Kelly Kline

Economic Development Director & Chief Innovation Officer

The ever-present question about how long we can expect the good economy to last seems more pressing than ever. And where better to explore that question that at the Fall convening of the Urban Land Institute in Downtown Los Angeles? While this year’s ULI Real Estate Trends forecast doesn’t answer that question directly, it does recognize that we are not in a boom/bust scenario, but rather a long cycle which presents varying data points market by market, property by property.
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Martine Nader

Regional Initiatives Manager, SFMade

The 2017 Bay Area Urban Manufacturing Summit last week brought over 400 people together in support of regional manufacturing! Senator Dianne Feinstein greeted the crowd via video address and officials from 30 Bay Area cities were in the room, including the mayors of Oakland, Fremont, Berkeley, Alameda, Pittsburg, and Newark.
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Shilpi Sharma

Startup Grind Fremont Chapter Director

In October, Startup Grind-Fremont had the great fortune of hosting David Ehrenberg, CEO of Early Growth Financial Services. David is a seasoned finance executive with experience in both large companies and startups alike. He founded Early Growth Financial Services to fill a glaring void he discovered while working with startups: on-demand accounting and strategic financial consulting services specifically tailored to early-stage companies. By using this service on an on-demand basis, companies reduce the financial burden of maintaining this function in-house. Perhaps more importantly, it removes the administrative headache of financial management, allowing the team to focus on product development and customer discovery.
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Kelly Kline

Economic Development Director & Chief Innovation Officer

The quest to win Amazon’s second headquarters has been eventful, to say the least. From offering big tax breaks to presenting a 21-foot cactus to Jeff Bezos, cities across North America have been courting Amazon with the hopes of convincing the retail tech giant to extend its empire there.
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Kim Marshall

Economic Development Specialist

Our most recent workshop, in partnership with the Alameda County Small Business Development Center (Alameda County SBDC), presented tips on how to safeguard a business’ intellectual property (IP) and featured speaker IP Legal Strategist Soody Tronson. According to Tronson, IP is any “product” of your brain, including new ideas, discoveries, and concepts. It’s really the heart of an entrepreneur’s business. Unfortunately, many startups do not spend the time or money to protect their IP, leaving their businesses vulnerable.
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Christina Briggs

Deputy Economic Development Director/Assistant to the City Manager

Last week, we partnered with the Cleantech Open to host its 2017 Western Region Awards & Innovation Showcase, the culmination of Cleantech Open’s annual accelerator program in the West.
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Happy Birthday BSMA!

Posted on Oct 18, 2017

Devendra Mishra

Co-Founder and Executive Director, Bio Supply Management Alliance

When the Bio Supply Management Alliance (BSMA) was born a decade ago right here in the Bay Area, the goals were lofty: create a worldwide community of operations and supply chain management leaders and professionals in the biotech, biopharma, and biomedical device industries. Since then, I’ve been overwhelmed by the growth and success of the global industry, and in particular, the role that California and Silicon Valley have played in its success.
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Wilfried Hoch

V.P. Operations ElringKlinger Silicon Valley Inc.

As a new manufacturer in the Bay Area, ElringKlinger embraced the opportunity to join a bevy of Fremont Original Equipment Manufacturers, contract manufacturers, and supply chain partners on Manufacturing Day 2017 (#MFGDay17). Sharing technology with students and demonstrating lean manufacturing practices are values that date back to our beginnings in Germany in 1885. Today, ElringKlinger has a presence in 49 locations around the globe, including three in the U.S.
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Parker Thomas

FUSE Corps Executive Fellow

Meet Parker Thomas, Fremont’s new FUSE Corps Executive Fellow, who will be spending the next 365 days forging the path for Fremont to become a Maker City. Parker will be collaborating with the City, the Fremont Unified School District, students, teachers, and local companies to create a Maker Education program for Fremont’s middle schools. Read on to learn more about Parker’s passion for the maker movement, how building his own airplane turned out to be one of the most meaningful learning experiences of his life, and why he believes maker education will thrive in a city like Fremont.
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Kelly Kline

Economic Development Director & Chief Innovation Officer

This was the provocative question posed at the 2017 Product Realization Group symposium which probes and engages Silicon Valley's hardware ecosystem. Artificial Intelligence, or "AI" to insiders, was once relegated to sci-fi films. And although it's not mainstream yet, there is no denying its potential impact on the hardware industry.
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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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