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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Shilpi Sharma

Startup Grind Fremont Chapter Director

Last month, Startup Grind Fremont celebrated Female Founders Month with eloquent reflections from Futurist and Advisor Ann Badillo. Ann recounted her personal experiences as a female leader and offered thoughts on why the millennial generation embraces a different social contract and why they will rely on women for leadership more than ever before.
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Matt Ebner

Leasing Manager

Momentum is building in Fremont’s Innovation District. From the Warm Springs BART opening and new commercial development to record low vacancy rates, it’s clear that a growing number of tech customers are looking to Fremont as a business location. With its well-earned reputation for accommodating R&D and manufacturing, Fremont has long been a natural fit for our portfolio, which currently has several spaces available for lease. Recently, we decided to reinvest in the Bayside Business Park by urbanizing spaces and adding features designed to appeal to a 21st century workforce. The photos below reflect where we believe the Fremont tech market is headed — fresh, contemporary work environments that can accommodate the wide range of advanced industries that call Fremont home.
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Kim Marshall

Economic Development Specialist

The new trend in the startup world is to build a business around a layer of technology. This is referred to as a full stack or whole product company. In the past, software would be created and sold off. But, now many innovative companies will instead take a specific piece of technology and build a business around it. This is happening in various industries ranging from education to communications to transportation. Babur Habib, co-founder and CEO of Portfolio School and founding CTO of Kno Inc., published an article in Forbes that looks at the positives and negatives of this trend.
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Kelly Kline

Economic Development Director & Chief Innovation Officer

Booming technology companies are thriving in a diverse and beautiful urban metro area while the region struggles with skyrocketing housing prices and lagging transit infrastructure. Sound familiar? Welcome to Seattle, the northwest corollary to Silicon Valley, and the living laboratory for the Urban Land Institute's spring conference.
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Shilpi Sharma

Startup Grind Fremont Chapter Director

Having recently learned about storyhacking, Startup Grind Fremont tackled the topic of growth hacking at our April event – no coding experience required! According to entrepreneur investor Rana Gujral, growth hacking is a series of fast-paced experiments using a variety of skills (marketing, product development, and sales), and conventional and unconventional methods, to achieve growth.
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Tony Chow

Economic Development Intern

Working as a graduate intern with Fremont’s economic development team during the past three months has been a delight. The clear focus and leadership that the team exhibits for increasing Fremont’s business profile is energizing to witness. An exciting project on the docket is a Feasibility Study for Fremont’s Innovation District, home of the Tesla Factory. With the Warm Springs BART Station now open for business, it will serve a central role in the District's transit-oriented development. Directly west of the station, the City is spearheading a new pedestrian bridge that will connect to a public plaza, and where a new center for “innovation cultivators” is planned as a boost to Fremont’s startup ecosystem.
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Jennifer Chen

Economic Development Coordinator

Attracting new visitors to a city takes a variety of efforts including conferences, parades, festivals, and other types of public events. In Fremont’s quest to “weirdify” the City and attract more millennials, I present to you the puzzle hunt.
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Jennifer Chen

Economic Development Coordinator

I recently attended a panel discussion on the exciting trend of game-based learning at DeVry University’s Fremont campus – an appropriate venue given that DeVry has a specialization in Web Game Programing. It was an informative session that was relevant to educators, corporations, and organizations interested in K-12, higher education, and workforce training/preparedness.
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Rex Magadia

Golden Gate University MBA Student with a concentration in Global Supply Chain Management

We met Rex Ryan Magadia at a event with the San Francisco chapter of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP). His interest in supply chain management stems both from his experience growing up in the Philippines and a personal mission to protect the environment. His recent blog post provides an interesting perspective on the intersection of manufacturing, sustainability, and globalization. His post was originally published on “The Bridge” the blog for Golden Gate University on April 28th, 2017.
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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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