Aarti Shahani

University of California Not Producing Enough Engineers, Cal Dean Charges

As the University of California prepares for its new president, Janet Napolitano, the dean of its top engineering college is charging the public university with failing to meet the national and global demand for high-tech talent. In the U.S. about 4 percent of all bachelor’s degrees are in engineering, compared with 19 percent in Asia … Continue reading University of California Not Producing Enough Engineers, Cal Dean Charges →

Historic Napa Winery Domaine Chandon Turns 40 on Bastille Day (Sunday)

This Sunday is Bastille Day. As France celebrates the birth of its republic, the first French winery in Napa Valley is celebrating its 40th birthday. Domaine Chandon was an epic business experiment. Its French parent company Moet & Chandon invested $22 million – a lot of money at the time – to test if they could make … Continue reading Historic Napa Winery Domaine Chandon Turns 40 on Bastille Day (Sunday) →

State’s Tech and Agriculture Industries Target House GOP In Immigration Reform Battle

Two of California’s biggest industries — tech and agriculture — are gearing up for an immigration reform battle in the U.S. House of Representatives. They are targeting those lawmakers who can help get a bill passed by going around the Republican majority. The U.S. Senate passed an immigration bill before the July recess that, by … Continue reading State’s Tech and Agriculture Industries Target House GOP In Immigration Reform Battle →

Silicon Valley Start-Up Offers Online Divorce Help

So you met your spouse through online dating, and things aren’t going so well? No matter: Now there’s online divorce assistance too. The Silicon Valley start-up Wevorce aims to change the legal process from one driven by lawyers to one powered by software. Wevorce just launched a national service that uses surveys, video tutorials and … Continue reading Silicon Valley Start-Up Offers Online Divorce Help →

SF’s Gascon Pushes For Data-Driven Approach in Tracking Offenders … and Prosecutors

The San Francisco district attorney’s office is just around the corner from some of the world’s most cutting-edge data collectors and data miners. Yet, according to DA George Gascon, his office is stuck in the 1970s. To leap forward a few decades, Gascon has hired his first chief information officer. Now he’s got to warm … Continue reading SF’s Gascon Pushes For Data-Driven Approach in Tracking Offenders … and Prosecutors →

How a Phony Tweet Moved the Markets: 71 Characters That Briefly Shook the Financial World

Early yesterday afternoon East Coast time, someone managed to get access to the Associated Press Twitter account and sent out the following message: “Breaking: Two explosions in the White House and Barack Obama is injured.” That tweet, sent out at 1:07 p.m. EDT, triggered an almost unbelievably swift response in the nation’s financial markets. The … Continue reading How a Phony Tweet Moved the Markets: 71 Characters That Briefly Shook the Financial World →

On Immigration, High Tech and Ag Don’t Meet, Literally

As Congress takes up comprehensive immigration reform, people from different walks of life will have to come together for the effort to succeed. In California, no two places illustrate the bridges that must be built better than Silicon Valley and the Central Valley. Yet it’s proving difficult for high tech and agriculture to span the … Continue reading On Immigration, High Tech and Ag Don’t Meet, Literally →

Why Silicon Valley Is Losing Foreign-Born Talent

As immigration laws make it harder for foreigners to stay and work in the U.S., Silicon Valley is losing some of its most promising talent — and its unrivaled reputation as ground zero for tech innovation. Those who came here for education or to take a stab at fame and fortune are no longer waiting … Continue reading Why Silicon Valley Is Losing Foreign-Born Talent →

Go to Jail for Violating Terms of Service? Reddit Hopes Not

You know those terms of service you didn’t read but signed anyway? The thousands of words of legalese you blithely ignored when you clicked “accept” at the bottom of the page? They could come back to haunt you. It turns out that some prosecutors consider violations of such contracts a criminal offense. Now Reddit, the … Continue reading Go to Jail for Violating Terms of Service? Reddit Hopes Not →

Should NPR Start an Online Dating Site?

Public radio listeners: make babies together! That was the slogan from Chicago’s public radio station WBEZ during a recent pledge drive. When I posted this plea to my Facebook page, multiple friends responded with this: Tell NPR to start an online dating site! Hmm, okay. I decided to play business consultant and find out if … Continue reading Should NPR Start an Online Dating Site? →

Kickstarter Clarifies Refund Policy After News Report

Pre-eminent crowdfunding site Kickstarter responded on Tuesday to a report that aired on NPR’s Morning Edition. The online funding platform has come under scrutiny after a handful of entrepreneurs have raised millions of dollars more than expected by selling preorders for products they have yet to make. With creators of all types frequently missing delivery … Continue reading Kickstarter Clarifies Refund Policy After News Report →

Cutting Edge Technology Taught at Singularity University

Computer hackers, Defense Department top brass, and Fortune 500 execs are all in the same Mountain View classroom this week, getting a $12,000 crash course in cutting edge technologies that may change how we live in the not-too-distant future. It’s all happening at Singularity University — an elite tech institute located at NASA’s Research Park in … Continue reading Cutting Edge Technology Taught at Singularity University →