SVCE Events - Fall 2023


Entrepreneurship in the Age of AI

When: Monday, September 11, 2023
Time: 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. (PT)
Where: Washington Square Hall, Room 109
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Speaker: Sabeer Bhatia, CEO & Co-Founder,, ShowReel

Speaker's Bio

Sabeer BhatiaSabeer Bhatia is a technology entrepreneur who co-founded webmail company Hotmail on July 4, 1996. Hotmail was the first free Web-based email service. It gave users the ability to access their inboxes from anywhere in the world. As president and CEO, Bhatia led Hotmail until its eventual acquisition by Microsoft in 1998 for an estimated $400 million. Bhatia worked at Microsoft for one year after the Hotmail acquisition and in April 1999, left Microsoft to start another venture, Arzoo Inc., an e-commerce firm. He then started a free messaging service called JaxtrSMS and several other ventures, including InstaColl, a collaboration software business, Sabse Technologies, a mobile wireless startup, and one that applied the Internet of Things to agriculture. His latest venture, ShowReel, is a social video messaging platform that helps people create video resumes. ShowReel seeks to use the short video format to connect job seekers with employers, entrepreneurs with venture capitalists, and patients with doctors.

Bhatia was born in India. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology and a Master’s degree from Stanford University. 

SVCE Events - Spring 2023

Unaffordable Housing in Silicon Valley: Causes and Innovative Solutions

When: Thursday, May 11, 2023
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Where: On Zoom
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Unaffordable Housing in Silicon Valley Panelists: Luis Plazola, Shishir Mathur, Jordan Weinberg, Robert Chapman Wood


Entrepreneurial Decision-Making

When: Monday, March 20, 2023
Time: 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Where: SJSU Student Union Theater
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Speaker: Vinita Gupta, Founder, CEO, Author

Speaker's Bio

Vinita GuptaVinita Gupta is a Silicon Valley Startup CEO, Entrepreneur, Writer/Journalist, and Bridge Champion. She co-founded Digital Link Corporation and was the Chairperson and CEO for almost 20 years — from inception to retirement. Silicon India magazine credited Vinita for being the first woman of Indian origin to take her company public in the US. She is a Bridge Champion with three National Titles.

Vinita received her Bachelor of Engineering in Electronic and Communications from IIT Roorkee, India and her Master in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles. She was awarded two US Patents in the field of telecommunications.

Vinita is also a critical observer of how we raise girls so they become confident dreamers, and aspire to reach their full potential. She has two daughters. She serves on boards of Palo Alto Medical Foundation; Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, The Stanford Center for Asian Health Research and Education, and Council of Trustee - TiE Silicon Valley.

Secrets to Entrepreneurial Success

When: Monday, February 20, 2023
Time: 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Where: SJSU Student Union, Rooms 4A & 4B
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Speaker: Jay Fulcher, 3x CEO, Author, Entrepreneur, Advisor, VC

Speaker's Bio

Jay FulcherJay Fulcher's experience as a 3x CEO includes leading both public and private global tech companies. In 2021, Wiley published Jay’s book “People Operations: Automate HR, Design A Great Employee Experience, and Unleash Your Workforce” which became a WSJ and 5x best-seller. Jay is the former Chairman & CEO at Zenefits, a market leading and award winning cloud HCM, Payroll and Employee Benefits platform serving tens of thousands of small and mid-sized businesses (SMB). Previously, he was CEO of Ooyala, a groundbreaking online video company, prior to which he was CEO of Agile Software (Nasdaq: AGIL), an enterprise software company that pioneered the product lifecycle management (PLM) category. Jay also held senior executive roles at PeopleSoft (President, EVP, GM), Red Pepper Software (SVP) and SAP (VP) and has helped start and scale dozens of successful startups. Jay advises founders and CEO’s, and invests in startups, as a Partner at Cheyenne Ventures. He is a member of the Global Leadership Council for the San Jose State University Lucas Graduate School and College of Business.