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New Startup Grind Chapter in Fremont

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East Bay entrepreneurs: The newest Startup Grind chapter in the Bay Area will host its first event in the fall in Fremont.  Sign up here.

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Redefining What it Means to be a Silicon Valley City

business-journal.pngA supplement printed on July 31, 2015 in the Silicon Valley Business Journal. The supplement provided an overview of Fremont’s the business ecosystem.

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“With the BART expansion well underway, we’re excited to breathe new life into Silicon Valley with a projected 30,000 new jobs in Fremont by 2040.”

—Kelly Kline, Fremont Economic Development Director



Bill Harrison
Mayor of Fremont

In the spirit of Super Bowl 50, what better way to celebrate than with an evening of great food, entertainment, and the opportunity to mingle with a few football greats? And that’s exactly what nearly 120 guests did on the evening of Friday, February 5…

In the spirit of Super Bowl 50, what better way to celebrate than with an evening of great food, entertainment, and the opportunity to mingle with a few football greats?

And that’s exactly what nearly 120 guests did on the evening of Friday, February 5, at Legends of the Bay. This event celebrated the Fremont Family Resource Center, a one-stop shop centrally located in Fremont, bringing together 24 state, county, City of Fremont, and nonprofit organizations. Additionally, we celebrated the growing momentum in the Fremont Innovation District in Warm Springs, home to a number of high-profile businesses and BART’s next station in the extension to San Jose. The 880-acre mixed-use Innovation District has been a massive project in the making, with the goal of bringing awareness to Fremont’s rapidly growing cluster of advanced manufacturing and cleantech companies such as Delta Corporation, Lam Research, Tesla Motors and Thermo Fisher, among others.

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Guests mingled with football legends who not only call the Bay Area home, but are also huge supporters of the Fremont Family Resource Center and all that it does for our community. This lineup included Charles Haley (five-time Super Bowl Champion), Eric Wright (four-time Super Bowl Champion), Mike Wilson (four-time Super Bowl Champion), John Taylor (three-time Super Bowl Champion), and Cliff Branch (three-time Super Bowl Champion), pictured below with his bling. Event emcee Renel Brooks-Moon was right at home with these World Champions in the room. Renel has been broadcasting iconic sports moments to local fans for over two decades, and since 2000 has been the voice of the San Francisco Giants as the public address announcer for 40,000 fans a night at AT&T Park.

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While the purpose of the event was to celebrate these football legends, we also took a page from Hollywood’s playbook and showcased a couple of videos featuring the Fremont Family Resource Center back story and the Fremont Innovation District, which outlined how far Fremont has come and the steps we’re taking to be strategically urban. We appreciate Delta Corporation’s opening its doors and allowing us to hold this special event in its new headquarters located in the Innovation District.

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Attendees showed their support throughout the evening, bidding on silent auction items, as well as participating in a live auction, with successful bidders winning pro sports packages, family fun and great adventures, date nights, etc. All in all, we raised $56,000, which will go toward improving and maintaining our Family Resource Center so it can continue to seamlessly connect families and individuals to the services they need most, when they may not have other resources readily available.

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Kelly Kline
Economic Development Director & Chief Innovation Officer

It’s been five years since the venture capitalist Marc Andreessen quipped that “software is eating the world,” meaning that all of the digital tools and platforms needed to transform industries through software finally worked and were doing that. To prove…

This piece titled “Software eats manufacturing (and manufacturing gains)” by Mark Muro, Kelly Kline and Bruce Katz was posted on the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program website on February 5, 2016.

It’s been five years since the venture capitalist Marc Andreessen quipped that “software is eating the world,” meaning that all of the digital tools and platforms needed to transform industries through software finally worked and were doing that. To prove his point Andreessen ticked off a long list of mostly consumer-facing service industries like bookselling, music, telecom, and air travel that were being productively disrupted. Though he noted that the global economy would soon be “fully digitally wired” he didn’t have as much to say about the manufacturing sector.

However, waves of digitization have been coursing through the manufacturing sector as well, creating new opportunities. Digital technologies are rapidly transforming the design, production, operation, and use of items as diverse as cars, workout clothes, and light bulbs. The changes have huge implications for industries and places, workers, and entrepreneurs.

To explore these implications, the Metro Program, in partnership with the city of Fremont, Calif., convened its second advanced industries regional workshop last week in Silicon Valley—the world focal point for the digitization of everything.

Such digitization is now so ubiquitous as to practically define the nation’s critical advanced industries sector, including manufacturing.

Therefore, the session brought together two dozen industry executives, entrepreneurs, investors, scholars, and economic development officials to tour an emblematic factory (Tesla Motors); discuss the latest trends in the Silicon Valley manufacturing ecosystem; and parse their implications for companies, regions, and the U.S. economy. Many, many trends were raised and assessed during the day’s discussions on the campus of Seagate Technology, in the former Solyndra solar factory, but a short list of compelling conclusions with broad implications came into focus.

See more at:  http://goo.gl/qlNjDZ

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Fremont Startup Grind Digest: Andrew Ponec and Preetish Nijhawan



Shilpi Sharma
Director of Fremont Startup Grind

At the first Startup Grind event of the New Year on January 19th, Preetish Nijhawan, Managing Director of Cervin Ventures talked about his experiences as an entrepreneur and venture capitalist. Nijhawan shared many of his funny, painful, and interesting p…

At the first Startup Grind event of the New Year on January 19th, Preetish Nijhawan, Managing Director of Cervin Ventures talked about his experiences as an entrepreneur and venture capitalist. Nijhawan shared many of his funny, painful, and interesting personal stories about funding startups.

At the end, he provided three lessons that entrepreneurs across all industries can apply:

   1. Be wary of building a business where you have to educate the market

   2. Reduce your burn rate in order to maximize your flexibility

   3. Learn more from your failures then successes 

During the audience Q&A portion of the event, Nijhawan brought up a semi-controversial idea stating that not all startups must have (or should have) VC funding. He encouraged entrepreneurs to think about lifestyle oriented companies that allow for more autonomy without the stresses of public reporting, IPO paperwork, or corporate board management. Sorry you missed it?  No worries, there is another one coming up!

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Shilpi Sharma, Fremont Startup Grind Director and Preetish Nijhawan, Managing Director of Cervin Ventures

 

Join us on February 18th to talk with our youngest entrepreneur yet, Andrew Ponec, Cofounder of Dragonfly Systems, about renewable energy, Cleantech incubation, and startups.  Dragonfly System created small electronic devices to improve efficiency and reduce installation costs for large commercial and utility-scale solar power installations. Dragonfly Systems was acquired in 2014 by SunPower Corporation, a US-based solar company, and is currently ramping up the production of the Dragonfly devices. Ponec was also named to Forbes “30 under 30” list in 2014 for his work in solar energy, and is currently focusing on smart buildings, and affordable housing technologies. 

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It is never too early to mark your calendar for the next StartupGrind event!

On March 15, 2016, Fremont Grind will feature Aaron Carpenter, Chief Customer Officer at HubNami, a social media management startup.

You can follow Startup Grind Fremont on Twitter, @FremontGrind and Facebook at Startup Grind Fremont.

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