Tina Kapoor

Economic Development Manager

Meet Tina Kapoor, Fremont’s new Economic Development Manager! Tina has a strong track record in economic development having previously worked for the City of San Jose, and as a longtime Fremont resident, she knows the community well. The following Q&A offers a more in-depth introduction, but we encourage you to reach out and get to know Tina personally!
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Shilpi Sharma

Startup Grind Fremont Chapter Director

In June, Startup Grind Fremont heard from renowned speaker, blogger, and investor, Murray Newlands. Murray talked about the importance of entrepreneurs growing their influence. He noted that it takes time, money, and effort to be successfully influential. Time to use social media to write about your area of expertise. Money to hire experts to help you build your brand. Effort to attend events that help you make connections with other industry and media experts.
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Eric Chen

General Manager

We talk a lot about supply chains and business ecosystems here on “Takes from Silicon Valley East”. That’s why our recent conversation with Fremont-based Fossa Apparel, a designer and manufacturer of custom corporate apparel, intrigued us. On top of all the fun browsing we got to do during this fashion-focused visit, it was gratifying to see yet another business service right in our own backyard supporting Fremont’s local industries. We sat down with Eric Chen to discuss the company’s history and where it’s headed.
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Melissa Allensworth

Global Client Partner, YourEncore

Last week, a classroom at the Ohlone College Newark Campus was bustling with people—eager to learn, as you would expect. But, they were not your average college students assembling for English 101. Rather, it was a cohort of working professionals from across the biomedical and life science industries who were attending the region’s first Medical Device Lunch & Learn event. This event was the result of a partnership between YourEncore, BioCom, The Biomedical Manufacturing Network, and Fremont’s Economic Development Department.
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Cindy Chadwick PhD.

County Librarian, Alameda County Library

What does economic development have in common with libraries? We already knew the answer already as we headed to the Urban Library Council (ULC) Ppartners Cconference last week with Fremont's Chief Innovation Officer Kelly Kline in tow.
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Mark Muro

Senior fellow and the Policy Director of the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution

With Tesla’s first Model 3 rolling off the line this month right here in Fremont, it’s no surprise we are following auto tech trends closely. That’s why we’re paying particular attention to thought leaders like Mark Muro, whose recent research on cleantech is especially relevant to our environment. The following article eloquently summarizes auto’s rise to the top in cleantech investment circles. Mark Muro (@markmuro1) is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. Dustin Swonder provided research help on this post. The article “What Patents Reveal About Who’s Behind Clean-Technology Innovation” first appeared on WSJ.com.
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Kim Marshall

Economic Development Specialist

The City of Fremont, Fremont Chamber of Commerce, and Alameda County Small Business Development Center (Alameda County SBDC) have a successful partnership creating opportunities for small business owners to network and learn through a variety of workshops and events. Each fiscal year, the City of Fremont conducts a survey to critique our program and assess current needs.
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Riley Sasaki

Economic Development Intern

As we celebrate Independence Day, it’s a time to appreciate our veterans both locally and nationally.
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Kelly Kline

Economic Development Director & Chief Innovation Officer

The “breakthrough” theme of this year’s BIO International Convention in San Diego was well-earned — what with medical breakthroughs in Hepatitis B and HIV, political breakthroughs in FDA funding, and gender breakthroughs — highlighted by NASA astronaut Kate Rubins, the first person to sequence DNA in outer space. It was a breakthrough year for attendance too, with 16,000 life science industry professionals attending from 80 countries — the largest audience the BIO International Conventional has seen in five years.
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Chris Williams

Digital Marketing Manager, PlanetMagpie

Last November represented a tipping point for web browsing. More people accessed the internet from their phones than from desktops and laptops, according to ZDNet. And mobile internet usage has only continued to increase since then.
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Welcome to our blog – Takes from Silicon Valley East! Our view is slightly different here on the east side of the bay – from the Mission Peak backdrop to the advanced manufacturing companies that dot our boulevards. As we become more urban and strive to interpret the business issues affecting our innovation economy, we want to share with you our observations, insights, photos, arguments, agreements, inspirations and CEO interviews – and here on our blog is exactly where we plan to do this.

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