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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.

  • Hadiyah Mujhid
    Monday, April 12
    10:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Hadiyah Mujhid is Founder and Director of Historical Black Colleges VC fund. She picked engineering as an option when she did not get into medical school. Mujhid shares how her grandmother, uncles and aunts influenced her to study and how she found the courage to give up her job and become an entrepreneur. Her current focus is to promote entrepreneurship in historically black colleges in the US.
  • Hadiyah Mujhid
    Friday, April 16
    4:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Hadiyah Mujhid is Founder and Director of Historical Black Colleges VC fund. She picked engineering as an option when she did not get into medical school. Mujhid shares how her grandmother, uncles and aunts influenced her to study and how she found the courage to give up her job and become an entrepreneur. Her current focus is to promote entrepreneurship in historically black colleges in the US.
  • Shivani Govil
    Monday, April 19
    10:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Shivani Govil is Vice President, Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Products at SAP Ariba in Silicon Valley. Govil shares how she grew up with a scientist father and how she got interested in science and math and chartered her career in the tech world. She says her husband has played a significant role in her professional success.
  • Shivani Govil
    Friday, April 23
    4:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Shivani Govil is Vice President, Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Products at SAP Ariba in Silicon Valley. Govil shares how she grew up with a scientist father and how she got interested in science and math and chartered her career in the tech world. She says her husband has played a significant role in her professional success.
  • Dr. Isabel Hawkins
    Monday, April 26
    10:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Dr. Isabel Hawkins is Astronomer & Educator at the Exploratorium, San Francisco. Dr. Hawkins got hooked to stars as a young girl and her career was determined after she took a high school astronomy class. She married her high school sweetheart at 18 years and went on to get a PhD in astronomy. She is also a competitive salsa dancer.
  • Dr. Isabel Hawkins
    Friday, April 30
    4:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Dr. Isabel Hawkins is Astronomer & Educator at the Exploratorium, San Francisco. Dr. Hawkins got hooked to stars as a young girl and her career was determined after she took a high school astronomy class. She married her high school sweetheart at 18 years and went on to get a PhD in astronomy. She is also a competitive salsa dancer.
  • Dr. Leila Takayama
    Monday, May 3
    10:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Dr. Leila Takayama teaches human-robotics interaction at UC Santa Cruz. Dr. Takayama’s goal is to make robots friendly to human beings. She shares how she discovered her fascination for robots and how she pursued her interest and what keeps her motivated.
  • Dr. Leila Takayama
    Friday, May 7
    4:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Dr. Leila Takayama teaches human-robotics interaction at UC Santa Cruz. Dr. Takayama’s goal is to make robots friendly to human beings. She shares how she discovered her fascination for robots and how she pursued her interest and what keeps her motivated.
  • Linda Pouliot
    Monday, May 10
    10:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Linda Pouliot majored in arts and came to Silicon Valley to build a technology company. She co-founded a robotic company that was acquired by a German company. Currently she is the co-founder of another robotic company that is in stealth mode.
  • Linda Pouliot
    Friday, May 14
    4:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Linda Pouliot majored in arts and came to Silicon Valley to build a technology company. She co-founded a robotic company that was acquired by a German company. Currently she is the co-founder of another robotic company that is in stealth mode.
  • Dr. Shailaja V.
    Monday, May 17
    10:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Dr. Shailaja V. teaches MIS at San Jose State University. She discovered her love for computers after doing an undergrad degree in commerce. She describes how she fell in love with computer programing when she studied at Virginia Tech. She also talks about why there are so few women students in her class in Silicon Valley.
  • Dr. Shailaja V.
    Friday, May 21
    4:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Dr. Shailaja V. teaches MIS at San Jose State University. She discovered her love for computers after doing an undergrad degree in commerce. She describes how she fell in love with computer programing when she studied at Virginia Tech. She also talks about why there are so few women students in her class in Silicon Valley.
  • Dr. Katrina Yu
    Monday, May 24
    10:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Dr. Katrina Yu is Director, Living Systems at the Exploratorium in San Francisco. This is perhaps the only museum to have a lab on its premises and has a hi-end microscope imaging system that helps people understand about cells, evolution etc. Dr. Yu got hooked to biology and peering through the microscope as a high school student and that interest has endured and become a driving force that shaped her career.
  • Dr. Katrina Yu
    Friday, May 28
    4:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Dr. Katrina Yu is Director, Living Systems at the Exploratorium in San Francisco. This is perhaps the only museum to have a lab on its premises and has a hi-end microscope imaging system that helps people understand about cells, evolution etc. Dr. Yu got hooked to biology and peering through the microscope as a high school student and that interest has endured and become a driving force that shaped her career.
  • Bill Atkinson Part 1
    Monday, May 31
    10:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Bill Atkinson was part of the team that created the original Macintosh at Apple computers. He helped create the hypercard, dropdown menu and other innovative features for Apple's User Interface. Atkinson grew up in Los Gatos in Silicon Valley when it was known as the "Valley of Heart's Delight." He was studying to be a neuroscientist at the University of Washington, Seattle, when he got a call from his former university teacher Jeff Raskin to come and visit Apple Computers. Atkinson had neither heard of Steve Jobs nor did he know anything about Apple computers when he got that call from Raskin. Atkinson declined the invitation to visit Apple. Finishing his PhD was his priority. But then he got a roundtrip ticket from Raskin with a note: "Just visit for a weekend. No strings attached." Atkinson decided to visit Apple and shares: "Steve Jobs spent the entire day recruiting me. He took me around and I met all 30 (people at Apple)." And Jobs told him: "Come to Apple, where we're inventing the future and you can help to invent it." And that is what Atkinson did. He dropped out of his PhD program, joined Apple in 1978 and helped invent the future in personal computing technology.
  • Bill Atkinson Part 2
    Monday, June 7
    10:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Bill Atkinson was part of the team that created the original Macintosh at Apple computers. In Part-2 of our conversation Atkinson shares what it was like to work with Steve Jobs on the Lisa project. He shares the backstory of how Quickdraw and MacPaint were created and what it was it like working for Apple when it was a young company. Atkinson talks about his childhood and what it was like growing up in Los Gatos in Silicon Valley when it was known as the "Valley of Heart's Delight." Both his parents were physicians. His mother was one of the early female students to study medicine at Cornell University. She nurtured Atkinson's interest in science and helped him with his projects. He considers his mother his role model. He says his mother "instilled in me the belief that I could do anything that I set my heart to as long as I was willing to work really hard." He was interested in science and studied chemistry for his undergraduate and was pursuing his PhD in neuroscience at the University of Washington, Seattle when he got that call from his former teacher Jeff Raskin to come visit Apple Computers. He dropped out of his studies and came back to work at Apple in Silicon Valley. When Atkinson left to pursue his studies the area was known as Valley of Heart's Delight and he came back to discover it was now called Silicon Valley. After working at Apple Computers Atkinson cofounded General Magic to create a personal communicator device. The company failed to succeed. Atkinson then pursued his interest in photography, neuroscience, how the brain works and Artificial Intelligence (AI). He also has a photo app called PhotoCard. Atkinson says, "I used to think what the earth needed was more wisdom. And now I think it needs more compassion and empathy. So sometimes the technologies that we unleash have unintended consequences."
  • Andy Hertzfeld Part 1
    Monday, June 14
    10:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Andy Hertzfeld was one of the members of the original Macintosh team at Apple Computers. In Part-1 of our conversation Hertzfeld shares how he discovered his love for computers in high school in Pennsylvania. He thought he would become a math professor and had no idea he would be working as a computer scientist in an iconic Silicon Valley company. After completing his undergraduate studies at Brown University in Rhode Island Hertzfeld came out to Berkeley, California to pursue his graduate studies in computer science. He vividly recollects how he bought his first Apple computer in Berkeley and how he spent the first evening just turning the on and off switch on his computer. This was his first personal computer that he could use anytime he wanted. That Apple computer changed his whole life he shares and built his first software program for it while he was a student at Berkeley. And, it was that first Apple software program he wrote that brought him attention from Apple Computers and Steve Jobs, He got an offer to work at Apple and he joined them after completing his Masters and did not pursue his PhD. He joined Apple in 1979 and helped write software programs for their products. Hertzfeld is known as "software wizard," and there is a reason why he was got that title.
  • Andy Hertzfeld Part 2
    Monday, June 21
    10:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Andy Hertzfeld was one of the members of the original Macintosh team at Apple Computers. In this episode Hertzfeld shares how he got the title of "Software Wizard" when he was working at Apple. He shares how he came to work for the original Macintosh team in 1981. Steve Jobs asked Hertzfeld "Are you any good? We only want good people working on the Macintosh. And I don't think you're good." Hertzfeld said, "Yeah, I'm good." And Jobs said, "Okay, well, I'll look into it. " And Hertzfeld says "a few hours later, he came by my cubicle, said, "Congratulations. You're on the Mac team now." Hertzfeld shares what it was like working at Apple and why he finally left the company in 1984. He says "The best thing about the Macintosh and creating the Macintosh was I made a great computer and family of computers that I could use for the rest of my life, 35 years later. If I didn't have Macintoshes, my life would be much poorer."
  • Bill Atkinson and Andy Hertzfeld
    Monday, June 28
    10:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Bill Atkinson and Andy Hertzfeld worked at Apple and then they went on to become entrepreneurs and co-founded a company called General Magic. Both joined Apple almost around the same time in the late 1970s. Atkinson says that Hertzfeld is "A brilliant programmer with a great heart. I think he kept the spirit of the Macintosh more than Steve even." And Hertzfeld considers Atkinson as his mentor. Atkinson and Hertzfeld share how they worked at Apple, why they founded General Magic and why their company failed and what they learnt from it. While they failed to launch their product their innovative idea continues to survive and live in other products. Atkinson shares "When the iPad first came out, Steve Jobs sent me one with a note and it said, "Enjoy. This has some of your DNA in it. - Steve." So he acknowledged that some of the ideas in the iPhone and the iPad came from what we attempted to do at General Magic." Hertzfeld and Atkinson have mixed feelings about their experience at General Magic and how they missed their cues from the fast changing market. In 2018 a documentary on their startup called "General Magic" helped Atkinson come to terms with his sense of shame he experienced with General Magic. Atkinson shares "And one of the things that the movie did for me is remind me, hey, we did have a lot of fun and there are fruits of what we did that even though the products didn't sell, the ideas did go far. And people who cut their teeth in General Magic ended up doing great things afterwards."

 

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  • Celeste Ford
    Friday, April 9
    4:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Celeste Ford is a rocket scientist turned entrepreneur in Silicon Valley. Being a rocket scientist was rather an unusual choice for a woman in the 1970s and she had no idea what an engineer does or what aeronautical engineering was all about. Ford shares how she developed a winning mindset and how failure was not an option when she founded her company over 2 decades ago.
  • Celeste Ford
    Monday, April 5
    10:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Celeste Ford is a rocket scientist turned entrepreneur in Silicon Valley. Being a rocket scientist was rather an unusual choice for a woman in the 1970s and she had no idea what an engineer does or what aeronautical engineering was all about. Ford shares how she developed a winning mindset and how failure was not an option when she founded her company over 2 decades ago.
  • Hannah Kuchler
    Friday, April 2
    4:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Hannah Kuchler is Tech Reporter from Silicon Valley for the Financial Times. She landed 2 days before Twitter's IPO and hit the ground running in covering that story. Kuchler also talks about the cultural aspects of covering tech companies in San Francisco Bay area. She got to interview Sheryl Sandberg of Facebook for the Lunch with FT series.
  • Hannah Kuchler
    Monday, March 29
    10:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Hannah Kuchler is Tech Reporter from Silicon Valley for the Financial Times. She landed 2 days before Twitter's IPO and hit the ground running in covering that story. Kuchler also talks about the cultural aspects of covering tech companies in San Francisco Bay area. She got to interview Sheryl Sandberg of Facebook for the Lunch with FT series.
  • Dr. Gini Deshpande
    Friday, March 26
    4:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Dr. Gini Deshpande is founder and CEO of NuMedii, a funded startup in Silicon Valley. NuMedii uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Big Data for drug discovery. Dr. Deshpande shares how her team is harnessing AI and Big Data to find new uses for existing molecules. Being an entrepreneur was one of her dreams.
  • Dr. Gini Deshpande
    Monday, March 22
    10:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Dr. Gini Deshpande is founder and CEO of NuMedii, a funded startup in Silicon Valley. NuMedii uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Big Data for drug discovery. Dr. Deshpande shares how her team is harnessing AI and Big Data to find new uses for existing molecules. Being an entrepreneur was one of her dreams.
  • Dr. Julia Yu, Part 2
    Friday, March 19
    4:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    We continue our conversation with Dr. Julia Yu, who shares how she got interested in science. A stint in teaching persuaded her that there needs to be an effective system to help science teachers teach better. That spark of interest to improve the teaching methods is how she got involved at the Exploratorium and went on to get a PhD in Chemical Engineering and Biology.
  • Dr. Julia Yu, Part 2
    Monday, March 15
    10:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    We continue our conversation with Dr. Julia Yu, who shares how she got interested in science. A stint in teaching persuaded her that there needs to be an effective system to help science teachers teach better. That spark of interest to improve the teaching methods is how she got involved at the Exploratorium and went on to get a PhD in Chemical Engineering and Biology.
  • Dr. Julia Yu, Part 1
    Friday, March 12
    4:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Dr. Julia Yu is Chief Scientist at the Exploratorium in San Francisco. Dr. Yu's mission is to ignite your curiosity in everyday science that is part of your life. By kindling our mind she inculcates that curious spirit that is a hallmark of a scientist. Dr. Yu is part of the teachers institute at the Exploratorium that helps teachers hone their teaching skills through hands-on experiments and demonstration of scientific concepts.
  • Dr. Julia Yu, Part 1
    Monday, March 8
    10:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Dr. Julia Yu is Chief Scientist at the Exploratorium in San Francisco. Dr. Yu's mission is to ignite your curiosity in everyday science that is part of your life. By kindling our mind she inculcates that curious spirit that is a hallmark of a scientist. Dr. Yu is part of the teachers institute at the Exploratorium that helps teachers hone their teaching skills through hands-on experiments and demonstration of scientific concepts.
  • Jyotsna Kaki
    Friday, March 5
    4:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Jyotsna Kaki, Program Manager at Google. Kaki lost her eyesight when she was pursuing her undergrad at San Jose State University. Instead of being deterred by the loss of her vision, she became determined to overcome it and lead a regular life. She works at Google, takes care of her child and family and cooks on a regular basis. Technology has helped her rebuild her life and she shares in what way tech has helped do that.
  • Jyotsna Kaki
    Monday, March 1
    10:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Jyotsna Kaki, Program Manager at Google. Kaki lost her eyesight when she was pursuing her undergrad at San Jose State University. Instead of being deterred by the loss of her vision, she became determined to overcome it and lead a regular life. She works at Google, takes care of her child and family and cooks on a regular basis. Technology has helped her rebuild her life and she shares in what way tech has helped do that.