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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.

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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.

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@IPFridayCoffee

Instagram: ipfridaycoffee

FaceBook: FridayMorningCoffeeMeetup

    Episode 112: The Impact of AI

    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 min
    Episode 111: Practical Mindfulness: Resolution to Meditation

    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 min
    Episode 110: Commercializing New Technology

    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 min
    Episode 109: Concept Modeling Your Disruptive Idea to Perfect It

    Episode 109: Concept Modeling Your Disruptive Idea to Perfect It

    How long have you been working on your idea? Or looking for that next disruptive investment? Better still, how do you perfect your skill in doing all that? How do you lock-down your idea, your technology, your business or even your approach to investments? Consider this: the key stems from a very practical understanding how the abstract world (where disruptive innovations come from in the first place) actually works. Amazingly, it is something we were never accurately taught. Hard to believe right? But change that…and we change everything. So take a step into both the past and future. Come to a talk that will change the way you understand the world forever – something that will actually make you smarter. How cool would that be?

    Winston is the founder of a discipline called Concept Modeling, which is at the root of all other disciplines – but don’t let the word “discipline” scare you. This talk will be very practical and may just be the key to your success going forward. He is the author of an award (Visionary Award) winning new book, Concerning the Nature and Structure of Concept. Reviewers have called his book (thus his work) “brimming with insights,” “intellectually fun,” “a startling fresh perspective on our world.” NY Times has called him “the guru of concept modeling.”

    With past and present clients that include Warner Bros., Dreamworks, NBC/U, Interscope, Relativity and many others, Winston works on films, TV Shows, technologies, businesses and management models for executives. How cool is Bug Bunny? Very. With dozens of movies, technologies under his belt, his presentations are unique, insightful, informative, and yes, fun — he even concept modeled baseball. Love that! As Winston always says: “Let’s rock this thing!”

    Biography:
    As featured in the New York Times, and Deadline.com, Winston is the creator and founder of Concept Modeling, and author of his coming award (Visionary Award) winning book, Concerning The Nature And Structure Of Concept. His concept modeling helps studios and companies perfect films, ideas, technologies, science or businesses. It is considered revolutionary (truly, no cliché) by more and more professionals. The NY Times called Winston the “guru of Concept Modeling.”

    Based on a discovery made on Feb. 6, 1989, -- a massive eureka moment as described in his book-- Winston developed a unique practice of deconstructing ideas based on deep insights on how the abstract world actually works or doesn’t – his past and present clients include Warner Bros., Dreamworks, NBC/U, Interscope, Relativity and many others.

    His work may just represent a revolutionary advancement that launches you and your successful idea or investment, right here, right now. As Winston is fond of saying: ‘Let’s rock this thing!”

    Twitter: @conceptmodeling
    Website: www.conceptmodeling.com
    Book Purchase link: (Limited copies till Jan, 2020)
    http://conceptmodeling.com/book-and-products

    Email: Winston@conceptmodeling.com

    Deadline.com Article:
    If Bugs Bunny Met Immanuel Kant, It Would Be In Winston Perez’s New Book On ‘Concept’
    http://deadline.com/2017/11/winston-j-perez-book-bugs-bunny-immanuel-kant-concept-model-1202216514/

    NY Times Article:
    Forget the Pitch, What’s the Concept?
    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/26/business/26steal.html?_r=0

    • 54 min
    Episode 108: From Idea to $1Million Investment

    Episode 108: From Idea to $1Million Investment

    The story and strategy on how founder Edward Bullard took an idea in his head to a fully working product amongst countless obstacles, through leveraging the product and earning a one million dollar investment.

    Biography
    Edward Bullard is a four time entrepreneur, DJ, and film maker. He is the CEO & Founder of Bacpak, a DJ booking app that allows you to book a DJ in 5 minutes, much like Uber. Edward has deep hands-on experience in building digital and brick & mortar ideas with minimal to no preset structure to solid products ready to launch. From starting his first business at 16 mowing lawns to opening a brick & mortar bar and launching digital apps, Edward has over a 15 years of struggles and success to share.

    Instagram:
    @djpurplelove
    @bacpak.app

    www.bacpak.app

    • 47 min
    Episode 107: How to Make Your Board Work For Your Startup

    Episode 107: How to Make Your Board Work For Your Startup

    Boards are an inevitable part of the startup journey. Your decisions in the early stages of your startup around your cap table and your board structure will persist and have implications throughout the life of your company.

    Chang Xu will share her experience from sitting on and observing a number of startup boards as well as give advice for how you can set up your board for success. She will dive into topics such as:
    -- What does a board do?
    -- What is it useful for and what is it not?
    -- What rights do they have?
    -- When do you form a board and is it ever too early?
    -- What are the benefits vs. tradeoffs?
    -- Should you give an investor a board seat and how do you choose your first investor board member?
    -- How do boards evolve over more rounds of financing?
    -- How does your relationship with your board change?
    -- How do your rights with respect to your board change?
    -- What are the features of a well-functioning board vs. a dysfunctional board?
    -- What precipitates the latter and how do you avoid it?

    Bio
    Chang Xu is a venture partner at Basis Set Ventures, a $140M seed fund that invests in AI and the future of work. She previously spent three years at Upfront Ventures, the oldest and largest SoCal-based early stage venture capital firm with $2B in AUM. Prior to joining Upfront, she was a founder and an operator. She was the first Product Manager at the Minerva Project. She co-founded and was the COO of Onion Math, an ed-tech startup in China that has raised $90M to-date. She started her career at BCG where she advised clients across technology, retail, healthcare and private equity. She holds an MBA and AB in Applied Math and Computer Science, both from Harvard.

    Twitter personal https://twitter.com/_changxu
    Twitter official https://twitter.com/BasisSet
    LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/changx/
    Medium https://medium.com/@changxu
    Website https://basisset.ventures

    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

Minnie_Ing ,

I <3 pasadena tech

These are great in person too. Swing by on Fridays to hear the speakers live. Thanks to Mike and Echo Factory for pulling these together!

blissme8 ,

Great information

These podcasts share remarkable insights and experience from those who are doing in the entrepreneurial space. I'd prefer to be there to meet and greet - but this inspiration and sometimes commiseration will do just fine!

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