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Innovator Stories

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UCSB's Technology Management Program presents fascinating, and sometimes surprising, candid conversations with industry leaders who have distinguished themselves in their fields. John Greathouse, startup expert and UCSB Professor of Practice, hosts.

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UCSB's Technology Management Program presents fascinating, and sometimes surprising, candid conversations with industry leaders who have distinguished themselves in their fields. John Greathouse, startup expert and UCSB Professor of Practice, hosts.

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Innovator Stories

Latest release on Apr 01, 2020

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UCSB's Technology Management Program presents fascinating, and sometimes surprising, candid conversations with industry leaders who have distinguished themselves in their fields. John Greathouse, startup expert and UCSB Professor of Practice, hosts.

Laura McCormick - PR Executive

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McCormick PR specializes in brand building  through high impact media and analyst relations. Laura McCormick has  represented many high-profile brands in Tech, eCommerce, Retail,  Hospitality, Lifestyle, Travel and Arts and Culture. She works  independently, with a distributed team of engagement-specific experts.   Series: "Innovator Stories: Creating Something from Nothing" [Show ID:  35467]

Apr 01 2020

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Craig Harris - Former Peace Corps Worker Turned Entrepreneur

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Craig Harris, former Peace Corps worker, turned  his passion for non-profits into a multi-hundred million dollar data  company. Craig has nearly 20-years of successful entrepreneurial  leadership experiences. Prior to launching HG Insights, Craig served as  the Founder and CEO of NOZA, which he led through a successful  acquisition by Blackbaud in 2010. Series: "Innovator Stories: Creating  Something from Nothing" [Show ID: 35562]

Apr 01 2020

1hr 6mins

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Emma Rose Cohen - Former Mermaid and Co-founder of FinalStraw

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In 2015, Emma Rose Cohen and several friends  launched Save The Mermaids, a nonprofit focused on educating young (and  old) people about the dangers of ocean pollution and how each of us can  do our part to combat it. Thus, it’s not surprising that Emma’s passion  to clean up our oceans resulted in her Co-founding FinalStraw - the  world’s first collapsible, reusable straw, which sports the tagline,  #SuckResponsibly. Series: "Innovator Stories: Creating Something from  Nothing" [Show ID: 35563]

Apr 01 2020

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Kevin Zhang - Massively Disruptive Deep-tech Startups

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Kevin Zhang looks for interdisciplinary  entrepreneurs solving big problems in healthcare and the life sciences.  He's also a passionate gamer and invests in interactive media platforms,  tools and content. Prior to joining Upfront in 2012, Kevin was at The  Boston Consulting Group, where he advised on strategy, M&A and  operations for technology, healthcare, and industrial goods clients in  the US and Asia. Previously, Kevin worked at Verscend Technologies, a  healthcare software startup in Boston, focusing on data analytics  product development selling into payers and providers. Kevin studied  Biology at Harvard College. Series: "Innovator Stories: Creating  Something from Nothing" [Show ID: 35468]

Apr 01 2020

56mins

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Ng Poon Chew - Author Publisher and Advocate for Chinese American Civil Rights

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This edition of Lost Voices from unsung  entrepreneurs looks at Ng Poon Chew, an entrepreneur and social  activist. Ng Poon Chew immigrated to the US in 1881 at the age of 14. He  was an author, publisher and advocate for Chinese American civil  rights. He published the first Chinese language daily newspaper to be  printed outside of China. UC Santa Barbara theater student Martin Wong  performs with the coaching of Fang He, IHC Research Fellow at UC Santa  Barbara. Then, hear from today's co-sponsors: Impact, an affiliate  marketer in Santa Barbara and Tapjoy, a mobile advertising platform.  Series: "Innovator Stories: Creating Something from Nothing" [Show ID:  35445]

Apr 01 2020

1hr 9mins

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2019 New Venture Competition Finals

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Since its beginning in 1999, the UCSB New Venture  Competition provides a unique opportunity for UCSB students to learn  how to start a business. This eight-month educational experience, with  activities and curriculum spanning the entire academic year, culminates  with the finals where the student teams present an investor pitch to a  panel of judges for prize money. Series: "Innovator Stories: Creating  Something from Nothing" [Business] [Show ID: 35006]

Apr 01 2020

1hr 51mins

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Eve Nelson - Emmy Award Winning Songwriter Composer and Producer

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2018 Daytime Emmy Winner for best original song  and 2015 Daytime Emmy Nominee, Eve Nelson brings her musical alchemy to  each project, evidenced by her body of work tackling many genres of  music. Working closely with artists has given her music scoring,  producing and songwriting a refreshingly new perspective. Series:  "Innovator Stories: Creating Something from Nothing" [Business] [Show  ID: 34904]

Apr 01 2020

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Jenny Du - Vice President of Operations at Apeel Sciences

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Jenny Du is is the Vice President of Operations  at Apeel Sciences, where she is responsible for leading the company’s  efforts in Regulatory Affairs & Compliance, Manufacturing, Quality,  Supply Chain, Logistics, IT, Facilities and EH&S. Series: "Innovator  Stories: Creating Something from Nothing" [Business] [Show ID: 34905]

Apr 01 2020

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Diane Flynn - Cofounder and CEO of ReBoot Accel

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Diane Flynn is Cofounder and CEO of ReBoot Accel,  designing work cultures that support and advance women. ReBoot Accel  has assisted over 2500 women interested in resuming careers after time  out of the workforce. Series: "Innovator Stories: Creating Something  from Nothing" [Business] [Show ID: 34903]

Apr 01 2020

57mins

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One of The First African American Millionaires and Her Impact On Los Angeles

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Bridget “Biddy” Mason, born a slave in  Mississippi in 1818, achieved financial success that enabled her to  support her extended family for generations, despite the fact that she  was illiterate. In a landmark case, she sued her master for their  freedom, saved her earnings, invested in real estate, and became a  well-known philanthropist in Los Angeles, California.  Series:  "Innovator Stories: Creating Something from Nothing" [Business] [Show  ID: 34785]

Apr 01 2020

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Ning Wang: Lessons From A Physics PhD and Entrepreneur

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Ning Wang is a seasoned executive with P&L  responsibilities of several SaaS and technology businesses. She also  holds a PhD in physics from UC Berkeley. Ning is currently CEO of  Offensive Security. Series: "Innovator Stories: Creating Something from  Nothing" [Business] [Show ID: 34784]

Apr 01 2020

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Film Studio Executive at 22 to Google's Competitor

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After 15 years running Partner Management at  Yahoo, Josh Cobb became the President of the America's for Media.net,  the worlds #2 largest advertising technology company, after Google. He  is also a member of the Santa Barbara Angel Alliance, an angel investor  group focused on startup and early-stage companies. Series: "Innovator  Stories: Creating Something from Nothing" [Business] [Show ID: 34783]

Apr 01 2020

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Startup Insights and The Future Of Internet Advertising

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Shannon Jessup is a sales and marketing executive  with a 20-year track record of top performance with mobile, internet  and technology companies. She started her career in sales at IBM.  Shannon makes her home in Santa Barbara, CA with her husband and three  children. Series: "Innovator Stories: Creating Something from Nothing"  [Business] [Show ID: 34782]

Apr 01 2020

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Al Ferrer - Moneyball Pioneer Uber Mentor and Hall of Fame Baseball Coach

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Al Ferrer is the President/CEO of Linea  Consulting, a multi-national Major League Baseball interpreter provider.  Linea also researches, analyzes, interprets and presents advanced  sabermetrics. Clients have included the Los Angeles Dodgers, Angels, New  York Yankees and the top sports agents in the country. Series:  "Innovator Stories: Creating Something from Nothing" [Business] [Show  ID: 34374]

Apr 01 2020

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Peter Biggs - Former Slave to Pioneering African American Entrepreneur in 19th Century Los Angeles

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Peter Biggs experienced the transition from  slavery to freedom a decade before the outbreak of the Civil War. Jarred  Webb portrays the historical figure who lived in Los Angeles and was  one of only twelve people in Los Angeles marked 'Black' on the 1850 US  Census. Webb is then joined Dan Lynch (UCLA History) to discuss the high  (and low) points of his life. Series: "Innovator Stories: Creating  Something from Nothing" [Humanities] [Business] [Show ID: 34370]

Apr 01 2020

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Dafina Toncheva - US Immigrant Turned Top Venture Investor

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Dafina Toncheva invests in emerging technologies in the enterprise space with focus on Enterprise SaaS applications and security. She recounts her personal history; born and raised in Bulgaria with its political instability and financial hardships and her road to success. Series: "Innovator Stories: Creating Something from Nothing" [Business] [Show ID: 34369]

Mar 31 2020

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Dawn Solér - Powerful Music Supervisor Who is Changing the Way We Watch TV

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As a music supervisor and executive on such films as The Big Lebowski, Sweet Home Alabama and Dead Man Walking, Dawn Solér joined ABC Studios in 2006 to bring her extensive film experience to the world of television. Once there, she established a full-service music department that manages every musical component on all of its shows -- the hiring of music supervisors and composers, budgets and integrating music from programming into marketing. Series: "Innovator Stories: Creating Something from Nothing" [Humanities] [Business] [Show ID: 34368]

Mar 31 2020

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Improving the Quality of Your Decisions

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Prior to becoming a professional poker player,  Annie was awarded the National Science Foundation Fellowship. Through  this fellowship, she studied Cognitive Psychology at the University of  Pennsylvania, which eventually led to her current book, Thinking In  Bets. Here, Annie explores bad experiences as opportunities to learn  from. Series: "Innovator Stories: Creating Something from Nothing"  [Humanities] [Business] [Show ID: 34445]

Mar 31 2020

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Three Rules of Networking

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Bing Chen is a digital media pioneer and  entrepreneur. As a founding architect behind YouTube's multi-billion  dollar global digital creator and influencer ecosystem, he was  responsible for numerous groundbreaking initiatives that engaged more  than 500 million content creators worldwide. Here Chen shares his three  rules of job networking. Series: "Innovator Stories: Creating Something  from Nothing" [Business] [Show ID: 34036]

Mar 31 2020

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2018 New Venture Competition Finals

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Since its beginning in 1999, the UCSB New Venture  Competition provides a unique opportunity for UCSB students to learn  how to start a business. This eight-month educational experience, with  activities and curriculum spanning the entire academic year, culminates  with the New Venture Finals, where the finalist teams present an  investor pitch to a panel of judges for prize money.  Series: "Innovator  Stories: Creating Something from Nothing" [Business] [Show ID: 33938]

Mar 31 2020

1hr 58mins

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