Kim Marshall

Economic Development Specialist

This past week, a dynamic panel of four female CEOs shared their experiences starting and/or running successful businesses, with three of the panelists running their companies in Fremont. The panel was moderated by entrepreneur Dorian Webb, owner of Dorian Webb Lifestyle and consultant at the Alameda County Small Business Development Center. The panelists shared several important lessons and here are our favorite takeaways.
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Kelly Kline

Economic Development Director & Chief Innovation Officer

Our March 1 Startup Grind Fremont speaker, Ritika Puri, has been telling stories since she was eleven years old. Now, she is in the business of helping others tell their stories − from IBM to Shopify to accelerators to security teams – as co-founder of Storyhackers, a content studio, media brand, and education company hybrid. Ritika insists that everyone has a story − especially in Silicon Valley − and that the trick is figuring out what differentiates yours from the rest. Hint: People are invariably interested in unique paths to entrepreneurship.
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Kelly Kline

Economic Development Director & Chief Innovation Officer

Five years ago, the East Bay Economic Development Alliance created a showcase for innovation that perfectly conveys the unique local ecosystem’s nurturing of transformative ideas and products. The East Bay Innovation Awards honors competitors in nine different categories including clean tech, engineering and design, life sciences, and advanced manufacturing.
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Jennifer Chen

Economic Development Coordinator

Last month, more than 5,000 founders and investors representing 200 Startup Grind chapters across 98 countries congregated in downtown Redwood City for the Startup Grind Global Conference. This year’s conference featured 40 keynote presentations and fireside chats, and a Startup Showcase. The Showcase was filled with 50 startups from across the world that are working on the most cutting-edge business ideas in health technology, robotics, clean technology, and software applications.
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Lou Hoffman

The Silicon Valley Index from Joint Venture Silicon Valley leaves no byte unturned. For those who don’t have the time to wade through 100 action-packed pages, I offer the CliffsNotes, filtered by 25+ years of living of in Silicon Valley.
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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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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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