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Sep. 12, 2013 SVForum Siamak Ashrafi Google Glass

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On September 12, 2013 in San Francisco at Nixon Peabody, SVForum Emerging Technology hosted Bio-Computational Specialist Siamak Ashrafi’s presentation “Embedded Technology / Functional Fashion (Demo of Google Glass) and the future of mobile.” Ash talked about the convergence of wearable computing, functional fashion and smartphones. Micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) are replacing traditional dedicated embedded systems with smartphone apps leveraging internal sensors and antennas. He then compared and contrasted devices like the Nike+ Fuelband,  Lark, Fitbit, Jawbone UP, BodyBug, Motoactv, MSP430, Google Glass, Recon Jet and GlassUP. He wrapped up with what ware we will wear. Say that three times fast.

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Jun. 13, 2013 SVForum Navigate Data Overload

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June 13, 2013 in San Francisco at Nixon Peabody, SVForum’s Emerging Technolgy SIG, Vivek Agarwal, founder, inventor and architect of Surfmark and Agust S. Egilsson, PhD, co-founder, inventor and architect of QuantCell spoke on their strategies for helping humans collaborate and navigate a sea of data.

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May 10, 2012 SVForum Grid Level Energy Storage

On Thursday, May 10, 2012, in San Francisco at Nixon Peabody, SVForum presented a Clean Tech Breakfast “Market Opportunities for Grid Level Energy Storage.”  Khaled Shami of Nixon Peabody moderated panelists Hanns Anders of Claremont Creek Ventures, Lee Burrows of VantagePoint Venture Partners, Gordon Chirdon of NRG Energy and Daidipya Patwa of PG&E. They discussed shifting energy loads, integrating renewables, improving reliability and expanding scalability. Simple solutions that do not require exotic materials or complex technologies are more attractive to utilities. Don’t try to recreate the grid, focus on improving it incrementally.

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Apr. 25, 2012 SVForum Health Care Delivery

On April 25, 2012 in San Francisco at Nixon Peabody, SVForum presented a Health Tech Breakfast “Breakthrough Health Care Delivery Partnerships.” Greg Schopf of Nixon Peabody moderated panelists John E. McCreedy of  Partnera, Dr. Samir Qamar of MedLion and Pamela Swingley of Mobile PRM. They know the healthcare delivery system is not working or sustainable. They discussed new models to treat patients like accountable care organizations (ACOs) using social media and medical records in the cloud.

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Mar. 28, 2012 SVForum Health Data Decisions Dollars

On March 28, 2012 in San Francisco at Nixon Peabody, SVForum presented “Health Tech Breakfast Series: 3D Health – Data, Decisions And Dollars.” Khaled Shami of Nixon Peabody moderated panelists Vineet Gulati of Health Expense, Niraj Katwala of Healthline Networks, Chris Hogg of 100Plus and Vibhor Rastogi of Intel Capital.

Digitized medical records are adding to the tidal wave of big data. More than forty percent of physicians are using their iPads to access that data with over 17,000 apps. While their opportunities using publicly available government health statistics, most money will be made in analyzing and reporting information to health care providers and patients. No matter what kind of health care system you have, it will have big data and you will need the tools do deal with it.

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Dec. 6, 2011 SVForum Solar Trade War China

On Tuesday, December 6, 2011 in San Francisco at Nixon Peabody, SVForum held a Clean Tech Breakfast on “Solar Energy: Competition from China and the Solyndra Aftermath.” Mavis L. Yee of Nixon Peabody moderated panelists Troy Dalbey of Upsolar, Mark Domine of Enfinity , Kevin Gibson of Solaria, Mark Perutz of DBL Investors and Eric Wesoff of Greentech Media.

China now controls two thirds of the $39 billion photovoltaic (PV) solar production global market. China’s flood of cheap subsidized solar materials is at the expense of US manufacturers like Solyndra, despite substantial federal, state and local support. People in the solar industry are now worried that a trade war may break out just as the industry becomes competitive with old energy. Experts think that the money can be made in adding value to the basic systems with installation, monitoring and service. In other words, don’t try to make money from making an iPhone but from the apps.

Greg Smestad Ph.D., Associate Editor of Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells was on hand with a number of links to detailed stories on the state of the solar industry. There was so much information it will have to be a separate posting.

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Jul. 19, 2011 SVForum Lighting The Future

On July 19, 2011 in San Francisco at Nixon Peabody, SVForum held a Clean Tech Breakfast Series on “Clean Lighting Solutions: Lighting the Future.” How many panelists does it take to change a light bulb’s efficiency? Mavis L. Yee of Nixon Peabody moderated panelists Mike Dauber of Battery Ventures, Steve Goldberg of Venrock, Tony McGettigan of Luxim, Carl Schlachte of Ventiva and Victor Westerlind of Rockport Capital.

Commercial building lighting uses 71 percent of overall lighting electricity in the United States. The panel discussed the economic, political and technical issues challenging adoption.

Most consumers care about up front costs. They will not pay forty dollars for an LED if they can buy an incandescent for a dollar. Most businesses don’t care about the environmental aspect unless it can reduce their costs by half. Retail businesses understand the importance of good efficient lighting to help sell their products.

Not many are aware of the hidden cost of CFLs over LEDs, which is the amount of mercury that must be safely disposed when the unit is replaced. LEDs also have the advantage of being easier to tie in with sensor networks that can turn on as people walk around a building.

Energy efficiency policy impacts economic efficiency and growth. California’s energy saving policies changed the lighting industry so much that state uses the same amount of electricity it did twenty years ago and still had double digit economic growth. China is adopting similar policies as it deals with even greater economic growth. Of course, with all the new construction, it will not have to retrofit existing infrastructure as in the United States. Both countries will have to do more with less to light the way.

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Nov. 16, 2010 SDF Green Data Centers

On Tuesday November 16, 2010 in San Francisco at Nixon Peabody, SDForum held a Clean Tech Breakfast on “Greening Your Data Center.” Mavis Yee of Nixon Peabody moderated panelists Rick Chateauvert of EMC, Mike Dauber of Battery Ventures, Andrew Feldman of SeaMicro and Mukesh Khattar of Oracle.

All that data floating in the cloud is really stored in brick and mortar data centers around the world. These server farms currently use huge amounts of electricity generating waste heat. We are reaching the physical and engineering limits of current technology to cool these buildings. Incremental improvements are not enough. Companies must rethink everything from HVAC to the power consumed by the smallest semiconductor.

Ultimately the millions of mobile devices demanding all this data may provide a solution. The semiconductors, flash memory and power management software used by smart phones could dramatically the increase the efficiency of future data centers. There would be a great opportunity for someone to develop a data center app for that.

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July 20, 2010 SDF Energy Load Shifting

On Tuesday, July, 20, 2010 in San Francisco at Nixon Peabody, SDForum’s Clean Tech Breakfast presented “Energy Management: Load Shifting.” Travis Gibbs of Nixon Peabody moderated panelists Robert Horstmeyer of GrowthPoint Technology Partners, Matt Jones of Nth Power, Janey Kaster of Schneider Electric and Tom Stepien of Primus Power.

For over a hundred years the United States has been the largest consumer of energy. Not anymore. Yesterday in Paris the International Energy Agency reported that China is now the biggest energy consumer. This demand growth is seen in other developing countries. We can compete globally for more resources or we can make the most of what we have. Load shifting from peak to non-peak is one way to do that.

At the consumer level, companies like Comverge and Enernoc can monitor and give feedback to reduce usage. A business can take advantage of time zones by powering up server farms in the east at night while people are still working in the west or vice versa. Load shifting is more about changing behavior than building infrastructure. All this may give us the margins we need to transition to alternative energy.

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Sep. 1, 2009 SDForum Solar

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On September 1, 2009 in San Francisco, SDForum and Astia held a Clean Tech Breakfast sponsored by Nixon Peabody and Moss Adams on ‘Innovation Opportunities Using Solar Technologies’. Bob Anderson of Nixon Peabody moderated panelists Eugenia Corrales of SunModular, Steve Horne of SolFocus, Robert Horstmeyer of GrowthPoint Technology Partners, and Bob McDonald of Skyline Solar. The economic downturn has temporarily halted all sorts of investments but alternative energy continues to gain market share. Text from DJCline.com

Eugenia Corrales sees increasing efficiencies in cells and thin film could dominate the market. She sees opportunities for innovation in more efficient solar power management systems and battery storage. You must consider the true levelized cost of the unit over the life of its operation. If a solar panel with a tracker follows the sun, it will get more energy and save more money over time even though it may add fifty cents per watt initially. Text from DJCline.com

Tim Keating believes we are at peak oil and will probably use it until it is completely gone. He believes all energy is subsidized and you can shift those subsidies around to alternative sources. At the moment only one percent of the world’s energy is generated by solar. A hundred years from now most of the energy used during the day will be generated by solar. He sees opportunity in the smart grid, where utilities will gradually become the big pipe for power the way olld phone companies became pipes for the Internet. Of  course there are always opportunities conserve power. Most people in California are unaware that they pay rates similar to Germany or Japan, but also use more alternative sources than the rest of the country and therefore are more efficient and environmentally friendly. He credits PG&E with being out in front of the issue. Text from DJCline.com

Steve Horne agrees that small gains in efficiencies add up over time. Improvements in storage are great for any source. Text from DJCline.com

Robert Horstmeyer thinks that with global demand all sources will be used. Every source has advantages and disadvantages. Wind power has seen the greatest growth but has lots of moving parts and long term maintenance costs. Solar has higher up front installation costs but lower maintenance costs. Every residential roof is shaped different and that drives up installation costs. Concentrated solar is very competitive and requires lots of strong sunlight. Large arrays of panels out in the desert take up as much land as coal mine and are drawing the attention of environmentalists. Despite this, he sees solar achieving grid parity or cost competitiveness between solar and coal by 2013. The coal companies and utilities do not want you to know this. Germany and Spain have shown how “feed-in” policies encouraging people to build and then deliver power to the grid can build an alternative infrastructure that reduces costs over time. Text from DJCline.com

When the economy recovers so will the demand for energy. Those investing in alternative energy now will benefit later. Text from DJCline.com

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Oct. 22, 2008 SDF Case Study

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On October 22, 2008 in Palo Alto at Frank, Rimerman and Company, SDForum presented “A Case Study of Learning Lessons for Entrepreneurs”. Jim Chapman of Nixon Peabody moderated panelists Steve Baroni of Frank Rimerman, Lisa Chapman of Nixon Peabody, Dave Dembitz of Keiretsu, Anthony Nassar of Venture Momentum, George Northup of Auction Drop, and Emily Ruvalcaba of Bridge Bank. Text from DJCline.com

The idea is to put yourself in the shoes of principal at a fictional startup called GS, following the startup’s lifecycle over the next five months. Panelists were presented with problems and discuss available options. The first problem was a common one in today’s economy: a cash crunch. Text from DJCline.com

GS has successfully landed its first major partnership GS television production company for their new show  “America Has A Big Secret.” They have been doing consulting on the side, but the company has not yet begun to generate revenue from its core business. Unfortunately, the company is almost completely out of cash. This is their first big break, yet they cannot even pay their employees, taxes, rent, or even buy their own coffee. What can and should the founders do?Text from DJCline.com
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Sept. 30, 2008 SDF Transportation

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On September 30, 2008 in San Francisco, SDForum and Astia held a Clean Tech Breakfast sponsored by Nixon Peabody and Moss Adams on “Innovation In Transportation”. Derek Dowsett of Moss Adams moderated panelists Dania Ghantous of Lion Cells, David Horning of Palo Alto Investors, Paul McGrath of RideSpring and Max Scheder-Bieschin of Barefoot Motors. Text from DJCline.com Continue reading Sept. 30, 2008 SDF Transportation

May 20, 2008 SDF Clean Tech Efficiency

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On May 20, 2008 in San Francisco, Nixon Peabody and Moss Adams sponsored a presentation on how clean tech companies are increasing energy efficiency. Susan Lucas-Conwell of SDForum and Anne Morrissey of ASTIA kicked off the event. Andrea Cohen of Nixon Peabody moderated a panel with panelists Zach Gentry of Adura Technologies, Barbara Grant of American River Ventures, Bennett Johnston of Lumenergi and Tim Woodward of Nth Power. Text from DJCline.com. Continue reading May 20, 2008 SDF Clean Tech Efficiency

Mar. 18, 2008 SDF Clean Tech Breakfast

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On March 18, 2008 in San Francisco at Nixon Peabody, SDForum with Astia and Moss Adams presented the third annual Clean Tech Breakfast. The topic was “Solar Technology – what are the winning technologies? Where will the successes come from?”DJCline.com

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