It is unusual to find a female CEO of a manufacturing company anywhere, but especially in Silicon Valley – an area with few manufacturing companies and few female CEOs. But Emily Liggett – CEO of NovaTorque, manufacturer of energy efficient electric motors – is not a typical Silicon Valley CEO. Not only is she a female CEO of a manufacturing company, she is also an effective leader, an accomplished engineer, and a humble, committed follower of Christ. Continue reading
There are iPad apps available for just about everything: productivity and organization, fitness, music, photo editing, and a variety of children’s games. iPad games can be funny, educational and entertaining. No wonder kids who own iPads spend an average of over an hour a day on these devices. But what exactly are they learning from these apps? Is it valuable time well-spent, or simply mindless entertainment? Lusi Chien started her business, 4Soils, to produce a new kind of app – one that would be fun and entertaining, but also teach children biblical stories and principles. Continue reading
The twenty-first Silicon Valley Prayer Breakfast is on Friday, March 13 at the Hyatt Regency, 5101 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara. The theme of this year’s event is “Finding Your Calling.”
Kirk Perry, Google president of Brand Solutions, is thekeynote speaker. Kirk came to Google from a top position at Proctor & Gamble when he sensed that God was calling him to Silicon Valley. Kirk will talk about his faith journey and how he applies faith to his life, including work. See my interview with Kirk here.
The event’s second speaker is Neil Ahlsten. Neil had worked in key management positions at Google for seven years when he heard God’s call to co-found Carpenters to apply technology to major spiritual needs like prayer. Carpenters recently launched Abide, an app to facilitate prayer. Last September I posted Neil’s story: When God Calls, You Better Show Up!
The Silicon Valley Prayer Breakfast brings people together people from around the Bay Area to hear inspiring stories of how God is working in the lives of the speakers. The event is open to all, regardless of where they are spiritually – from skeptics curious about faith to longtime followers of Christ. The event is a celebration of faith and prayer. Everyone is made comfortable, no matter where they are on their faith journey.
In addition to hearing the speakers, attendees interested in service and volunteer opportunities have the opportunity to peruse the work of a dozen Bay Area non-profit organizations and talk with their representatives at display tables outside the meeting room.
Invite a friend and register early as the event is likely to sell out.
Hardin formed an event called ‘Silicon Valley Discipleship Walk for Water” that takes place on Saturday, March 21. The event started out as an activity for her church, St. Timothy’s in San Jose, in 2014. St Timothy’s senior pastor, Pastor Dan Selbo, had heard a compelling message from Water Missions International, a Christian engineering ministry that provides safe water in 49 countries. What impressed Pastor Selbo was not only that Water Missions was solving water problems, but that it was helping meet the spiritual needs of people in developing countries as well. Continue reading
The San Francisco Bay Area has one of the lowest percentages of church going people in the U.S. According to a study in 2013 by the Barna Group, church attendance is 30% lower in the Bay Area than average attendance in the U.S. But that may be changing. God is working in the lives of people in Silicon Valley. Continue reading
Venture capital is a glamorous, but very difficult business. The glamour comes when investments lead to breakthrough products and when portfolio companies go public or are acquired. But less than 10% of start-ups deliver outstanding investment return, and the majority of start-ups fail. “It takes wisdom, insight, hard work, and a little bit of luck to succeed,” says Diamondhead Ventures founder, David Lane. It also takes humility, perseverance, and a long term perspective to endure when start-ups fail. Continue reading
Recently, I wrote about Neil Ahlsten, an entrepreneur who left a high-powered job at Google to create the prayer app, Abide, designed to make the power of prayer easy, and available to be shared anytime and anywhere. Abide launched on Veterans Day, November 11 for the iPhone and is now also available for the Android.
On Veteran’s day, Abide shared its first national prayer for wounded warriors and their families. People in 47 states, the District of Columbia, and countries as far away as Malaysia, India, and Japan engaged in over 24 hours of praying for wounded soldiers and their families. Continue reading
Andrew Laffoon is living out his dream as an entrepreneur. He is co-founder and CEO of Mixbook, a company well on its way to success. Mixbook’s annual sales top $25 million. The company is profitable and employs 60 people.
In December 2012, Inc. Magazine recognized Laffoon and his partner, Aryk Grosz, in its annual “Top 30 under 30” – a list of entrepreneurs to watch. In 2013, Forbes Magazine named Laffoon one of its “Up and Comers” and one of “America’s Most Promising CEOs Under 35.” Continue reading
Recently, I had the chance to sit down with Kirk Perry, president of brand solutions at Google. Perry was formerly president of family care at Procter & Gamble and moved to the Bay Area less than a year ago. He will be the speaker at the upcoming Silicon Valley Prayer Breakfast on March 13, 2015. Kirk has an inspiring journey of faith. He shared with me some of his story and how he has learned to entrust his life and decisions to God.
Nestled against a rolling hillside in Redwood City, among mature redwood, pine, and cedar trees, sits Peninsula Covenant Church. Its pastoral setting, however, belies its fierce commitment to service.
The Apostle Paul sums up one of God’s most important commands in Galatians 5:13 (ESV): “For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.” This is a command that Peninsula Covenant Church (PCC) in Redwood City takes seriously. Continue reading