Mystery, Business, and Rock ’n’ Roll: Meet Douglas Harr

After 35 years in tech, where he served as CIO, VP for Apps and developer for various firms including Splunk, Doug Harr is now focused on business applications, business intelligence, cloud and big data. And—he as written a big, beautiful book about rock ’n’ roll, moved to Santa Cruz, and renovated the Westside’s weirdest landmark. 

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ERIC JOHNSON
Island Conservation brings CRISPR to its fight against invasive species

In 1994, two UC Santa Cruz professors, Dr. Bernie Tershey and Dr. Don Croll, founded tIsland Conservation, a global conservation NGO whose sole mission was to prevent extinctions by removing invasive species from islands. Over the past 25 years, the organization, headquartered on Santa Cruz’s Westside, has cleared 63 islands of invasive species, protecting 1,173 populations of threatened animals.

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ERIC JOHNSON
Can Startup Sandbox Make Santa Cruz a Biotech Hub?

Two years after opening its doors, biotech incubator Startup Sandbox is demonstrating that it’s ready to play in the big leagues. Five of the 20 biotech companies that have spent time at the incubator have proven their product ideas and grown large enough to move into their own offices. Nearly all of those companies have chosen to stay and hire in Santa Cruz.

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Matthew Swinnerton
Machine Learning MeetUp

Machine learning (ML) is a practice in the field of artificial intelligence (AI) that provides systems the ability to automatically learn and improve from experience without being explicitly programmed. Cheap and available computing power along with volumes of data has enabled this field to grow over the past decade.

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Hometown Hero - A conversation with Santa Cruz Works’ founder Bob Cagle

“I love my town,” he began, and then told the story of the two episodes in his life when he took jobs that required him to commute to the valley. He described getting on the road before his son awoke and returning after his bedtime. “I think my wife felt like a single mom,” he said. “I want other people who live here to have the opportunity that I have. I love my town, I love my job, and I want them to have the opportunity to work where they live.”

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Kate Roberts: Joining Forces

Kate Roberts, who joined the Santa Cruz Works board of directors in July, seems to embody the organization’s powerful new direction. At her day job as president of the Monterey Bay Economic Partnership (MBEP), Roberts is working on some of the issues that lie at the core of SCW’s mission.

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ERIC JOHNSON