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Remembering Mark Duncan, a VLAB paragon

We lost a great friend, mentor, and VLAB executive. Mark Duncan passed on, December 24, 2017. He leaves a legacy at VLAB, in the tech industry, and in the arts. Mark was a non-judgmental, compassionate, cheerful and generous friend. He loved to create things and solve problems (e.g. software, writing, marketing). He was forward-looking. Mark had [...]

By |2018-01-25T15:01:56+00:00January 15th, 2018|VLAB, Volunteers|Comments Off on Remembering Mark Duncan, a VLAB paragon

Nathan Yi: Chatbots Event Chair and Volunteer Extraordinaire

As a 100% volunteer organization, VLAB is fortunate to have amazing volunteers helping out across the organization.  This week, we caught up with Nathan Yi, Event Chair for Chatbots: The Machines Are Talking Back, about his volunteer experience. Here's what Nathan had to say: Who is Nathan Yi? I'm a Bay Area native, an average guy doing [...]

By |2017-05-18T17:47:09+00:00September 12th, 2016|Uncategorized, VLAB|Comments Off on Nathan Yi: Chatbots Event Chair and Volunteer Extraordinaire

Will bacteria in the gut lead to new breakthroughs in personalized medicine?

A recent panel discussion at VLAB event at Stanford University examined the role microbes might play in human health. Mark Bunger, Senior Research Director at Lux Research, moderated the event. As an introduction, Bunger shared some information on what would define a microbiome, where it resides, and how big is a mircrobiome. Microbiome is an [...]

By |2017-05-18T17:47:11+00:00March 11th, 2015|Biotech, Event Summary, Food Technology, VLAB|Comments Off on Will bacteria in the gut lead to new breakthroughs in personalized medicine?

Young Entrepreneurs: Changing the Game (Part I)

“I saw a problem and wanted to solve it.” “I didn’t realize I was starting a company; I looked at it like I was working on a project.” “I didn’t want to work for anyone else.” Whatever the motivation, all five of the panelists on our January “Young Women Entrepreneur| Unbroken” panel have become successful [...]

By |2017-05-18T17:47:11+00:00February 6th, 2015|Entrepreneur Spotlight, Event Summary, VLAB, Young Entrepreneurs|Comments Off on Young Entrepreneurs: Changing the Game (Part I)

Big Data from Space: Actionable Intelligence on Earth

“Space is no longer being defined by larger, more established companies, but rather new companies that are extending the boundaries.” Amaresh Kollipara The Industry Value Chain On Dec 7, 1972, the Apollo 17 crew took the first picture of the whole Earth, entitled “The Blue Marble.” The industry involving space has evolved greatly since that [...]

By |2017-05-18T17:47:12+00:00November 3rd, 2014|Aerospace, Blog, Event Summary, VLAB|1 Comment

Hugo Fiennes: The Road to Electric Imp

VLAB refers to noteworthy entrepreneurs like Hugo Fiennes as luminaries. He’s been a serial entrepreneur with histories at both innovative startups and large, well known corporations. Now he leads Electric Imp, a venture-funded startup that enables the internet of things. The path to “noteworthy luminary,” however, is seldom short or easy. Hugo’s path was no [...]

By |2017-05-18T17:47:12+00:00October 13th, 2014|Entrepreneur Spotlight, Internet of Things, VLAB|Comments Off on Hugo Fiennes: The Road to Electric Imp

Deep Learning: Intelligence from Big Data

“Any product that excites you over the next five years probably uses this…” -Steve Jurvetson, Partner, DFJ Ventures Imagine on-boarding a new hire that works wonders with data at your start-up. Imagine he can work 24/7 and there’s no problem too big or too insignificant for him. Say you’ve got a data set but you [...]

By |2017-05-18T17:47:12+00:00September 28th, 2014|Event Summary, VLAB|Comments Off on Deep Learning: Intelligence from Big Data

Collaborative Robots: Living Amongst Us

I’m going to program a robot to do my laundry and dishes for me, and be my personal butler. Unless some enterprising entrepreneur builds one and sells it to me first. May 29’s VLAB on collaborative robots showcased robots that can work side by side- collaborate- with humans. The industrial robots of the past remain [...]

By |2017-05-18T17:47:12+00:00September 16th, 2014|Event Summary, VLAB|Comments Off on Collaborative Robots: Living Amongst Us

Algorithm Alchemy: Turning Talent Search Into Gold

How much do companies spend on people? Trillions of dollars… Winning or losing your market is based on whether or not you have not just good, but amazing people. -Dan Shapero, VP of Talent Solutions, LinkedIn As of today, no one’s found a scalable* way to provide general recruiting options. So far a cadre of startups [...]

By |2017-05-18T17:47:12+00:00July 16th, 2014|VLAB|Comments Off on Algorithm Alchemy: Turning Talent Search Into Gold