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Vikram Jandhyala, innovation leader at UW, dies at 47

Vikram Jandhyala, who was the University of Washington's vice president for innovation strategy, was a vital link between UW and the region's technology community.
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Vikram Jandhyala, Champion of Innovation at UW and Beyond, Dies at 47

Vikram Jandhyala, who built bridges between academia and industry across the globe and at the University of Washington, where he taught and worked, has died, the school said Wednesday. He was 47.In a statement on UW’s website, President Ana Mari Cauce said authorities were investigating Jandhyala’s death as a suicide. He is survived by two sons, ages 7 and 5, who will be cared for by their mother, Suja Vaidyanathan, Cauce wrote.Over the years, Jandhyala worked in industry, as a professor, and a...
Tags: Startups, Microsoft, Trends, Tech, Research, Vc, Commercialization, Engineering, Seattle, Madrona Venture Group, University of Washington, UW, Tsinghua University, Milken Institute, Vikram Jandhyala, World Affairs Council


Seattle Week in Review: March for Science, MSFT Acquisition, CoMotion

This week, we’re looking forward to Saturday’s March for Science and back at Microsoft’s acquisition of Charles Simonyi’s Intentional Software; former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer’s new effort to inject facts into debate about government; potential changes to the high-skilled visa program and a new startup aimed at helping immigrants; a strong showing for the University of Washington in a tech transfer ranking; and more. Read on: —The March for Science is Saturday—Earth Day—and Seattle is ...
Tags: Startups, Microsoft, Washington, Immigration, Trends, People, Vc, Innovation, Steve Ballmer, Seattle, Open Data, University of Washington, Jay Inslee, Milken Institute, Charles Simonyi, Vikram Jandhyala


Startups: Get Free Tickets to Xconomy Intersect on Thursday

Thanks to our generous sponsors, Xconomy is able to provide complimentary tickets to a number of startups for Xconomy Intersect: Innovating Where Disciplines Collide, coming up this Thursday afternoon at 415 Westlake, in the heart of Seattle’s South Lake Union innovation neighborhood. To reserve your complimentary ticket, simply e-mail [email protected] with the following information: —Your Name —Title —Company These tickets are reserved for companies less than three years old with 20 or...
Tags: Startups, Technology, Microsoft, Trends, Seattle, Accolade, Dfj, Madrona Venture Group, Ggv Capital, Offerup, Nick Huzar, Textio, University of Washington, Westlake, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Vikram Jandhyala


Saver Rate Ends Today for Xconomy Intersect: Innovating Where Disciplines Collide

We’re just about two weeks away from Seattle Intersect: Innovating Where Disciplines Collide—and this is your last chance to save $50. This special event takes place on Thursday, December 8th, at 415 Westlake, in the middle of Seattle’s South Lake Union innovation neighborhood. Join us for a unique view of the crossroads from which the next big Seattle idea may emerge. Our speakers include: Hans Tung, Managing Partner, GGV Capital Rajeev Singh, CEO, Accolade Xuedong Huang, Distinguish...
Tags: Startups, Technology, Microsoft, Trends, Seattle, Accolade, Madrona Venture Group, Ggv Capital, Offerup, Nick Huzar, Textio, University of Washington, Westlake, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Vikram Jandhyala, Peter Wilson


Check Out the Agenda for Xconomy Intersect in Seattle Dec. 8

We’re excited to hear from a great group of leading entrepreneurs, investors, and researchers at our next event in Seattle, Xconomy Intersect, coming up on Dec. 8. We’ve just released the agenda. Here are some highlights: The high-level idea behind this event is to look for the intersections—between industries, disciplines, and cultures—yielding impactful innovations now and in the years to come. One of the big trends we’ll explore is the increasing capabilities of computers to do human-l...
Tags: Startups, Microsoft, Trends, People, Innovation, Seattle, Cleantech, Accolade, Madrona Venture Group, Agtech, Ggv Capital, Offerup, Nick Huzar, University of Washington, Microsoft Research, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory


UW innovation chief Vikram Jandhyala takes aim at social issues

A 44-year-old electrical engineer is playing a key role in the University of Washington’s quest to use entrepreneurs and innovators to solve pressing social problems.
Tags: News, Education, Local News, Education Lab, University of Washington, UW, Vikram Jandhyala


Xconomy Intersect: New Speakers Added as Discount Rate Ends

Here are three big things to know about Xconomy Intersect, our next Seattle event coming up Dec. 8: Microsoft’s chief speech researcher, Xuedong Huang, whose team just set a new record for accuracy in machine transcription, is one of the new speakers joining our outstanding lineup of entrepreneurs, investors, and thinkers. Kirk Washington, a longtime cleantech venture capital investor with experience on both sides of the 49th parallel, is another. And, Thursday is the last day you can save ...
Tags: Startups, Technology, Microsoft, Trends, Seattle, Accolade, Madrona Venture Group, Ggv Capital, Offerup, Nick Huzar, Textio, University of Washington, Westlake, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Vikram Jandhyala, Peter Wilson


Announcing Xconomy Intersect: GGV, Accolade, OfferUp, Textio & More

The most interesting innovations are found where disciplines, industries, and cultures intersect—where intelligent machines edit human writers, drones plant trees, and cloud computing accelerates the transformation of healthcare, for example. Xconomy is excited to announce our upcoming Seattle event, an exploration of the crossroads from which the next world-changing ideas may emerge. Join us Thursday, Dec. 8, for an afternoon of intriguing conversations with top investors, hot startup CEOs...
Tags: Apple, Google, Startups, Washington, China, Trends, It, People, Vc, SaaS, Innovation, Seattle, Pacific Northwest, Accolade, Sap, Concur


Report: Seattle Machine Learning Star Turi Acquired by Apple

One of Seattle’s foremost machine learning startup companies, Turi—formerly known as GraphLab and then Dato—appears to have been acquired by Apple, according to press reports. GeekWire first reported the news, citing anonymous sources close to the deal. TechCrunch also reported the acquisition. Both quote an Apple statement indicating the tech giant has purchased the company. A search of Washington state records shows the corporate registration for Turi, Inc., expired April 30 and became in...
Tags: Apple, Startups, Open Source, Washington, Trends, It, Vc, Paul Allen, M&a, Machine Learning, Jeff Bezos, Seattle, Carnegie Mellon University, Securities And Exchange Commission, New Enterprise Associates, Madrona Venture Group


With CoMotion Labs, UW Casts Wider Net For Innovation and Startups

The University of Washington is expanding its portfolio of startup incubation spaces and inviting in companies even if they don’t yet have an explicit connection to the university. The new strategy is part of a broader rethinking of how the UW, consistently ranked in the upper echelons of research universities around the world, attempts to transfer the innovations happening inside its walls—be they in electrical engineering or social work—to the community. The new startup incubation space f...
Tags: Startups, Europe, Microsoft, China, Trends, It, People, Homelessness, Innovation, Virtual Reality, Seattle, Young, Tacoma, University of Washington, Inslee, UW


Seattle Week in Review: AI Chickens of Silicon Valley

It was an historic week as Hillary Clinton secured enough delegates to be the first woman to become the presumptive nominee of a major political party for the highest office of the most powerful country on Earth. Meanwhile, we’re reviewing another debate about where Seattle’s startup ecosystem ranks nationally; new data on urban startup clusters; a $15 million funding round for BitTitan; Bill Gates’ poultry program; news of artificial intelligence watching and writing sci-fi films; and a go...
Tags: Amazon, Startups, Florida, New York, Microsoft, Dick Costolo, Colorado, Washington, La, Boston, New York City, Africa, San Francisco, Trends, Poverty, It


The Xconversation: Software CEO Meets University Innovation Leader, Part II

Startups, technology giants, and mainstream companies of all shapes and sizes are clamoring for software expertise, but top-tier computer science programs are struggling to expand capacity to meet that demand. Barry Crist, CEO of Seattle software company Chef, wants to see a dramatic increase in the number of well-trained programmers coming from places like the University of Washington. Vikram Jandhyala, the UW’s vice provost for innovation strategy, says constraints in computer science pro...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Startups, Facebook, Uber, Nordstrom, Chef, Yahoo, Stanford, Ipo, Trends, It, People, Mit, Vc, Higher Education


The Xconversation: Software CEO Meets University Innovation Leader, Part I

Innovation is perhaps the most over-used and abused buzzword of our modern moment. But that doesn’t mean we should shy away from it. To the contrary. Vikram Jandhyala, who has innovation in his job title as a vice provost at the University of Washington, and Barry Crist, CEO of Chef, maker of tools and practices to help companies reorganize IT departments around rapid software innovation and automation, are game to define and defend innovation. “I don’t think we should be afraid of it. In f...
Tags: Apple, Startups, Chef, London, Trends, It, People, Innovation, Darpa, Seattle, Devops, Basic, University of Washington, UW, Western Avenue, Vikram Jandhyala


Without Basic Knowledge, Innovation Fails (Op-Ed)

Vikram Jandhyala is the vice provost for innovation at the University of Washington. Understanding how innovation actually happens is one of the most intricate, and important, intellectual conversations occurring in technology circles, and it's clear that basic knowledge — long ignored — plays a central role. Basic knowledge can come from the social sciences, health sciences, policy studies, law, social work, anthropology, and critically, business and finance.
Tags: Vikram Jandhyala, University of Washington Understanding