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Ragtime: Play Review


Terrence Mcnally’s musical masterpiece “Ragtime” at theatreworks in Mountain View, based on adaptation of Doctorow’s incisive novel, is directed by Theatreworks’ founder, Robert Kelly with haunting music by Stephen Flaherty and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens. 

Doctorow’s sweeping semi-historical novel centers around the 1908 to 1913 time frame when the American dream was just taking shape; a time when people were beginning to raise their voices against capitalism and class, gender and race differences. The story weaves through experiences of three fictional families. In one instance, ironically when the father goes off on a yearlong expedition to the Arctic, it is the mother, his wife, whose eyes open to a wider world. Whereas in Harlem, a talented black pianist is reunited with his true love and the couple hopes to raise together their infant son, only find their dreams dashed, time after time, by racism, injustice, and violence. 

These heartrending fictional stories intersect and weave through the performance, mixing with some of the factual stories of famous figures from history such as Harry Houdini, Booker T. Washington and J. P. Morgan. At the turn of the century, when novel ideas fueled by socialism and anarchism were calling for equality and equal opportunities, there was another revolution in process that impacted transportation and eventually helped transform the agricultural economies into more equitable and prosperous industrial ones. Through the technology and process innovation that came with the assembly line in the making of Model T, Henry Ford paid higher wages to the workers and delivered a simple, reliable and affordable car that an American of average means could afford. . 

This was however, also a time when the calls for equality did not amount to much. Ragtime centers around the heartache of quashed love, dashed dreams, violent injustice, and quietly smoldering anger that will eventually bring about massive transformation from the ashes of those who perished, seeking and fighting for justice. Understandable as the impatience and hunger for change is at these times, such a peek into history is also a lesson in patience for patience is most challenging when we are on a cusp of transformation, as we may be right now, perhaps.

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Poem – Jelly Beans


Sharing my #poem that I wrote in school parking lot as I waited to pick up my daughter so many years ago. Waiting for your child to come home from school is such sweet joy. My heart weeps that so many families in #UvaldeTX won’t have their child coming home. It’s heart-breaking.

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‘Tis two o’clock!
Children pouring forth from school gates

These are my Jelly Belly jelly beans, and you ... These are my Jelly Belly jelly beans, and you can’t have any. They’re all MINE! Photographed and eaten by Brandon Dilbeck on August 30, 2006. See also Image:JellyBellyPile.JPG Image:EndlessSeaOfJellyBeans.jpg Image:RedJellyBean.jpg (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Like jelly beans spilling out
In red, yellow, and lime green
Their moods reflecting
The day that’s been

Substitute who was mean
Math was exciting and nutrition?
Boring as lima bean
Pouring out unevenly, not one by one

Manners forgotten in
Eagerness to go home
Tiny jelly beans in red, yellow, green
Looking happy, grumpy, sad, and mean

There comes mine
In perfect aquamarine!

PS – I wrote this poem in the school parking lot as I was waiting
to pick up my daughter from Elementary School, several years ago.

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Adults be safe w/ your shotguns BUT help our kids be safe w/ #AssaultWeaponsBan


America is a uniquely interesting country. We all can achieve here depending on the effort we put in, fly in wide open sky depending on our ambition, and feel safe in our homes depending on our willingness to have weapons of destruction. I love love love America and the freedoms it represents, provides, makes accessible to us.

With freedoms come responsibilities. Often however, in America, we love our freedom minus the responsibilities. We often feel entitled to our rights minus the responsibilities. Yes, we absolutely must feel SAFE inside our homes. If for some of us that sense of safety is tied to guns then so be it. They shall have their guns (even though most of us today live in vibrant urban centers, in an age of security alarms, with 24/7 house monitoring packages, multiple indoor, outdoor motion sensors that can be monitored and activated remotely at the touch of a button that is on our phones, watches and more, cameras that take pictures of even cats, skunks and big flies. Feeling of safety is a mental condition – no one knows it better than me. If I am home alone, I check my locks a few times. Similarly, some people need guns before they can fall into restful sleep.

However, let us remember guns can fall into the hands of innocent children and if we keep them then we MUST BEAR THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR IT’S SAFE STORAGE.

Let us not forget – we are defending against a SINGLE INTRUDER, not an army. We don’t need automatic or semi automatic assault weapons.

Let us remember – #OurChildrenMatter and they are not hanging out inside homes like us. When they do hang out at homes, they are far far more savvy and use technology to create an environment of safety. BUT OUR KIDS ARE IN SCHOOLS, CONCERTS, LIBRARIES, COLLEGES, SHOPPING MALLS. Due to lax gun laws, mentally unstable people are getting access to weapons like AR15 and mow down our kids at the blink of an eye, even when security response times are often within seconds to a few minutes.

What does it say about us as a society? That over and over and over and over and over we will put our children in harm’s way, just so we can have a sense of safety from imaginary threats? Just for once, let us put ourselves in the shoes of our children.

Here is conversation I had with a Republican friend.
Me: You want people to be safe in their homes right?
He: Yes.
Me: Ok, I get it. Then let them have their guns. But why AR15 a weapon that has been used in most mass casualty events?
He: We are not giving anything to you.
Me: Let us not think of us versus you. Let us think of society as a whole and how it can be safe. And how we can be safe in our homes and our kids can be safe outside.
He: We are not giving anything to you guys.
Me: But I am also concerned about the safety of our kids as I am sure you are too. Then for impact sake, I NAMED OUR FOUR KIDS.
He: AND WE ARE NOT GIVING YOU AN INCH.
Me: But I am talking about safety of ABCD and I NAMED ALL FOUR KIDS AGAIN.
He: AND WE ARE NOT GIVING YOU AN INCH.

At that point, I felt angry, hurt, and almost sad as if I was losing a child…. BUT I REFUSE TO BELIEVE THAT ALL REPUBLICANS FEEL THAT WAY. I know that in larger context of life, political affiliation doesn’t matter and #OurChildrenMatter to all of us. I know that a Republican heart weeps as much as a Democrat heart when kids are ruthlessly annihilated. 

Can we do something together so OUR KIDS ARE SAFE? Mine and yours and theirs? Just simple #SensibleGunLaws that guarantee access to simple guns (rifles and shot guns) to all mentally stable citizens after a reasonable waiting period to avoid crimes of passion, reasonable restrictions on hand guns and bans on automatic or semi-automatic assault weapons as well as proper and thorough background checks before all sales?

Right now I am a single issue voter. I will vote for any politician, Republican or Democrat who will promise to stand up for sensible gun laws and will take on the gun lobby for the sake of our children.

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Yesterday and Today – RIP #UvaldeTX


14 students & 1 teacher killed at #Uvalde TX – RIP

Prayers & #GunReformNow

Oh I know this isn’t shocking us anymore and our tears have dried up. BUT when we think of each mother and father who won’t have a child coming home tonight, just for a second when we think of their grief then we know in our hearts, this isn’t about politics or our rights alone. We want guns that keep us safe inside our homes. Our children are not sitting inside homes. They are in schools, colleges, shopping malls, theaters – but we love guns too much.

Sharing my poem —-

Yesterday and Today…… a #poem

Yesterday, you’d come home from school and my world would be brighter
Today it seems, my world will always remain darker…..

Yesterday, I chided you for playing video games full of violence, torture
Today violence of my world stole your dreams forever….

Yesterday, your focus was college of your reach, you aimed higher
Today, you became a pawn in someone’s unwinnable war

Yesterday your biggest worry was a B score
Today trivial seems that fear

Yesterday, we prayed that you’d drive safer
Today, your blood streaked body drowns under my one long tear

Yesterday, with scarcely a hug you walked away with your peer  
Today, I won’t accept. I need yesterday and you. Right here

Yesterday, prom nights and college letters got your cheer
Today, your cheers are drowned under my long silent tear

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Jobs – May, 2022


R&D Engineer w/ Analytical Instrumentation, Systems Integration Exp – Sunnyvale, CA

There are several exciting opportunities for product development research associate/ technician/ engineers in developing, testing, optimizing and troubleshooting aspects related to novel diagnostics technology platform & to work with novel detection systems, complex fluidic systems and assay optimization on prototypes and automated systems. The compensation will be competitive and includes stock with a huge potential as well as competitive benefits package. Company is found by a veteran leader and focuses on development and commercialization of biochip-based detection platforms for ultra-high sensitivity diagnostics & bioanalytical applications. This role requires working with a multidisciplinary team of engineers, scientists and manufacturing personnel. Part of the activities might be conducted in a BSL2 laboratory area and could involve the handling of human patient fluid samples. Other activities might be conducted in a CER (controlled environment) setting.

Responsibilities

Testing, development and optimization of functional biochips, fluidic cartridges & analytical instruments; Support document prep; Use Good Documentation Practices (GDP) while authoring Experimental summaries, DOPs, SOPs, batch records (BRs) and forms (FRs) for various unit operations; Process development & optimization related to biomolecular sensing; Support all aspects of technology transfer to & from development partners; Develop, test & execute QC procedures; Process troubleshooting to determine root cause & find possible engineering solutions.

Requirements: MS in bio-, mechanical-, electrical- or chemical engineering, chem or biochem, or related; 5+ years hands-on R&D, engineering or product development and project/ people management experience. Experience in developing custom equipment by collaborating with external vendors or internal engineering resources; hands-on experience in mechanical design and in building & operating electronic systems; Proficiency in CAD design; Experience w/ statistical analysis software as well as with instrument-oriented programming language(s) (e.g. Python; LabView); Experience with standard biotech laboratory and/or manufacturing equipment & working with biological or biochemical systems (e.g. proteins, nucleic-acids, cells and/or bio-organic molecules); Experienced using diverse analytical instruments e.g. oscilloscopes, DAQ interfaces; Experienced in cGMPs & in authoring DOPs, BRs, FRs; Experience in V&V of instruments and processes; and Knowledge of data analysis methods.

Optics & Photonics Research Scientist/ Engineer w/ microfluidics/ lab-on-a-chip Exp – Sunnyvale CA

This is an exciting opening for interdisciplinary research scientist/ engineer with experience in photonics, material science and/or biological applications product development to work in multi-disciplinary team, in developing, testing, optimizing and troubleshooting aspects related to novel diagnostics technology platform & to work with novel detection systems, complex fluidic systems and assay optimization on prototypes and automated systems. The compensation will be competitive and includes stock with a huge potential as well as a competitive benefits package. Company is founded by a veteran leader & focuses on development & commercialization of biochip-based detection platforms for ultra-high sensitivity diagnostics & bioanalytical applications. Part of the activities might be conducted in a BSL2 laboratory area and could involve the handling of human patient fluid samples. Other activities might be conducted in a CER (controlled environment) setting.

Responsibilities: Support optofluidic platform technology development, & development of single-molecule detection technology with novel reagents & fluidic cartridges, as well as instrumentation for detection, sample preparation & corresponding software; Support diverse aspects related to mid-stage development of a bio-chip based, optofluidic diagnostics platform; Apply diverse knowledge of design principles, practices & implementation in complex systems & assignments; Design, optimize, test, & support validation of optofluidic chips, optical/fluidic interfaces, sample processing technology & instruments, in collaboration with other groups & external suppliers; Develop, evolve & maintain custom optoelectronic systems used for testing and characterizing optofluidic systems; Analyze & present data including images, time traces, assay flows, optical spectrums; Conduct statistical analysis & build/implement/test models for stochastic, high-volume data; Support all aspects of technology transfer to and from internal and external partners; Interface with internal resources and external vendors to design, test & validate equipment.

Requirements: BS/ MS in bio-, mechanical-, electrical- or chemical engineering, chemistry, physics, biochemistry, or related plus 1-5 years hands-on R&D or engineering experience; Extensive theoretical and hands-on experience in optics/photonics; Experience bridging the fields of photonics/optical engineering, microfluidics/lab-on-a-chip & statistics; Exp in design of optical systems (free space & chip based) & in using simulation software eg. ray tracing software for system design & FEM/FDM/BPM etc for chip design: Proficiency in statistical analysis (e.g. Python, JMP, Matlab, etc.) as well as instrument-oriented programming language(s) (e.g. Python; LabView); Experience in using diverse, analytical instruments such as oscilloscopes, DAQ interfaces, UV-VIS spectrometers, scanning electron microscopes (SEMs), fluorescence microscopes, etc. Expertise in optofluidics, Hands on ability to work-with/manipulate/couple optical fiber and respective components, Proficiency with digital/analogue signals & systems; Experience simulating in Multiphysics environments (e.g. Comsol, Lumerical) and Circuit design and simulation experience are all HUGE PLUSES.

Finally, ONLY CANDIDATES PROVIDING A POSITION SPECIFIC COVER LETTER WILL BE CONSIDERED!

Software Engineer  w/ experience building products in multi-disciplinary envt – Santa Clara, CA

This is an exciting opening software engineer with experience software & hardware development to design, develop & implement a growing suite of bioanalytical solutions comprised of integrated biochips, proprietary reagents & custom instrumentation. The company is founded by a veteran leader and is developing single molecule detection technology, and is focusing on development & commercialization of biochip-based detection platforms for ultra-high sensitivity diagnostics & bioanalytical applications. 

Responsibilities: Lead / Support Software, Firmware & UI development aspects related to the development of novel, diagnostic instrument platforms; Develop control/analysis software for RUO (Research Use Only) & FDA regulated instrumentation; Develop / Contribute to a custom user interface for scientific & medical diagnostic systems; Support all aspects of technology transfer to & from internal & external partners; and work with a multidisciplinary team of experts.

Requirements: B.S. with 3+ years of relevant experience (Level I), B.S./M.S. with 7+ years of relevant experience. (Level III). Requirements also include, Significant experience with instrument-related software engineering using C#; Experience with Python programming; Exp w/ industry coding best practices (Git management, unit testing, documentation, etc; Experience developing, implementing, consuming & supporting contracted APIs. Also preferred: Experience with interface standards (e.g. GraphQL, OpenAPI, etc.); Experience with firmware level interaction (e.g. C). Experience with delivering quality conformant software (e.g. SaMD); Experience with complex data analysis challenges; Ability to develop custom equipment with external vendors and/or internal engineering resources.

Finally, ONLY CANDIDATES PROVIDING A POSITION SPECIFIC COVER LETTER WILL BE CONSIDERED!

Senior Manufacturing Engineer – S. San Jose, CA

Bay Area start-up focusing on improving healthcare delivery through state-of-the-art catheter development has an immediate opening for senior manufacturing enginee, to support the development and production of innovative catheters ensuring high reliability, regulatory adherence, and cost-effective manufacturability.

Requirements: Minimum 10 years history of experience in medical device manufacturing environment; Proficiency in Solidworks; Experience writing protocols & test reports; Experience using inspection and test equipment (vision systems, tensile testing) are required.

Responsibilities: Support manufacturing activities; Spend time on the manufacturing line with the assemblers to improve processes & increase quality; Develop assembly & test fixturing; Create, validate & document new manufacturing processes; Write protocols & test reports; Prepare manufacturing lines for significant scale up; Conduct process verification & validation activities; Initiate failure analysis in manufacturing; Design, write & perform equipment qualifications & process validations; Facilitate transitioning development products to full scale production line; Collaborate with existing suppliers & bring up new ones with an eye towards partnership & efficiency. 

Associate Director/Director Validation – SJ  /QUALITY – QA TEAM

There is an immediate opportunity for Director of Validation in San Jose, CA in a pharmaceutical company with novel drug delivery technology. The company recently had an IPO event and the stock has held very well and the technology holds promise to be a game changing improvement in the quality of care for many patients. The company has a world class team in place. Director of Validation is a hands-on role responsible for the execution of validation activities: To develop & implement harmonized validation processes & practices; Develop a qualified team; Manage validation/qualification of equipment, facilities, utilities, cleaning, sterilization, automated systems, and computer system validation in a cGMP environment. 

Skills & Experiences: 

Responsibilities: Ensure development & implementation of validation strategies & internal SOPs; Write & review qualification & validation documents; Lead & support qualification & validation of cGMP equipment, facilities, utility systems, cleaning & manufacturing processes; Develop & maintain risk based, quality driven procedures & practices; Lead risk assessment activities; Identify, hire & develop, manage & support company’s validation expertise; Support change control program with respect to facility, utilities, equipment, cleaning & computerized systems validation changes; Evaluate validation impact of manufacturing process changes & equipment upgrades; Complete activities related to regulatory filings, production schedules and/or customer needs with respect to facilities, utilities, equipment, computer system validation, etc.; Ensure Quality meets or improves on budget, cost & efficiency targets (KPI’s) in line with business objectives; Support QA activities related to the assigned projects, including, but not limited to: internal and external audits, deviations, change control and CAPAs; Other duties/activities may be necessary to support departmental or company goals. 

Skills & Experience: BS in life science or engineering; 10+ validation exp in bio/pharma industry; 5+ years of supervisory/managerial experience; Knowledge Good Engineering Practices, FDA Quality System Regulations, ISO Standards (ISO 13485 and ISO 14971) & validation such as GAMP 5, 21 CFR Part 11, and ASTM E2500; Knowledge of international & domestic cGMP regulations for pharmaceutical manufacturing; Technical writing, problem solving & analytical skills; Ability to review, analyze, summarize & interpret data, draw conclusions & make decisions/ recommendations; and Experience in project management. 

Quality Assurance – S. SJ

There is an immediate QA position available for support & performance of QA/QS functions/activities and adherence to applicable regulatory standards for medical devices. This is a vascular company founded by a seasoned entrepreneur whose previous company had $1B+ exit. This opportunity will offer competitive salary plus stock with huge potential.

Skills & Experience Required: BS in Science related area; 10+ yrs experience in FDA regulated industry; Exp with Quality Assurance practices & systems; Knowledge of ISO 13485 and FDA 21 CFR 820; MasterControl administration/process ownership; Maintain compliance of a certified QMS related to configuration control, document control, and change control. ASQ Certifications are a plus.

Responsibilities: Support devet & maintenance of QMS, ensuring alignment of corporate operations applicable regulations; Serve as system administrator for MasterControl Electronic Document Management and Training System (EDMS), including responsibility for configuration, user training, account management, training course creation and assignment & assessment of upgrades & patches. Maintain validated state of system throughout system lifecycle. Manage, process & track controlled documents from the Document Change Order (DCO) process until document approval or retirement, including updating related controlled documents; Revise controlled documents as appropriate & ensure timely reviews. Manage electronic approval of records/documents via DocuSign; Monitor & track completion of quality system records including CAPA, Deviation, and NCMR; Monitor training compliance & report any issues to management; Maintain Approved Supplier List (ASL) and ensure supplier files are current; Perform raw data review in support of technical reports and regulatory filings & Issue, track, and perform quarterly audits of laboratory notebooks. Assess corporate operations against quality system regulations, issue identification/ resolution including proper and timely documentation; Prepare quality metrics & reports; Facilitate & conduct internal & external audits; Perform history record review & disposition of device batches. Review/approve facility records as needed (pest control reports, cleaning logs, and environmental monitoring reports & Manage archival of hard-copy records.

Senior Manager CMC, Analytical Development – North San Jose, CA

There is an exciting job opportunity in San Jose, CA, to work on novel projects involving drug-device combinations for treating chronic diseases & participate in method and tech transfer from R&D to Manufacturing as appropriate. This is an exciting opportunity in a rapidly growing company to work with a world class team, on game changing technology with HUGE potential.

Requirements include: BS/MS in sciences PLUS 5+ years relevant bio/pharma experience; biologics analytical development exp in biophysical techniques & analytical characterization of peptides & proteins; solid oral dosage and/or parenteral sustained release formulation exp, exp in process development from early to late phase development; experience of working in GLP/GMP regulated environment, drug-device combination exp; knowledge analytical techniques such as various HPLC modes & detections, LC-MS, CE-SDS, peptide mapping, ELISA, cell-based assays, etc, for product characterization, comparability testing and PK/PD analyses; Exp in method validation and specification setting; Assessing chemical & physical stability of formulations, identifying stability, manufacturability, & performance critical quality attributes. Experience in protein purification & biologic formulation is a plus.

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Our universe may be about to transform – With Metavarse, NFT, Cryto, Web3


While many of us are still trying to wrap our heads around the new terms that have multiplied in the last few years like blockchain, data, IOT, artificial intelligence, and machine learning, our lexicon is about to expand much more significantly. With words that are rapidly gaining significance like Web 3, Metaverse, NFT and crypto, it is not just our lexicon that is changing but a huge transformation is looming on the horizon that can well impact every aspect of our lives. We can safely assume that in the coming couple of years, we could be laying some new foundations transforming how we buy, sell, trade and conduct every aspect of our business.

At TiEcon 2022, an entire track dedicated to Web 3, Crypto, and NFTs is guaranteed to give us fascinating insights into the industry in which Venture Capital has invested over $50B in 2021. 

The track at TiEcon will begin with fireside chat with Randi Zuckerberg, former director of market development and spokesperson for Facebook and as of 2014, founder and CEO of Zuckerberg Media. She is also editor-in-chief of Dot Complicated, a digital lifestyle website, and creator of Dot, an animated television show about a young girl who uses technology to enhance her education experiences as well as her recreational activities. At its simplest, Dot is an entertaining guide to understanding how technology and social media influences and informs our lives online and off. At its more complex level, we need to understand metaverse and NFTs. Broadly speaking, Metaverse is a graphically rich virtual space where people can work, play, shop and socialize and can interact through NFTs or non fungible tokens. Non-fungible meaning unique and can’t be replaced with something else. For instance, while bitcoin is fungible and one can be replaced with another, NFT is non fungible – kind of like a unique trading card. That is as much sense as I can make. Besides, I am not about to give my readers a headache. We will leave it to zuckerberg to demystify it further.

In another fireside chat, Sandeep Nailwal, co-founder of Polygon will talk about “building a Web 3 decacorn”. Web 3 is an idea for a new iteration of World Wide Web based on blockchain technology. Arguments have been made in favor of Web 3 that it will provide increased data security, scalability and privacy. And on the other side, concerns have been raised about possible increase in proliferation of harmful content, in an environment of low moderation. Polygon tagline says, it’s for everyone who wants to contribute to a decentralized future! Let us hope he helps us further in coming up to speed on what may be a fast approaching future.

After attending Harvard and Stanford, serving in finance roles at the Federal Reserve and Goldman, managing P&Ls at two consumer startups, and founding two startups of her own, Mercedes Bent joined LIghtspeed Venture firm in 2019 and now scouts funds and invests in early stage companies that are “unlocking wealth creation for underserved individuals and regions through crypto, fintech, career mobility, or the creator economy”. She will share her insights as a track keynote.

Exciting panel with Lorien Gabel, co-founder and CEO of Figment, Shiva Rajaraman, VP of product at Open Sea, Raghu Yarlagadda, co-founder & CEO of FalconX and moderator Rashmi Gopinath, General Partner at B Capital Group will talk about the next era of Web 3. It sounds like the future of the future that we will get to learn about.  

“Gaming and the next billion Web 3 users” is the topic of another fireside chat where Justin Kan, co-founder of Fractal (formerly co-founded and sold Twitch) will share his insights on how Web 3 is poised to transform the gaming ecosystem.

Lastly, a panel will discuss funding and founding Web3 Startups. Moderated by Asha Jadeja, founder of Motwani Jadeja Foundation, the panelists Avichal Garg, Co-founder of Electric Capital, and Elena Nadolinski, founder/ CEO of Iron Fish will share insights, and discuss opportunities and challenges and tools one may need to navigate this fast-evolving decentralized world.

Register ASAP for #TiEcon2022 at www.tiecon.org and avail of the opportunity to listen to the entire conference virtually on zoom.

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Sustainability & Profitability can co-exist with Entrepreneurial Creativity


Wendell Berry had said, “the earth is what we all have in common” and sustainability isn’t a debate anymore, it isn’t a choice either; increasingly, acting on it with urgency is an imperative. On this #EarthDay2022, it needs to be mentioned that if we act on it with urgency then that the future of our planet may look green in more ways than one. Sustainability is emerging as a big business opportunity, attracting hundreds of billions of dollars in startup and investment capital and in 2022, growth is likely to accelerate.   

The topic of climate crisis will be tackled head on at #TiEcon2022, the largest virtual #entrepreneurship conference to take place in May, 2022. Register ASAP to avail of free registration for the entire exciting conference. Opening keynote for sustainability track will be given by Dr. Ali Nouri. Dr. Nouri leads the Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs as an Assistant Secretary in the U.S. Department of Energy. Following the previous climate crisis denying President, Nouri as part of Biden-Harris administration, will lead the charge on tackling the climate crisis and helping shape policies towards building a clean energy future. It will be exciting to hear his thoughts and to know what we can anticipate in terms of new climate policies.

After working as Climate Editor at Tech Crunch, Johnathan Shieber has joined FootPrint Coalition as chief editor and venture partner. In fireside chat, we hope to hear from him many creative ideas on the planet’s various challenges, including getting microplastics out of the ocean, reducing pollution and more. FootPrint Coalition backs a wide array of projects to promote the development and adoption of technologies and services aimed at solving some of these kinds of most pressing problems. With both its non-profit initiatives and for-profit arm, FootPrint seeks to change the trajectory of our society through creative storytelling. As companies are discovering that sustainable change towards the planet’s sustainability must consider the economy, society, and the environment, we will be required to think outside the box and tackle the challenges with creativity and resourcefulness and I can’t wait to hear his thoughts. 

Chief Product Officer at Turntide Technologies, Brad Surak will share his thoughts on how creative use of technology can not only help sustainability and do good for the world but can also help decrease the company’s carbon footprint and operating costs and can open up new revenue opportunities. 

Sustainability track’s closing keynote will be by Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO of revolutionary carbon recycling company LanzaTech. The company’s process converts carbon waste from industrial smokestacks, agriculture and landfills into ethanol that is used by its partners to make a slew of products from packaging to perfume to dresses. Over its dozen years, LanzaTech has grown into a carbon recycling powerhouse and with its recent announcement to go public, the company is valued at around $2.2 billion.

Don’t miss this exciting track. Register at @TiEcon for #TiEcon2022 virtual conference. Some free registrations are available, thanks to the sponsors.

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Data Readiness in Healthcare to Unlock AI Potential


What Is Data Readiness? In simple language, it consists of all the tasks required to ensure that artificial intelligence (AI) platforms learn from reliable and relevant data sources.

What is the state of data readiness in healthcare?  According to a recent report, lack of data readiness is preventing healthcare leaders from driving rapid, effective, measurable and sustainable transformation and this impedes their ability to execute. 

Over 90 percent of healthcare executives mention prepping for data readiness as their top priority. A vast majority of them are planning to invest in technologies designed to improve data readiness and support systemic interoperability. According to the report, in addition to financial issues and staffing capacity crunch, interoperability is another issue that is blocking innovation. Interoperability is key for a seamless transition achievable through unlocking the full potential of artificial intelligence (AI) in healthcare. 

As in financial, auto and other industries, AI is expected to have a huge impact on health care delivery, access and on financial and clinical outcomes in health. Healthcare as an industry transitions to newer systems at a much slower pace. Tendency is to pour money into older technologies that tend to create more data silos, as remarked by Abhinav Shashank, co-founder & CEO of Innovaccer.  

The crisis is so acute and the promise of closing the data readiness gap to realize the full potential of digital transformation is so immense that it is imperative to act on it. 

An exciting panel at @TiEcon2022 moderated by Chris Waugh, Chief Innovation Officer at Sutter Health with panelists Prat Vemana, Chief Digital Officer at Kaiser Permanente and Abhinav Shashank, Founder & CEO at Innovaccer will address the challenges and opportunities of data readiness in healthcare and the promise it holds in enhancing industry collaboration to improve outcomes and reducing costs. 
Register ASAT at www.tiecon.org to avail of early bird incentives.

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Science making the impossible, possible!! Albert Bourla – grand keynote at #TiEcon2022


I am eagerly looking forward to the opportunity to hear Dr. Albert Bourla give a grand keynote on Day 2 at #TiEcon2022 in May at Santa Clara, CA.

As Chairman and CEO, since 2019, Dr. Bourla has led Pfizer through one of its greatest challenges when the world was looking to scientists and pharmaceutical companies for answers to the sudden calamity represented by covid.  In a rare mode of cooperation and unprecedented speed, scientists began furiously working for a vaccine. However, their work was also proceeding against a backdrop of political drama that was unfolding in the USA. 

Very likely scientists and leaders of pharmaceutical companies had no interest in maneuvering the political minefield and yet it became unavoidable when Mr. Trump predicted a breakthrough vaccine  before Election Day. News of Pfizer’s success however, only arrived right AFTER the election was called for Joseph Biden. The story of Pfizer and its research partner, the German firm BioNTech, both of who declined the money from the federal effort, “Operation Warp Speed” and Moderna who accepted the money from the Government that was led by science denying President Mr. Trump, unfolded against the backdrop of politics, science, and incredible high stakes for humankind. The resulting accomplishments by these companies and others are as fascinating as they are impressive. Bourla was awarded the 2022 Genesis Prize for his leadership in the development of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid 19 vaccine.

During his 25+ years at Pfizer, Bourla has emphasized his commitment to help ensure equitable healthcare access to medicines and patients. However, Bourla also opposes government interference in pharmaceutical pricing, which he has argued would hamper spending on development of new drugs.  As per a recent RAND Corporation report, US prescription drug prices are higher than in most other countries. The Biden Administration released a plan to decrease prescription drug costs covered by the Medicare program, and later dropped the initiatives, after objections from some key Democrats. Bourla has observed that drug prices are in fact going down and more importantly, drug prices are only a small portion of the overall US healthcare spending.

It will be fascinating to hear Mr. Bourla speak on these and other health and healthcare related issues at TieCon2022. During covid challenges, when many prayed as never before for the lives of their loved ones, world also realized that besides the divine, our next best hope for better life rests in the hands of #science.

Register ASAP for the #TiEcon2022 conference at @TiEcon www.tiecon.org to access early bird incentives.

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Armon Dadgar, CTO – HashiCorp: Enabling Innovation


Grand keynote: Armon Dadgar, CTO- HashiCorp – Enabling Innovation

Preparations are in full swing for #TiEcon2022 at Santa Clara, CA in May, 2022. Among an exciting lineup of speakers and panels at this largest entrepreneurship focused conference will be Armon Dadgar,  CTO & co-founder of HashiCorp giving a grand keynote on day 1.

HashiCorp is one of the fastest growing tech companies in the cloud and DevOps space. With its open source tools, Hashicorp supports the development and deployment of large scale service oriented software installations and enables companies to deliver applications faster. Each tool focuses on specific stages in the life cycle of a software application, with a goal towards automation.

With a range of products like Terraform, HashiCorp Vault, HashiCorp Nomad, and HashiCorp Consu, it has truly emerged as a company that enables innovation. Highly respected by the developer community, Hashicorp is a prominent open-source promoter and is also a leader in all remote working practice.

Armon Dadgar says, as CTO at Hashicorp, he combined his passion for security and distributed systems and their applications to solve real world problems, through the world of DevOps tooling. In early childhood, when children were still leaving cookies for Santa, Armon begged his parents to get him a coding book for Christmas. His parents also gave him a box set of .NET kit and he used it to build games like Tetris and Tic-Tac-Toe. 

The secret of Dadgar’s success seems to be in the way in which he puts himself in the shoes of the user community. Speaking of the transition from writing code to managing people, Dadgar says, “making the shift from IC-land to manager land was a tough one”, but it helped to internalize that “I can only be so effective with just two hands at a keyboard. But if I can train 10, 20 other people to think the way I do, or to apply the same design principles, then it’s like I have 20 hands at the keyboard”. 

Initially, Dadgar says he felt he knew the system better than anyone else, that he would think about edge cases, he could be the code reviewer, but at some point, he realized it wasn’t practical. Then a new realization set in that after all software is malleable, it can be fixed, it’s not set in stone. That seems to be a key leadership skill that is constantly called for when one leads and manages people. 

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