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With over 6000 members and almost 200 attendees each week, Friday Coffee Meetup (FCM) is one of the five largest tech meetups in the LA area. Thanks to the tireless efforts of the group’s 100% volunteer organization team, FCM has held over 300 events, graciously hosted by Cross Campus Pasadena. The free events are designed for the innovation community, and feature speakers on topics related to innovation, entrepreneurship and investing for startups. Presented by Echo-Factory, as part of a larger effort to enhance the local innovation and start-up ecosystem, FCM is open to anyone interested in networking and gaining the kind of knowledge that propels success. Sessions run 8:15 – 9:30am every Friday. Scheduled topics and more info are available at www.fridaycoffeemeetup.com.youtube@IPFridayCoffeeInstagram: ipfridaycoffeeFaceBook: FridayMorningCoffeeMeetup

Latest Episodes

Episode 119: Regulatory & Investment Intersections for Healthcare Startups

Kwame Ulmer’s talk will discuss what role regulations play in a healthcare startup’s life. He will provide a deep dive into regulatory strategy with an overview of 5 categories that healthcare startups should consider to be prepared for the road ahead. Bio: Kwame Ulmer Kwame Ulmer brings nearly twenty years of experience evaluating medical technologies in the government and serving in senior operating roles at medical device companies. This experience allows him to help companies at all stages efficiently navigate global regulatory agencies. Kwame has particular expertise in all aspects of the USFDA, from premarket applications to postmarket compliance. Mr. Ulmer previously served as Vice President, Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance at Implant Direct, a Danaher Corporation (Fortune 150) operating company. He led efforts to shorten global registration timelines, improved product quality by process optimization and achieve best-in-class department engagement scores. Kwame has in depth knowledge of the cross-functional activities needed to take a medical device from concept to product launch in markets including North America, EU, EMEA, China and LATAM. Kwame has served in progressive leadership roles at the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and personally evaluated over 1,000 medical technologies. He has successfully overseen products through all FDA application types (IDE, 510(k), PMA, 513(g)) and advised over 100 early-stage medtech companies on regulatory path. Mr. Ulmer is a member of Tech Coast Angels (LA), the world’s largest angel investing network and a Venture Partner at Wavemaker Three-Sixty Health - the leading Southern-California based, early stage venture capital firm (Seed and Series A) focused on the healthcare industry. Kwame earned his B.S. in Physics from Lincoln University (Pennsylvania) and both an M.S. in Materials Engineering and M.B.A. from the University of Virginia. Twitter handle @kwameulmer

46 MIN3 w ago
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Episode 119: Regulatory & Investment Intersections for Healthcare Startups

Episode 118: How to Maximize Happiness and Engagement When Leading Remote Teams

It’s uncharted territory for many — having everyone who answers to you in a different location, checking in only by email, text and Zoom. But management principles are the same no matter where your team is, with just a few extra steps needed when your workforce isn’t all under one roof. This talk covers: - Why the happiness of your employees should be your highest priority (hint: because their unhappiness costs you millions) - How to root out and fix the problem of “Accidental Managers” - Communication tools to keep everyone engaged and productive, and - How AAA and AC/DC will save your bottom line In times of uncertainty, most people strive to feel useful and productive. The best thing you can do is know how to lead them to give you their best. BIO: Valerie Alexander is a nationally-recognized speaker on the topics of happiness in the workplace, the advancement of women, and unconscious bias, and her TED Talk, “How to Outsmart Your Own Unconscious Bias” has been viewed more than 75,000 times. Valerie’s books include Happiness as a Second Language -- an Amazon #1 Seller, Success as a Second Language and How Women Can Succeed in the Workplace (Despite Having “Female Brains”), plus several more she’s published in her trademarked “...as a Second Language” series. Valerie started her career as an IPO lawyer, investment banker and Internet executive in the Silicon Valley, then transitioned to Hollywood, where she enjoyed success as a screenwriter and director. She is a graduate of Trinity University, U.C. Berkeley and Berkeley Law, and was Trinity’s 2016 Commencement Speaker. In addition to running two corporations and traveling the world as a keynote speaker, Valerie also writes Christmas movies for the Hallmark Channel, which she knows you secretly love, even though you’ll only admit to watching them with your mom. https://www.speakhappiness.com/

52 MINAPR 25
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Episode 118: How to Maximize Happiness and Engagement When Leading Remote Teams

Episode 117: The Obstacle is The Way: How Setbacks Can Set You Up for Success

It's been said time and again that persistence is key to success, but living that ideology through times of trial is another story. Hear first hand how these Entrepreneurs have navigated the many times their business should have failed, and how they adapted during these moments to become stronger and more successful. Trey and Ashleigh Lockerbie Bio: Trey and Ashleigh Lockerbie were internationally touring musicians, working with the likes of Rihanna, Lady Antebellum, Selena Gomez, and Lenka. The rigorous travel schedule was replete with late nights, early mornings, airplanes, and tour buses; They craved connectedness to a community and a healthier lifestyle. When they met in 2011, Trey and Ashleigh began brewing kombucha at home in support of a family member who had recently been diagnosed with breast cancer. Kombucha was known for its potentially anti-cancerous properties, but not for tasting great. Better Booch was founded in January, 2012 in an effort to make the healthy choice the obvious one. They have since grown from their first batch in a 1-gallon jar to producing over 20,000 gallons per month out of their DTLA brewery. Twitter: @betterbooch Instagram: @betterbooch

54 MINAPR 25
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Episode 117: The Obstacle is The Way: How Setbacks Can Set You Up for Success

Episode 116: Virtual Meetup-- Life in the Time of Coronavirus: An Update on the Pathogen

During this rapidly developing pandemic, it is difficult to stay ahead of the information, much less the viral spread. Dr Kimberly Shriner's talk will focus on coronavirus origin, pathophysiology, clinical presentations and a short review of current proposed therapies. It will be directed for both medical and nonmedical audiences. Bio: Kimberly A. Shriner, M.D., F.A.C.P. A native of Pasadena, Dr. Shriner attended John Muir High School, Occidental College and Case Western School of Medicine. She completed her residency in internal medicine at Huntington Hospital and received her fellowship degree in Infectious Disease from UCLA/Olive View in 1992. Since that time, she has practiced infectious disease and tropical medicine at Huntington Hospital and in the Pasadena community. Dr Shriner has been a faculty member and assistant director for the graduate medical education department at Huntington Hospital. She is the founder and director of The Phil Simon Clinic, a Huntington based outreach clinic for underserved clients with HIV. She is also the founder and President of the Board of The Phil Simon Clinic Tanzania Project, a Pasadena nonprofit organization that, for the last 20 years, has been providing multidisciplinary care for the underserved in Northern Tanzania. Dr. Shriner is a fellow of the American College of Physicians, Infectious Disease Society of America, HIV/MA Association and the International Travel Medicine Society. She has published in peer reviewed journals and continues her research in HIV and aging, zoonotic diseases and global health.

62 MINAPR 6
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Episode 116: Virtual Meetup-- Life in the Time of Coronavirus: An Update on the Pathogen

Episode 115: Differentiated by Design: Strategy for Early Stage Startups

Design consistently improves the most profitable companies and products but why do many startups fail to integrate design strategy as they grow. Learn ways to utilize design to build teams, streamline products, connect to users and acquire customers. Bio: Robbie Nock is the Director of Entrepreneurship and Professional Practice at ArtCenter. His background spans media production, new technology and venture development and he is driven to connect design, business and engineering partners to develop new synergies for early-stage innovation. Robbie produces academic programs and provides strategic services for a global community of entrepreneurs, educators, investors and philanthropist. At ArtCenter, Robbie has initiated and grown: BOLD, ArtCenter’s entrepreneurship symposium; Launch Lab, a capstone accelerator for graduating students; RE/BOOTCAMP, a mid-career professional training program; and the Ethics and Emerging Technology Roundtables, an interdisciplinary thinktank to prepare designers for the future. Robbie received an MA from the University of Edinburgh and MFA California Institute of the Arts. He is a practicing visual artist and surfs, skis and runs whenever possible. http://www.artcenter.edu/academics/interdisciplinary-programs/professional-education.html @robbienock, Robbie.nock@artcenter.edu

48 MINFEB 15
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Episode 115: Differentiated by Design: Strategy for Early Stage Startups

Episode 114: Embark Ventures: Raising Seed Capital and Building MVP for Scientific Founders

Yipeng Zhao is a Managing Partner at Embark Ventures, a Los-Angeles based venture capital firm focused on early-stage companies. Embark Ventures particularly interested in Frontier/Deep Tech companies such as cyber-security, AI/ML, Robotics and Data Analytics. Yipeng co-founded Embark Ventures in 2017 where he manages Embark Ventures’ new investments and portfolio companies. Since founded Embark Ventures, Yipeng lead 8 investments and is on the board of directors of multiple venture-backed companies. Prior joining Embark Ventures, Yipeng serviced as Executive Vice President of ZMXY Global Investment, Inc., a China-based private equity investor where he has been actively involved in equity investment in both China and US. Some cases including the equity investment of YangQuan City Commercial Bank and a mixed-use REITs portfolio in Taiyuan, China. Yipeng also helped ZMXY Global Investment set up their venture investment arm (ArcheMatrix Investment Group, LLC) in Los Angeles as a part of the global strategy. Yipeng also worked at UCSD as research statistician focused on Nonparametric and Semiparametric estimation and inference problem in Econometrics. While at UCSD he spent time on the application of big data in customer behavior research and game-theoretical econometrics approach to customer behavior research. Yipeng also has extensive research experience in financial risk management and time series data Analysis.

48 MINFEB 15
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Episode 114: Embark Ventures: Raising Seed Capital and Building MVP for Scientific Founders

Episode 113: Corporate Ventures vs Corporate Capitals

Every week, the Friday Coffee Meetup brings together a cross-section of interested innovators (investors, entrepreneurs, programmers, CTO's, VC's, angels, etc) who are eager to more actively engage with other members of our local community at the Cross Campus co-working space in Pasadena. These sessions occur every Friday from 8:15am to 9:30am and are informal. We typically have a short structured presentation on a specific topic or do a deeper dive on a local company. All interested parties are welcome to attend. You can learn about upcoming meetups and about how you can attend in person at FridayCoffeeMeetup.com (http://fridaycoffeemeetup.com/) Our YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqEpMLu3sr... (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqEpMLu3srTmz_hbS0ucCBQ) The weekly Friday Coffee Meetup is brought to you by Echo-Factory, a Pasadena-based marketing and advertising agency that specializes in helping healthcare, consumer goods, cleantech and aerospace companies achieve rapid, sustainable growth. Echo-Factory’s CEO Mike Schaffer is a co-founder and co-host of the Friday Coffee Meetup. If you’re interested in how Echo-Factory could help your company achieve rapid, sustainable growth, you can learn more at echo-factory.com (https://echo-factory.com/).

41 MINFEB 15
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Episode 113: Corporate Ventures vs Corporate Capitals

Episode 112: The Impact of AI

Artificial Intelligence has the potential to enhance life in ways that we are just beginning to explore. But along with its advantages comes new challenges for ethical system behavior. We must work together to mitigate the risks associated with AI solutions. Bio: Maria Alvarez As the General Manager of Shared Engineering Services in the AI + Research division at Microsoft, Maria and her team provide services and programs that support Search, Ads, News, Maps, and Microsoft Research. Maria is a technical leader with over 20 years of experience. Prior to joining Microsoft in 2011, she was promoted through positions at Symantec, HP, CoCreate Software, and Yahoo! She also served as CTO of Panda Security in Spain. Maria has a B.S. in Information Systems and a M.S. in CS from California State Polytechnic University. Twitter handle: @lacatiraa

49 MINJAN 22
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Episode 112: The Impact of AI

Episode 111: Practical Mindfulness: Resolution to Meditation

New Year’s resolutions aren’t like ordinary goals. In theory they have a far more powerful effect on our psyche because the start of a new year symbolizes new beginnings, a new chapter and a clean slate. Nevertheless, researchers tell us that over 1/2 of us will fail to commit to their New Year resolutions past six months. No sooner have we set our resolutions and announced them on social media, we find ourselves finding reasons to give them up. So why then should meditation and mindfulness be the first two resolutions on your list? Because life is unpredictable, stress is normal and mindfulness can help you with all of it. A mindful meditation practice can helps you develop enough stillness to become aware of your internal state and the forces that drive your day to day behavior. In this way your meditation practice can go a long way to helping you keep your other promises to yourself! It also allows us the time and space to sit with difficult feelings and make better choices toward more helpful behavior. Finally, our time in meditation naturally spills over to become everyday mindfulness and the next thing you know, you're actually paying attention to the actual moments of your actual life! How radical! Biography: Nick Stein is an award-winning TV Producer and Show-Runner who has produced countless hours of non-fiction television for myriad networks and production companies for the past 40 years. Most recently, as the Series Producer of the National Geographic Channel’s “Border Wars” series, Stein and his crews gained unparalleled access to contested areas of the U.S. /Mexican border, embedding with the operational units of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, ICE, DEA and the Coast Guard. As a result of witnessing the extreme psychological and physical suffering so prevalent in the border zone, Stein began a journey from meditation practitioner to mindfulness meditation facilitator by studying at UCLA’s Mindfulness Awareness Research Center (MARC) and attending various silent retreats in locations such as Spirit Rock. After completing two years of MARC’s Intensive Practice Program (IPP), Stein was accepted into the Engaged Mindfulness Institute’s (EMI) inaugural class and received a Certification of Mindfulness Facilitation in June 2016. Due to years of immersive work with the men and women of law enforcement who serve along the U.S. Border, Stein has dedicated himself to introducing the concepts and techniques of mindfulness meditation to foster resilience in this community. He has traveled to New Mexico, Texas and Washington D.C. to bring this knowledge to U.S. Border Patrol agents and CBP’s Officer of Field Operations Officers and Chaplains. In addition, his work is expanding to local and regional law enforcement departments in the San Francisco East Bay area and most recently, to the Greater Cambridge Massachusetts area. Stein lives in Studio City, CA with his wife, Susan McGuire, a CA licensed MFT Psychotherapist and Jungian Analyst. Website: strategicstillness.com Twitter: SteinNicholas LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nicholasstein/

41 MINJAN 22
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Episode 111: Practical Mindfulness: Resolution to Meditation

Episode 110: Commercializing New Technology

What does it take to commercialize new technology? Evan Tsang of Leap Biomed, a boutique medical device engineering and manufacturing firm, outlines the challenges entrepreneurs encounter and how to meet those challenges. Bio: Evan Tsang is currently Vice President, Business Development at Leap Biomed. Prior to this, he led engineering and product development teams at General Motors and Beckman Coulter before jumping into the startup world, where he has led multiple product development teams make the leap from idea to the clinic and beyond. Evan received his BS from Caltech in Mechanical Engineering and an MS from Oakland University in Industrial/Systems Engineering. http://www.weLeap.com https://www.linkedin.com/in/ectsang/

52 MINJAN 22
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Episode 110: Commercializing New Technology

Latest Episodes

Episode 119: Regulatory & Investment Intersections for Healthcare Startups

Kwame Ulmer’s talk will discuss what role regulations play in a healthcare startup’s life. He will provide a deep dive into regulatory strategy with an overview of 5 categories that healthcare startups should consider to be prepared for the road ahead. Bio: Kwame Ulmer Kwame Ulmer brings nearly twenty years of experience evaluating medical technologies in the government and serving in senior operating roles at medical device companies. This experience allows him to help companies at all stages efficiently navigate global regulatory agencies. Kwame has particular expertise in all aspects of the USFDA, from premarket applications to postmarket compliance. Mr. Ulmer previously served as Vice President, Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance at Implant Direct, a Danaher Corporation (Fortune 150) operating company. He led efforts to shorten global registration timelines, improved product quality by process optimization and achieve best-in-class department engagement scores. Kwame has in depth knowledge of the cross-functional activities needed to take a medical device from concept to product launch in markets including North America, EU, EMEA, China and LATAM. Kwame has served in progressive leadership roles at the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and personally evaluated over 1,000 medical technologies. He has successfully overseen products through all FDA application types (IDE, 510(k), PMA, 513(g)) and advised over 100 early-stage medtech companies on regulatory path. Mr. Ulmer is a member of Tech Coast Angels (LA), the world’s largest angel investing network and a Venture Partner at Wavemaker Three-Sixty Health - the leading Southern-California based, early stage venture capital firm (Seed and Series A) focused on the healthcare industry. Kwame earned his B.S. in Physics from Lincoln University (Pennsylvania) and both an M.S. in Materials Engineering and M.B.A. from the University of Virginia. Twitter handle @kwameulmer

46 MIN3 w ago
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Episode 119: Regulatory & Investment Intersections for Healthcare Startups

Episode 118: How to Maximize Happiness and Engagement When Leading Remote Teams

It’s uncharted territory for many — having everyone who answers to you in a different location, checking in only by email, text and Zoom. But management principles are the same no matter where your team is, with just a few extra steps needed when your workforce isn’t all under one roof. This talk covers: - Why the happiness of your employees should be your highest priority (hint: because their unhappiness costs you millions) - How to root out and fix the problem of “Accidental Managers” - Communication tools to keep everyone engaged and productive, and - How AAA and AC/DC will save your bottom line In times of uncertainty, most people strive to feel useful and productive. The best thing you can do is know how to lead them to give you their best. BIO: Valerie Alexander is a nationally-recognized speaker on the topics of happiness in the workplace, the advancement of women, and unconscious bias, and her TED Talk, “How to Outsmart Your Own Unconscious Bias” has been viewed more than 75,000 times. Valerie’s books include Happiness as a Second Language -- an Amazon #1 Seller, Success as a Second Language and How Women Can Succeed in the Workplace (Despite Having “Female Brains”), plus several more she’s published in her trademarked “...as a Second Language” series. Valerie started her career as an IPO lawyer, investment banker and Internet executive in the Silicon Valley, then transitioned to Hollywood, where she enjoyed success as a screenwriter and director. She is a graduate of Trinity University, U.C. Berkeley and Berkeley Law, and was Trinity’s 2016 Commencement Speaker. In addition to running two corporations and traveling the world as a keynote speaker, Valerie also writes Christmas movies for the Hallmark Channel, which she knows you secretly love, even though you’ll only admit to watching them with your mom. https://www.speakhappiness.com/

52 MINAPR 25
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Episode 118: How to Maximize Happiness and Engagement When Leading Remote Teams

Episode 117: The Obstacle is The Way: How Setbacks Can Set You Up for Success

It's been said time and again that persistence is key to success, but living that ideology through times of trial is another story. Hear first hand how these Entrepreneurs have navigated the many times their business should have failed, and how they adapted during these moments to become stronger and more successful. Trey and Ashleigh Lockerbie Bio: Trey and Ashleigh Lockerbie were internationally touring musicians, working with the likes of Rihanna, Lady Antebellum, Selena Gomez, and Lenka. The rigorous travel schedule was replete with late nights, early mornings, airplanes, and tour buses; They craved connectedness to a community and a healthier lifestyle. When they met in 2011, Trey and Ashleigh began brewing kombucha at home in support of a family member who had recently been diagnosed with breast cancer. Kombucha was known for its potentially anti-cancerous properties, but not for tasting great. Better Booch was founded in January, 2012 in an effort to make the healthy choice the obvious one. They have since grown from their first batch in a 1-gallon jar to producing over 20,000 gallons per month out of their DTLA brewery. Twitter: @betterbooch Instagram: @betterbooch

54 MINAPR 25
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Episode 117: The Obstacle is The Way: How Setbacks Can Set You Up for Success

Episode 116: Virtual Meetup-- Life in the Time of Coronavirus: An Update on the Pathogen

During this rapidly developing pandemic, it is difficult to stay ahead of the information, much less the viral spread. Dr Kimberly Shriner's talk will focus on coronavirus origin, pathophysiology, clinical presentations and a short review of current proposed therapies. It will be directed for both medical and nonmedical audiences. Bio: Kimberly A. Shriner, M.D., F.A.C.P. A native of Pasadena, Dr. Shriner attended John Muir High School, Occidental College and Case Western School of Medicine. She completed her residency in internal medicine at Huntington Hospital and received her fellowship degree in Infectious Disease from UCLA/Olive View in 1992. Since that time, she has practiced infectious disease and tropical medicine at Huntington Hospital and in the Pasadena community. Dr Shriner has been a faculty member and assistant director for the graduate medical education department at Huntington Hospital. She is the founder and director of The Phil Simon Clinic, a Huntington based outreach clinic for underserved clients with HIV. She is also the founder and President of the Board of The Phil Simon Clinic Tanzania Project, a Pasadena nonprofit organization that, for the last 20 years, has been providing multidisciplinary care for the underserved in Northern Tanzania. Dr. Shriner is a fellow of the American College of Physicians, Infectious Disease Society of America, HIV/MA Association and the International Travel Medicine Society. She has published in peer reviewed journals and continues her research in HIV and aging, zoonotic diseases and global health.

62 MINAPR 6
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Episode 116: Virtual Meetup-- Life in the Time of Coronavirus: An Update on the Pathogen

Episode 115: Differentiated by Design: Strategy for Early Stage Startups

Design consistently improves the most profitable companies and products but why do many startups fail to integrate design strategy as they grow. Learn ways to utilize design to build teams, streamline products, connect to users and acquire customers. Bio: Robbie Nock is the Director of Entrepreneurship and Professional Practice at ArtCenter. His background spans media production, new technology and venture development and he is driven to connect design, business and engineering partners to develop new synergies for early-stage innovation. Robbie produces academic programs and provides strategic services for a global community of entrepreneurs, educators, investors and philanthropist. At ArtCenter, Robbie has initiated and grown: BOLD, ArtCenter’s entrepreneurship symposium; Launch Lab, a capstone accelerator for graduating students; RE/BOOTCAMP, a mid-career professional training program; and the Ethics and Emerging Technology Roundtables, an interdisciplinary thinktank to prepare designers for the future. Robbie received an MA from the University of Edinburgh and MFA California Institute of the Arts. He is a practicing visual artist and surfs, skis and runs whenever possible. http://www.artcenter.edu/academics/interdisciplinary-programs/professional-education.html @robbienock, Robbie.nock@artcenter.edu

48 MINFEB 15
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Episode 115: Differentiated by Design: Strategy for Early Stage Startups

Episode 114: Embark Ventures: Raising Seed Capital and Building MVP for Scientific Founders

Yipeng Zhao is a Managing Partner at Embark Ventures, a Los-Angeles based venture capital firm focused on early-stage companies. Embark Ventures particularly interested in Frontier/Deep Tech companies such as cyber-security, AI/ML, Robotics and Data Analytics. Yipeng co-founded Embark Ventures in 2017 where he manages Embark Ventures’ new investments and portfolio companies. Since founded Embark Ventures, Yipeng lead 8 investments and is on the board of directors of multiple venture-backed companies. Prior joining Embark Ventures, Yipeng serviced as Executive Vice President of ZMXY Global Investment, Inc., a China-based private equity investor where he has been actively involved in equity investment in both China and US. Some cases including the equity investment of YangQuan City Commercial Bank and a mixed-use REITs portfolio in Taiyuan, China. Yipeng also helped ZMXY Global Investment set up their venture investment arm (ArcheMatrix Investment Group, LLC) in Los Angeles as a part of the global strategy. Yipeng also worked at UCSD as research statistician focused on Nonparametric and Semiparametric estimation and inference problem in Econometrics. While at UCSD he spent time on the application of big data in customer behavior research and game-theoretical econometrics approach to customer behavior research. Yipeng also has extensive research experience in financial risk management and time series data Analysis.

48 MINFEB 15
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Episode 114: Embark Ventures: Raising Seed Capital and Building MVP for Scientific Founders

Episode 113: Corporate Ventures vs Corporate Capitals

Every week, the Friday Coffee Meetup brings together a cross-section of interested innovators (investors, entrepreneurs, programmers, CTO's, VC's, angels, etc) who are eager to more actively engage with other members of our local community at the Cross Campus co-working space in Pasadena. These sessions occur every Friday from 8:15am to 9:30am and are informal. We typically have a short structured presentation on a specific topic or do a deeper dive on a local company. All interested parties are welcome to attend. You can learn about upcoming meetups and about how you can attend in person at FridayCoffeeMeetup.com (http://fridaycoffeemeetup.com/) Our YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqEpMLu3sr... (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqEpMLu3srTmz_hbS0ucCBQ) The weekly Friday Coffee Meetup is brought to you by Echo-Factory, a Pasadena-based marketing and advertising agency that specializes in helping healthcare, consumer goods, cleantech and aerospace companies achieve rapid, sustainable growth. Echo-Factory’s CEO Mike Schaffer is a co-founder and co-host of the Friday Coffee Meetup. If you’re interested in how Echo-Factory could help your company achieve rapid, sustainable growth, you can learn more at echo-factory.com (https://echo-factory.com/).

41 MINFEB 15
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Episode 113: Corporate Ventures vs Corporate Capitals

Episode 112: The Impact of AI

Artificial Intelligence has the potential to enhance life in ways that we are just beginning to explore. But along with its advantages comes new challenges for ethical system behavior. We must work together to mitigate the risks associated with AI solutions. Bio: Maria Alvarez As the General Manager of Shared Engineering Services in the AI + Research division at Microsoft, Maria and her team provide services and programs that support Search, Ads, News, Maps, and Microsoft Research. Maria is a technical leader with over 20 years of experience. Prior to joining Microsoft in 2011, she was promoted through positions at Symantec, HP, CoCreate Software, and Yahoo! She also served as CTO of Panda Security in Spain. Maria has a B.S. in Information Systems and a M.S. in CS from California State Polytechnic University. Twitter handle: @lacatiraa

49 MINJAN 22
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Episode 112: The Impact of AI

Episode 111: Practical Mindfulness: Resolution to Meditation

New Year’s resolutions aren’t like ordinary goals. In theory they have a far more powerful effect on our psyche because the start of a new year symbolizes new beginnings, a new chapter and a clean slate. Nevertheless, researchers tell us that over 1/2 of us will fail to commit to their New Year resolutions past six months. No sooner have we set our resolutions and announced them on social media, we find ourselves finding reasons to give them up. So why then should meditation and mindfulness be the first two resolutions on your list? Because life is unpredictable, stress is normal and mindfulness can help you with all of it. A mindful meditation practice can helps you develop enough stillness to become aware of your internal state and the forces that drive your day to day behavior. In this way your meditation practice can go a long way to helping you keep your other promises to yourself! It also allows us the time and space to sit with difficult feelings and make better choices toward more helpful behavior. Finally, our time in meditation naturally spills over to become everyday mindfulness and the next thing you know, you're actually paying attention to the actual moments of your actual life! How radical! Biography: Nick Stein is an award-winning TV Producer and Show-Runner who has produced countless hours of non-fiction television for myriad networks and production companies for the past 40 years. Most recently, as the Series Producer of the National Geographic Channel’s “Border Wars” series, Stein and his crews gained unparalleled access to contested areas of the U.S. /Mexican border, embedding with the operational units of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, ICE, DEA and the Coast Guard. As a result of witnessing the extreme psychological and physical suffering so prevalent in the border zone, Stein began a journey from meditation practitioner to mindfulness meditation facilitator by studying at UCLA’s Mindfulness Awareness Research Center (MARC) and attending various silent retreats in locations such as Spirit Rock. After completing two years of MARC’s Intensive Practice Program (IPP), Stein was accepted into the Engaged Mindfulness Institute’s (EMI) inaugural class and received a Certification of Mindfulness Facilitation in June 2016. Due to years of immersive work with the men and women of law enforcement who serve along the U.S. Border, Stein has dedicated himself to introducing the concepts and techniques of mindfulness meditation to foster resilience in this community. He has traveled to New Mexico, Texas and Washington D.C. to bring this knowledge to U.S. Border Patrol agents and CBP’s Officer of Field Operations Officers and Chaplains. In addition, his work is expanding to local and regional law enforcement departments in the San Francisco East Bay area and most recently, to the Greater Cambridge Massachusetts area. Stein lives in Studio City, CA with his wife, Susan McGuire, a CA licensed MFT Psychotherapist and Jungian Analyst. Website: strategicstillness.com Twitter: SteinNicholas LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nicholasstein/

41 MINJAN 22
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Episode 111: Practical Mindfulness: Resolution to Meditation

Episode 110: Commercializing New Technology

What does it take to commercialize new technology? Evan Tsang of Leap Biomed, a boutique medical device engineering and manufacturing firm, outlines the challenges entrepreneurs encounter and how to meet those challenges. Bio: Evan Tsang is currently Vice President, Business Development at Leap Biomed. Prior to this, he led engineering and product development teams at General Motors and Beckman Coulter before jumping into the startup world, where he has led multiple product development teams make the leap from idea to the clinic and beyond. Evan received his BS from Caltech in Mechanical Engineering and an MS from Oakland University in Industrial/Systems Engineering. http://www.weLeap.com https://www.linkedin.com/in/ectsang/

52 MINJAN 22
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Episode 110: Commercializing New Technology
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