The Hon. Luman Faily, Iraqi Ambassador to the U.S., spoke at a lunch about the challenges Iraq faces in uniting its disparate tribal communities. Thousands of years of tradition, conflict and shifting alliances make for a very different country than the history that created the U.S. A businessman who was formerly Iraq’s ambassador to Japan, Ambassador Faily has a personality refreshingly candid for a diplomat.
Heard last night at the Band of Angels dinner about a startup that can detect and identify sounds. Similar to GE’s technology that detects and alerts police to gunshots this technology can detect truck, automobile and other sounds. Interesting way to surveil a secured location … both inside and out.
Recently heard Malcolm “MK” Palmore, FBI Special Agent in Charge of the Cyber Branch of the San Francisco Division speak on the various cyber threats facing the US and how the FBI is identifying, investigating and helping defend against them. Interesting how the federal government can offer companies a sophisticated forensic analysis of cyber intrusions. Yet so many companies decline the government’s help. A Naval Academy graduate with almost 20 years with the FBI, you can te
Spoke on a technology licensing panel with Meredith McKenzie, Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at Juniper Networks. Always fun to hear the large enterprise side of licensing when I spend so much time on the startup side. The jousting which inevitably occurs in negotiations between small and large companies is often due to the startups often inability to perform financially onerous obligations. Often because they don’t have the money!