Shawn Lange

Co-founder & CEO of L2F

​A lot can be said about the impact of automation in manufacturing. But what often goes unsaid is that automation equipment itself is a burgeoning industry. These days, Fremont finds itself as somewhat of a ground zero for this industry given the robust manufacturing and supply chain activity that’s found here. Some of the biggest names in robotic equipment and integration are operating right here in Fremont, and L2F is a prime example. We recently caught up with co-founder and CEO Shawn Lange to get a better sense of the key trends in manufacturing automation, and the company’s particular niche in food tech.
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Category: Economic Development General

Christina Briggs

Deputy Economic Development Director/Assistant to the City Manager

It’s safe to assume that the majority of the audience that attended this year’s Bay Area Biomedical Device Conference came for the latest updates on industry leaders in biomed innovation. We can also assume that they were pleasantly surprised by the impressive cadre of students (and tomorrow’s workforce) enrolled in San Jose State University’s (SJSU) biomedical engineering programs. The event, which was organized by the SJSU Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) chapter and led by Dr. Guna Selvaduray, included a full-day program entirely organized by students. And I mean organized! From introducing panel speakers to escorting lost attendees from the parking garage to the venue, this was one of the most professionally managed events that we’ve attended. And with how many events we attend on a regular basis, that’s really saying something.
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Lily Mei

Mayor of Fremont

On Friday, March 31, I presented the 2017 State of the City address at the Fremont Marriott. The annual event is a forum to recognize the Council, City staff, businesses, and local organizations that have all played a part in getting the City of Fremont to where it is today.
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Kelly Kline

Economic Development Director & Chief Innovation Officer

On a blustery morning, hundreds flocked to the celebration of the Warm Springs/South Fremont BART station opening, a moment that the City and community had long been waiting for. After decades of planning and months of anticipation, Friday, March 24, marked the day when Fremont community members, journalists and reporters, transit planners, and state and city officials joined together to cut the ribbon and welcome the 46th BART station to the new end of the line.
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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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Shilpi Sharma

Startup Grind Fremont Chapter Director

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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