RSVPed Attending Innovate Pasadena: Embark Ventures: Raising Seed Capital and Building MVP for Scientific Founders

85 N. Raymond Avenue, Pasadena, CA
January 31, 2020 at 08:15AM- January 31, 2020 at 09:30AM

Biography: Yipeng Zhao is a Managing Partner at Embark Ventures, a Los-Angeles based venture capital firm focused on early-stage companies. Embark Ventures particularly interested in Frontier/Deep Tech companies such as cyber-security, AI/ML, Robotics and Data Analytics. Yipeng co-founded Embark Ventures in 2017 where he manages Embark Ventures’ new investments and portfolio companies. Since founded Embark Ventures, Yipeng lead 8 investments and is on the board of directors of multiple venture-backed companies. Prior joining Embark Ventures, Yipeng serviced as Executive Vice President of ZMXY Global Investment, Inc., a China-based private equity investor where he has been actively involved in equity investment in both China and US. Some cases including the equity investment of YangQuan City Commercial Bank and a mixed-use REITs portfolio in Taiyuan, China. Yipeng also helped ZMXY Global Investment set up their venture investment arm (ArcheMatrix Investment Group, LLC) in Los Angeles as a part of the global strategy. Yipeng also worked at UCSD as research statistician focused on Nonparametric and Semiparametric estimation and inference problem in Econometrics. While at UCSD he spent time on the application of big data in customer behavior research and game-theoretical econometrics approach to customer behavior research. Yipeng also has extensive research experience in financial risk management and time series data Analysis.

RSVPed Attending Catalyst & Coffee: Reaching the Hearts & Minds of Your Audience

Are you asking your audience to invest for your reasons, or for theirs? To obtain an investment that is both meaningful AND manageable, you have to reach them intellectually AND emotionally. Gain insight to a process that will take you from a retail salesperson to an advisor. With over ten years of experience in the real estate, insurance, financial planning, and banking world, Calvin Chan brings his marketing, relationship cultivation, and sales expertise to the mission driven world. He’s a Major Gift Officer with Union Station Homeless Services, where he stewards the relationships with individual donors that have a relatively high giving capacity. He’s served on the boards of A Place Called Home, The Salvation Army, and the Pasadena Jaycees Foundation. On his leisure time, you can find Calvin on a horse, at the poker table, or at Storytelling Stand-Up Comedy open mic night.
Spaces, 680 E Colorado Blvd Suite 180 & Second Floor, Pasadena, CA 91101, USA
January 28, 2020 at 08:00AM- January 28, 2020 at 09:30AM

RSVPed Attending Applications of Big Data and AI in Media & Entertainment

A round table discussion with experts from the entertainment and media industry, followed by a chance to network and interact.
Cahill Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics, 1216 E California Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91125, USA
January 22, 2020 at 07:00PM- January 22, 2020 at 09:00PM

RSVPed Attending WordCamp San Diego 2020

Colorful Wapuus around the logo for WordCamp San Diego 2020

Scottish Rite Masonic Center, 1895 Camino del Rio S, San Diego, CA 92108, USA
May 2, 2020- May 3, 2020

In brightest day, in blackest night WordCamp San Diego is back in sight. Let those who worship the web’s might, harness its power: WordPressers unite!!

WordCamp San Diego 2020 is May 2-3 and we expect it to be filled with a lineup of super-speakers. 

Stay tuned for new releases – including scheduling, announcements, and information about how to join us as a speaker, sponsor or volunteer.

This looks like a lot of fun. Maybe worth the overnight trip to cut out the driving back and forth from Los Angeles. Their call for speakers is also now open…. Perhaps I’ll put in a proposal? Let’s see what we can come up with.
RSVPed Attending Innovate Pasadena: The Impact of AI

Cross Campus, 85 N. Raymond Avenue, Pasadena, CA, US
January 17, 2020 at 08:15AM- January 17, 2020 at 10:15AM

Artificial Intelligence has the potential to enhance life in ways that we are just beginning to explore. But along with its advantages comes new challenges for ethical system behavior. We must work together to mitigate the risks associated with AI solutions.

Bio: Maria Alvarez
As the General Manager of Shared Engineering Services in the AI + Research division at Microsoft, Maria and her team provide services and programs that support Search, Ads, News, Maps, and Microsoft Research. Maria is a technical leader with over 20 years of experience. Prior to joining Microsoft in 2011, she was promoted through positions at Symantec, HP, CoCreate Software, and Yahoo! She also served as CTO of Panda Security in Spain. Maria has a B.S. in Information Systems and a M.S. in CS from California State Polytechnic University.

RSVPed Attending WordPress Pasadena Developer Meetup — January 2020

Details: Cross Campus, 85 N. Raymond Avenue, Pasadena, CA, US
January 25, 2020 at 12:00PM- January 25, 2020 at 02:00PM

This is our advanced topics (developer) meetup. You should come on out but be prepared to participate as we go round-table style to get you all the best knowledge and developer tricks out there.

Calendar’s clear and I’m ready to go. Perhaps this RSVP post would make something useful to discuss at the meetup?
RSVPed Attending IndieWebCamp Online 2020

IndieWebCamp Online 2020 is a two-day online event for independent web creators of all kinds, from graphic artists to designers, UX engineers, coders, hackers, to share ideas, actively work on creating for their own personal websites, and build upon each others creations.

Been unable to attend an in-person IndieWebCamp? IndieWebCamp Online is an opportunity for you to interact with other members of the community. Zoom will be used to create conference rooms.

See the schedule for each day with links to the Zoom remote participation rooms at

RSVPed Attending Practical Mindfulness: Resolution to Meditation

Fri, Jan 10, 2020, 8:15 AM

New Year’s resolutions aren’t like ordinary goals. In theory they have a far more powerful effect on our psyche because the start of a new year symbolizes new beginnings, a new chapter and a clean slate. Nevertheless, researchers tell us that over 1/2 of us will fail to commit to their New Year resolutions past six months. No sooner have we set our resolutions and announced them on social media, we find ourselves finding reasons to give them up.

So why then should meditation and mindfulness be the first two resolutions on your list? Because life is unpredictable, stress is normal and mindfulness can help you with all of it. A mindful meditation practice can helps you develop enough stillness to become aware of your internal state and the forces that drive your day to day behavior. In this way your meditation practice can go a long way to helping you keep your other promises to yourself! It also allows us the time and space to sit with difficult feelings and make better choices toward more helpful behavior. Finally, our time in meditation naturally spills over to become everyday mindfulness and the next thing you know, you're actually paying attention to the actual moments of your actual life! How radical!

RSVPed Attending WordCamp Santa Clarita Sneak Peek & Page Builder Previews, Pt 3
Sat, Jan 4, 2020, 1:00 PM
We'll kick off our regular meetup briefly looking forward to WordCamp Santa Clarita, continue to preview the most three popular page builders - Beaver Builder, Divi, and Elementor then break out into groups to help with questions.
Oh, look! There’s a WordPress meetup out in the valley today. I’m going to sneak over this afternoon I think
RSVPed Attending Concept Modeling Your Disruptive Idea to Perfect It
Fri, Nov 22, 2019, 8:15 AM

How long have you been working on your idea? Or looking for that next disruptive investment? Better still, how do you perfect your skill in doing all that? How do you lock-down your idea, your technology, your business or even your approach to investments? Consider this: the key stems from a very practical understanding how the abstract world (where disruptive innovations come from in the first place) actually works. Amazingly, it is something we were never accurately taught. Hard to believe right? But change that…and we change everything. So take a step into both the past and future. Come to a talk that will change the way you understand the world forever – something that will actually make you smarter. How cool would that be?

Winston is the founder of a discipline called Concept Modeling, which is at the root of all other disciplines – but don’t let the word “discipline” scare you. This talk will be very practical and may just be the key to your success going forward. He is the author of an award (Visionary Award) winning new book, Concerning the Nature and Structure of Concept. Reviewers have called his book (thus his work) “brimming with insights,” “intellectually fun,” “a startling fresh perspective on our world.” NY Times has called him “the guru of concept modeling.”

With past and present clients that include Warner Bros., Dreamworks, NBC/U, Interscope, Relativity and many others, Winston works on films, TV Shows, technologies, businesses and management models for executives. How cool is Bug Bunny? Very. With dozens of movies, technologies under his belt, his presentations are unique, insightful, informative, and yes, fun — he even concept modeled baseball. Love that! As Winston always says: “Let’s rock this thing!”

RSVPed Attending IndieWeb Summit - June 29-30, 2019 - Portland, Oregon
The ninth annual gathering for independent web creators of all kinds, graphic artists, designers, UX engineers, coders, hackers, to share ideas, create and improve their personal websites, and build upon each others creations.
I’m still working out a conflict to figure out if I’ll physically be in Portland in person, but at the very worst, I’ll definitely attend remotely. This is my favorite event of the entire year, so I definitely won’t miss it.

There are still some tickets left so RSVP now! I hope you’ll join me.

RSVPed Unable to Attend Innovate Pasadena: Amara's Secret Sauce to Stay Inspired & Passionate in Business

Fri, May 24, 2019, 8:15 AM

Hi! My name is Amara Barroeta and I’m the owner of Amara Chocolate & Coffee in Old Town Pasadena. I’m not a restaurant business guru or a famous chef, so when I was invited to be a speaker at Friday Coffee Meet Up I was very honored and excited, and without hesitation I said: ‘yes I’d love to!’ And when I started developing today’s talk I got really scared and said: what can I offer these people, some of them entrepreneurs, maybe they have been in business longer than myself, or belong to different industries? And after digging for a while and inserting the crying emoji in my keyboard several times, the answer was plain and clear: the best I can share with them is my personal story, a story of Chocolate: with lots of bitter and sweet moments, but full of satisfactions. The story of transforming my life from what it was 10 years ago back in Venezuela where I worked in media and entertainment as a journalist while finishing my degree as a chemical engineer, to owning Amara Chocolate in Pasadena’s very competitive dining environment.

Amara’s have become a destination for locals, visitors and foodies alike; we have been featured in top publications and TV shows, and have been awarded as Best dessert, Best South American Food and Best Independent Coffee House for the last 7 years by Pasadena Weekly to name a few. Thus, looking back at my journey and seeing all the challenges that I have overcome being an immigrant and starting my own business has allowed me to stay passionate for what I do, developing a clear path to continue growing, and finding spaces to give back to my community.

So, is there a secret sauce for that? Let’s find out!

Amara Barroeta is the owner of Amara Chocolate & Coffee Cafe in Pasadena, California. Originally from Venezuela, Amara emigrated to the United States to get her MBA at UCLA in 2010. Prior to leaving Venezuela, she was crowned first runner-up in the Miss Venezuela pageant in 2002. And not long after that, she graduated from university with a degree in Chemical Engineering and a specialization in food processing. Somewhat surprisingly though, it was her experience as a beauty queen that opened up a world of opportunities, including a chance to travel the world (and most often, to Hollywood) as a television newscaster.

Amara traveled to stay in the US when she began her studies at UCLA. She didn’t know then that Los Angeles would become her new home. But increasing political unrest and corruption in her home country, as well as a deep appreciation and love for America led Amara to decide to stay permanently in the United States, where she opened and successfully runs Amara Chocolate & Coffee Cafe.

Utilizing her background in chemical engineering, her MBA, and her the bright, friendly personality that served her well in her beauty queen days, Amara spends her days happily serving coffee, food, and chocolate to her steadfast customers and getting involved with local organizations helping the Venezuelan community in SoCal and abroad. In 2017 she spoke about her experience as an immigrant on the TEDxPasadena stage. In 2018 she was invited as the host/moderator of The Refugee Forum of Los Angeles.

Instagram: @amarachocolate
Speaker email:
#amarachocolate #amaracafe