1. Biofuels - MIT Club of Northern California


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    Biofuels: How Biotech is Changing the Energy Industry Featuring the top executives of the Bay Area's leading Biofuels companies! John Melo - CEO, Amyris Jonathan Wolfson - CEO, Solazyme Bob Mayer - CEO, Cobalt Technologies Noubar Afeyan - Chairman, LS9 Moderator: Don Keller - Partner, Orrick SV Despite widespread interest in electric cars, the EIA projects that liquid fuels will provide more than 90% of US transportation energy through 2035. There is an urgent need to find renewable sources, to provide a reliable supply for US consumers and to reduce net greenhouse gas emissions created by fossil fuels. Biofuels look well-positioned for this role, but face daunting challenges in raising capital for facilities and competing with volatile commodity prices. Biotechnology offers firms the promise of meeting these crucial challenges by improving the yields of feedstocks, reducing processing costs and producing high-value outputs. But will this be enough? * How effectively will biofuels compete with other transportation fuels, such as ethanol or natural gas? * What are the major challenges biofuels firms face as they attempt to scale up to compete with petroleum and what are their strategies to deal with them? * What federal policies are most important to the industrybfuture? Hear first-hand how these executives will tackle these and other key challenges to build their companies for success!

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    • Smart Grid - Opportunities for Innovation - MIT Club of Northern California


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      Neil Armstrong once said that our electric grid was one of the greatest engineering achievements of the 20th century.  Yet, in the next few decades, our electric grid will need to be modernized to meet the evolving energy challenges of the 21st century. These include increasing renewable energy generation and dealing with the proliferation of distributed energy resources such as rooftop solar panels, electric vehicles, energy storage, and smart appliances, while keeping electric energy supply inexpensive and reliable. But with challenges come opportunities for innovation. New technologies such as grid data networking, smart meters, analytics and demand response algorithms will help modernize our electric grid and benefit consumers and utilities alike through enhanced energy efficiency, improved reliability, the ability to integrate new sources of energy generation, including at the local level. What new technologies, solutions, and business model innovations are required to allow a Smart Grid to be able to realize its potential to deliver these benefits, including adapting to emerging;distributed energy resources? Smart Meters, aka advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), have been deployed throughout the state, but Time-of-Use (TOU) rates or dynamic pricing have not yet been implemented. Will they be mandated so consumers can start managing their energy bills better? With the smart grid, more energy devices will be networked and a lot of Big Data will flow. What innovations are needed to be able to analyze the data and optimize supply and demand in order to deliver benefits to energy providers and consumers? Please join us to learn about the numerous Smart Grid innovation opportunities from top executives of leading smart grid companies in the Bay Area! Andy White – CEO, Trilliant Brian Thompson - CEO, Stem Lisa Caswell – President, eMeter Steve Malnight – VP, Pacific Gas & Electric Moderator: Don Keller – Board of Directors, Orrick

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      • Clean Tech Investing in 2012: What’s Hot and What’s Not? - MIT Club of Northern California


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        Please join us at Silicon Valley Bank for an outlook on investing in clean technologies from an industry-leading group of panelists representing venture capital and investment banking viewpoints. Panelists Pierre Lamond, Khosla Ventures Steve Goldby, Venrock Partners Tim Woodward, Nth Power David Chen, Morgan Stanley

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        • Residential Solar: Is the Market Ready to Explode? - MIT Club of Northern California


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          The residential rooftop solar market is growing rapidly in California without state incentives. Across the country solar is becoming more cost competitive with the grid, spurring a boom in deployment. Yet costs in the US - see chart below - remain dramatically higher than elsewhere (residential rooftop solar prices in Germany are half of those in the U.S. and the DOE’s SunShot goals are even more aggressive) and higher than they need to be to achieve truly broad acceptance. Please join us on September 26th to hear from the CEOs and advocates who enable this revolution as they discuss the next steps in bringing solar to every roof. Tom Werner – CEO, SunPower, Paul Nahi – CEO, Enphase, Andrew Birch – CEO, Sungevity, Nicholas Lazares - Chairman & CEO, Admirals Bank, Susannah Churchill – CA Policy Advocate, Vote Solar, Moderator: Barry Cinnamon – Former CEO, Akeena/Westinghouse Solar

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          • Neil Gaiman: The Julius Schwartz Lecture at MIT


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            Neil Gaiman is an English author of short fiction, novels, comic books, graphic novels, audio theatre and films. His notable works include the comic book series The Sandman and novels Stardust, American Gods, Coraline, and The Graveyard Book. He has won numerous awards, including the Hugo, Nebula, and Bram Stoker awards, as well as the Newbery and Carnegie medals. He is the first author to win both the Newbery and the Carnegie medals for the same work, The Graveyard Book (2008). In 2013, The Ocean at the End of the Lane was voted Book of the Year in the British National Book Awards. This talk includes a conversation with MIT Comparative Media Studies founder and media scholar Prof. Henry Jenkins. The Julius Schwartz Lecture is hosted by the Comparative Media Studies program at MIT and was founded to honor the memory of longtime DC Comics editor Julius "Julie" Schwartz, whose contributions to our culture include co-founding the first science fiction fanzine in 1932, the first science fiction literary agency in 1934, and the first World Science Fiction Convention in 1939. Schwartz went on to launch a career in comics that would last for well over 42 years, during which time he helped launch the Silver Age of Comics, introduced the idea of parallel universes, and had a hand in the reinvention of such characters as Batman, Superman, the Flash, Green Lantern, Hawkman and the Atom.

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            • Noam Chomsky speaking on Colombia 3/11/95


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              Noam Chomsky gave this talk on Colombia at MIT in Boston on March 11, 1995. His talk is preceded by a Colombian human rights activist. Chomsky starts at 38:17

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              • View from the Top - Renewable Energy - MIT Club of Northern California


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                Renewable Energy: Paper Tiger or Green Giant? Energy and the environment are on everyone’s minds these days, especially the potential for transitioning to renewable energy sources. But, what is the scope of the problem and the prospects and pitfalls that a transition as massive as this faces? This event will highlight the contrasting viewpoints of an energy consultant, a venture capitalist and an energy company CEO on this topic. Join us for this unique program sponsored by the MIT Alumni Association in conjunction with the MIT Club of Northern California. Be prepared for a full evening of food, drink, and the best sustenance of all, the intellectual camaraderie of your peers-some of the finest problem solvers in the world. Panelists: Thomas Burns '62, Director of Strategic Planning, Strategic Energy and Economic Research, Inc. Barry Cinnamon '80, CEO, Akeena Solar Ray Rothrock SM '78, Managing General Partner, Venrock Associates Moderator: Douglas Spreng '65 Host: Harbo Jensen PhD '74, Vice President, Chevron Texaco Global Technical Services

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                • Cancer Genetics and Precision Cancer Therapy - LSF - MIT Club of Northern California


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                  Please join us as MITCNC hosts the second Bay Area with/in/sight lecture series from the David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT. We invite you to enjoy the networking reception, mingle with fellow guests and scientists, and join us for a series of informative talks about recent exciting progress in the areas of cancer genetics and new treatments based on our understanding of cancer genes. The event will showcase research from MIT's Dr. Tyler Jacks, PhD, David H. Koch Professor of Biology, Investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and Director of the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research. Professor Jacks will discuss work from his laboratory on the development of novel therapeutic strategies that target common genetic alterations in many human cancers. Dr. Jacks will be joined by Dr. Kevin Shannon, MD, who is the Roma and Marvin Auerback Distinguished Professor in Pediatric Oncology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Shannon, a physician-scientist, will discuss the challenges and opportunities of new cancer medicines from a clinical perspective. Rounding out the program will be Dr. Jeffrey Settleman, PhD. Dr. Settleman is Senior Director of Discovery Oncology at Genentech. He will present research from his own laboratory at Genentech as well as review new cancer therapeutic programs at the company. The panel discussion will be moderated by Dr. Laura D. Attardi, PhD, an Associate Professor in the Departments of Radiation Oncology & Genetics, at Stanford University School of Medicine.

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                  • Pioneers in Clean Technology - Marc Tarpenning - Tesla Motors - MIT Club of Northern California


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                    Please join us at one of our two convenient locations for this exciting new series which will explore the challenges faced by founders and CEOs of well-known clean tech companies, who will describe the early years of their company. Aimed at entrepreneurs who want to hear “what it was like” from someone who experienced it, our speakers will describe financing, legal, technical and market-related issues and how they dealt with them.

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                    • MITCNC-C3: 4/30/2009 - The Art and Science of Bootstrapping


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                      Video of an entrepreneurship panel event put on by the MIT Alumni Club of Northern California's (MITCNC) Convergence, Community, and Commerce (C3). Successful bootstrapping requires discipline and focus as well as ingenuity. Each company invited to the panel has a different business model, operates in a different market segment and a unique set of challenges. Hear from these entrepreneurs about their strategies and practices for sustaining the companies during the downturn and positioning them for growth when the economic cycle turns. Moderator: Sramana Mitra, Strategy consultant and Forbes columnist # Panelists: Michelle Munson, President, CEO and Co-Founder Aspera Software # Sridhar Vembu, CEO and Founder, Zoho # Beatrice Tarka, CEO and co-founder, Mobissimo # Paul Kocher, Founder, President and Chief Scientist, Cryptography Research

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