Shilpi Sharma

Director of Fremont Startup Grind

Andy Pandharikar of Tall Idea Labs wasn’t always an Angel. His successful foray in entrepreneurship includes the sale of FITIQUETTE — a technology startup allowing the fashion industry to create an online boutique with a virtual fitting room. In some ways, the fitting room is an analogy for his career journey, which has included a few wardrobe changes. From a humble Mumbai childhood to corporate America techie to startup founder to sage Silicon Valley investor, here are some insights that he’s gained along the way:
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Ron Sha

Ohlone College Faculty

As the new lead on IT programs (CNET — Computers, Networks, and Emerging Technology) at Ohlone Community College, Ron Sha brings a wealth of CIO experience to his new role. We recently met with Ron to find out more about his plans for the program and his thoughts on IT trends that are shaping the Silicon Valley economy.
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Mark Muro

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

City, metropolitan area, and state leaders across the country continue to look for ways to re-energize the American economy and make it work better for more people. One way they are doing that is by looking to expand the nation’s advanced industries. As defined and tracked by Brookings over the last few years, the 50 R&D- and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math)-worker intensive industries that make up the advanced sector are going to be crucial in building a growth economy that works for all.
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Kelly Kline

Economic Development Director & Chief Innovation Officer

As Fremont readies itself for Class A office along Innovation Way in the Warm Springs Innovation District, we are gaining inspiration from the Silicon Valley office boom which has brought a whole new level of architecture, sustainability, and employee amenities to historically industrial areas. This summer, SPUR hosted several events featuring the new “model campus” to showcase office building trends.
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Patrick Donlon

Senior VP of Sales, Pivot Interiors

Earlier this month, Pivot was pleased to welcome the real estate community into our new ‘super-hub’ to provide a real-life example of how today’s industrial space can flex. Thanks to an event organized by the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA), developers, property managers, and other stakeholders convened at Pivot Interiors’ new facility located at The Crossings @ 880 in Fremont for a discussion on the allure of flex industrial projects such as this one.
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Amit Shah

CIO, Excelitas Technologies Corp.

Traditionally, the IT organization’s role in manufacturing has been well-defined. At the very core of any chief information officer’s (CIO) mission is to provide tools and technology to make employees and business processes more productive, create new revenue models, and provide data-driven analytics for decision makers. The aforementioned objectives drive adoption of ERP, CRM, SCM, PLM, and BI classes of applications to run front office and back office business operations. The economic value created by these initiatives is measureable and undeniable.
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Christina Briggs

Deputy Economic Development Director/Assistant to the City Manager

Let’s get something straight. Not all entrepreneurs wear skinny jeans and a hoodie. And now there’s data to support it. Last month, The Atlantic published an article, “The Myth of the Millennial Entrepreneur,” which suggested that contrary to popular belief this generation is one of the least entrepreneurial in history. Backed up by statistics showing record low rates of business ownership for the under-30 crowd, it appears that parts of the millennial phenomenon may be more of an idea than reality.
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Ilana Preuss

Founder, Recast City

When we first met Ilana Preuss from Recast City at the ULI conference in San Francisco last fall, we knew that Fremont could benefit from her expertise integrating manufacturing space for small-scale producers into revitalized neighborhoods. The following Q&A explores the maker movement and how we can best nurture it through the creation of collaborative spaces. A public presentation will take place on the morning of August 17 in Fremont; registration is free.
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The Future of Fuel Cells in Fremont

Posted on Jul 26, 2016

Kelly Kline

Economic Development Director & Chief Innovation Officer

Fremont is a city of early adopters, as reflected in the rates of EV ownership, which are among the highest in California. Therefore, it’s no surprise that Fremont is among the first Bay Area cities to build a hydrogen fueling station – which arrives just in time for the Toyota Mirai fuel cell vehicle that is now available online and in select dealerships. Fremont staff recently had the opportunity to check out the Mirai, and talk with Toyota and its partners about their clean energy goals and the future of passenger vehicles. Here’s what we learned:
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Kelly Gray

VP, JLL Silicon Valley

In an effort to highlight national and local trends in real estate, technology, and manufacturing, we recently caught up with Kelly Gray, Vice President of Brokerage and Location Advisory at Jones Lang LaSalle, for her insights on industrial real estate.
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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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