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Startup Strategies and the IoT Landscape

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For March we have two talks touching on and entrepreneurial opportunities and challenges in the Silicon Valley tech industry.


6:00-6:50pm Networking and light food

6:50-7:00pm Announcements

7:00-7:30pm The IoT Landscape with Mary Vincent

7:30-8:30pm Startup Strategies with Ellen Leanse

The IoT Landscape: Mary Vincent will discuss her wearable computing/IoT initiatives, current drivers, challenges/opportunities, privacy/security, and interesting wearables/IoT opportunities for the future.

Startup Strategies: What can we learn from the teamwork and balance of some of the Valley's brightest companies as they set their early path? How did the synergy of engineering, market-facing, and operational talent create something stronger than more homogeneous teams could have built? Using examples and "insider" stories collected from Silicon Valley over the last three decades, this presentation will focus on how diverse perspectives strengthen entrepreneurial traction, increasing the likelihood of success. It will also touch upon what engineers should look for in non-technical partners and how healthy role boundaries actually support the collaborative process. Expect a lively, action-oriented dialog that will show you technical initiatives benefit from diverse perspectives across competencies, backgrounds, gender, and experience.

Mary Vincent is an experienced entrepreneur and co-founded a wearables company, leading global wearable computing architecture innovation, integration, testing, quality and technical engagement. Her startup was accepted into the Intel Make it Wearable Semifinals, two Startup Incubators, and she presented in Shenzhen China and Taipei Taiwan, Keiretsu Womens Forum, Draper University, Silicon Valley China Wireless, and was selected as a Delta Techcrunch Innovator.

Ellen Leanse brings 35 years of experience to her work with entrepreneurial companies and leaders. A veteran of early Apple, Google, Facebook application development, and three startups, Ellen has also consulted to more than 40 technology companies – early stage to global leaders including Facebook, Apple, Samsung, Microsoft, and Google.

As Apple's first User Evangelist, Ellen led the company's earliest online outreach and community-building. Her work since then has focused on bringing companies and customers closer together "by design," mapping unique frameworks for creating value and mutual benefit.