Global Warming: A Love Letter from Iowa to Santa Cruz

Many of you know of Toby Corey, former President of Tesla SolarCity, and board member of Santa Cruz Works. Toby is also a lecturer at Stanford and UCSC on Zentrepreneurship. With the help of his very talented song writer singer daughter Jordan Corey, and UCSC student/ SC Works volunteer Aaron Huang, they produced the heartwarming (not global warming) video about Zentrepreneur Life. And look at what one person from Iowa had to say.

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Doug Erickson
Come hang with Marc Randolph, Netflix co-founder, Looker board-member, and author of a bold new memoir

There’s a scene early in Marc Randolph’s new book, That Will Never Work: The Birth of Netflix and the Amazing Life of an Idea, that takes place at Lulu Carpenters at the top of Pacific Avenue in Santa Cruz. Randolph has been pitching his future partner, Reed Hastings, on a slew of business ideas. This has been happening for months while the two men commute over Highway 17

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Skaters, Rockers and Socks: Cindi Busenhart of MERGE4

Cindi Busenhart of Merge4, a Santa Cruz-based sock company that is pushing the envelope in the apparel industry in at least two ways, refers to her team of collaborators—which includes rock stars, legendary skateboarders and other bona-fide action sports heroes—as a “family.” While that is common in business circles, in this case it is truer: Busenhart has known many of these folks for decades.

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ERIC JOHNSON
The Missing LINK: Connecting Students to Careers

Link is a tool developed by Your Future Is Our Business (YFIOB), a Santa Cruz County non-profit that provides students with work based learning experiences and career exploration. YFIOB developed LINK to provide educators with access to a network of committed community members who are offering to help youth. To learn more about Your Future Is Our Business and the experiences we provide, please go to YFIOB.org.

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Doug Erickson
5 Tips for Becoming a Successful Remote Worker

In 2019, TalentLMS surveyed 450 employees to figure out how remote employees work and train best for their at-home roles. Take a look at some of their answers to figure out how you and your company can become more successful at offering and conducting remote work. Please refer to TalentLMS for additional information: TalentLMS

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Doug Erickson
Power to the Business Division! Crowd Machine takes the developers out of app development.

One of the fastest moving companies in the “no-code” app development space is Crowd Machine, a Santa Cruz Works Tier Partner. COO James Hanley talks about distributed computing and plate spinning; Content Manager Kimberley Whitfield talks about Santa Cruz’s exploding tech community; Application Engineer Rami Alrwais explains how the platform functions in the cloud; and Marketing Manager Sarah Pierce promises an interpretive dance. Rami, Sarah and Kimberly will demo their product Crowd Machine GO next Wednesday noon at an event they’re calling “Digital Evolution of the Enterprise. Click on in for details.

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ERIC JOHNSON
30 Years of Cruzio Internet: Our Interview with Peggy Dolgenos

Thirty years ago, Cruzio Internet launched in Santa Cruz. The pioneering company, which is one of the largest independent internet service providers in California, has since helped countless businesses and people connect with others, both locally and globally. Recently, Cruzio made a significant investment in downtown Santa Cruz: an all-fiber gigabit network.

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UCSC’s Genomics Institute settles into new Delaware Avenue headquarters

Almost 20 years after UC Santa Cruz researchers made history by assembling the first human genome sequence, the campus has formally established the UCSC Genomics Institute as an Organized Research Unit (ORU) providing support for interdisciplinary and collaborative research in genomics across multiple departments and divisions.

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