Shilpi Sharma

Startup Grind Fremont Chapter Director

​Startup Grind Fremont’s guest speaker in January and participant of our first 2017 fireside chat was Bastin Gerald, founder and CEO of Apptivo. Bastin shared his insights about running a profitable cloud-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) and customer relationship management (CRM) software company. Since its 2011 founding, Apptivo has received many industry awards such as PC Magazine's “Editor's Choice Award” in 2015 and 2016, and was also crowned “Most Affordable CRM” by Capterra (A Gartner Company). Currently, Apptivo software is utilized by 175,000 customers in over 194 countries.
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Kelly Kline

Economic Development Director & Chief Innovation Officer

Each year for more than a decade, Cleantech Open (CTO) has celebrated the graduation of a new cohort of cleantech entrepreneurs from its accelerator program. For its 11th Global Forum, the world’s largest cleantech innovation network celebrated in San Francisco with an entire “Cleantech Week” to spur further investment, revenue opportunities, and new talent.
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David Bokash

Principal, Business Technology Consulting and Business Adviser with the Alameda County SBDC

​What exactly is Web 2.0 and how are small businesses in Alameda County using it? I had the opportunity to discuss this trend at Fremont’s latest small business workshop. Web 2.0, driven by the popularity of social media, has shifted the dynamics of customer communication to engagement and two-way conversation, over the one-way communication that characterized the early years of internet marketing and more than a hundred years of advertising. Web 2.0 is all about engaging the customer through interactive mediums, such as social media and blogs.
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Peter Koht

Founder & COO @ OpenCounter

​Cities are always trying to streamline the permitting process for businesses, which are often required to pull multiple permits from various departments. This can be a challenging process for those who do not interact with them on a regular basis, considering the varying terminologies and procedures. Enter OpenCounter.
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Gregory Theyel

Program Director, East Bay Biomedical Manufacturing Network

​The San Francisco Bay Area is the place to be for the biomedical industry as evidenced by the large share of investment capital and deals going to Bay Area biopharmaceutical, medical device, and diagnostic companies. Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) recently released an informative report highlighting how the San Francisco Bay Area is the leading location for investment in the biomedical industry. SVB’s report outlines biomedical industry investment trends in the U.S. and across the world. In 2016, California, and the SF Bay Area in particular, was the leading location for biotechnology and pharmaceutical investment with 63 deals and over $2.2 billion. Seven of the top 20 biotechnology and pharmaceutical investors were corporations, and the majority of investment was focused on oncology.
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Clean Acres Tours Seagate

Posted on Jan 25, 2017


Matt Gardner

Chief Executive Officer, California Technology Council

Clean Acres stakeholders had a unique opportunity to go inside one of the most advanced buildings in California on December 14th. The Clean Acres tour of Seagate's Fremont Research Center highlighted the latest in building controls, advanced research and development, and flexible lab space.
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Shilpi Sharma

Startup Grind Fremont Chapter Director

​The ecosystem that supports startups is undoubtedly vital for their success. Our November guest, Prashant Shah, plays a key role in this support system, growing entrepreneurship with The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) Silicon Valley chapter. TiE is a global non-profit founded in 1992 by successful Indian immigrant entrepreneurs that sought to support other newcomers through mentorship, networking, education, incubation, and funding. During his Startup Grind presentation, Shah shared information about Tie LaunchPad* and TiE Angels. TiE Angels funds a range of industries, with an emphasis on companies that have a good product fit for the market. For TiE Angel funding, the corporate team is very important. The founders must have “direct domain expertise” in the field.
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Kelly Kline

Economic Development Director & Chief Innovation Officer

Good news! Kind of. Real estate magnate Louis Belmonte does not predict a 2017 recession. “There’s no bust because busts follow booms and believe me, there’s no boom.” Belmonte headlined the Silicon Valley Crew annual forecast event, acknowledging that true “futurists” are a rare breed, given their general propensity to think about the future as “the present plus one.” There are a number of things that Belmonte is concerned about – low levels of population and productivity growth and meager labor force participation. Most concerning of all being that “demographics are destiny” and our aging population stands to cause many ripple effects in the economy. However, there is no question that Silicon Valley is doing better than the rest of the country and the “why” can be summarized in one word – wealth. Specifically, wealth is flowing into the Silicon Valley economy because of technology. These are the five primary vehicles bringing in the dough.
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Mark Muro

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

Amid the hoopla of celebrating a deal to save 800 jobs at a Carrier Corp. factory in Indiana last month, President-elect Donald Trump promised to usher in a “new industrial revolution“—one that sounded as much like a social awakening as a manufacturing one. How will the nation achieve that renaissance, though? If past is prologue, the Trump administration will lean on high-profile tweets and one-off job-retention deals combined with moves to renegotiate some trade deals to give U.S. workers a leg up.
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Kim Marshall

Economic Development Specialist

Happy New Year! A new round of funding from the California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) is kicking off 2017. California Competes Tax Credit is a five-year income tax credit available to businesses of all sizes who want to grow, stay, or locate in California. $243 million in tax credits is available for fiscal year 2016/2017. This period, $100 million is available to California businesses. One quarter of these funds have been set aside specifically for small businesses, defined as businesses making less than $2 million in revenue per year, which allows them to compete on a level playing field.
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