Theme: Cultivating Innovation
Monterey, CA, United States
April 15th, 2011
About this event
Our proposed theme is “Cultivating Innovation”. For us, this means, unpacking “innovation” as a creative process. The questions that are guiding us as we explore the theme of cultivating innovation have been taking a deeper look into the practical side; how to recognize good ideas, how to nurture creativity, how to unleash good ideas, when to jump and when to stop and what the potential side-effects of innovation can be.
Our speakers will come from the local community as well as the Bay Area and the idea is to present the life cycle of new ideas from inspiration to implementation stopping along the way to talk about failures as well as successes. We will look at the sciences, education, development, arts and technology.
“Each painting begins with journaling, contemplating the life force that gets me – all of us – moving to overcome everything from ennui to atrocities. I seek the spirit that gets people to show up every day, ready to proceed and progress, regardless of what came before. And I noticed that the causes of darkness dissipate. Indeed, All Things Go. Everyone, everyday, can be a phoenix rising from the ashes.” After childhood in Napa, California, and many years in the high-energy cities of Boston, New York and Los Angeles, artist Jennifer Perlmutter subtly balances the influences of nature and civilization in her work. She combines environmental character with urban features in a complex layering to create a push-pull of color, figure and texture. With a lifelong interest in the creative merging of art and crafts, her career began with gilding, paint and other media. She produced chinoiserie, artwork and deep, layered finishes on high-end furniture. Much of this work has been featured in LA’s Pacific Design Center and in the homes of celebrities such as Ted Danson & Mary Steenburgen, Eddie Murphy and Burt Bacharach. By 2001, Perlmutter devoted herself to fine art, exploring metal leaf, watercolor, acrylics and oils. She ultimately found her niche in mixed media on wood and canvas, which she continues to use as her predominant medium today. The artist’s work has been collected internationally and shown in New York, Beverly Hills, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles and Kansas. Her vision and strong command of application techniques led to commissions from several premier destinations including The Mirage and Hilton hotels in Las Vegas, Seoul’s Traum Haus and Toronto’s Casino Niagara. Her art has also appeared in numerous feature films and television shows, such as Brothers and Sisters, War at Home, The Closer, Huff, Heroes, All of Us and more. Jennifer Perlmutter lives and works in the east bay of the San Francisco bay area.
F. Noel Perry
As an investor, Noel has focused on socially responsible, innovative and profitable ventures. He is the founder of Next 10, an independent, nonpartisan organization that educates, engages and empowers Californians to improve the state’s future. Next 10 is focused on innovation and the intersection between the economy, the environment, and quality of life issues for all Californians. They create tools and provide information that fosters a deeper understanding of the critical issues affecting all Californians. Through education and civic engagement, their hope is that Californians will become empowered to affect change. Additionally, Mr. Perry has backed multiple business successes like the interactive educational company Leap Frog and the organic baby food company Earth’s Best. The father of five, Noel Perry has lived in California for more than 20 years. Since founding Next 10, Noel has redirected his time and resources from his venture capital firm to this organization because of his commitment to the future of California and confidence in the state’s ability to lead the world through innovation.
A social entrepreneur and mentor capitalist, Margarita Quihuis’s career has focused on innovation, technology incubation, access to capital and entrepreneurship. She is a member of the Stanford Persuasive Technology Lab which creates insight into how technology can be designed to inspire people and create a better society. Her accomplishments include directorship of Astia (formerly known as the Women’s Technology Cluster) where her portfolio companies raised $67 million in venture funding, seed stage venture capitalist, Reuters Fellow at Stanford and Chairman and President of Hispanic-Net. Her current efforts include access to development capital through the productive use of remittances for the unbanked both in the United States and in developing countries through her program, Indigo Financiera and developing and advising companies that tap into the market needs of transnational workers and their families. In 2004, she was recognized by Women’s eNews as one of their ’21 Leaders for the 21st Century’ for her efforts in increasing access to capital for women entrepreneurs and was named as one of WITI’s Women to Watch in 2003. In 2007 she was named ‘One of The 100 Most Influential Latinos in Silicon Valley.’ Ms Quihuis has served as a consultant to the US State Department on entrepreneurship. She has been widely quoted in the Asian Venture Capital Report, NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, US News & World Report, Forbes ASAP, Red Herring, CNN and CBS MarketWatch. Ms. Quihuis is the founder of 1st Wednesdays, the network for women in venture capital. From 1995 to 2000, she served as a board member of the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs, and was a member of the screening and coaching committees for Springboard 2000, the venture capital conference for women. Ms. Quihuis is a past board member of NanoSig, a Northern California based organization dedicated to the commercialization of nanotechnology. She currently sits on the boards of Agent Software, Women’s eNews, Instituto Pro Musica de California and the James Burke Institute and is a member of the advisory boards for Mira This, Tierra Natal and Merrill Lynch’s Latino Advisory Council. She was also part of the founding working group for the Business Women’s Initiative on AIDS.
Lee Lorenzen is a successful serial/parallel entrepreneur with more than 26 years of experience developing software and founding and/or funding numerous ventures and non-profit organizations. He is currently President, CEO of Altura Ventures. Prior to Altura Ventures, he founded SHOP.COM (1997-2007) and as CEO/Chairman led the company from simply an idea to its current place as one of the Top 10 most trafficked multi-vendor shopping sites on the web. Lorenzen’s first start-up was Ventura Software (1985-1990) where he co-wrote Ventura Publisher — the fastest desktop publishing system available on the PC. It was licensed to Xerox and achieved annual sales in excess of $50 million. Next, Lorenzen founded Altura Software (1990-Present) and created the Mac2Win software which was used to port 60+ Mac applications to Windows (including ClarisWorks, Macromedia Director and Fractal Design Painter). Over the years, Altura generated $15+ million in revenue, reached the Softletter’s Top 100 list and achieved Sales Per Employee levels in the Top 10 of all software companies. Lorenzen also founded and assembled the management team of Fractal Design Corporation (1992-1996), which went public in 1995 before ultimately being acquired by Corel. Next, he co-founded PGSoft (1998-2001) which was sold to Novell after creating the Cody-award winning IFolder product. Earlier in his career, Lorenzen developed some of the world’s first graphical user interfaces. After graduating valedictorian from SMU with a BS in Computer Science, he joined Xerox, where he developed an icon-based graphical desktop user interface called Lone Star in 1981 (just prior to the shipment of the IBM PC). Next, he joined Digital Research Inc. (DRI), where he developed a graphical windowing system and user interface for the PC called GEM that was an early competitor to Windows and Macintosh. Lorenzen holds a patent as co-inventor of the Universal Shopping Cart.
Andrea Olsen is the John C. Elder Professor of Environmental Studies and Professor of Dance at Middlebury College in Vermont. Author of Body and Earth, An Experiential Guide, and Bodystories: A Guide to Experiential Anatomy with Caryn McHose, she teaches internationally including annual Body and Earth training programs in Europe and the U.S. Andrea is on faculty of the teacher-training program at Yoga Center Amherst in Massachusetts, and recipient of several awards including a Fulbright Senior Scholar residency in New Zealand, Mellon funded initiatives in Ecuador, Germany, and Denmark, and a Contemplative Practice Fellowship through ACLS to introduce contemplative traditions into the college curriculum. She continues to perform globally, exploring the range and relevance of dance in contemporary societies.
Seth Linden graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in Human Biology and from Brown University with a Masters in Teaching. He has 18 years of teaching and tutoring experience, starting when he was in high school tutoring his friends for free. He has taught in both public and private schools, from Atherton and Oakland, CA, to Providence, RI. Seth has taught SAT classes, helped students pass the HSPT and CAHSEE, and has tutored all areas and levels of math and science. Seth started Tutorpedia, a one-on-one tutoring company based in San Francisco, in 2005. Over the years, his company has expanded to include tutors for all subjects and all needs, addressing students at all levels – elementary school, middle school, high school, and college. In 2009, Seth established a nonprofit tutoring organization, Tutorpedia Foundation, whose mission is to provide high-quality, personalized tutoring to underserved students. Seth believes that learning needs to be more real, relevant, and rigorous, with a singular focus on personal relationships. He will be married in July and looks forward to his life of teaching and traveling with Sara!
Sujata Millick is a Visiting Researcher at Hewlett-Packard Labs in Palo Alto, CA, where she is examining public-private approaches to cyber security and sustainable IT. She is on assignment from the Department of Navy’s Office of Naval Research, where she recently served as the Deputy Director of Research.
E.J. Svensson’s career has taken him from his industrial engineering origins, with focus on continuous improvement, to mold-breaking innovations in media and now to his latest project; a comprehensive book chronicling the events and aftermath of the banking crisis in Northern Europe from a political and historical perspective.
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499 Pierce Street
Monterey, CA, 93940
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