OnFarm Systems CEO Joins AgTech Panel

VLAB is pleased to welcome Lance Donny, Founder and CEO of OnFarm Systems, to our stage  on Sept. 15. Donny grew up on a farm in California where his family grew table grapes. After college, he spent 20 years in software before coming back to AgTech.  After realizing that many farmers were having a hard [...]

By |2017-05-18T17:47:11+00:00September 7th, 2015|AgTech, Events|Comments Off on OnFarm Systems CEO Joins AgTech Panel

VLAB Welcomes KPCB Partner to AgTech Panel

We are pleased to welcome Brook Porter from Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers  to the panel for our upcoming event, AgTech: Sand Hill Bets on Precision Agriculture. As a partner in KPCB’s Green Growth Fund, Porter supports young companies that are creating sustainable solutions by developing disruptive technology. Porter’s knowledge of environmental technology will provide [...]

By |2017-05-18T17:47:11+00:00September 1st, 2015|Uncategorized|Comments Off on VLAB Welcomes KPCB Partner to AgTech Panel

CEO of Blue River Technology Joins AgTech Panel

image courtesy Silicon Valley Business Journal We are pleased to have Jorge Heraud, CEO of Blue River Technology,  as a panelist for our first event of the season. Join us on September 15 for AgTech: Sandhill Bets on Precision Agriculture.   Blue River has a great story that you won’t want to miss and registration [...]

By |2017-05-18T17:47:11+00:00August 30th, 2015|AgTech, Events|Comments Off on CEO of Blue River Technology Joins AgTech Panel

Will bacteria in the gut lead to new breakthroughs in personalized medicine?

A recent panel discussion at VLAB event at Stanford University examined the role microbes might play in human health. Mark Bunger, Senior Research Director at Lux Research, moderated the event. As an introduction, Bunger shared some information on what would define a microbiome, where it resides, and how big is a mircrobiome. Microbiome is an [...]

By |2017-05-18T17:47:11+00:00March 11th, 2015|Biotech, Event Summary, Food Technology, VLAB|Comments Off on Will bacteria in the gut lead to new breakthroughs in personalized medicine?

Young Entrepreneurs: Changing the Game (Part I)

“I saw a problem and wanted to solve it.” “I didn’t realize I was starting a company; I looked at it like I was working on a project.” “I didn’t want to work for anyone else.” Whatever the motivation, all five of the panelists on our January “Young Women Entrepreneur| Unbroken” panel have become successful [...]

By |2017-05-18T17:47:11+00:00February 6th, 2015|Entrepreneur Spotlight, Event Summary, VLAB, Young Entrepreneurs|Comments Off on Young Entrepreneurs: Changing the Game (Part I)

Building an Enduring Business: Startup Culture

Gene Early co-founded a billion dollar genetics company, and now he’s teaching others what he learned in the process. Several years ago he joined the founding team of Genomic Health, a genetics and diagnostics company with a current market capitalization of over $1 billion. At the time he joined, he was tasked with guiding, nurturing, [...]

By |2017-05-18T17:47:12+00:00January 22nd, 2015|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Building an Enduring Business: Startup Culture

Big Data from Space: Actionable Intelligence on Earth

“Space is no longer being defined by larger, more established companies, but rather new companies that are extending the boundaries.” Amaresh Kollipara The Industry Value Chain On Dec 7, 1972, the Apollo 17 crew took the first picture of the whole Earth, entitled “The Blue Marble.” The industry involving space has evolved greatly since that [...]

By |2017-05-18T17:47:12+00:00November 3rd, 2014|Aerospace, Blog, Event Summary, VLAB|1 Comment

Hugo Fiennes: The Road to Electric Imp

VLAB refers to noteworthy entrepreneurs like Hugo Fiennes as luminaries. He’s been a serial entrepreneur with histories at both innovative startups and large, well known corporations. Now he leads Electric Imp, a venture-funded startup that enables the internet of things. The path to “noteworthy luminary,” however, is seldom short or easy. Hugo’s path was no [...]

By |2017-05-18T17:47:12+00:00October 13th, 2014|Entrepreneur Spotlight, Internet of Things, VLAB|Comments Off on Hugo Fiennes: The Road to Electric Imp

Deep Learning: Intelligence from Big Data

“Any product that excites you over the next five years probably uses this…” -Steve Jurvetson, Partner, DFJ Ventures Imagine on-boarding a new hire that works wonders with data at your start-up. Imagine he can work 24/7 and there’s no problem too big or too insignificant for him. Say you’ve got a data set but you [...]

By |2017-05-18T17:47:12+00:00September 28th, 2014|Event Summary, VLAB|Comments Off on Deep Learning: Intelligence from Big Data