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Innovation in Paradise: The Beautiful, the Effective, and the Frustrating

Innovation in Paradise: The Beautiful, the Effective, and the Frustrating

MC: Doug Klein

Speakers: A Panel of Innovators & Patent Holders

Jay Silver, Bathsheba Grossman, Susan Cannon

Audience: Welcome to all Innovators & Patent holders

A panel of accomplished Santa Cruz innovators discuss the joys of, and impediments to, starting and dramatically growing a creative business in Santa Cruz.

A celebration of innovation in Santa Cruz, based upon he Sentinel article by Jondi Gumz, “Santa Cruz County 5th in nation for patentsper 1000 employees.”

Jay Silver Founded JoyLabz last year leading with an invention kit called "MaKey MaKey" kickstarted at $1/2M. He is inspired by the Maker Movement and works as a Maker Research Scientist at Intel Labs. He made many creative platforms such as Drawdio, Scratch, and Singing Fingers. Jay spoke at TEDx Santa Cruz about his MIT Media Lab thesis topic, which is "The World is a Construction Kit."

Susan Cannon’s contribution to innovation include many firsts: the first media distribution system for purchasing protected music over the Internet (Liquid Audio), the first home banking application running on a handheld device (General Magic), and the first dual-factor authentication on a USB flash drive (SanDisk). She is active in her local community, has served on several non-profit boards, and is pursuing ways social entrepreneurialism and crowd sourcing can “make a difference” in the world. I look forward to contributing to this effort!

Doug Klein is Accessibility Lead at Nook Media (Barnes & Noble) and a serial entrepreneur with over 25 years of startup experience. He has been the founder and executive management at 5 Silicon Valley startups, delivering products as diverse as network terminals (Network Computing Devices), electronic books (NuvoMedia, Barnes & Noble), network security systems (Vernier Networks), and mobile consumer applications and services (LightPole, Inc). He currently serves on the advisory board of several technology startups, and serves as an executive mentor in several local forums.

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  • Suzanne W.

    Great event! Very informative. I love it when there is a sense of tribal pride in Santa Cruz. Let's not loose that.

    March 7, 2013

  • Neal S.

    Thank you presenters and participants. I look forward to future discussions on how Santa Cruz can leverage its unique talents toward a robust niche in high tech.

    March 7, 2013

  • Jim W.

    Thank you to all participants and organizers. I found the event refreshing and inspiring. I look forward to expanding on this wonderful platform for association with like minded community members!!

    March 7, 2013

  • Mike b.

    Does anyone have email for Susan cannon?

    March 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great presentation last night, very useful for small Santa Cruz startups such as myself. I'd also like to mention that the company I work for, the Application Developers Alliance, is focusing on patents (and the problems with the current patent system) as one of our main topics this year. We will be holding a patent summit in SF in April, and I'm also interested to talk to anyone who holds patents or has dealt with the patent system. You can email me at [masked]. Thanks, I'm already looking forward to the next meetup!

    March 7, 2013

  • Anthony T.

    Signed up two years ago and this is my first appearance. Panel diversity was great. Overall it was too short for me.

    March 7, 2013

  • Glen C.

    Fantastic event! I loved the panel discussion, and the conversations that continued afterwards.

    March 6, 2013

  • Ron B.

    Really worthwhile event. I hope you do more.

    March 6, 2013

  • Matthew E.

    For $5 ,observe and absorb genius, by my standard, insights and experiences

    March 6, 2013

  • Jim W.

    I'm a local technologist always interested in Santa Cruz innovation.

    March 2, 2013

  • Timothy John L.

    Santa Cruzans continue to prove that innovation happens wherever circumstances inspire.

    March 2, 2013

  • Sunil Bhaskaran Speaker, M.

    Own a company that uses neuroscience to positively affect day to day focus for business people

    March 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Yes, I need to meet with local, similar minded people. I am a software engineer, web developer.

    February 28, 2013

  • Gary I.

    Good ol' geek fun!

    February 27, 2013

  • Elizabeth G.

    Sounds like a fun one, but will be zealously guarding my few precious moments of visit time with my out of town guest that week.

    February 17, 2013

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