Monthly Archives: December 2015

Profile Response: Meg and Dean Hoornaert, San Jose, CA

To paraphrase US Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart, “I know family values when I see them.” And family values are running rampant on a quiet street in San Jose. Meg and Dean Hoornaert, their son Dexter (9) and daughter Kyle … Continue reading

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Profile Response: Pete Gibson, Imergy, Freemont, CA

“I was there at the end. I went to work one morning. There were no cars in the parking lot. My badge didn’t work. On the other side of the building, a media circus was going on.” Pete Gibson used … Continue reading

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Profile Response: Piaw Na, Sunnyvale, CA

Piaw Na invited me to his home for Sunday breakfast. Piaw, his wife and two sons live in a basic ranch on a quiet street, which in Sunnyvale puts it in the million-dollar range. Maybe more since the property has … Continue reading

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Profile Response: Kitty Miner, San Jose, CA

The amazing thing about our post-industrial economy is how efficient we’ve become through increased specialization. The tragic thing about our post-industrial economy is that people get mired in such minutiae they feel disconnected from the big picture, if they even … Continue reading

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Profile Response: Lea Grundy and Chris Reiner, Berkeley, CA

Lea Grundy and Chris Reiner are ‘boots on the ground’ people. They just don’t wear military boots. Chris provides emergency disaster relief for the EPA. He mediates oil spills, fires, and floods throughout the West, but also throughout American jurisdictions … Continue reading

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Profile Response: Michael Sturtz, Alameda, CA

Despite twice confirming our meeting, Michael Sturtz was out when I arrived at Voltage, the motorcycle repair and metalworking shop behind his Victorian home near downtown Alameda. He showed up a few minutes later, towing a piano on a trailer. … Continue reading

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Profile Response: Amy McPherson, Volute, San Francisco, CA

Otherlab is a consortium of start-ups that have a techie / maker vibe. One of them is Volute, a ten-person company that is prototyping configurable CNG tanks. CNG vehicles have much better energy efficiency than combustion engine vehicles, but there … Continue reading

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