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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Shilpi Sharma

Startup Grind Fremont Chapter Director

On August 29, 2017, StartUp Grind Fremont featured yet another influential speaker — Ankur Jain. Ankur is an entrepreneur, inventor, co-founder, and investor, and has worked across a range of sectors including healthcare, financial services, and technology. He is currently the managing partner at Emergent Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm.
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Michael Powell

Director of Business Development

Since 1983, RK Logistics has provided third-party logistics (3PL) support to some of the region’s most iconic high-tech manufacturing companies, as well as local innovators and startups. As you can imagine, this business gives us a unique perspective on the health of regional manufacturing and its supply chain activities. This is one of the reasons we decided to move our business into Fremont’s Innovation District a few years ago — the astounding concentration of manufacturing here was something we couldn’t pass up. And we haven’t looked back since.
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Chris Williams

Digital Marketing Manager, PlanetMagpie

In May 2017, the WannaCry ransomware attack swept across the world. It prevented hospitals, businesses, and nonprofit organizations from working. It scared a lot of people, and for good reason. WannaCry was a worldwide wake-up call that cybersecurity is a concern for all businesses, big or small. We can't afford to take the security of our IT systems for granted. This post explores the best security precautions to take if you're a small business.
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City of Fremont

Drug companies are expanding manufacturing in — where else? — the high-cost Bay Area.
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Tina Kapoor

Economic Development Manager

Meet Tina Kapoor, Fremont’s new Economic Development Manager! Tina has a strong track record in economic development having previously worked for the City of San Jose, and as a longtime Fremont resident, she knows the community well. The following Q&A offers a more in-depth introduction, but we encourage you to reach out and get to know Tina personally!
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Shilpi Sharma

Startup Grind Fremont Chapter Director

In June, Startup Grind Fremont heard from renowned speaker, blogger, and investor, Murray Newlands. Murray talked about the importance of entrepreneurs growing their influence. He noted that it takes time, money, and effort to be successfully influential. Time to use social media to write about your area of expertise. Money to hire experts to help you build your brand. Effort to attend events that help you make connections with other industry and media experts.
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Eric Chen

General Manager

We talk a lot about supply chains and business ecosystems here on “Takes from Silicon Valley East”. That’s why our recent conversation with Fremont-based Fossa Apparel, a designer and manufacturer of custom corporate apparel, intrigued us. On top of all the fun browsing we got to do during this fashion-focused visit, it was gratifying to see yet another business service right in our own backyard supporting Fremont’s local industries. We sat down with Eric Chen to discuss the company’s history and where it’s headed.
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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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