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Networking Opportunities Sept . 24-28

September 24, 2012


Some unique events this week along with the usual weekly stuff.
Monday, if you’re currently in ProMatch, Post-ProMatch or thinking about joining ProMatch, consider attending “Steve’s Drop In Coaching”, 1pm to 2:30 at Connect.
Tuesday morning there is Bio2Device at the Sunnyvale City Council Chambers, topic is “Global Regulatory Environment for Medical Devices” with Speaker Patrick Lee
Later on Tuesday, you can walk from the Council Chamber to Connect for ToastMatchers, 1pm.
Wednesday evening at Triple Ring in Newark, there is the monthly “ASQ Northern California Biomedical Discussion Group” topic is “Sampling Plans, with featured speaker John Zoric.

Thursday at 8am there might be Eco Green Group in Saratoga, or it might be their meeting is in the evening this week, they do that once per month.  At the time of this writing it their website has not been updated.
Later ( or long before ) in the same room ( or perhaps not ) , Csix meets at 10:15, speaker this time is John Hadley presenting “How to Use Storytelling to Get Hired”

Thursday night the MIT Club presents The Future of U.S. Solar Photovoltaic Technology, with speaker Tonio Buonassisi, MIT Professor
This will be at PARC in Palo Alto, pricey but in the past there have been excellent snack foods and wine.  Never been disappointed with this group.
However if I weren’t intent on the MIT event, I would certain attend this event instead, IEEE-CMPT presents “The Origins of Silicon Valley: Why and How It Happened Here” with speaker  Paul Wesling.  Register in advance and it’s five bucks for unemployed and students.  Buffet dinner, all  you can eat.  The bar there is so-so or better, reasonably priced.
Last week I put out some information which was incomplete or proved later to be incorrect.  Mike’s Sports Bar closed, so the SF Peninsula Medical Device Meetup moved to the Westin in Palo Alto.  Similarly, “Thirsty Third Thursday” was not in Mountain View but at Faultline in Sunnyvale.  If anyone went to the wrong place, well, that’s one I owe ya.
Guy D.


Startup Finance: Valuation

September 7, 2012

This workshop is a 2 hour valuation class
When: Saturday, September 8th, 2012
Time: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Where: Sandbox Suites – San Francisco

Regular Price: $ 99 Discount: 30% Discount Price: $69

Registration and More Dates:


Silicon Valley Startup Leadership Workshop

September 7, 2012

This class is a 4 hour leadership training workshop

When: Saturday September 22nd, 2012 Time: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Where: Sandbox Suites – San Francisco Regular Price:$ 125 Discount: 20% Discount Price: $99



Northern California Bay Area Biotechnology Center workshops this Fall

September 7, 2012

The new fall training schedule is now available. These workshops are designed for employees of the life sciences industry and are taught by recognized consultants and faculty in state-of-the-art facilities. Workshops have a registration fee and participants can register on line in advance.

We are offering:

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Local Manufacturing Update: Retooling for a new career

August 14, 2012

Check it out… Laney College and Berkeley help people retool for new careers….

Berkeley has a program for laid off workers:

And they have a program with Laney College, too:

See also U Cal’s bioengineering offerings:


Upcoming Fall 2012 Events

August 13, 2012

SME SV – Upcoming Fall 2012 Events  – Register Early!


Tuesday, August 28 – Lean Manufacturing Seminar by Manex Consulting. Learn how you can easily and rapidly apply Lean principles to transform your organization and immediately see the financial impact. To register, go to:


Friday , September 14 – Product Realization Group (PRG) Annual Symposium & Barbeque. This year’s theme is discovery.  We are fortunate to have Micah Bongberg, President & CEO of Annuvia present the keynote, and Eric Savitz, SF Bureau Chief for Forbes Magazine to moderate the technical session about “Agile Product Realization”. To register, use the $5 discount code – PBQ012-SME – for SME members and go to:


Thursday, September 20 – Peridot Corporation Tour. Peridot specializes in precision manufacturing in medical components, miniature and micro-miniature components, and general product prototypes and fabrications.

To Register, go to:


Tuesday October 2nd, SME Chapter 39 (SEATTLE CHAPTER) will be offering the Certified Manufacturing Technologist  Prep Course  and the Certified Manufacturing Engineer Prep Course.   This is offered online and free for SME members.

Instructions for registration and ordering  Prep Kit (Text and Workbook) are described in the registration link. Please get this done by September 21st to secure your spot and to receive your textbooks in time for the first class.   There is a cost for the materials and the exam but the training is free. FREE for SME Members or SME Student Members.(enter code SME39 when ordering tickets on EventBrite)

Registration link:

The Course will be held at Edmonds Community College on Tuesday and Thursday nights from 6:30pm to 9:00pm for 5 consecutive weeks, finalizing with an in class exam on Saturday, November 3rd, from 8:30am to 1:00pm.  Upon request, you can attend the class remotely. We can provide you with a webex (view instructor presentation live over the internet) and teleconference number so you can attend at a location of your convenience.

If you have questions and wish to attend remotely, please contact Chapter 39 (SEATTLE CHAPTER): – Dolores Lystad – Seattle Chapter Chair at 425-293-1134.


Friday, October 5 – National Manufacturing Day (NEW). Stay tuned for a special SME tour!

Manufacturing is a crucial part of the national economy,” said Buckley Brinkman, executive director and CEO of the WMEP. “It drives value creation, innovation and employment throughout the country, and we want to show our communities the opportunities available in manufacturing today.

Manufacturing day is sponsored by the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA), the U.S. Commerce Department’s Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), Wisconsin MEP (WMEP) and Illinois Manufacturing Extension Center (IMEC). MEP is part of DOC’s National Institute of Standards and Technology. ”


For more information:

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A LinkedIn/Social Media Primer

November 30, 2011

Many of our members have heard of social media, and quite a few are probably using sites like Facebook. But are you using these sites professionally?

For professionals, LinkedIn offers better demographics, the absence of non-professional clutter, and a framework organized around careers. SME as an organization has committed to LinkedIn, and if you’re not there yet, we really recommend it.

It’s also worthwhile to understand how corporate HR is beginning to use these sites – including your non-professional social media accounts.

Over to Defense Industry Daily, I wrote “Sharpen Yourself: LinkedIn & Social Networking Sites” to help professionals understand what’s happening, where the pitfalls are, and how to use sites like LinkedIn as a way to build their careers.


What is Lean?

November 30, 2011

Lean Production is a very important concept in manufacturing, but it’s also crossing over to service sectors like health care. It embraces and extends many aspects of Total Quality Management, 6-Sigma, Just-in-Time, and other concepts you may be familiar with.

The key difference is that Lean provides a coherent umbrella framework, in order to prevent these techniques from becoming ends in themselves, and keep the focus on delivering value to customers.

The Lean Enterprise Institute has done a lot of good work in this area, and their quick explanation of “What is Lean?” is a good primer. If you’re interested in more, SME offers Lean Certification programs in conjunction with the Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME), American Society for Quality (ASQ), and The Shingo Prize for Operational Excellence.

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