Let’s just get this out of the way first: In 2007, James Sun was a contestant on the seventh season of The Apprentice. When he auditioned, he asked the producers why there had never been an Asian male on the show before. He says they essentially told him, “No offense, but Asian males don’t make for good television.”
We count our lucky stars on a regular basis that we’re able to call Dr. Debbie Berebichez our Chief Data Scientist. She boasts a remarkable resume, filled with hard-earned degrees, impressive professional roles, and countless hours of invested time in helping young women and girls who are interested in STEM educations and careers.
Vinny, thanks for chatting to me today. Many of our readers would know some of your background with Gyft and, of course, the Shark Tank in South Africa…
By CAL Entertainment Featured Speaker Dr. David Bell PROGNOSTICATORS have a bad record when it comes to new technologies. Safety razors were supposed to produce a clean-shaven future. Cars were expected to take off and fly. Automation was meant to deliver a life of leisure. Yet beards flourish, cars remain earthbound and work yaps at our heels. The internet is no exception. Anyone looking for mis-prognostications about it will find an embarrassment of riches. The […]
In the annals of Silicon Valley history, Nolan Bushnell’s name conjures up both brilliant success and spectacular failure. His two landmark achievements were founding Atari in 1972–laying the groundwork for the entire video game industry–and starting Chuck E. Cheese’s Pizza Time Theatre in 1977. But there’s another highlight of Bushnell’s bio that has long gone undocumented: pioneer of the high-tech incubator.
In 1981, Bushnell created Catalyst Technologies, a venture-capital partnership designed to bring the future to life by turning his ideas into companies. In the era of the TRS-80, Betamax, and CB radio, startups funded by Catalyst pursued an array of visionary concepts–from interactive TV to online shopping to door-to-door navigation–that created entire industries decades later. “I read science fiction, and I wanted to live there,” Bushnell explains.