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Starting with their move to Swaziland in July 2006, boomers Rick and Wendy Walleigh lived in Africa for 18 months as part of their “new careers.” Much more than just an adventure trip, their inspiring Swaziland and Kenya experiences while working for international development organization TechnoServe are documented in their new book, 'From Silicon Valley to Swaziland: How One Couple Found Purpose & Adventure in an Encore Career.'
Listen to Rick and Wendy Walleigh's Big Blend Radio conversation with hosts Nancy J. Reid & Lisa D. Smith, and watch for their upcoming feature in the July issue of Big Blend Radio & TV Magazine.
This interview originally aired on May 17, 2015, as part of Big Blend Radio's Vacation Station Travel Radio Expo, that broadcasted live from the Yerington Inn, in western Nevada.
Naren Gupta is the Managing Director of Nexus Ventures. Nexus has over $400M under management and Naren has investments in over 50 cross-border tech companies that create jobs in US and India. Naren has over 20 years of experience in early and early growth stage investment in the US and India. Naren was the co-chair of the Indian American Community Foundation which hosted the community reception for PM Modi at SAP Center on September 27th, 2015.
Venk Shukla is the president of The Indus Entrepreneur (TiE), one of the most powerful networks focused on technology startups in Silicon Valley. TiE, a 21 year old non-profit, exists to promote wealth creation through entrepreneurship, and its membership includes the entire ecosystem of entrepreneurship – VCs, successful entrepreneurs, senior executives in public companies as well as budding entrepreneurs. He was the host of the Digital India Dinner and the Startup Konnect
Karl Mehta is the Founder of Code for India. He is a serial entrepreneur, investor, engineer, and civil servant with over 20 years of experience in founding, building, and funding technology companies in the U.S. and international markets. Code for India is a global community of software engineers who build technology that can solve the problems of the developing world. Karl hosted the Hackathon during PM Modi's Silicon Visit.
When it comes to information technology, Robert Cringely knows what he's talking about. He's spent the last 30 years in the PC business, and some of Silicon Valley's best and brightest bend his ear frequently. Robert sorts through their tidbits and reports on it through his columns in major magazines and newspapers as well as his documentaries and books. As a tech insider, he wrote the famous "Notes from the Field" column for InfoWorld from 1987-1995. His work frequently appears in the New York Times, Newsweek, Forbes, Upside, Success, and Worth. His first book, "Accidental Empires: How the Boys of Silicon Valley Make Their Millions, Battle Foreign Competition, and Still Can't Get a Date," is a best-seller. His PBS documentaries have aired in more than 60 countries. In today's episode, he discusses his latest book, "The Decline and Fall of IBM."
Tom Foremski, is the founder and editor of the popular and top-ranked news site, Silicon Valley Watcher, reporting on the business and culture of innovation. In May 2004, Tom became the first journalist to leave a major newspaper, the Financial Times, to make a living as a full-time journalist blogger. Tom has been reporting on Silicon Valley and the US tech industry since 1984. His current focus is on the convergence of media and technology--the fuel for a new era for Silicon Valley. This is affecting businesses world wide.
Bravo Launches Interactive Experience for its New Reality Series, "Start-Ups Silicon Valley" Bravo's SVP of Marketing, Ellen Stone, Discusses the Network's "Silicon Valley Status" Project with [itvt]'s Tracy SwedlowIn this recorded interview, [itvt]'s Tracy Swedlow talks to Ellen Stone, SVP of marketing at Bravo Media, about Silicon Valley Status (SVS), an interactive experience that Bravo is launching today to enhance its new Randi Zuckerberg-executive-produced reality series, "Start-Ups: Silicon Valley" (premieres Monday, November 5th).
Silicon Valley Status, which was developed in partnership with interactive marketing agency Campfire, centers on a digital hub located at SiliconValleyStatus.com, where fans of the show can, among other things, discover their own "SVS score," obtain pointers for increasing their score, and see how they stack up against other viewers and various "Bravolebrities." Each viewer's SVS score is based on three social factors, according to Bravo--popularity, influence and "the 'It' factor"--and draws on an analysis of the viewer's Facebook, Twitter and Instagram presence.
The SVS site also features videos, which offer "insider" tips on improving one's SVS score from the "Start-Ups: Silicon Valley" cast. The videos include tutorials on how, for example, to promote a positive social-media image, how to get more re-tweets, and how to capture an effective profile picture. Viewers who sign up for the SVS experience will automatically be entered into a sweepstakes for a chance to win a ticket to the show's premiere party, which will take place November 4th in San Francisco.
We have a full hour of women who made the headlines this past week and delving deeper into topics affecting women. From Super Bowl 49 to the American Sniper to Measles. We give a shout and recognize and great campaign sponsored by PlaidforWomen.com called the #NoMeanGirls campaign and how we can all take part on this movement.
We take on two of the hottest topics trending this week with the February cover of the Newsweek Magazine, "What Silicon Valley Thinks of Women" to Carly Fiorina's interviews on being called a "token bimbo" and her client meeting at a strip club. Stay tuned and informed on women making the headlines from the global stage to the entertainment arena, we cover it to bring you all the top women in th headlines on the Power Lunch.
Prior to the airing of the fourth installment of Soledaid O'Brien's BLACK IN AMERICA series which will focus on the lack of diversity and representation of black entrepreuners in Silicon Valley, a heated debate has occurred on the web.
Michael Arrington, a Silicon Valley investor and capital venturalist, stated that he has difficulty finding new high tech business startup wholly owned, initiated or operated by African Americans.
The South Bay(San Jose CA surrounding area) is the home of many well known high tech companies. The corporate headquarters of companies such as GOOGLE, CISCO, APPLE, HP, FACEBOOK, SUN MICROSYSTEMS, ORACLE and the location of major universities such as Stanford, UC Berkley, creates an environment whereby the ideas of the best & the brightest, coupled with financial backing of venture capital investment companies, fosters a climate of entrepreunership.
The admissions requirements to these highly academically competitive universities are some of the toughest in the country. The percentage of AA undergraduates is 10%; graduate students 3%. This could account for the difficulties Mr. Arrington alluded to in his interview. If more black students excelled in math and science subjects, could this acheivement gap be closed?
This week on the MBM we'll take an inside look at the sport of Roller Derby thanks to special guests from Los Angeles, CA's "Silicon Valley Roller Girls" .
Plus we'll have the "Muji Movie Minute" featuring 1979's "The Evictors" and 2010's "Trollhunter", and a big announcement regarding the future of "The Midnight Black Mass". Won't you join us boys and ghouls.
Editor's note: This podcast was originally produced for Eastwick Communications and called "Break Through the Noise."
Today I had the pleasure of discussing how influence happens today and much more with Tom Foremski, the former Financial Times journalist, who now heads up Silicon Valley Watcher.
This interview is a three-way discussion between the host, Franne McNeal, the author, Dr. Fay Cobb Payton and Dr. Wayne M. Wormley.
Dr. Fay Cobb Payton published a book in 2014 entitled: Leveraging Intersectionality: Seeing and Not Seeing, in which she discussed digital and social inclusion in technology oriented fields. Her work is a reflection of the earlier diversity efforts (from the 80’s and 90’s to the new millennium), to create productive and healthy work environments that naturally attract the best and brightest talent, globally. Here we are in 2015 and we see these efforts have not succeeded, especially in technology oriented/STEM fields.
Guest: Dr. Fay Cobb Payton, Founding Director, MyHealthImpactNetwork, a social network experience that focuses on health disparities and social media technology interventions. @MyHealthImpact provides “voice” for the millennial generation about health, culture and technology innovation topics. www.MyHealthImpactNetwork.org, https://www.linkedin.com/in/drfay, www.twitter.com/MyHealthImpact
Guest: Dr. Wayne M. Wormley, President, The Wormley Company, an extensive network of consultants and trainers, that provides clients with cost-effective solutions to interpersonal and organizational performance and productivity issues, by creating a work environment in which everyone can do their best work and achieve their full potential. www.linkedin.com/pub/wayne-wormley/5/394/575
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