Networking Events This Week
Monday, January 7, 2013 1:07 PM
Did not find much going on for today, Monday, Steve’s Drop In coaching is on hold for now.
I did see on “the Grid” IEEE SCV-Life is meeting Monday evening for a panel discussion on “How the Race for Microprocessor Leadership Transformed Silicon Valley “. It’s at Michael’s at Shoreline. Also they feature a “cash bar in the meeting room”, certainly a plus, and while it’s unfortunately already too late to sign up, you might contact the organizers and plead for mercy. 6:30pm, they were asking $25 in advance. http://ieeescvlifemembers.eventbrite.com/#
I have a conflict on Monday evening, otherwise I’d attend, or try to )
Tuesday 1pm the first ToastMatchers meeting this year will be at Connect in Sunnyvale as before, but in the Milpitas Room since the former site is now closed. ( I have a conflict this week, FMC retiree’s lunch, so likely won’t attend )
Also Tuesday at noon at SETI there is a talk on “The atmospheric circulation of Pluto and Triton as predicted by a general circulation model” with featured speaker Angela Zalucha. Free event, more info here:
Later Tuesday at 6pm at Wilson Sonsoni on Page Mill in Palo Alto, Bio2Device presents “Biochemistry as Programmable Nanoscale Engineering” with featured speaker Andrew Hessel of AutoDesk. They get $25 at
the door … much less if you’re a member and sign up in advance. More info here:
While B2G is highly recommended (by me), there is a conflicting event on the same night, the Conservative Forum will feature Yaron Brook of the Ayn Rand Institute presenting "Saving America: The Free Market Revolution". Location is the Portuguese Hall in Mountain View, doors open at 6:15pm. Admission is a few dollars as I recall. Some additional information here:
( tough call here, I’ve missed many of the B2G events lately but still am leaning toward the Forum )
Wednesday night there is a dinner meeting at the Biltmore in Santa Clara, the IEEE CPMT group (packaging) presents "New Class of Low-k Dielectrics for Advanced Interconnects” with featured speaker Yusuke Matsuda - Materials Science and
Engineering, Stanford University.
More info here:
Also on Wednesday evening the AWS meets as usual in Berkeley, but this time not at Spenger’s instead they offer a “Facility Tour & Demonstrations at Inspection Services, Inc.” starting at 7pm.
( I’ve enjoyed the AWS events for many years, although it’s quite a long drive + a long shot for job contacts. Expect I’ll be at the Biltmore instead this time )
Thursday night there will be an “SME Kickoff Dinner” at Harry’s Hofbrau in San Jose near the old Garden City & across the street from West Marine. Both members and “prospective members” are welcome. I’m expecting a lively time... anyone can be a prospective member. More info, sign up here:
I don’t see any events going on Friday or Saturday yet, no Post Pro Match is shown on the PM online calendar.
Last week Csix was packed, an overflow crowd larger than I’d seen before, not sure what it means, folks getting an earnest start on the year, or some
uptick in the jobless ranks, or both. About the presentation: While I recommend putting your e-mail address and phone number in your LI summary, we learned this is a violation of the "Terms of Service". ( Might be a good time therefore to export your connections to an Excel file...in case you get the boot.)
Later that same Thursday MedTech Frontiers at Triple Ring was very worthwhile, interesting presentation + I made some good new contacts and reinforced existing ones.
( Also last Thursday there was an IEEE TMC meeting, that’s “Technology Management”, the topic was called “The Dark Side of Agile”. Trouble was, their website was so creaky I gave up trying to find the meeting details so I didn’t note it here. At least one within the sound of my voice did go, maybe can report. )
CAM on Saturday morning was well-attended, like “real” church I showed up just as the sermon, or in this case the presentation, was
starting. Rich Lahey’s presentation I’d seen before but he still had some new ideas and methods I've already started using. Stayed a long time after it was over, met some new people.
Often I hear: “Networking won’t get you a job” and “Will there be someone at event X who will offer me a job right now? Otherwise I won’t go”. So it was with great satisfaction I read this e-mail:
“I started a new position today at ABC. I am a Global Operations Support Engineer. I got this job as a direct result of attending an XYZ event that was a tour of the ABC data center in Sunnyvale.”
So, sometimes it works + it can’t hurt to know a lot of people, easily could be resources in the next job and help in finding the next job after that.