News & Events


Upcoming Events
Wednesday February 22, 2012 - Naeem will be speaking at the Genetech Hall in San Franscico on Demystifying Venture Capital and How to Raise Money.  Part of the Idea to IPO series.  
Thursday March 28, 2012 -  Naeem will be presenting "Case Study - Keeping Momentum:  Founder to CEO" at the MIT Global Startup Workshop in Instanbul. Click here for more info.  


Past Events

December 8, 2011 - Mei Lin will be attending "Women Entrepreneurs' 11" as part of a TEDxBayArea event hosted by Cisco. Read more
November 15-16, 2011 -  Mei Lin presented visual journalism at Knowledge Federation Workshop Barcelona
September 25 - 27, 2011 - Mei Lin Fung covered The Health 2.0 2011 Conference for FutureTalk in San Francisco. This is the leading showcase of cutting-edge innovation transforming the health care system. Since its beginning in 2007, Health 2.0 has served as a community resource for search and online tools to help consumers manage their health and connect to provers. Now that the industry has caught up, Health 2.0 covers the entire cloud, web, mobile and unplatforms technology revolution that is shaking up every sector of health care.
July 21 - 22, 2011 - South Asian DIASPORA Convention 2011; Mei Lin Fung was invited to attend the inaugural South Asian Diaspora Convention. This event brought together intellectuals, business and industry leaders as well as policymakers to celebrate the success of the diaspora, spread worldwide. The convention provided an excellent opportunity to interact with the South Asian diaspora.Read more
July 19 - 24, 2011 - GEPI (Global Entrepreneurship Program Indonesia); Promoting Entrepreneurship between the U.S. And Indonesia: American and Indonesian business leaders inspire local startups, ISOE's CEO Naeem Zafar was part of a 13 person panelist, invited along with US secretary of state, Hillary Clinton to attend The Global Entrepreneurship Program Indonesia (GEPI). This conference aimed to catalyze Indonesia's entrepreneurship strategies by working in partnership with existing programs and linking aspiring Indonesian entrepreneurs to global developments and investment prospects.PicturesRead more
July 14, 2011 - The Triple Helix IX International Conference at Stanford University, Using serious gaming to facilitate a collabortion of Academia, Goverment and Industry. Trilicious is a fascinating and challenging game of innovation and strategy in which groups of players use their knowledge of the Triple Helix of University-Industry-Government interactions to create the best possible solutions to a variety of complex problems. Read more
March 18, 2011 - TEDxBay Area, Mountain View CA; Measuring The Impact of Collaboration: A fireside chat with John Hagel, John Hagel & Esteban Kolsky talked about measuring the impact of collaboration. Come hear John explain first hand how the project came about, what went into creating the methodology, results and conclusions. Mei Lin Fung is the co-founder of TEDxBay Area.Read more
February 3, 2011 –Sunnyvale,  CEO TALKS: LESSONS LEARNED Assembling the right team may just be the most difficult part of starting a scalable company. There is right way to screen for talent and attract the right people and then keep them motivated to perform at their highest level.  Two entrepreneurs with a dozen companies between them and several CEO gigs and exits tackle this topic and provide you with their insights about the art of creating high performing teams.  Other topics include off-shore team complexities, advisory boards and need for personal coaches.  Please join Naeem Zafar and Safwan Shah to this incredible chat. 
February 23, 2011 – Future Talk show with Rebecca Costa, author of Watchman's Rattle - Her book Watchman’s Rattle connects the dots between crime, oil prices, Wall Street, global warming, nuclear waste and childhood violence. The book got great reviews, one review by says “This book is a fascinating study on how the brain works and how, in the face of complex challenges, our society can survive despite our intelligence being outpaced by our problems. Also Actor Harrison Ford in an effort joined science writer Rebecca D. Costa and E.O. Wilson, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Harvard biology professor, to announce the creation of a $10,000 writing award.
January 26, 2011 – Future Talk show about Tesla Motors - Tesla makes the best electric cars and electric power trains in the world. Tesla technology offers the most efficient path to a sustainable energy future. No hybrids. No hydrogen. No hype. Watch shows online. You can also attend the show by filling out this form. There is limited space available. For people interested in being part of the discussion around the show, have them comment at theNews Blog at 
January 15, 2011 – Future Talk show about Ted Women Conference in Palo Alto, with conference organizers and speakers Tatyana Kanzaveli and Francine Gordon. Also features on location interviews with several conference speakers, including California secretary of state Debra Bowen. Watch show online
November 16, 2010- Mountain view, CA: Mei Lin Fung is the co- organizer for Ted x Bay Area event – With Jeffrey Pfeffer as the guest speaker. JEFFREY PFEFFER is the Thomas D. Dee II Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University where he has taught since 1979.Get more details by clicking here
December 1, 2010 – Algeria: Naeem Zafar will be conducting a “Workshop on starting business. Lessons from Silicon Valley”. The conference will feature business leaders of the North African Diaspora, along with U.S. business leaders and entrepreneurs. Read more
December 2, 2010 – Brussels, Belgium: Naeem Zafar will be the keynote speaker at the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). The topic of the conference is: “The role of the EIT in the Education Landscape”
December 8, 2010 – Los Altos, CA: Mei Lin is the co-organizer for TEDxBayarea, TEDWomen event. Hundreds of Silicon Valley’s most impassioned TEDx fans will come together for a day of networking & dialogue surrounding the role of Women in all aspects of life. Read more
October 16, 2010 – Dallas, TX: Naeem Zafar Speaking at TiE annual conference in Dallas this Saturday (Oct 16) - Mastering the Transition from Founder to CEO

October 13, 2010- Palo Alto CA : FutureTalk show, featuring Mei Lin Fung and  David Sibbet as guests talking about Silicon Valley and Government 

October 7, 2010 – Minas Gerais, Brazil : Workshop at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG)- Naeem Zafar will represent ISOE and speak on how the “new social networks can be used as marketing tools and to connect vendors, partners, employees and most importantly, clients”
October 6, 2010 - Minas Gerais, Brazil :  Workshop at Dom Cabral Foundation (FDC)-Naeem Zafar will speak on the theme “ Corporate venturing: Entrepreneurship and new business with the support of large corporations”

October 6, 2010 - Minas Gerais, Brazil: Opening of INOVATEC fair - Naeem Zafar will be the keynote speaker on the theme of “Innovation to Production: Transforming Ideas into Business”. INOVATEC fair is the largest event for disclosure and encouragement of technological innovation in Brazil

October 5, 2010 – Mountain view, CA : Ted x Bay Area event- Main idea of the event is “ Un common Wisdom about Energy- What is and is not dangerous and what are the best options” Read more
October 3-6, 2010 - Dubrovnik, Croatia: Mei Lin Fung will be participating in the “2nd International Workshop on Knowledge Federation”. The idea of the workshop is to develop a means by which more people can participate in the social processes that enable to learn from each other and distill collective knowledge and experience.
September 23, 2010 - Santa Cruz CA: Mei Lin Fung will be speaking at the “Women in Business Leadership Forum”, on social entrepreneurship and how to turn a value-centered idea into a successful entity. Mei Lin Fung, a social entrepreneur from Palo Alto, urged those in attendance to figure out what they can do to make this a better world. She told the story of her grandfather's grandfather, who was shanghaied to South America to work in a sugar plantation, and her grandfather, who was tortured after Singapore fell to Japan during World War II. "Generations have sacrificed for me to be here," she said. "I don't want to be the weak link in the chain. ... It's important for people who are shy, like me, to step up." Lea Haratani of the Santa Cruz County Resource Conservation District called Fung's global perspective "intimate and profound," adding, "I think that's the wave of the future." Read more
September 16, 2010 – Washington DC: By invitation only. 
September 8, 2010 - Santa Clara CA:   Naeem Zafar was the keynote speaker at TiE Silicon Valley, “Founder to CEO, Mastering the Transition”  Experienced entrepreneur who did manage this transition on more than one occasion enlightened on how you can master role of a CEO.Read more
July 5,20101- Belgium:  Naeem Zafar animated a workshop on “The Seven Steps to a Successful Startup”  .The event was hosted by TiE Brussels
July ,2010 - Chicago, Amsterdam, London : Naeem Zafar at the boot camp hosted by E-factor
June 2010 – Mountain view, CA: TedxBayarea event , Naeem Zafar was a keynote speaker. 
June 10, 2010 - Mountain View CA:  Naeem Zafar spoke on "Accelerating Your Career: Eight Essential Skills" Hosted by IIKTA West Coast chapter. Read more 

June 2, 2020, Palo Alto, CA Mei Lin Fung’s Future Talk Episode on Designing the Math Education of the FutureMaintaining a highly technological society requires a very well educated workforce, especially in Math and Science. Host Martin Wasserman speaks with Peter Friess is President and CEO of the Tech Museum of Innovation, which is actively engaged in promoting better math education. Keith Devlin is director of Stanford’s H-STAR Institute, winner of the 2007 Carl Sagan Award for popularization of science, “the math guy” on National Public Radio, and the author of 28 books. Salman Khan is the creator of Khan Academy, a one man Internet venture that aims to provide free, world class education to anyone anywhere. His 1400+ instructional videos have garnered more than 16 million views, strongly outpacing MIT’s Open Courseware and the University of Phoenix online education sites.

May 5, Palo Alto, CA Mei Lin Fung’s Future Talk Episode on Training 21st Century JournalistsSince most of us get most of our information from the media, it’s important to know how future journalists are being trained. Host Martin Wasserman looks at the journalism program at Palo Alto High School, one of the largest and most innovative programs of its type in the U.S. Esther Wojcicki founded the program about 25 years ago and has played a central role in its growth and success ever since. She blogs regularly for the Huffington Post, has won numerous teaching awards, including California Teacher of the Year. Paul Kandell is a highly acclaimed teacher who was named 2009 National Journalism Teacher of the Year by the Dow Jones Newspaper Fund
April 2010, Palo Alto, CA Mei Lin Fung’s Future Talk episode on Singularity UniversitySingularity University is based on the idea that technology is accelerating at an exponential pace, and that it’s necessary to train a cadre of leaders who can understand this technology and steer it in the right direction, so it can be used to solve Mankind’s most pressing problems, without creating more and bigger problems in the process. Host Martin Wasserman goes on-site to find out what its all about, talking with graduates of the university who outpaced a field of hundreds to get a place.
Host Martin Wasserman takes a look at Health 2.0, an emerging approach to health care that uses Internet technology and social networking software to make people better informed about their own health concerns, and more active participants in their own health treatment. Guests are Thomas Goetz, Executive Editor of WIRED Magazine and author of “The Decision Tree”, and Jennifer McCabe, co-founder and CEO of Contagion Health
February 2010, Palo Alto, CA Mei Lin Fung’s Future Talk episode on NanotechnologyHost Martin Wasserman investigates nanotechnology, the science of manipulating objects on an atomic scale. Technology forecaster and research director at the Lifeboat Foundation Brian Wang, and managing partner at Cleantech Circle and founder of the MIT-Stanford-Berkeley Nanotechnology Forum Wasiq Bokhari, discuss the latest advances in nanotech, practical uses of this new science, environmental issues of nanotech, and societal and ethical considerations.
January 2010, Palo Alto, CA Mei Lin Fung’s Future Talk episode on The Future of JournalismHost Martin Wasserman leads a discussion about the future of journalism in light of the new electronic communications. Many of the old models are journalism are becoming obsolete, and new models are being developed. David Nordfors, director of the Center for InnovationJournalism at Stanford University, and Tony Deifell, director of Q Media Labs and author of “The Big Thaw”, share their insights as to where we are headed
November 2009, Palo Alto, CA Mei Lin Fung’s Future Talk episode on The Semantic Web. Host Martin Wasserman looks at the Semantic Web, which is shaping up to be the next major step in the evolution of the World Wide Web. Cohost Jack Porter joins us to interview Nova Spivack, CEO of Radar Networks, Inc., whose Twine product is leading the way to the Semantic web.
October 2009, Palo Alto, CA Mei Lin Fung’s Future Talk episode on The Green Energy. Host Martin Wasserman takes a look at the US-CHINA GREEN ENERGY COUNCIL (UCGEC), a group of American and Chinese scientists, businessmen and academics working together to find ways for the two biggest industrial powers to produce greener energy.
September 2009, Palo Alto, CA Mei Lin Fung’s Future Talk episode on the Human Genome Research. Host Martin Wasserman leads a discussion with Stanford scientists about human genome research, including the latest scientific developments, the practical applications of genomics, and societal and ethical issues of genome research.


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