David Ginsberg

Vice President of Supply Chain Management, Sonic Manufacturing Technologies

At last week’s East Bay Manufacturing and Logistics Summit, the region convened to hear from industry executives and public officials about what policy, infrastructure, and talent needs face regional manufacturing/logistics. Taking center stage for the morning keynote was David Ginsberg of Fremont’s Sonic Manufacturing Technologies as he described a revolutionary new program the company has launched to automate purchasing and supply chain. As David put it, “If you compete on price alone, you’re either a commodity or a memory,” — an idea he explains in our interview below.
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Shilpi Sharma

Startup Grind Fremont Chapter Director

Everything you need to know about Amit Kumar, Fremont’s August Startup Grind guest, is embedded in the name of his company, “Trimian.” The name stems from “tri-simian” (three monkeys) and references “sanbiki no sari” (see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil). In other words, Kumar likes to monkey around, and in the process, solve real problems. He believes that the best startup ideas are what you wish your company was doing, but it isn’t.
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Fred Diaz

City Manager

Traffic congestion is a sign of economic vibrancy, but it’s also a major pain point for residents and businesses. So, what can be done to address the issue?
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Jennifer Chen

Economic Development Coordinator

School bells are ringing, kids are running down hallways, and the air is slowly changing from a dry summer heat to a crisp fall chill. It is back-to-school season, which means that Manufacturing Day is right around the corner. This year, Manufacturing Day will be held nationally on Friday, October 7.
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Annie Sciacca

Reporter at Bay Area News Group

On August 29, 2016, The Mercury News published an article, “BART Retail Plans Are Advancing” by Annie Sciacca. The article shared that BART will be rolling out retail stores at its busy stations as early as winter of 2016. As we think about the new development and density in our transit nodes, retail will play an important role in meeting riders’ daily needs. Let us know what you'd like to see!
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Joe Lewis

President/Owner Orchard Commercial

Earlier this month, real estate magazine, The Registry, hosted its 2016 “Silicon Valley Market Perspectives” event, highlighting some of the region’s biggest real estate players. Several of the featured panelists are active in the Fremont market, including Orchard Commercial’s Joe Lewis, who moderated a panel on residential development. We recently caught up with Joe to help us flesh out the event’s prevailing themes and to get his outlook on the state of Silicon Valley real estate.
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Jennifer Chen

Economic Development Coordinator

As mentioned in a recent post, last week we hosted an audience of more than 60 makers, manufacturers, brokers, developers, and civic leaders at Ellison Technologies to hear Recast City’s Ilana Preuss discuss Real Estate Opportunities for Makers and Small-Scale Manufacturers. The resurgence of small, local producers has become a type of social amenity and is creating “connection centers” for communities. Many communities have started to allow mixed-use industrial buildings in their downtowns and have refurbished historic buildings in order to provide economic opportunities and help integrate industrial spaces into central places for gathering, meeting, and producing.
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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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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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