STAC-SV and Global Filipino Network Host “Embracing Multicultural Entrepreneurship”

Celebrating Silicon Valley Global Innovation Week

(San Francisco, CA – February 9, 2015) Global technological innovation is fast becoming as diverse, fast-paced and decentralized as the technology industry itself.  Science Technology and Advisory Council-Silicon Valley (STAC-SV) and  Global Filipino Network (GFN) have joined efforts to host a Speaker Series event during this year’s Global Innovation Summit Week.  The event is also in partnership with the Berkeley Entrepreneurs Association (BEA).

“Global Innovation Week (February 15 to 21, 2015) is a celebration of innovation ecosystems. Its anchor event, Silicon Valley Global Innovation Summit gathers leading entrepreneurs, executives, scientists, inventors, venture capitalists, journalists, investors, policy makers, social entrepreneurs, and innovation thought leaders who will share experiences, successes, and failures, and develop foundations for best practice.  The Summit also offers insights from leaders, case studies, and roundtable discussions with practitioners, coupled with abundant networking time for emerging market leaders to mingle with Silicon Valley executives and global influencers.” (

The “Embracing Multicultural Entrepreneurship” Speaker Series on February 20 will showcase successful Filipino-Americans who have nurtured innovation and entrepreneurship, ideas and partnerships. During this panel discussion they will share some of the experiences, challenges, and opportunities of ethnic minority “techies.”

“We want to share these success stories front and center to inform the community that these entrepreneurs are not your typical bread and butter; that there are Filipino-American entrepreneurs out there who are doing interesting things and providing innovative solutions,” explained Christina Laskowski, President of STAC (Science and Technology Council) – Silicon Valley.  STAC is a global non-profit organization that provides advice and support and collaborates with groups of people to cultivate holistic entrepreneurship.

STAC was initially founded to help facilitate economic growth in the Philippines. Its visionary founder, Dr. Federico “Poch” Macaranas, knew how many Filipino experts around the world have extensive knowledge in these areas. He wondered, “Why can’t the Philippine government build on promising sectors and establish hubs around the world for key  tools, information and expertise?” In 2010 STAC developed a strategic plan to support entrepreneurship and collaboration between governments, academe and the private sector. This could help convert ideas and R&D into globally viable and profitable businesses.

The original domestic program has now extended to the U.S., where STAC is committed to enhancing public awareness of what’s happening in the Philippines. Its goal is to promote businesses there to Filipino-Americans in search of new international collaboration or business opportunities. Non-Filipinos have also been pleasantly surprised to learn of how much stronger, successful and entrepreneurial minded the Philippines has become in the science and technology fields.

Christina Laskowski applauds STAC’s ongoing support of Filipino entrepreneurs. Yet she also recognizes the dramatic potential of such programs to increase networks, collaborations and material support to individuals.

STAC and Global Filipino Network, ready to build on this vision, agree on the urgent need to create ground-breaking events such as this Speaker Series.

“We are very happy to partner with the STAC Silicon Valley organization and bring these Fil-Am entrepreneurs together,” Global Filipino Network Founder Arnold Pedrigal said recently.

The panel of distinguished entrepreneurs are:

Marc LoinazMarc Loinaz, Ph.D., Founder of Aeluros, Inc. (acquired by Netlogic/Broadcom)

Dr. Marc Loinaz was born in Manila, Philippines and grew up in Makati City. He is an electrical engineer who lives and works in Silicon Valley. He received a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees, in the same field, from Stanford University. Dr. Loinaz was a member of the research staff at Bell Laboratories where he led a team that demonstrated the world’s first single- chip color digital video camera in 1997. In 2001 he co-founded Aeluros Inc., a semiconductor company that pioneered 10-Gb/s serial communication chips that are now widely used in cloud computing facilities.

Victor OliverosVictor Oliveros, CEO and Founder of Tiptop Health and Winner of $1.0M Salesforce Hackathon

Victor Oliveros is a serial entrepreneur and is currently the CEO of Tiptop Health. He and his team won the $1 Million Dollar Hackathon in 2013 by re-creating He has a background in computer engineering and immigrated to the Bay Area from the Philippines at age 15.

Tisa MendozaTisa Mendoza, Founder and Visioneer of Buzzledom, Inc.

Tisa Mendoza worked 12 years for high-tech corporations in Silicon Valley before transitioning to lifestyle coaching. Her coaching and public speaking work gained her the reputation as a “Healthy Living Motivator” and was the catalyst for her to produce a weekly radio show, television segments (aired on KRON4-TV in San Francisco), and media-rich web content. Tisa’s company, Buzzledom, will be releasing a community-based sustainable crowd sourcing web app that allows its users to collect all their faves, connect with others, and contribute in positive ways to their community.

Rene BuhayRene Buhay, Co Founder of American Science Products

Rene Buhay brings to American Science Products (ASP)  over 25 years of an outstanding track record in achieving hundreds of millions in sales with multiple companies via his global channel representing over 80,000 retail storefronts worldwide. Prior to ASP, he was SVP of JK Imaging/Kodak where he managed sales for the Americas, South Asia and Middle East/Africa. Prior to Kodak, he was President of RedDot Imaging/Agfaphoto where he expanded distribution to 30 countries within 12 months.  Prior to RedDot, he was SVP at General Imaging/ GE wherein he grew the business from $0-$150 Million in 18 months. Over the years, he has held senior management positions at Ricoh, Samsung and ArcSoft.

 M Christina LaskowskiM. Christina Laskowski, President of STAC – Silicon Valley

Christina serves as a strategic advisor and management consultant to consumer and technology growth companies, business leaders and government organizations. Ms. Laskowski has extensive business development, operations management, and strategic execution experience. Her career includes 16 years as an investment and M&A banker at ValuQuest International, FBR Capital Markets, East Peak Advisors and Pacific Growth Equities; she also has three years in equity research at Hambrecht & Quist. She has served more than 60 clients helping to raise in excess of $2.0 billion. Christina is the co-moderator for this panel discussion.

Vivian Zaldivea Araullo, Moderator, Executive Director, West Bay & Co-Founder of GFN

Vivian is the moderator for “Embracing Multicultural Entrepreneurship”, the Executive Director at the San Francisco nonprofit West Bay Pilipino Multi Service Center, and a multi-awarded, Emmy award-winning broadcast journalist who is currently a correspondent for  Vivian is also Chairman of the Board of the Global Filipino Network.

Media Partners include Manila Mail, New America Media,, Fil-Am Post, Positively Filipino, Philippine News and The FilAm.  Refreshments will be provided by Adobo Connection USA and Coffee Adventure.

The event is scheduled on Friday, February 20th from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the UC Berkeley Andersen Auditorium, Hass School of Business, 2220 Piedmont Avenue, Berkeley, California.

Registration is now open at  Admission is free for Students and for General Admission, donation of any amount is accepted.

The Global Filipino Network has been organizing the Speaker Series Events whose aim is to educate people by showcasing some of the inspiring individuals and achievers in the community.  For past events, visit


The Science & Technology Advisory Council – Silicon Valley is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization focused on holistic entrepreneurship in the Philippines and the U.S.  It serves as an advisor to the Philippine government, academe, business leaders, grass roots organizations and local communities.  STAC Silicon Valley cultivates holistic entrepreneurship within the ecosystem.  Through collaboration, its activities and programs are designed to foster entrepreneurship, strengthen and build the ecosystem, empower entrepreneurs and accelerate global business ideas.


About Global Filipino Network

The Global Filipino Network is a newly-formed non-profit organization whose mission is to create a platform where Filipinos worldwide can connect and collaborate with each other through educational and outreach programs using the power of media and technology to build a stronger and empowered community.  Global Network collaborates with various non-profit organizations such as West Bay Pilipino Multi-Service Center, STAC-SV, Filipino American Chamber of Commerce-Santa Clara, FACINE, and YFPA. This collaborative effort by the groups mentioned is fueled by the same goal of connecting and building a collaborative community, not just within Filipinos but also with other groups and nationalities.  More organizations are expected to be included in this partnership this year.


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