Posts filed under: Calling

The NBA Finals start tonight. The Golden State Warriors are led by Steph Curry, the league’s 2014-15 MVP. They take on the Cleveland Cavaliers and their star LeBron James, past MVP recipient. For Golden State, it is their first NBA finals in 40 years. The finals hold interest not only for the outcome of the......
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......
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.[1] But what exactly are they learning from......
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......
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” –......
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.......
Tom Tognoli is living out the American dream.  In 2002, he co-founded Intero, an innovative Silicon Valley-based company, which grew to become one of the top real estate firms in the country.  In 2013, Intero accounted for over 11,000 transactions and $8 billion in sales.  The company’s success was noticed by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway. ......
Throughout history, people have used the tools available to help them communicate with God.  Prayer is recorded on cave walls by the aborigines in Australia and elsewhere. Biblical prayer was put in written form and distributed when the printing press was invented.  Prayer was broadcast on radio by our leaders during World War II.  I......
Imagine walking down 78 flights of stairs – that’s 1,463 individual stairs.  Now imagine you are in imminent danger as you walk, unsure whether you’ll be able to make it out of the building before it collapses or goes up in flames.  As you walk, you start to smell the heavy stench of jet fuel,......
Silicon Valley is known as a place where entrepreneurship thrives. Recently, I had the opportunity to meet with Jason Johnson, who embodies the Silicon Valley entrepreneurial spirit.  He has successfully led four major start-up companies.  He co-founded Founders Den to help budding entrepreneurs.  His newest start-up is August, which he expects will become a leading......
Working in the medical profession is difficult and demanding work. It is remarkable to find a man like Dr. Phil Stillman who not only works hard at his profession, but also takes the time to get to know his patients, prays for them, and uses his off hours and vacation time for medical mission and......
David Persing is a scientist and a follower of Jesus Christ.  One of his life’s dreams has been to use his faith and God-given talents along with his training and experience in molecular diagnostics to have a positive impact in the world.  As the Executive Vice President and Chief Medical and Technology Officer at Cepheid,......