October 16th, 2017
I have historically been somewhat skeptical about open source software (OSS). I am always wary of anything that is “free” and subscribe to the TANSTAAFL (“there ain’t no such thing as a free lunch”) principle. It has taken me quite a few years to understand that open software is not free – it is just a different business model from the usual “we make it, you buy it” approach.
I am only now coming to grips with how the OSS model really works, why it is a good thing and how business can leverage it to mutual benefit …
DVCon Europe 2017 will be in Munich next week, a great destination for tourists and technologists alike. This is the fourth year the conference will occur in Europe, the original Silicon Valley based version now in its 27th year.
DVCon Europe General Chair Oliver Bell and I spoke this week by phone about the upcoming event; he was in Germany and I was in Northern California. I offered that Munich is a beautiful city, and he agreed.
“The conference will be in downtown Munich,” Bell said, “at the Holiday Inn. This is a really nice hotel, located near to Marienplaz, and easily reachable from public transportation.”
Bell then laughed and acknowledged that, as famous as the city’s Oktoberfest may be, it’s better that DVCon is being held several weeks after that particular annual exuberance has run its course. The city’s just that much more calm and enjoyable, he noted, after the hundreds of thousands of Oktoberfest revelers have returned to their normal pursuits.
After two years in Austin, the Design Automation Conference is returning to San Francisco for two good reasons: The City’s Moscone Convention Center has been thoroughly remodeled since DAC’s last visit in 2015 – enlarged, reworked, modernized – and the industries that fuel DAC – electronic design automation, system design, IP, and embedded systems – have a powerful and historic presence in Silicon Valley, a where place many in these disciplines work and live.
Hence June 2018 will witness a glamorous return to the Bay Area for DAC, and all its stakeholders, not the least being next year’s General Chair and Notre Dame CSE Professor, Dr. X. Sharon Hu.
In a recent phone call, Hu said it’s particularly exciting to be coming back to San Francisco, because the City is one of her favorite venues.
In preparation for DAC in 2018 and to similarly enhance anticipation for her Executive Committee – that group of hard-working volunteers who work the magic each year bringing DAC to fruition – Hu recently hosted a team building exercise here in 2017 in the just-reopened Moscone West portion of the massive complex. The group made sushi, and with pictures of the cook-off trending on Twitter, she laughed when I asked how it all went.
Cognitive Era Series Continues October 18
October 10, 2017 by Bob Smith, Executive Director
We hope you’ll be able to attend the second evening in a series on The Cognitive Era titled, “Preparing for the Cognitive Era: Education, Occupation and You,” offered by Vishal Kapoor, a founding principal at three legged stool.
The evening, presented by Jim Hogan and co-hosted by the ESD Alliance and San Jose State University (SJSU), will be held Wednesday, October 18, beginning at 6:30 p.m. with light refreshments and networking. Vishal’s talk will start at 7 p.m. and run until 8:30 p.m.
Vishal will share his perspective on the dynamics of the Cognitive Era and assess the major shifts in education, occupation and understanding of the practical dynamics. He will challenge audience members to think about how the Cognitive Era is affecting them and whether they are prepared for it.
The event, open and free of charge, will be held at SJSU’s Diaz Compean Student Union Theater, 211 South 9th Street, San Jose, Calif. To register, go to: http://bit.ly/2xar60S
San Jose State University
Diaz Compean Student Union Theater
211 South 9th Street
San Jose, Calif. 95112
Complimentary parking is available.
Many of you know Vishal and three legged stool, a boutique consulting firm that focuses on product/market fit, channel strategies and product launch. Before three legged stool, he was vice president of marketing and product management at Cadence, giving him insight into the system design ecosystem. These days, he works with a broad range of clients from large corporations to startups. three legged stool works with organizations to drive all aspects of new business/product creation, including business and marketing plans, target customer segmentation, product definition, pricing and packaging, brand, market gap analyses and product market fit.
Earlier in his career and prior to Cadence, Vishal worked in engineering, sales and product management at Alcatel, Silicon Access Networks and Verisity. He started his career engaged in the discovery of the Higgs Boson, developing big data and tiered data acquisition systems at the Superconducting Super Collider for the U.S. Department of Energy.
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