C-Circle – 2017 Trends in Technology – What the Race to Develop New Technologies Means for Your Business

Date: Thursday, May 25, 2017
Time: 8:00am-10:00am
Location: Morgan Lewis
1400 Page Mill Road
Palo Alto, CA 94304

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2017 Trends in Technology
What the Race to Develop New Technologies Means for Your Business

In 2017, the pace of technological change continues to accelerate. We are inundated by a plethora of buzzwords representing new technologies such as “AI”, autonomous vehicles, “VR/AR”, IoT, physical-digital integration, predictive enterprise and many others.

Please join us for a lively discussion of 2017 Trends in Technology and what these trends mean for your business.

  • Will the trend toward an increasing amount of digital interaction as opposed to physical interaction continue?
  • In a digitized world, have businesses made the digital transformation?
  • Are the current operating and management models sufficient in an environment where a poor customer review can go viral and Tesla can update products overnight?
  • In an environment where technologies are changing so fast, what is the role of human capital?
  • What should the focus of human capital be?
  • What is the state of “advanced” analytics?
  • Is it true that instead of just meeting customer needs, businesses must now anticipate them?
  • What is the “predictive enterprise”?
  • Does the typical company have the IT infrastructure to adapt, implement and utilize the new technologies?
  • With respect to the convenience and speed provided by technologies, are the lines dividing what we want as consumers and as employees and entrepreneurs breaking down?
  • In light of recent trends in technologies and customer demands, what are companies doing to “WOW” their customers?
  • What is the state of the “Internet of Things” and the smart home?
  • Where do you see the applications for virtual reality and augmented reality going?
  • What is machine learning? Will machine learning expand to a broad base of consumer applications?
  • How are businesses responding to an “everything on demand” world?
  • Are we likely to see more physical-digital integration such as on-line shopping and in-store pickup?
  • Are autonomous vehicles the cure for our traffic problems? How far away are they?
  • Will Internet “bots” move beyond simple chat applications to impact businesses in more profound ways?


Guest Experts


Rajiv Ranjan

Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer
Avalanche Technology

Dr. Rajiv Ranjan is Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer at Avalanche Technology, a developer and manufacturer of high-performance nvRAM memory products for embedded and stand-alone, and related system solutions. Avalanche Technology products are for consumer, enterprise, industrial and military applications, and are ideally suited for system-on-chips (SOC) products for mobile applications, high-performance solid-state drives for cloud-storage as well as internet-of-things (IoT).

Rajiv has more than 25 years experience in the data storage and semiconductor industry, and has held executive positions at Seagate, Western Digital and Control Data.

Rajiv was recognized by the United States Congress in 2005 for his leadership in Science, Technology and Commerce. He received his PhD. in Materials Science and Engineering from Iowa State University/ USDOE-Ames Lab.

Rajiv has been issued more than 200 US and worldwide patents on semiconductor, data-storage, memory and related system technologies.


Robert H. Lee

Resident Fellow in Law, Science & Technology
Stanford University

Robert H. Lee is a resident fellow in Law, Science & Technology at Stanford. He has worked both as an entrepreneur and a technology lawyer in Silicon Valley. He has served as CEO of Fly Online (e-commerce), which was acquired by Travelzoo, and VP of Intellevate (enterprise software), which was acquired by CPA Global. Robert has his JD/MBA from UC Berkeley (where he is also minored in EECS) and his BS/BA from Yale University.

Robert believes that ML & AI will soon be eating the world, much like software is doing. He is particularly interested in the application of machine learning to life sciences applications such as bioinformatics, digital health, and synthetic biology. Robert is a published author in the field of physiology and was a judge for F50.io’s 2016 report on Artificial Intelligence. He is also an instructor with Performance Freediving.




James C. Chapman

Rimon P.C.

Jim is a corporate, venture capital and mergers and acquisitions attorney who has been practicing law in Silicon Valley for 30 years. During his career, he has been involved in over 300 mergers, acquisitions and finance transactions. He was also an early pioneer in representing companies in cross border transactions between the US and China.