CoolTech Club panel : Israeli Success Stories , Top Executives / Venture Capitalists Panel

WHEN

May 1,2008

WHAT

Panel of Top Executives and Venture Capitalists discuss success stories of Israeli high-tech companies.

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CoolTech Club panel of Startup Founders : Made in Israel

WHEN

March 27,2008

WHAT

Celebrating Israel's 60 birthday!

Panel of Israeli/Silicon Valley startups Founders talk about Israeli high-tech, personal experience of founding diverse, distributed companies, challenges of multi-cultural management and so on.

CoolTech Club with John Sebes : Saving Democracy from Computers - Creating Trust in Next Gen Digital Voting

WHEN

March 6,2008

WHAT

You might think it wouldn't be hard to build a voting machine - all it needs to do is count, and computers are good at that! But in fact, billions have been spent in the as yet unsuccessful quest for e-voting systems that work. It's not so straightforward. In fact, the majority of ballots in U.S. elections are cast with electronic voting devices that are in most cases fundamentally flawed. In California, all but one of existing voting device products were de-certified as a result of an ad hoc independent review convening by the Secretary of State, resulting in largest switch to pure paper manual elections in history - all of California except two counties. Yet this change is a temporary setback as county elections officials across the state and across the country scramble to enable further use of electronic systems.

Why are electronic voting devices so desirable? Why is the current generation of devices so flawed? Is there any scope for technologists to make a positive improvement, either voting systems, or in the public confidence that has been eroded by the stream of press about election device problems? I'll answer these questions briefly at the level of public policy, and more specifically at the level of technical requirements for automation of elections. (Hint: it's not the functional requirements that are the problem!) I'll describe the technology approach and project approach that we're taking the Open Source Digital Voting project, and also explain what each audience member can do to help.

CoolTech Club with George Zachary: A 5000 year view of consumer internet

WHEN

February 7,2008

WHAT

My talk will be how consumer internet fits into human behavior and needs. Starting from our communication needs as humans. And using our current internet technology to extend those needs. And what mega opportunities will be available over the next 5-10 years that fit into that trend..

CoolTech Club with Bill Norton : Video Internet - The Next Wave of Massive Disruption to the U.S. Peering Ecosystem

WHEN

January 17,2008

WHAT

By 2010, 99% of all Internet traffic by volume will be video. In this presentation I share the business models for delivering video using today's popular distribution methods:

  1. commodity transit,
  2. CDN services,
  3. a hybrid transit/peering, and
  4. peer-to-peer.

If you believe my findings that peer-2-peer is by far the most cost effective means, then the efficient market theory suggests that the video internet of 2010 may look fundamentally different than the Internet ecosystem of today. This talk will discuss this potential future.

CoolTech Club with Katya Puzyrko : Can the Internet that got us here take us there?

WHEN

December 20,2007

WHAT

  • -The Brief History of Evolution of Internet Infrastructure - how it all started and why it ended up the way it is now-Challenges for providing hard QoS for interactive media services (voice,video, gaming)on today's networks
  • -Why Best Effort Packet Netwoks? What are advantages and limitations? What are other approaches for building Internet and do they work?
  • -What is Flow State Aware Technology, how it works, advantages and disadvanages.
  • -New International standards that emerge to solve current QoS issues
  • -What can happen next? Can we make the Internet Smarter?

CoolTech Club with Igor Plotnikov : Pioneering SSL VPNs - technological lesson from successful startup founder

WHEN

September 5,2007

WHAT

Dr. Plotnikov presents in-depth technical and business review of SSL VPNs - innovative network security technology he pioneered with his uRoam startup.
By leveraging the ubiquity, extensibility, ease of use of the web browser as a client, and the robustness of https protocol as a transport, SSL VPNs (Secure Sockets Layer Virtual Private Networks) deliver a comprehensive set of tools to cover wide range of user scenarios from occasional Intranet access to enterprise-scale remote access solutions with load balancing, failover, and fine-grained access-controls.

In conclusion, Dr. Plotnikov discuss useful lessons to learn from uRoam history of conception, founding and funding, growth and successful acquisition by one of the best network equipment companies.

CoolTech Club with Paul Santinelli : SILIWOOD: Navigating Digital Media.

WHEN

August 2,2007

WHAT

As Silicon Valley continues to take on Hollywood, there are obvious (an not so obvious) limitations to technology's approach on conquering an age-old business. Paul Santinelli of North Bridge Venture Partners will be with us to discuss content creation, intellectual property and the impacts of technology on Hollywood.

CoolTech Club with Gili Raanan : Building companies in the US with an Israeli base

WHEN

June 13, 2007

WHAT

Gili Raanan will talk about his successful experience of building 2 new VC backed ventures (nLayers Inc, and Sanctum Inc), and selling them eventually. The discussion would cover the challenges of operating in the US market while having a major non-US group (in this case Israel based R&D group), considerations before forming similar companies, and a proposed empiric model to decide when to scale up the Sales team, and the rest of the US based operation, avoiding some common mistakes.

CoolTech Club with Dan Avida And Serge Plotkin : Building Fast Growth Companies: Learn from those who did it!

WHEN

March 26, 2007

WHAT

Building great companies take skill, experience and luck. Dan Avida led EFI through years of fast growth and with Serge Plotkin, a professor of Computer Science at Stanford University, co-founded Decru, which was later acquired by Network Appliance.

Dan and Serge will talk about their experiences and discuss the key steps of building successful companies, from inception and funding to a successful exit.

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