wonder (especially give the current monumental political reality), as to how much and how far can lies be stretched without consequences, and if not the law, then would fate catch up to it ultimately? The play is running at The Stage in San Jose till May 6, 2018 and tickets can be obtained at www.thestage.org .

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Challenges and Opportunities in DevOps


Image result for devopsAfter Agile and Waterfall, recent red hot trend in creating optimum software engineering culture in organizations, has been DevOps. DevOps is about unifying software development and operations and aligning it with shared business and product objectives. Creating smoothly functioning DevOps culture helps organizations shorten development cycles and ensure dependable and timely releases.

With DevOps enabling real-time visibility in every layer of software construction, the risk of rapid innovation is reduced as communication barriers are dissolved between teams and feedback loops are shortened. Objective single source data through shared dashboard reduces finger pointing. Companies that have not yet adopted DevOps, increasingly feel the pressure to do so. However, when companies seek to adopt DevOps, they also face challenges.

Image result for not tools, cultureCreating a smoothly functioning DevOps culture, requires creating an optimum environment for the shift in mindset to take hold and enabling a smooth transition process through soft and hard skills training.  Traditionally, goals of Development and Operations are not aligned and handovers between different teams are costly and time consuming. A company seeking to adopt DevOps culture, needs to overcome this mentality and create product aligned team culture, away from project based culture. This is a major mindset shift that may require restructuring in staff and reporting lines, in addition to skills based training. While there is high barrier to entry with microservices, the move to automation and continuous delivery is facilitated by replacing or changing older legacy infrastructure to microservices architecture.

In any organization but more so in one seeking to adopt DevOps culture, people on the team are going to be the most important resources, for a smooth transition. Adopting newer tools may be effective only to the extent that staff receives training to use them and the tools are well integrated with the existing infrastructure.  A shift in culture must be gradual and include change management training to help people embrace the change. It will be easier to bring Dev and Ops teams on board to adopting newer tools if the focus is moved away from personalities and preferences to broader picture and larger, overarching goals of the company.  While the change may be scary at first, adoption may be smoother with objective data and feedback loops from small scale deployments and other teams to see the benefits of it working in real time.

Image result for tieinflectExciting track at TiE Inflect 2018, the largest entrepreneurship conference to take place in May at Santa Clara Convention Center, CA, will feature VCs and industry leaders discussing trends, opportunities, and strategies to deal with challenges. Entrepreneurs with eyes towards innovation in DevOps will also get to do a deep dive in the Startup bootcamp, and may learn to become investor ready, learn to effectively network and maximize visibility, and fine tune presentations and pitches. Register for the conference at www.tieinflect.org .

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Continuing Innovation in CyberSecurity – check out track at TiEInflect 2018


Image result for cybersecurityCloud revolution that began over a decade ago, has transformed business models and working practices around cybersecurity. And yet continuous innovation is imperative when it comes to cybersecurity. Cybercrime damages are expected to rise to $6 trillion annually, by 2021. Hence cybersecurity and cloudsecurity represent a rapidly growing market today with the potential for revenues in excess of $10 billion by 2022.  

Image result for cybersecurity, dataIncreasing cybersecurity threats have encouraged organizations to leverage technology advances, and fight back with a variety of strategies and tactics. For instance, leveraging big data, enables a security solution provider to see bigger patterns and connect the dots to understand the threats. Similarly, deep learning, an advanced form of artificial intelligence, has made a huge impact on cyber security. When a machine learns what a malicious code looks like, it can identify unknown codes as benign or malicious with extremely high accuracy, and in real time.  Other technology solutions that have been implemented include, running applications in containers (e.g. Docker), instead of virtual machines, advances in virtual customer premise equipment (vCPE), and more flexible, open and cloud-based WAN technologies rather than proprietary or specialized WAN technologies.  

These and other strategies are aimed at identifying management systems, people and devices accessing the networks, verification of authorization levels, advanced threat analytics to flag behavioral changes, and virtualized security to follow and protect the data whereever it goes. Largest entrepreneurship conference, TiEInflect 2018, to take place in Santa Clara Convention Center, in May, will again feature focused Cybersecurity track with exciting keynotes and speakers from leading cloud and cyber security companies. Register for the conference at www.tieinflect.org .

 

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