VIDEO: CASCADA DE FLORES

Cascada de Flores is a San Francisco Bay area based music group that plays music from Mexico, Cuba and Latin America. The group was founded by Arwen Lawrence and Jorge Liceaga.

We caught up with the group  to find out about their work and music. They also performed a repertoire of songs. Lawrence is on vocals and is accompanied by Liceaga on guitar, Kayla Danish on violin and Saul Sierra Alonso on bass.

This show was aired on TV in California.

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VIDEO: ALOM’S HANNAH KAIN ON MANUFACTURING IN SILICON VALLEY & LEADERSHIP

Hannah Kain is the President and CEO of ALOM Technologies Inc, a Silicon Valley manufacturing company. Her clients include Fortune 50 companies like Ford Motor Company.

We spoke to Kain about her unusual journey from majoring in liberal arts in Denmark to founding a manufacturing company in Silicon Valley. We had lot of questions about her journey and why she chose the manufacturing sector. How did she do it? What propelled her to start a manufacturing company? What is her leadership style? How does she lead her team? Tune in to find out.

This interview aired on TV stations in California. Here is a list of stations where the show airs.

14 CALIFORNIANS IN WORLD’S 100 MOST POWERFUL WOMEN

Sheryl Sandberg

Sheryl Sandberg

There are 14 Californians in this year’s World’s 100 Most Powerful Women published by Forbes. Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook is ranked 8th in the list with Susan Wojcicki, CEO of YouTube in the 9th position.

Other Californians in the list include Meg Whitman, CEO of HP,  Angela Ahrendts, Senior VP of Apple, Safra Catz, Co-CEO of Oracle, Oprah Winfrey (that is is right Winfrey now lives in California), Ruth Porat, CFO of Goggle, Lauren Powell Jobs, Dana Walden, CEO of Fox Television Group, Marissa Meyer of Yahoo!, Dana Langley, CEO of Universal Pictures, Arianna Huffington of Huffington Post, Gwynne Shotwell of SpaceX and Mary Meeker of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Elizabeth Holmes of Theranos, who was in the list last year is dropped from this year’s list.

Angela Merkel

Angela Merkel

Topping the list of 100 Most Powerful Women is German Chancellor Angela Merkel. This is the 6th year in a row Merkel has topped this list. Hillary Clinton is second on the list followed by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen.

The entertainment category is dropped from this year’s list and more emphasis was put on women leaders especially in politics.  The United States tops this year’s list with 51 women represented, followed by China. There are 4 women represented by India out of which 2 of them are from the banking sector, 1 from media and 1 from biotech.

VIDEO: SHAMPA BANERJEE, CHIEF PRODUCT OFFICER OF EROS NOW

We sat down to speak with  Shampa Banerjee for our Women in Science and Technology TV series. We were curious to find out how and why a trained physicist like her left a career in ivory tower and cross over to the business side of startups and technology?  Banerjee has a Phd in physics and was pursuing a post-doctorate when a chance conversation led to a change in her career path and brought her to Silicon Valley.  Banerjee has led engineering teams and defined product strategies for various companies in Silcion Valley. How is her perspective different from that of an engineer? Tune in to find out.

Banerjee is the Chief Product Officer of Eros Now, digital division of Eros International the largest integrated studio for Bollywood films. Eros Now is located in Silicon Valley.

This TV interview was sponsored by Zoho Corporation.

Here is a list of TV stations that air our TV show in the US. You can subscribe to our Tube channel to watch this interview with Shampa Banerjee and others.

 

Uber Receives $3.5 Billion From Saudi Investors

Uber LogoUber Technologies Inc has received $3.5 billion in its series G round from Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) according to The Financial Times. “The deal solidifies Uber’s place as the most-funded start-up in the world and brings its war chest to more than $11bn,” the FT article points out.

Saudi Arabia is looking to diversify its investments outside of oil reports Bloomberg News. Along with this fresh round of funding, Uber will also get a new board member – Yasir Al Rumayyan of  PIF.

There is an intense global race among ride-sharing companies to capture a chunk of untapped market in countries like India and China. These two countries provide a huge source of opportunity and revenue for ride-sharing companies and that is where they are going to be duking it out. Just a couple of weeks ago Apple’s Tim Cook announced they are investing $1 billion in Didi Chuxing, the Chinese ride-sharing company. The road to capturing a market share in India and China are not without speed bumps and hurdles. Acquiring  customers and staving off competition will require deep pockets for Uber, which has to compete with domestic  ride-sharing companies especially in India and China.

And in its home turf of San Francisco Uber faces competition from Lyft. Interestingly Lyft also got a fresh infusion of funds from the Saudi Price Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal’s Kingdom Holding Co. according to Bloomberg. Interestingly, Andreessen Horowitz and Founders Fund sold their shares in Lyft to the Saudi Prince according to Forbes.

You can read more about Uber’s fresh infusion of billions and billion and billions of dollars here, here, and here.