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Celebrating the Taste of Summer

The month of July is a very celebratory one in my house, three birthdays: my wife’s, our first daughter Charlotte’s, and this year we are expecting the birth of our newest daughter.  All these things to celebrate and another one that holds a special place in my heart –  the arrival of my favorite ‘fruit’ – the Heirloom Tomato! Summer is now in full swing with long, sunny days and clear, star filled nights; and the humble heirloom tomato coming into its own.  It’s our tradition to pluck the ripest, juiciest tomato off the vine and have our first BLT…

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SVB: Spurring Innovation for 25 Years in Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley has become synonymous with tech innovation and a brand in its own right, but it also sits adjacent to some of the largest and best known wine producers in California. The US wine business has grown up alongside Silicon Valley’s tech industry – some of today’s best known California wine brands started as small mom and pop operations in the 1970s while companies like Apple and HP were beginning in garages. Silicon Valley Bank, with a reputation for bucking convention has been an innovative force and change agent in both industries. The bank’s founders first jumped into the…

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Bill O’Connor on the Autodesk Innovation Genome

Bill O’Connor is the Innovation Strategist at Autodesk, the 3D design, engineering and entertainment software and services company. He was an early supporter of Harvest Summit’s vision to ignite innovation by convening a diverse mix of leaders and thinkers. “The idea that Harvest Summit will spark real, substantive conversations with smart people, and that we’ll share useful insights about our work, got my attention.”  Keep up with Bill and the Autodesk Innovation Genome @autodesk  or @OConnorAutodesk. We sat down with Bill to ask him about his role, current projects and future outlook. What do you do as Autodesk’s Innovation Strategist?…

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Women Entrepreneurs & The Work-Life Balancing Act

Women in business and women entrepreneurs may feel like an endangered species sometimes. Yet they’re what everyone is talking about. How many women make it into the C-suite of Fortune 500 companies is big news. The success of companies where women are in leadership roles and the access to capital for women is now tracked, measured and scrutinized. We are all for gender equality and a level playing field, but let’s face it, even Sheryl Sandberg recently admitted it’s tough. Women face unique challenges at different stages in their careers from their male counterparts. The reality is we need to…

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Innovation Minus the Buzzwords

Innovation is more susceptible to buzz words and clichés than most industries.  Partly because innovation is driving Silicon Valley, technology and all the relatively recent dramatic changes in our lifestyles, partly because it’s made a lot of people incredible sums of money incredibly quickly, and maybe because if you don’t do it, it’s hard to understand the nuts and bolts of innovation.   We sat down with Harvest Council Member Michael Perman, Imaginative Innovation Leader, C’EST WHAT? to break down innovation – what does it mean, how does it happen and how is it changing.  Michael is the Former Dean…

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On Wine & Innovation with Jesse Katz

You can’t come to Sonoma County and drive up and down one valley and call it a day, like you could in Napa. Sonoma County boasts distinct terroir and microclimates in five major Valley’s: Russian River Valley, Sonoma Valley, Alexander Valley, Dry Creek Valley and Knight’s Valley. With over 15 American Viticulture Areas (AVAs or appellations) and over 400 wineries, Sonoma County is the most diverse premium wine-grape growing region in the U.S. To ensure the agricultural heritage of the region, the winegrowers are working together to boldly become the first 100% sustainable wine region in the world. It’s a…

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Looking at the Future of Food with Dustin Valette

Time. It’s a precious commodity in today’s society. Food. It’s a staple of life. We all have to eat. At Harvest Summit we think it’s about time to recognize our always on, mobile way of life has changed how we look at food. Shopping, cooking and sharing a meal has changed dramatically. What will the future of food look like? We sat down with Harvest Council Member Dustin Valette, Chef/Proprietor of Valette Restaurant here in Healdsburg, to get his thoughts. What’s the big picture? I find people today care more than ever about where their food comes from. It’s not…

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Talking Innovation with Tara Sharp

Women entrepreneurs and IoT will be two of the biggest topics at Harvest Summit this November.  What can successful women entrepreneurs do to encourage the next generation?  Without fast and affordable access to the Internet, there is no IoT.   We sat down with Harvest Council Member Tara Sharp, CMO Sonic, Capture Wines Co-Founder, 18 Rabbits granola bar Co-Founder to get her unique insight into both. As a co-founder of two companies (18 Rabbits Granola & Capture Wines) what role did innovation play in your success? Innovation played the most critical role in the success of both businesses. If we had…

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Inaugural Harvest Summit Announced

The word is out ***************************** HARVEST SUMMIT INNOVATION FIELD TRIP ANNOUNCED A Diverse Gathering of Leaders Unite to Spark Innovation FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday, April 11, 2016 HEALDSBURG, CA – Announced today is the inaugural Harvest Summit, an invitation-only gathering for innovators, influencers and tastemakers joined by award-winning chefs, winemakers, and artisans to think, talk and celebrate the art, science and social impact of innovation. A select group of leaders outstanding in their fields will converge on Friday, November 4, 2016 at a private wine country estate in Sonoma County, CA, prior to the national election, to share transferable insights,…

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