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Kamla Show from Silicon Valley

The Kamla Show is a unique show from Silicon Valley about authentic conversations with real people. Often, when we talk about the success of a company, film or book, we tend to overlook the person behind that success. The Kamla Show is about asking those questions you would be asking if you had the chance to sit with our guests in your living room over a cup of tea. What was the first record you owned? Why did you study engineering? What was the first piece of computer code you wrote? Or, what does money mean to you? The Kamla Show is not just about technologists, entrepreneurs, filmmakers and authors, but also about ordinary people doing extraordinary things and sharing their memories with us. As we say - it is about Life, People and Ideas.

  • Dr. Sandra Faber - Prof Emerita, Astronomy & Astrophysics, UC Santa Cruz. Part 1
    Monday, February 17
    10:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Dr.Sandra Faber is Prof Emerita, Astronomy & Astrophysics at University of California Santa Cruz & former director of Lick Observatory in Silicon Valley. She has worked extensively on the formation of galaxies and helped build some of the world's largest telescopes. She has won many awards for her pioneering work including the National Medal of Science Medal from President Obama. In 2018 Dr. Faber and her husband Andrew Faber set up Vera Rubin Presidential Chair for Diversity in Astronomy at UC Santa Cruz. During Dr. Rubin's time the field of astronomy consisted mainly of men with very few women. Often, women were not allowed to work on telescopes. For the last 10 years women make up about half the PhD students in the astronomy department of UC Santa Cruz. In this 2-part interview Dr. Faber shares how she developed an interest in astronomy as a child and pursued her PhD and got a teaching position at UC, Santa Cruz. Until she went to study at college she had not met a professional working woman she shares. What drew her to study astronomy? Who inspires her?
  • Dr. Sandra Faber - Prof Emerita, Astronomy & Astrophysics, UC Santa Cruz. Part 1
    Friday, February 21
    4:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Dr.Sandra Faber is Prof Emerita, Astronomy & Astrophysics at University of California Santa Cruz & former director of Lick Observatory in Silicon Valley. She has worked extensively on the formation of galaxies and helped build some of the world's largest telescopes. She has won many awards for her pioneering work including the National Medal of Science Medal from President Obama. In 2018 Dr. Faber and her husband Andrew Faber set up Vera Rubin Presidential Chair for Diversity in Astronomy at UC Santa Cruz. During Dr. Rubin's time the field of astronomy consisted mainly of men with very few women. Often, women were not allowed to work on telescopes. For the last 10 years women make up about half the PhD students in the astronomy department of UC Santa Cruz. In this 2-part interview Dr. Faber shares how she developed an interest in astronomy as a child and pursued her PhD and got a teaching position at UC, Santa Cruz. Until she went to study at college she had not met a professional working woman she shares. What drew her to study astronomy? Who inspires her?
  • Dr. Sandra Faber - Prof Emerita, Astronomy & Astrophysics, UC Santa Cruz. Part 2
    Monday, February 24
    10:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Dr.Sandra Faber is Prof Emerita, Astronomy & Astrophysics at University of California Santa Cruz & former director of Lick Observatory in Silicon Valley. She has worked extensively on the formation of galaxies and helped build some of the world's largest telescopes. She has won many awards for her pioneering work including the National Medal of Science Medal from President Obama. In 2018 Dr. Faber and her husband Andrew Faber set up Vera Rubin Presidential Chair for Diversity in Astronomy at UC Santa Cruz. During Dr. Rubin's time the field of astronomy consisted mainly of men with very few women. Often, women were not allowed to work on telescopes. For the last 10 years women make up about half the PhD students in the astronomy department of UC Santa Cruz. In this 2-part interview Dr. Faber shares how she developed an interest in astronomy as a child and pursued her PhD and got a teaching position at UC, Santa Cruz. Until she went to study at college she had not met a professional working woman she shares. What drew her to study astronomy? Who inspires her?
  • Dr. Sandra Faber - Prof Emerita, Astronomy & Astrophysics, UC Santa Cruz. Part 2
    Friday, February 28
    4:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Dr.Sandra Faber is Prof Emerita, Astronomy & Astrophysics at University of California Santa Cruz & former director of Lick Observatory in Silicon Valley. She has worked extensively on the formation of galaxies and helped build some of the world's largest telescopes. She has won many awards for her pioneering work including the National Medal of Science Medal from President Obama. In 2018 Dr. Faber and her husband Andrew Faber set up Vera Rubin Presidential Chair for Diversity in Astronomy at UC Santa Cruz. During Dr. Rubin's time the field of astronomy consisted mainly of men with very few women. Often, women were not allowed to work on telescopes. For the last 10 years women make up about half the PhD students in the astronomy department of UC Santa Cruz. In this 2-part interview Dr. Faber shares how she developed an interest in astronomy as a child and pursued her PhD and got a teaching position at UC, Santa Cruz. Until she went to study at college she had not met a professional working woman she shares. What drew her to study astronomy? Who inspires her?
  • Danielle Applestone on Engineering & Desktop Milling Machine
    Monday, March 2
    10:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Kamla talks to Danielle Applestone of Berkeley-based Other Mill Co that makes desktop milling machines. Applestone talks about growing up in Arkansas and discovering her love for math and science, which led to her to MIT and UT Austin where she got a PhD in material engineering.
  • Danielle Applestone on Engineering & Desktop Milling Machine
    Friday, March 6
    4:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Kamla talks to Danielle Applestone of Berkeley-based Other Mill Co that makes desktop milling machines. Applestone talks about growing up in Arkansas and discovering her love for math and science, which led to her to MIT and UT Austin where she got a PhD in material engineering.
  • Shalini Govil-Pai of Youtube
    Monday, March 9
    10:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Kamla talks to Shalini Govil-Pai, Senior Director, Technology Solutions, Youtube/Google. Govil-Pai got hooked on computers and computer graphics as a teenager and went on to study computer science. She got her graduate degree in Computer Science from Penn State University and relocated to Silicon Valley. In 2005 she joined Google and went on to work for YouTube.
  • Shalini Govil-Pai of Youtube
    Friday, March 13
    4:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Kamla talks to Shalini Govil-Pai, Senior Director, Technology Solutions, Youtube/Google. Govil-Pai got hooked on computers and computer graphics as a teenager and went on to study computer science. She got her graduate degree in Computer Science from Penn State University and relocated to Silicon Valley. In 2005 she joined Google and went on to work for YouTube.
  • Nicole Lazzaro, Ceo of Xeo Design
    Monday, March 16
    10:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Kamla talks with Nicole Lazzaro, CEO of XEO Design, about wonder, designing games and VR. Lazaro has been been involved in the gaming industry for over 20 years. Lazaro's advice to those who want to pursue a career in games and designing games is to learn to code and read lots of science fiction.
  • Nicole Lazzaro, Ceo of Xeo Design
    Friday, March 20
    4:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Kamla talks with Nicole Lazzaro, CEO of XEO Design, about wonder, designing games and VR. Lazaro has been been involved in the gaming industry for over 20 years. Lazaro's advice to those who want to pursue a career in games and designing games is to learn to code and read lots of science fiction.
  • Devika Chawla of Netflix On Engineering & Music
    Monday, March 23
    10:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Kamla sits down to talk with Devika Chawla, Engineering Director at Netflix, about how she balances her interest in computer engineering and music. Chawla developed and nurtured her interests in software programming and music from a young age. She studied computer engineering at George Town University in Washington DC and moved to Silicon Valley, where she worked at Inktomi, Yahoo, and now Netflix. Chawla has released a handful of music records and worked with various musicians in the San Francisco Bay area and from India.
  • Devika Chawla of Netflix On Engineering & Music
    Friday, March 27
    4:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Kamla sits down to talk with Devika Chawla, Engineering Director at Netflix, about how she balances her interest in computer engineering and music. Chawla developed and nurtured her interests in software programming and music from a young age. She studied computer engineering at George Town University in Washington DC and moved to Silicon Valley, where she worked at Inktomi, Yahoo, and now Netflix. Chawla has released a handful of music records and worked with various musicians in the San Francisco Bay area and from India.
  • Amy Guittard of Guittard Chocolate - A 150 Year Old and Family-Owned Chocolate Company
    Monday, March 30
    10:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Kamla sits down to talk with Amy Guittard of Guittard Chocolate Company of the San Francisco Bay area. Founded during the Gold Rush period, Guittard is one of the oldest chocolate companies in the US. Amy Guittard is a fifth generation and the first woman from her family to work in the chocolate company.
  • Amy Guittard of Guittard Chocolate - A 150 Year Old and Family-Owned Chocolate Company
    Friday, April 3
    4:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Kamla sits down to talk with Amy Guittard of Guittard Chocolate Company of the San Francisco Bay area. Founded during the Gold Rush period, Guittard is one of the oldest chocolate companies in the US. Amy Guittard is a fifth generation and the first woman from her family to work in the chocolate company.
  • Dr. Rajni Agarwal- Hashmi
    Monday, April 6
    10:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Kamla talks with Dr. Rajni Agarwal-Hashmi, Associate Prof & Medical Director, Pediatric Cell Transplant Program, Stanford Children's Health. Stanford Children Hospital is recognized for its pioneering work in stem cell transplant. Dr. Agarwal-Hashmi shares how she chose to pursue a career in medicine and her mother's advice that she pursue a career in pediatrics.
  • Dr. Rajni Agarwal- Hashmi
    Friday, April 10
    4:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Kamla talks with Dr. Rajni Agarwal-Hashmi, Associate Prof & Medical Director, Pediatric Cell Transplant Program, Stanford Children's Health. Stanford Children Hospital is recognized for its pioneering work in stem cell transplant. Dr. Agarwal-Hashmi shares how she chose to pursue a career in medicine and her mother's advice that she pursue a career in pediatrics.
  • Catlin Powers, Co-founder/CEO, One Earth Designs, on Solar Cooking & Energy Deficiency
    Monday, April 13
    10:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Kamla talks to Catlin Powers, CEO and co-founder of One Earth Designs that makes solar cookers. How did Powers go about find an effective solution to the energy deficit challenge faced by 2 billion people around the world? Powers shares how she and her co-founder worked in an iterative manner to design and produce their lightweight and effective solar cooker.
  • Catlin Powers, Co-founder/CEO, One Earth Designs, on Solar Cooking & Energy Deficiency
    Friday, April 17
    4:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Kamla talks to Catlin Powers, CEO and co-founder of One Earth Designs that makes solar cookers. How did Powers go about find an effective solution to the energy deficit challenge faced by 2 billion people around the world? Powers shares how she and her co-founder worked in an iterative manner to design and produce their lightweight and effective solar cooker.
  • Shireen Santosham - Chief Innovation Officer of San Jose, Silicon Valley
    Monday, April 20
    10:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Kamla sits down to talk with Shireen Santosham, Chief Innovation Officer of San Jose. She works with Mayor Sam Riccardo's office and leads the effort and strategy to build San Jose as a smart city. She shares her views on technology and what she has learnt from working with Paul Allen's venture capital firm about creating effective solutions from a systemic perspective.
  • Shireen Santosham - Chief Innovation Officer of San Jose, Silicon Valley
    Friday, April 24
    4:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Kamla sits down to talk with Shireen Santosham, Chief Innovation Officer of San Jose. She works with Mayor Sam Riccardo's office and leads the effort and strategy to build San Jose as a smart city. She shares her views on technology and what she has learnt from working with Paul Allen's venture capital firm about creating effective solutions from a systemic perspective.

 

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  • Dr. Jun Axup. Scientific Parter and Advisor at Indiebio Part 2
    Friday, February 14
    4:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Jun Axup is Scientific Partner & Advisor at Indiebio, one of the largest biotech accelerators. She describes herself as an entrepreneurial scientist. She is passionate about helping scientists to bring their ideas from their labs to the market. Scientists are often hesitant about becoming an entrepreneur she shares. Jun developed a keen interest in science and math along with art from a young age. While enrolled in a PhD program to study chemical biology Jun started a side project to create science toys. She raised money through Kickstarter and turned her side project into a successful small business. What drives and inspires Jun to help scientists become entrepreneurs? What are some of the new, cutting-edge technology in biotech? How does she and the team at Indiebio help scientists incubate their idea to start a company?
  • Dr. Jun Axup. Scientific Parter and Advisor at Indiebio Part 2
    Monday, February 10
    10:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Jun Axup is Scientific Partner & Advisor at Indiebio, one of the largest biotech accelerators. She describes herself as an entrepreneurial scientist. She is passionate about helping scientists to bring their ideas from their labs to the market. Scientists are often hesitant about becoming an entrepreneur she shares. Jun developed a keen interest in science and math along with art from a young age. While enrolled in a PhD program to study chemical biology Jun started a side project to create science toys. She raised money through Kickstarter and turned her side project into a successful small business. What drives and inspires Jun to help scientists become entrepreneurs? What are some of the new, cutting-edge technology in biotech? How does she and the team at Indiebio help scientists incubate their idea to start a company?
  • Dr. Jun Axup. Scientific Parter and Advisor at Indiebio Part 1
    Friday, February 7
    4:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Jun Axup is Scientific Partner & Advisor at Indiebio, one of the largest biotech accelerators. She describes herself as an entrepreneurial scientist. She is passionate about helping scientists to bring their ideas from their labs to the market. Scientists are often hesitant about becoming an entrepreneur she shares. Jun developed a keen interest in science and math along with art from a young age. While enrolled in a PhD program to study chemical biology Jun started a side project to create science toys. She raised money through Kickstarter and turned her side project into a successful small business. What drives and inspires Jun to help scientists become entrepreneurs? What are some of the new, cutting-edge technology in biotech? How does she and the team at Indiebio help scientists incubate their idea to start a company?
  • Dr. Jun Axup. Scientific Parter and Advisor at Indiebio Part 1
    Monday, February 3
    10:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Jun Axup is Scientific Partner & Advisor at Indiebio, one of the largest biotech accelerators. She describes herself as an entrepreneurial scientist. She is passionate about helping scientists to bring their ideas from their labs to the market. Scientists are often hesitant about becoming an entrepreneur she shares. Jun developed a keen interest in science and math along with art from a young age. While enrolled in a PhD program to study chemical biology Jun started a side project to create science toys. She raised money through Kickstarter and turned her side project into a successful small business. What drives and inspires Jun to help scientists become entrepreneurs? What are some of the new, cutting-edge technology in biotech? How does she and the team at Indiebio help scientists incubate their idea to start a company?
  • Miku Jha - Founder & Ceo of Agshift
    Friday, January 31
    4:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Miku Jha is the founder and CEO of AgShift, a startup that uses artificial intelligence and big data to help analyze and grade the quality of food products like strawberries, cashew nuts and other food items. Miku studied engineering and worked for a couple of large corporations and co-founded a couple of companies before AgShift. How & why did she make the shift from working for tech companies to working in the food and agriculture space? What lessons did she learn from her father, who was an engineer turned entrepreneur?
  • Miku Jha - Founder & Ceo of Agshift
    Monday, January 27
    10:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Miku Jha is the founder and CEO of AgShift, a startup that uses artificial intelligence and big data to help analyze and grade the quality of food products like strawberries, cashew nuts and other food items. Miku studied engineering and worked for a couple of large corporations and co-founded a couple of companies before AgShift. How & why did she make the shift from working for tech companies to working in the food and agriculture space? What lessons did she learn from her father, who was an engineer turned entrepreneur?
  • Caroline Winett, Executive Director of Skydeck Accelerator at UC Berkeley
    Friday, January 24
    4:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Caroline Winett is a musician turned entrepreneur and is now the Executive Director of Skydeck Accelerator at University of California, Berkeley. The accelerator incubates startups in technology, logistics, robots, bioengineering and other areas. Winnet was a professional violinist, when she decided to change the professional direction of her life. She pursued an MBA at UC Berkeley and became an entrepreneur. What inspired Winett to become a musician and then an entrepreneur? How does she combine her learnings in music and writing with being an entrepreneur and advisor to young startups? How did her father's business shape her? What did she learn from her father?
  • Caroline Winett, Executive Director of Skydeck Accelerator at UC Berkeley
    Monday, January 20
    10:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Caroline Winett is a musician turned entrepreneur and is now the Executive Director of Skydeck Accelerator at University of California, Berkeley. The accelerator incubates startups in technology, logistics, robots, bioengineering and other areas. Winnet was a professional violinist, when she decided to change the professional direction of her life. She pursued an MBA at UC Berkeley and became an entrepreneur. What inspired Winett to become a musician and then an entrepreneur? How does she combine her learnings in music and writing with being an entrepreneur and advisor to young startups? How did her father's business shape her? What did she learn from her father?
  • Reena Merchant, Ux Manager, Google/Youtube
    Friday, January 17
    4:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Reena Merchant combines the logical and creative strands for her work at YouTube/Google. She started her professional career as a computer engineer and made a conscious choice to work with user interface and design. She went back to school and got an MBA degree in design strategy while working full time. Reena is an advisory board member of Human Computer Interaction Design at University of California, Irvine. How did she make the transition from a computer engineer to UX manager?
  • Reena Merchant, Ux Manager, Google/Youtube
    Monday, January 13
    10:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Reena Merchant combines the logical and creative strands for her work at YouTube/Google. She started her professional career as a computer engineer and made a conscious choice to work with user interface and design. She went back to school and got an MBA degree in design strategy while working full time. Reena is an advisory board member of Human Computer Interaction Design at University of California, Irvine. How did she make the transition from a computer engineer to UX manager?
  • Dr. Priya Satia, History Dept at of Stanford University and author of Empire of Guns
    Friday, January 10
    4:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Priya Satia grew up in Silicon Valley and witnessed the growth of high-tech companies in her neighborhood. She studied chemistry at Stanford University & had a change of heart and switched from science to history and got a PhD in history. How has her background in science helped her with her research in history? We talk about her transition from a science to a liberal arts major, the decline of students studying liberal arts and her book: Empire of Guns: The Violent Making of the Industrial Revolution.
  • Dr. Priya Satia, History Dept at of Stanford University and author of Empire of Guns
    Monday, January 6
    10:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Priya Satia grew up in Silicon Valley and witnessed the growth of high-tech companies in her neighborhood. She studied chemistry at Stanford University & had a change of heart and switched from science to history and got a PhD in history. How has her background in science helped her with her research in history? We talk about her transition from a science to a liberal arts major, the decline of students studying liberal arts and her book: Empire of Guns: The Violent Making of the Industrial Revolution.
  • Lois Vossen, Executive Producer, Independent Lens, Part 2
    Friday, January 3
    4:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Lois Vossen grew up on a farm in Minnesota & as a young child thought her options were: become a nurse, a nun or a teacher. And, then she discovered Mary Tyler Moore's TV show that opened up a whole new world of possibilities she could pursue in life. How did Lois go from a farm to a world of films and television? How did she become a part of Sundance Film Festival and then work with Independent Lens? She never dreamt she'd be ever live in San Francisco she confesses. So, what brought her to San Francisco? Lois chartered her own path to success with grit and handwork as she shares in this 2-Part conversation with Kamla.