Summer 2017 Newsletter

Business Briefs Newsletter

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Mike Sinyard
Business alum and CEO of Specialized Bicycle Components, Mike Sinyard

At the end of May, SJSU conferred degrees upon more than 1500 Lucas College and Graduate School of Business (LCGSB) students. At the LCGSB convocation ceremonies, business alum and CEO of Specialized Bicycle Components, Mike Sinyard, shared his story and provided words of wisdom to our graduates and their family members and friends. At the university commencement ceremony, business alum Phil Boyce received an honorary doctorate.

We are delighted to see our alumni recognized for their many contributions and successes and pleased that our newest alumni continue to “power” Silicon Valley. Many are headed to work in some of the Bay Area’s most prestigious accounting firms, technology companies, financial services organizations and marketing agencies.  Congratulations Class of 2017!

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Media Apperances

Thomas Altura

Professor Thomas Altura of the School of Management was interviewed by CGTN America about Netflix expanding streaming services into China.

Karen Philbrick, executive director of the Mineta Transportation Institute was named one of the 2017 100 Women of Influence in Silicon Valley by the Silicon Valley Business Journal. 

Tax Professor Annette Nellen was interviewed by Bloomberg on tax issues facing technology companies.

Dr. Virick

Dr. Meg Virick, director of the School of Management was interviewed by NBC Bay Area on Uber leadership changes.

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Economic Summit
San Jose mayor Sam Liccardo speaking at the Economic Summit

Economic Summit

On Thursday June 1st, SJSU and The Lucas College’s Center for Banking and Financial Services held its annual Economic Summit presented by Bridge Bank in association with Hopkins and Carley. San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo and Dr. Christopher Thornberg of Beacon Economics were two of the panelists. There were several media articles published about the event including one in the Silicon Valley Business Journal.

 Silicon Valley Business Plan Competition

Silicon Valley Center forEntrepreneurship Business Plan Competition

On May 25, the finals of our Silicon Valley Business Plan competition were held. The top three prize winners:

1st prize (Bill Barton award of $10,000): Sam Lillie (2014) for Vinder

A peer-to-peer online community oriented marketplace connecting home gardeners, community gardens, and urban farms with community members looking for local produce.

2nd prize ($5,000 awarded by Valin Corp.): Bryan Dang (2016) for Syminar

Bringing Classrooms online in Virtual Reality, targeted at nursing students 

3rd prize ($2,500 awarded by Arlo Inc.): Joshua Beisiegel (2017), Audrey Yik ('17), Joy Yan, for Exceed

An online platform to make US college admissions more accessible to foreign students, particularly the Chinese market. 

In addition to the cash awards, the winners have received access to legal advice worth $1,000 from the Webb Law Firm to help them handle IP issues. They have also been invited to pitch at a local accelerator (Plug & Play Ventures) and offered support from another (ActionSpot). 

This year, we had 60 completed submissions. In total, 28 judges evaluated these submissions online or in person at the semifinals or finals. 

Business Plan Competition Spotlight

Last year’s 2nd prize winner, Hygiea, founded by Pratik Vyas (SJSU ‘15) and Saiman Shetty, has continued its upward trajectory. Excerpts from a brief Q&A with Mr. Shetty follow:

How has winning second place in the SVBPC helped you? After we won second place at the SVBPC we got serious about our business concept and realized we needed additional funding to make it a reality. We also recently received our first paid pilot with Flagship Inc. which was a direct result of an article in the SV Business Journal. This article was recommended by Plug n' Play who is a partner with the SJSU SVBPC.

What do you like most about Hygiea? Our mission is to reduce the waste from waste management. This is in terms of financial waste as well as literal waste. This is very exciting to me because as the global population grows, the current waste model cannot be sustained and will need to be addressed. 

What was an unexpected challenge? We were heavily focused on the tech aspect of the product and realized we did not have enough customer service data. We decided to gather more data and found it to be very useful as we developed the product. 

How do we learn more about Hygiea? Please go to and connect with us.  

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