Speaker Date Topic
Ashish Gupta Aug 11, 2022
My Journey from Entrepreneur to Venture Capitalist
My Journey from Entrepreneur to Venture Capitalist

Ashish is a co-founder of Helion Ventures investing in India. He serves on several boards including Gupshup, Infoedge, Hindustan Unilever, Urban Company, and Workspot. He co-founded Drishti, Tavant Technologies and Junglee (AMZN); and worked at Woodside Fund, Oracle Corporation and IBM research. His past investments include Daksh (IBM), MakeMyTrip (MMYT), MuSigma, Pubmatic (PUBM), Upwork (PUBM), Perfios, Redbus (MMYT), Simplilearn and Flipkart (Walmart).

Ashish is a Kauffman Fellow, holds a Ph.D. in CS from Stanford University, and a BTech from IIT Kanpur where he received the President's Gold medal and the Distinguished Alumnus Award.

Dmytro Kushneruk, Consul General of Ukraine Aug 18, 2022
The Current Situation in Ukraine

  Dmytro Kushneruk is the Concul General of Ukraine, based in San Francisco.

Dmytro with LARC President Stan Scardino at the Rotary Club of San Francisco meeting on August 4, 2022

Sabeer Bhatia Aug 25, 2022
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Sabeer Bhatia briefly worked for Apple Computer (as a hardware engineer) and Firepower Systems Inc. He, along with his colleague Jack Smith, set up Hotmail on 4 July 1996, American Independence Day, symbolizing "freedom" from ISP-based e-mail and the ability to access a user's inbox from anywhere in the world.[5]

As president and CEO, Bhatia led Hotmail until its eventual acquisition by Microsoft in 1998 for an estimated $400 million. Bhatia worked at Microsoft for one year after the Hotmail acquisition and in April 1999, left Microsoft to start another venture, Arzoo Inc, an e-commerce firm with investment from Mohammed Asif, a top Indian-American banker at JP Morgan.[citation needed]

Bhatia started a free messaging service called JaxtrSMS. He said that JaxtrSMS would do to SMS what Hotmail did for e-mail. Claiming it to be a disruptive technology, he says that the operators will lose revenue on the reduction in number of SMSes on their network but will benefit from the data plan that the user has to buy.[6] To date, JaxtrSMS service has failed to replicate the success of Hotmail. Recently[when?], he invested in email collaboration software, ccZen and another e-commerce technology provider E-junkie.

Jeff Rosen, Santa Clara County District Attorney Sep 01, 2022
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JEFF ROSEN is a nationally recognized leader in criminal justice reform. His changes to one of the largest prosecutorial offices in the country include: reducing the jail population, diversion programs for non-violent offenders, expungements for low level drug crimes, prison reform, and promoting the highest ethical prosecution standards. This, all while keeping crime at its lowest rate in decades, by vigorously and successfully prosecuting murderers, rapists, drug traffickers, domestic violence abusers, child molesters, corporate polluters, and those who commit fraud against the elderly.

Since 2011, Mr. Rosen has overseen the largest prosecutor's office north of Los Angeles, serving a population of almost two million. The District Attorney's Office has over 620 employees, including 190 deputy district attorneys.
Dan'l Lewin Sep 08, 2022
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Dan’l Lewin directs the strategic planning, fundraising, and ongoing operations of CHM. Prior to the Museum, Lewin led Microsoft’s work in applying technology for public good. During a 17  year tenure, he collaborated cross-company and with external partners and focused on scalable impact within a portfolio spanning campaign and civic technologies, affordable internet access, environmental sustainability, and collaboration with leading research universities. Lewin has 30-plus years of leadership experience in Silicon Valley with companies that include NeXT, Apple, Go Corporation, and Sony. Before joining Microsoft in 2001, he was CEO of Aurigin Systems, a company that pioneered the market for intellectual property asset management.

Ukraine Dancers: Tais Zhukova and Arthur Nabok Sep 15, 2022
Dance Performance + Q&A
Dance Performance + Q&A
Tais started her dance career in Ukraine as well. Her first encounter with performance sports was upon being accepted to an Olympic rhythmic gymnastics school. At 6, she made the switch to Ballroom dance and has been in the dance business ever since. The turning point in her career was upon moving to the USA in 2014 - she started working with  Dima and Olga Sukachov, who are well known master coaches in the ballroom circles. Currently Tais also works with kids on the way to a professional dance career, although she gives back to her community with involvement at Arete Dance Center. Although she is a strictly ballroom instructor, she stays curious about other forms of movement.
 
Arthur was born and raised in the Ukraine, where he grew up competing in ballroom dancing nationally and internationally since the age of 5. His titles include Blackpool China Rising star Champion, Ukrainian ballroom champion, USA national Finalist, and others. Arthur holds a college degree in kinesthetics and dance coaching, he also holds a degree in kinesthetic and dance coaching.In 2017 dance brought him to the US, where he has been dancing and teaching since. 
 
As a team, Arthur and Tais currently reside in California and  travel across the country every few weeks to compete at the most prestigious competitions in the country. They are currently top-5 in the Amateur Ballroom category in the USA, and plan on international debut soon. But when they are not training at their dance studio, you can find them visiting the local shops in downtown Los Altos.
Dr. Euan Ashley Sep 22, 2022
The Genome
The Genome

Associate Dean, School of Medicine, Roger and Joelle Burnell Professor of Genomics and Precision Health, Professor of Medicine (Cardiovascular Medicine), of Genetics, of Biomedical Data Science and, by courtesy, of Pathology

Born in Scotland, Dr. Ashley graduated with 1st class Honors in Physiology and Medicine from the University of Glasgow. He completed medical residency and a PhD at the University of Oxford before moving to Stanford University where he trained in cardiology and advanced heart failure, joining the faculty in 2006. His group is focused on the science of precision medicine. In 2010, he led the team that carried out the first clinical interpretation of a human genome. The article became one of the most cited in clinical medicine that year and was later featured in the Genome Exhibition at the Smithsonian in DC. Over the following 3 years, the team extended the approach to the first whole genome molecular autopsy, to a family of four, and to a case series of patients in primary care. They now routinely apply genome sequencing to the diagnosis of patients at Stanford hospital where Dr Ashley directs the Clinical Genome Program and the Center for Inherited Cardiovascular Disease. Dr Ashley has a passion for rare genetic disease and was the first co-chair of the steering committee of the Undiagnosed Diseases Network. He was a recipient of the National Innovation Award from the American Heart Association and the NIH Director’s New Innovator Award. He is part of the winning team of the $75m One Brave Idea competition and co-founder of three companies: Personalis Inc ($PSNL), Deepcell Inc, and SVExa Inc. He was recognized by the Obama White House for his contributions to Personalized Medicine and in 2018 was awarded the American Heart Association Medal of Honor for Genomic and Precision Medicine. He was appointed Stanford Associate Dean in 2019. In 2021, his first book The Genome Odyssey - Medical Mysteries and the Incredible Quest to Solve Them was released. Father to three young Americans, in his ‘spare’ time, he tries to understand American football, plays jazz saxophone, and conducts research on the health benefits of single malt Scotch whisky.

CLINICAL FOCUS • Cardiology • Inherited cardiovascular disease • Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy • Cardiomyopathy, Dilated • Heart Failure • Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Dysplasia • Sports Cardiology

Hon. Rod Diridon Sep 29, 2022
Climate Impact of the VTA and Inter-regional Rail Plans
Climate Impact of the VTA and Inter-regional Rail Plans

Rod Diridon, Sr. served as founding executive director of the Mineta Transportation Institute until 2014 when he moved to Emeritus status. Mr. Diridon has chaired more than 100 international, national, state and local programs, most related to transit and the environment. He provides legislative testimony on sustainable transportation issues and is regarded by many as the “father” of modern transit service in Silicon Valley. 

Governors Davis and Schwarzenegger appointed him to the California High-Speed Rail Authority Board, of which he is chair emeritus. He helped found, and is chair emeritus of, the High-Speed and Intercity Rail Committee and the National High-Speed Rail Corridors Coalition of the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). He also was president of the national Council of University Transportation Centers.

In 1996, he founded and chaired the Transportation Research Board’s study panel, “Combating Global Warming through Sustainable Transportation Policy.” He advised the Federal Transit Administration and in 1995 chaired the Transit Oversight and Project Selection Committee for the National Research Council’s Transportation Research Board. He has provided keynotes in more than 50 U.S. cities and for a dozen international conferences, and he has published numerous related articles.

For over two decades, he served the Bay Area in a variety of elected roles from City Council member to chair of the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors and the Transit Board. He also chaired the San Francisco Bay Area’s three regional governments: the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, and the Association of Bay Area Governments, as well as nine successful rail system development project boards. Upon his retirement from public office, Santa Clara County renamed its main train station “San José Diridon Station.”

Mr. Diridon received a BS in accounting and an MSBA in statistics from San José State University and served as a U.S. naval officer. In 1968, he founded the Decision Research Institute, which he sold in 1977. He has two children, Rod Jr. and Mary Margaret, and four grandchildren. He is married to Dr. Gloria Duffy, former U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense and now president and CEO of the Commonwealth Club of California.

About the Mineta Transportation Institute: Founded in 1991, the Mineta Transportation Institute (MTI), an organized research and training unit in partnership with the Lucas College and Graduate School of Business at San José State University (SJSU), increases mobility for all by improving the safety, efficiency, accessibility, and convenience of our nation’s transportation system. Through research, education, workforce development, and technology transfer, we help create a connected world. 

Kirk Hanson Oct 06, 2022
How Americans Think About Ethics Today
How Americans Think About Ethics Today

Kirk O. Hanson is a senior fellow of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University and former executive director of the Center.

Hanson was the executive director of the Ethics Center for 17 years, from 2001-2018. He was also the John Courtney Murray S.J. University Professor of Social Ethics. In 2001, he took early retirement from the faculty of the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, where he taught for 23 years and is now an emeritus faculty member.