Please come join us for an invigorating and thought-provoking lecture by a Brown alumnus. --Drinks (beer/wine) and appetizers provided by NVIDIA and Brown!
We offer a variety of events throughout the year, from lectures to happy hours and everything in-between.
Hey young alumni -- Get a jump on your weekend! We invite you to come out, connect with old friends and meet new Brown alumni over dinner in downtown Palo Alto.
Please note: This is an informal, no agenda gathering. The bill is split among attendees.
From Reposado's Website:
Reposado is a fun eating house serving amazing, delicious Mexican food.
We don't think of ourselves as fine dining, even if our food is truly exceptionally fine. So, please come join us for a fun and deeply satisfying meal. We can't wait to share Reposado with you.
Organized by Adrienne Tan, BCSV Executive Committee Member
Please join us for the 11th Annual BBQ and Picnic with your fellow Ivy League alumni. Enjoy an afternoon of great food and make new friends from the participating alumni associations! This year we are returning again to San Francisco for the event at Crissy Field, West Bluffs Picnic Area (near the Warming Hut).
Note: Parking (paid) at Crissy Field can be extremely challenging during the weekends, so instead of driving alone - please carpool, take public transit, Uber/Lyft, bike/scooter or other means if possible.
Price: $15 in advance ($20 at event venue)
Price includes: Hamburgers (veggie too), hot dogs, chicken, salads, fruit, snacks and drinks.
Email Questions: John Lin '93
Please come join us for a summer picnic at world-renowned Ridge Vineyard in Cupertino Hills - there will be ample opportunity to taste some wonderful wines, munch on baguettes, cheeses and fruits (provided by the Brown Club) overlooking beautiful scenery of the Santa Cruz mountains. You are welcome to bring something to share.
Nestled high up in the northern reaches of the Santa Cruz Mountains, and surrounded by historic vineyards, the Monte Bello Estate offers an unparalleled opportunity to experience our exceptional single-vineyard wines.
Located at 2,300 feet in the northern reaches of the Santa Cruz Mountains. The drive up Montebello Road is a winding route that occasionally becomes a single lane. (check out the link above for more driving details)
Hosted by: BCSV Executive Committee & Board Member: Naeem Zafar '81
Come join us at Book Inc. Our fellow Alumna Mathangi Subramanian '02 is the author & guest speaker!
Award-winning Indian American writer Mathangi Subramanian reads her critically-acclaimed debut novel, A People's History of Heaven, one of LitHub's most anticipated books of 2019.“The language [takes] on a musicality that is in sharp contrast to the bleak setting...refreshing...a strong debut." - The New York Times Book Review.
In the tight-knit community known as Heaven, a ramshackle slum hidden between luxury high-rises in Bangalore, India, five girls on the cusp of womanhood forge an unbreakable bond. Muslim, Christian, and Hindu; queer and straight; they are full of life, and they love and accept one another unconditionally. When the local government threatens to demolish their tin shacks in order to build a shopping mall, the girls and their mothers refuse to be erased. Together they wage war on the bulldozers sent to bury their homes, and, ultimately, on the city that wishes that families like them would remain hidden forever.
Elegant, poetic, and vibrant, A People's History of Heaven takes a clear-eyed look at adversity and geography--and dazzles in its depiction of these women's fierceness and determination not just to survive, but to triumph.
Partnered by Miki Yoshida, '02, Board Member
Join BCSF and pick your own cherries, apricots and peaches! Ticket price includes a tour of the farm stand, the store/museum, the orchard, and the packing and drying facilities. It will cover the history of fruit, history of agriculture in the Santa Clara Valley, fruit growing, marketing, & varieties. Your guide will lead you on your Harvest Walk through the orchard. You're welcome to savor firsthand the various fruits that are ripe at the time. Guests are welcome to pick as much fruit as they would like using the provided buckets, and the harvest will be weighed per pound for payment upon exit. Also enjoy the confections, jams, jellies, and artwork available at Andy's Country Store! Please come prepared for the intense summer sun of Morgan Hill, CA.
BCSF Link: Andy's Orchard
Join us to kick off the summer season as we welcome the Class of 2019 and Summer Interns. Enjoy a celebratory evening of conversation and networking and meet the newest Brunonians in the area. We will have light refreshments out on the patio.
Come form new connections with fellow Brunonians as well as provide answers and tips to our new grads and interns arriving in Silicon Valley. Join us, Thu Jun 20 from 6:00-8pm PT.
Hosted by David Sabel, '86, Exec Comm BCSV
Every day brings new headlines about “cybersecurity” – from stolen credit cards to rumors of nation-states circumventing safety controls at major utilities. Ever wonder what these cyber-threats actually looked like, who was behind them (and why), and what you should be doing to protect yourself? Come join us for a presentation and open Q&A session led by Brown alum and head of the Threat Operations Center at the industry-leading cybersecurity company Proofpoint, Kevin Epstein, as he talks about today’s reality on the internet and how you can stay safe.
Kevin Epstein, a Brown undergrad (ScB, High Energy Physics) and Stanford MBA, is a Silicon Valley executive and author who teaches at Stanford and likes scaring his extended family into staying off the internet. His favorite recent memory on the topic of Cybersecurity is lecturing to George Shultz and staff during Fleet Week on envisioning the aftermath of open cyberwar. “Based on what I saw at Livermore Labs, cyberwar makes an EMP look mild.” Also, there will be pizza.
A Joint Event with Brown & Penn Club of Silicon Valley:
Real Estate Investments with Gabrielle Dahms
Entrepreneurship and real estate investing go hand in hand. Both coin millionaires and billionaires around the globe -- they have throughout history.
Further, socio-economic and societal trends influence real estate investing. How does understanding the larger picture inform real estate investors? What do they need to know? How do real estate investors achieve success?
Join the Penn & Brown Clubs of Silicon Valley for an evening discussion with Gabrielle Dahms, a long-time real estate professional and investor who also holds a master’s in history. We’ll explore how property investors can capitalize on emerging trends to generate large incomes in real estate and how investing in these trends allow you to make a difference while making a profit. The discussion is based on Ms. Dahms’ book How Trends Make You A Smarter Investor.
Get the holiday weekend started early with your fellow Brown alums at Beer Stein Garden in Mountain View! Join us, Thu May 23 from 6-8:00pm PT.
Register FREE Here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/happy-hour-brown-club-silicon-…
Location: 895 Villa St, Mountain View, CA 94041
Hosted by Cynthia Harvey, '05, Exec Comm BCSV
Come help distribute groceries to families in need at Second Harvest Food Bank's monthly food distribution. The event is held at the Goodwill of Silicon Valley at 1080 N. 7th St, San Jose, CA 95112 on Tue May 21 from 8-12:00pm PT.
Location: Goodwill of Silicon Valley
Volunteer hours are from 8:00 until 12:00pm PT, you can come from any window within that time, but volunteers are most needed from the hours of 8-10:00am PT.
To sign up, email Bebe at email@example.com with your full name, contact information, and number of hours you plan on volunteering. Please let her know you are with the Brown Silicon Valley Alumni Club.
Sign in at the lobby to get a name tag that morning of the food distribution.
Hosted by Cynthia Harvey, '05, Exec Comm BCSV
Join us for an evening of thought-provoking discussion with Brown's very own, David and Marianna Fisher University Professor of International Relations, Rose McDermott.
Although both the idea and the reality of so-called fake news or disinformation campaigns long precede the Trump administration, the frequency, and intensity of the discussion around its prevalence and influence have increased significantly since Donald Trump took office. In an era when technological innovations support increasingly inexpensive and easy ways to produce media that looks official, the ability to separate real from artificial has become increasingly complicated and difficult. Some of the responsibility for public manipulation certainly rests with those who present false or artificial information as real. However, their relative success depends, at least in part, on universal psychological processes that often make humans susceptible to believing things that are not true. For example, people often weigh emotional feelings more heavily than abstract facts in their decision making. This discussion examines the psychological foundations that render individuals susceptible to a post-truth media environment and allow it to emerge, escalate, and persist.
Calling all recent grads, come out for a casual meet + greet dinner at Sweetgreen on Castro. Great opportunity to meet other alum in the area and learn about cool opportunities.
Reserve a spot via Eventbrite LINK.
Organized by Elizabeth Weber ‘14
Get a jump on your weekend! We invite you all to come out, meet fellow Silicon Valley alums and try out a great new spot to eat on the Peninsula. Opened about a year ago, State of Mind is rated 4.5/5.0 on Yelp and features award winning pizza and more, plus a highly curated assortment of craft beers.
This is an informal, no agenda gathering. The bill is split among attendees.
Date: Thur, Jan 31st, 2019
101 Plaza N, Los Altos, CA 94022
From the restaurant's website: (link)
We were awarded World’s Best Non-traditional Pizza at the 2017 International Pizza Expo. We make our pizza with slow proofed dough, California cheese, and organic Bianco Dinapoli tomato sauce. However, we aren’t just a pizzeria; State of Mind offers much more. We have a diverse menu with plates to share, fresh salads, sandwiches, wings and a few desserts. We make our food from scratch by hand, featuring local ingredients.
Please sign up with this link.
Organized by David Sabel '86, P'17, '19, BCSV Board Member
Our world is going through a profound change right now. Various forces are about to reshape the world as we know it. This lecture analyzes a lot of data and presents a cogent argument based on current trends, demographics, technology and geopolitical tensions that are reshaping the future. What role will America play and what can we expect over the next 100 years. This talk is bound to open minds and challenge your beliefs.
The Lecture will be given by Naeem Zafar '81, who has spoken frequently on this topic. Light refreshments will be provided.
Please enter from the back parking lot or through the storefront on Broadway (if its still open). You’ll find an authentic style German Beer Garten, with community tables and a great selection of German & craft beers and ciders on tap. Wines and many additional beers and cider available in bottles. Typical German kitchen with giant Bretzels and other fare to sustain your thirst for more beer. (Oh did I mention the beer?) Many additional restaurants are within walking distance if German food ain't your thang. Thu, Nov 8 @ 6:30 PM - Wear your Brown swag.
Our Friends at the Brown Club of San Francisco have extended the invite to their upcoming event! So please join us for a Happy Hour to welcome Athletic Director Jack Hayes to the Bay Area! Hosted at DPR Construction's beautiful SF office, we will gather with other alumni as Jack provides an update on the athletic campaign and gives a state of the union for Brown University Athletics. He'll also be pumping everyone up for the following Friday Brown Bears football game at Cal Poly!
Wednesday, September 12
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Questions? Please contact Cory H. Abbe at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit Brown Athletics State of the Union from Athletic Director Jack Hayes for more details.
Join your fellow Cornellians, Ivy League alumni, friends and guests for a private pre-screening of Crazy Rich Asians!
The story follows native New Yorker Rachel Chu as she accompanies her longtime boyfriend, Nick Young, to his best friend’s wedding in Singapore. Excited about visiting Asia for the first time but nervous about meeting Nick’s family, Rachel is unprepared to learn that Nick has neglected to mention a few key details about his life.
Seats are limited so register today!
Cost: $14.50 per person
Time: Doors open at 7:30pm, screening begins at 8:00pm
Location: Cinemark Redwood Downtown 20 & XD, 825 Middlefield Rd, Redwood City, CA 94063 (within walking distance of Redwood City Caltrain Station)
Questions: John Lin '93
Table for 8 is back. Please join seven other Brown Alumni and friends for an informal evening -- try one of the best Middle Eastern restaurants in the South Bay. We will share some food, a couple of us may bring a bottle of wine to share, and we divide up the bill at the end. Good conversation, exchange of views, and some old-fashioned reminiscing.
- Amy Banse is the Managing Director and Head Of Funds at Comcast Ventures. She created the fund from the ground up and has been running it for nearly a decade. She will speak about her path to building the fund as well as the various tactical lessons learned from being closely aligned with a $150B MKT cap company in the investment process.
- We hope to bring together women across various investing disciplines (both public and private equity) to share both their experiences in industry and to discuss investment strategies, ideas and lessons.
- Tables will be organized by investment focus (Hedge Fund, Venture Capital, Private Equity, etc.) and where possible industry (software, biotech, etc.)
In partnership with Caliva, please join us in a special tour and information session at the nation’s top-rated dispensary on Friday, April 27th from 4-6pm at Caliva HQ! Our host, Caliva, will offer guidance on the current state of cannabis in California, share insight as to how Caliva has become one of the industry’s top leaders, review the latest product trends and innovations, and answer questions and inquiries attendees might have about medicinal and adult-use. Brown Alumni will be welcomed with a special, one-time discount for in-store purchases. No cannabis may be consumed on site at Caliva, but all attendees are invited to enjoy beers and food at Hermitage, the adjacent brewery behind Caliva’s facility after the tour.
Sign Up Here!
We started Caliva because we believe strongly in the medicinal and wellness applications of cannabis. From inception, our goal has been to establish a regulated, safe and consistent source of cannabis for our patients – both through our award-winning dispensary in San Jose (ranked #1 in the nation by Business Insider) and through our network of wholesale partners.
Our facility is one of the most advanced pharmaceutical-grade cannabis cultivating, manufacturing and dispensing facilities in the country and a model for energy efficiency, safe access, and compliance. We believe strongly in a medical cannabis industry that is well regulated, highly professional, and rigorously secure and we look forward to delivering that level of trust and compliance to you and your patients.
Spring Fling is back!
Co-hosted by the Silicon Valley Brown Club and the Brown Annual Fund, come join us for a night of friends, food, drinks and a LIVE performance by Dave Binder on Friday, April 6, 2018.
We'll also be raffling off a bag of Brown gear for those updating their contact information with the Silicon Valley club.
While this is Brown's premier Young Alumni networking event, all classes are welcome.
These Brown Annual Fund donor appreciation events are FREE including a complimentary drink ticket!*
Tied House (Apr 6, 8:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m).
*Brown Annual Fund Donors receive a second drink ticket FREE!
The school doesn’t teach you how to thrive in the job market. You may notice that some people seem to get all of the promotions and juicy projects, even if they’re no smarter than you. What do they know that you don’t? What will put your career on the fast track in your current job? What is your career path, and how can you reach your professional goals faster?
This workshop offers eight essential skills and techniques that will boost your career, presented by an instructor who distills his 25 successful years in corporate America and extensive entrepreneurial research into an effective strategy for your professional ascent.
Presented by Naeem Zafar '81, Professor of the Practice at Brown University and UC Berkeley.
*$5 admission to cover food (pizza!) cost.
Organized by Naeem Zafar '81 BCSV Board Member.
Naeem Zafar has been teaching Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of California, Berkeley since 2005. He is also a Professor of the Practice at BrownUniversity. Naeem is also a serial entrepreneur and currently the co-founder and CEO of TeleSense, a company creating a solution in the Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) space. Previously he co-founded and served as the CEO of Bitzer Mobile, an enterprise security and mobility company that was acquired by Oracle in November 2013. His first job out of Brown University with a degree in electrical engineering was to design chips and electronic systems. Naeem has authored five books on entrepreneurship on topics ranging from conducting market research to seeking the right funding to successful ways to start a business. Information can be found on www.NaeemZafar.com.
What is the most effective process that a startup should follow to seek funding? What are the sources and which one is right given the stage of the startup? Should one approach Angels investors, VCs or seek crowd-funding or Accelerators? How do you negotiate with the investors? What is the role that a Board of Directors plays? What exactly do you need to have before you should approach investors?
These questions and myriad others will be explained in simple language to anyone hoping to chart their own course by starting a business
Organized by Naeem Zafar '81 BCSV Board Member.
Naeem Zafar has been teaching Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of California, Berkeley since 2005. He is also a Professor of the Practice at Brown University. Naeem is also a serial entrepreneur and currently the co-founder and CEO of TeleSense, a company creating a solution in the Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) space. Previously he co-founded and served as the CEO of Bitzer Mobile, an enterprise security and mobility company that was acquired by Oracle in November 2013. His first job out of Brown University with a degree in electrical engineering was to design chips and electronic systems. Naeem has authored five books on entrepreneurship on topics ranging from conducting market research to seeking the right funding to successful ways to start a business. Information can be found on www.NaeemZafar.com.
One of the greatest questions of science and society is 'Are we alone?' Is the life that we know all there is, or is there much more out there? While scientists are investigating this question from many directions, this talk will focus on our search for evidence of life on Mars. Mars is the most Earth-like planet in our solar system and has had environments that would have easily supported life as know it. The critical question is if it ever did. If life can form anytime the right environment is present, we would expect life to exist throughout the universe. If not, then we are all the more special.
Join J.R. Skok, a planetary scientist at the SETI Institute and Brown Class of '09/ '13 on his journey to develop a mission to find evidence of life on Mars. Using NASA satellite data, J.R. discovered one of the two known hot spring deposits on Mars. These springs deposits are ideally suited for developing life, preserving it and showing us where it finds it. All we need to do now is make the mission and send it. J.R. has traveled to spring systems around the world to understand how they work and what a mission would need to do. Springs in Iceland and Chile are being used to understand what we should look for. J.R. will share his journey to these springs and he will develop a mission to explore the spring deposits on Mars for evidence of life.
J.R. Skok, has been fortunate to embed exploration into his life for both work and play. He works as a planetary scientist who explores Mars and Mars-like places on Earth, when not doing that, he is often mapping caves to relax. He has been part of NASA's Mars Exploration Rover and Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter mission teams while at Cornell and Brown University and now works with the SETI Institute and NASA Ames to lead the development of a mission to find life in ancient Martian hot springs. In order to get a better understanding of the geologic processes seen on Mars, he has worked in analog environments including Antarctica, Iceland, the Andes, Hawaii, Spain, Northern Quebec and more, with each location offering a new specific insight into what made Mars.
The Brown Club of Silicon Valley Presents
Table for 8 Dinner - #11
We invite you all to come socialize and try new cuisine at an informal, no-agenda gathering. Feel free to bring a bottle of wine to share and we will all split the bill. This restaurant gets a 4.4 star (out of 5) recommendation on Open Table
Organized by Naeem Zafar '81 BCSV Board Member.
Please RSVP here:
Please join us for an evening discussion with a panel of experts to hear about the jobs, roles, and skills that they expect will be in high demand in the future.
The panel of experts includes:
(1) Mark Settle, CIO, Okta (Brown PhD, Geological Science)
(2) Elizabeth Patterson, Chief Talent Officer, Mohr Davidow Ventures
(3) Chief Human Resources Officer, TBD
(4) Sean Ness, Director, The Institute for the Future
The event will be held at BoxHQ in Redwood City, on the evening of August 9th. You'll have an opportunity, over light refreshments, to meet other alumni, students, the Club officers, and the distinguished panelists. No matter what stage of your career you're in, this event is designed to help you to support your professional development and growth.
The Brown Club of Silicon Valley Presents
Table for 8 Dinner - #10
We invite you all to come socialize and try new cuisine at an informal, no-agenda gathering. Feel free to bring a bottle of wine to share and we will all split the bill. This restaurant gets a 94% recommendation on Open Table
(From the restaurant)
Now open in downtown Palo Alto, Burma Ruby Burmese Cuisine Burmese cuisine. Chefs Win Tin formerly of Burma Superstars locations in Oakland and Alameda respectively, will jointly be heading up the kitchen at the new Burma Ruby venue.
Organized by Naeem Zafar '81 BCSV Board Member.
Register for the Dinner here:
Enjoy at 3 mile loop hike followed by a wine tasting/picnic at the Picchetti Winery. Meet at the Picchetti Winery parking lot at 9:45AM. We will start hiking the Zinfandel/Orchard Loop trails at 10AM and should be back at the winery picnic grounds by 11:30AM for tastings. Tastings are $15 for a flight of 5 wines. Picchetti Winery does not serve food, so bring your own picnic lunch. Families are welcome.
Contact Miki at email@example.com for more information.