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Viodi View – 09/11/20

As much as institutions are necessary to make things happen at scale, the role of the individual in creating change cannot be overlooked. Hawaiian entrepreneur Aryn Nakaoka provides a great example of the difference one person and his idea can make in solving a huge problem. His most recent start-up is one that he hopes […]

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Peter Thiel – the Ultimate Enigma- at Commonwealth Club Event

Peter Thiel, co-founder of PayPal, VC/hedge fund manager and author of Zero to One, was interviewed by NY Times’ Quentin Hardy on Sept 30, 2014 at the Commonwealth Club of Silicon Valley event in Santa Clara, CA.   While I agreed with several things Mr. Thiel said, he seems to be a man of many contradictions.  Hardy […]

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Stanford President John Hennessy Educating SBU Alumni on Broad Range of Topics

Moderator’s Comment: I would like to express my utmost gratitude to Professor Hennessy for our 1 hr 35 minute conversation on March 2, 2014, at the SBU Alumni Northern California meeting in Palo Alto, CA.  The Professor treated the audience to an enlightening seminar on many diverse and interesting topics that spanned education, technology and […]

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Viodi View – 08/23/2013

Take August back are three words that echo in my head as my fingers tap out the first sentence of this issue of the Viodi View. An article in last weekend’s Wall Street Journal sums up my thoughts. Beyond the inconvenience for families, it points out the economic impact of kids returning to school in […]

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Viodi View – 11/23/11

If Innovation is the driver of economic growth, then what is necessary to spark innovation?  Is there a recipe that a society can use to create a culture of innovation?  Do apps count as innovation or is innovation associated with breakthroughs in basic research?  Silicon Valley has been a center of innovation for decades and […]