Speaker Date Topic
Dag Spicer, senior curator Oct 22, 2019
Computer History Museum Collection Highlights and Future Plans
Computer History Museum Collection Highlights and Future Plans
Dag Spicer is senior curator at the Computer History Museum.  Since 1996, he has helped grow the Museum from a three-person startup into a world-class research archive, museum, and educational center.  Dag now leads the Museum's strategy relating to its massive collection of computer artifacts, films, documents, software and ephemera—the largest such collection in the world.  In this talk, we will look at some highlights from the collection and learn about CHM’s plans for the future.
Ann Northrup, M.S. Plant pathologist Oct 29, 2019
Changing Botany of Santa Cruz Mountains
Changing Botany of Santa Cruz Mountains

Ann Northrup spent her undergraduate years at the University of Michigan, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in microbiology. Her interest in plant pathology started there, but she took a five-year diversion to work in the field of medical diagnostics at Bio Rad Labs in Richmond, California, and another two years as a molecular biology research assistant at UC Irvine. Returning to plant pathology, Ann earned a master’s degree UC Berkeley. She has worked primarily in disease diagnostics of ornamental plants, first with Soil and Plant Lab in Orange, California, and then with Nurserymen’s Exchange in Half Moon Bay.

Ann currently consults privately in plant pathology and arboriculture and teaches horticulture classes at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills and Merritt College in Oakland. One of her professional pleasures is volunteering at the Sick Plant Clinic. She is also an active volunteer in the UCCE Master Gardener program for Santa Clara County. In her spare time, she enjoys playing her flute in a woodwind quintet in Saratoga and with the Saratoga Community Band conducted by her husband. And of course … she gardens.

 

David Wells-CFO Netflix (retired) Nov 05, 2019
Streaming TV Wars, An Insider's View of the Streaming Industry
Streaming TV Wars, An Insider's View of the Streaming Industry

Netflix leads the transition to a pure streaming (internet) entertainment world but big competition in Disney, Apple, Warner, and Fox are racing to catch up.  Will Netflix maintain it's lead?  Was does it take to succeed in this new world of scale and global tastes?  David Wells, former CFO of Netflix and 15 year veteran will speak to the evolution of our entertainment world away from the cable and satellite system that saw it expand from 3 broadcast networks to over 100+ specialty channels.  What's next in the world of streaming?

BIO:
David Wells served as Netflix’s CFO for 8 years, retiring in early 2019 after nearly 15 years with the company and having served as VP of Financial Planning and Analysis prior to CFO.  His responsibilities included strategic planning, corporate development, and a number of operating duties including customer service and real estate.

Prior to joining Netflix, Mr. Wells served in progressive roles at Deloitte Consulting for 6 years and in the non-profit world before getting his MBA.  Mr. Wells joined the Board of public ad tech company, The Trade Desk, in January 2016 and private fintech Transferwise in January 2019.  He also serves as an advisor to several growth stage private companies.  

His focus is currently on how to best bring his skills to the NGO and non profit world.  Mr. Wells holds a joint MBA/MPP Magna Cum Laude from The University of Chicago and a Bachelor's Degree in Commerce from the University of Virginia.  He loves spending time with his wife and 12 year old daughter doing anything outside.

Club Dark - Everyone please attend Dec 03, 2019
Holiday Brunch - honoraring past Presidents
Holiday Brunch - honoraring past Presidents

Launch the holiday season with Los Gatos Rotarians and their significant others for this festive event at beautiful LaRinconada Country Club.  

Not just for past presidents - all rotarians are encouraged to attend.

Past years 17 past presidents attended so it was a nice time to honor their service & leadership. 

Sandeep Gopiestty, Director of Al systems at IBM Dec 10, 2019
The future of Computing
The future of Computing
Abstract: 
Advancements in technology are accelerating, creating new opportunities for companies towards transformation of industries and growth in businesses. Artificial intelligence (AI) has emerged as a key disruptor. The future of computing is anchored in three core principles 
 and I will explore the future of bits, neurons and qubits.

Bio: 
Sandeep Gopisetty is an IBM Distinguished Engineer, Director of AI, Systems &  Solutions Research, and is responsible for advancing cognitive enterprises. With over 25 years of IBM Research experience, he has a passion for nurturing high performance, global and multi disciplinary teams to bring innovation from Research to the market in collaboration with product groups, services, customers, and universities. Sandeep joined Los Gatos Rotary in May of this year.