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Aug. 16, 2012 SVForum Elaine Wherry Recruiter Honeypot

On August 16, 2012 in Palo Alto at SAP, SVForum’s Engineering Leadership SIG hosted Elaine Wherry’s presentation “The Recruiter Honeypot.” Back in 2005, she co-founded Meebo and worked as Meebo’s Chief Experience Officer and Vice President of Product. Needing recruiters to find the best JavaScript experts, she created an online persona named Pete London.

Wherry learned about the dark side of recruiting. Some recruiters are not always honest with you. They may try to poach your people, even imaginary people. Many of them used to work with car rental agencies. Only one recruiter managed to figure out that Pete London did not exist. I was amazed that nobody checked if a Pete London had ever graduated from Stanford. Doing research takes time and time is money.

Wherry also learned about better recruiting strategies. Don’t try to assemble your own team of superheroes. Find an experienced manager who already knows a bunch of people who understand the technology and can work together. More people will follow a manager with proven leadership than a company with stock options.

Don’t try for an exact match. Be flexible and broaden your search. Good people are constantly moving from project to project to learn new skills. The best candidates may not even be looking.

Join professional organizations and networks. Become an active volunteer and you will have the chance to work with potential candidates before you hire them. LinkedIn is a powerful tool for professional networking. Remove boilerplate from your e-mails. Write a personal message by removing the first person “I” and try using the second person “you” to be more direct. Specific facts about the company and position are better than general adjectives. Keep paragraphs to one sentence. Once you develop a conversation thread, follow through to establish a relationship.

The best leaders tell a story that talented people want to be a part of.

Gary Mantalas of Ryzen and Jeff Richardson of Empowered Alliances spoke about their respective companies. Special thanks to Tom Delora, Sam Hahn, and Ron Lichty.

Copyright 2012 DJ Cline All rights reserved.

Mar. 9, 2011 SDF Nokia Mobile Photography

On March 9, 2011 in Palo Alto at Pillsbury Winthrop, the SDForum Emerging Technology SIG hosted Nokia research scientists Timo Ahonen and Marius Tico’s presentation “Photography 2.0 – Mobile computational photography for consumers.” They demonstrated their work with Stanford overcoming the current limitations of mobile device cameras. The breakthroughs were the new open source camera control API called Frankencamera, high dynamic range (HDR) and panoramic photography.

The limitations of traditional photography like optics, lighting, framing, and resolution are effectively dealt with on a standalone digital camera. Add a bigger lens, increase memory or get a faster processor chip. You can fix the image when you get back to your computer. Squeezing those solutions into a mobile device with other applications forces developers to compensate with new imaging software strategies. People want to take, process and distribute their images immediately.

One solution is high dynamic range (HDR), to take more than one picture at the same time. The photographer clicks the button and at least two different images are taken. One image gathers the bright data parts, another the dark. These sets of data are analyzed for noise and motion. The images are overlapped and synchronized to allow for shaky hands and blurring. The software then finds a happy medium and presents a final picture.

I have been skeptical of mobile cameras like the ones in the Apple iPad2. A mobile device manufacturer invariably brags that they have a camera and then show me an image worthy of a 1950’s Interpol pinhole camera. Nokia’s team may have a goal of matching standalone, dedicated cameras but what I saw seemed quite acceptable for web use.

What are the larger implications? The best camera is the one you have in your hand. In the future, it will likely be your phone. People can now quickly take and send accurate images and send them around the world. Mobile photography is now driving a political revolution as well as a technological one. The big picture may consist of a lot of smaller ones.

Copyright 2011 DJ Cline All rights reserved.

Nov. 16, 2010 SVEC Open House

On Tuesday, November 16, 2010, the Silicon Valley Engineering Council (SVEC) held its Annual Open House Event In Santa Clara at the Biltmore Hotel. SVEC president Dr. KRS Murthy spoke about SVEC Educational Outreach Programs, Keeper of Flame Award and the 2010 Silicon Valley Engineering Hall of Fame Inductees Celeste Volz Ford of Stellar Solutions and Terry Shoup of ASME and SCU.

The keynote speaker was Dr. Ted Selker of Carnegie Mellon, Stanford, MIT and Xerox PARC. His talk was on “New technology business development”. He showed how our intentions could be understood and acted on by computers at work, home and in cars. He believes that innovation can be encouraged through competitions. The marketplace would then test winning ideas adopted by new technology companies.

Copyright 2010 DJ Cline All rights reserved.

Oct. 26, 2010 SDF Future of Health Innovation

On October 26, 2010 in Palo Alto at Stanford University, SDForum and Innovation Center Denmark held a two day event called the “Future of Health Innovation.” The event covered the “health life cycle” and the new solutions optimizing a healthcare system for the individual. This ranged from promoting healthy living and preventing diseases to better managing and sharing of data between physician, hospital, pharmacy and patient. Done properly it can reduce costs and increase wellness.

Camilla Rygaard-Hjalsted of Innovation Center Denmark and Susan Lucas-Conwell of SDForum welcomed the attendees.

Erik Rasmussen of Monday Morning’s talked about “The Health Journey.” Bertel Haarder, Danish Minister of Interior and Health gave a keynote on ”Entering the Health Age – a Danish perspective.” Hal Wolf of Kaiser Permanente countered with his keynote “Entering the health age – a US perspective.” Erik Rasmussen then moderated a fireside chat with both Haarder and Wolf on ideas and visions in health innovation from two spearheading parts of the world called “Where do we go from here?”

Susan Lucas-Conwell of SDForum moderated panelists Lene Asholm of National Board of Health, Henning Bruun-Schmidt of IBM ACURE, Matthew Douglass of Practice Fusion and Adams Dudley of UCSF. The subject was “Electronic Medical Records.”

Drew L. Clark of IBM Venture Capital Group gave a keynote “Sustainability on a Smarter Planet: Smarter Hospitals from the Earth up.”

In the afternoon there was showcases of innovation in healthcare IT-systems with Patrick Hulsen of Daintel, Jan Waage of Medical Insight, Lene Grosen and Dr. Henrik Schroll of DAK-E.

Philip Korn of TriNet moderated panelists Anne DeGheest of Medstars Ventures, Dr. Louis Lange of Asset Management, Dan Munro of ipatient and Henrik Bjerregaard Jensen of MedCom. They discussed integrating and educating the IT systems for tomorrow.

Adam Bosworth of KEAS gave a keynote about “Taking health online.”

Jody Ranck of mHealth Alliance moderated panelists Henrik Bennetsen of KataLabs & Mette Terp Hoybye, Stanford, Torben Nielsen of myRegence.com, and Michael Nichols of HealthTap on “Best practices in online health care.”

Mette McCall of McCall Media moderated a fireside chat with the Nordic Chef, Claus Meyer, entrepreneur and co-owner of NOMA Restaurant and “Doctor Slim”, Arne Astrup, Human Nutrition Dept. Head, University of Copenhagen on the subject ”Eat right now! – a debate on how to promote health and healthy living through food.”

Copyright 2010 DJ Cline All rights reserved.

Mar. 30, 2010 SDF Social Search

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On March 30, 2010 in Menlo Park at the Orrick Silicon Valley Office, SDForum’s Search SIG hosted Google’s Damon Horowitz presentation “Social Search.” Horowitz was co-founder and CTO of Aardvark which was acquired by Google in February, where he is now Director of Engineering.

After studying at Columbia, MIT and Stanford he built several intelligent language processing applications at Perspecta, Novation Biosciences and NewsDB. He thought there were limitations with language processing that could overcome by including humans in the loop.  Social search activates the good will to share knowledge. Everybody knows something and it turns out that humans want to help each other. If you ask the right person the right way you will get an answer. Most search engines attempt to organize all the information on the Internet and that is only a fraction of what is available in our heads. Horowitz wants to make all that other previously undigitized information available to search.

Aardvark tries to find the perfect person in your network to answer your question. You are part of a conversation with other experts in a search for useful content across platforms. Members can access it through Instant Messaging (IM), e-mail, website (vark.com), Twitter and an iPhone App. A version for Google’s Android is the next logical step. They  plan to be the social media for over 100 million people and have already attracted interest at TED, Davos, the World Bank, the Fortune 500 and of course the White House. The business model is advertising. If a human expert cannot answer your question a sponsored answer can be offered. That is an attractive option for businesses targeting consumers.

It’s funny that all this machinery that we thought would isolate us is leading us to talk to one another.

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Copyright 2010 DJ Cline All rights reserved.

Jan. 15, 2009 SDF Australia

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On January 15, 2009 at the Quadrus Conference Center in Menlo Park, SDForum and Austrade held the third annual “Australian Innovation – A Shoot Out”. Continue reading Jan. 15, 2009 SDF Australia