“Co-founded Terralux LED lighting company as VP Marketing and Sales took it from zero to $5M in sales and raised seed funding. Terralux raised over $40M in VC money including Al Gore's GIM fund in London.  Co-founded GeoVisual Analytics in Boulder, CO as CMO which raised over $2M from angels, NASA, Colorado and USDA to enhance growers crop yields based on imagery from drones and satellites.  Co-founder of CREEDLightTracker which serves energy efficiency data to electric utilities. Advisor for Rolling Energy Resources, which provides utilities with EV telematics and demand side manangement.  Advisor for incubators and startup CEOs in high tech.  Founder of the JourneytoManhoodOnline.org for boys and young men to find their passion, survive and thrive in a changing world based on works of Joeseph Campbell's Hero's Journey.  Serious student of the tao, qi gong and other esoteric studies. ”

Carl Kalinowski '67 shared this story on June 25, 2020

Pro Bono Assessment for Start Up CEOs

“Report of previous two Zoom - 6/19/20, Fri - 11 alumni from SoCal & NoCal, East Coast, Hawaii, China- spread of Zen/Chan Buddhism; Chinese classic "Journey to the West", emptiness/enlightenment/freedom, liberation; Tibetan Buddhism on resilience; bicycle collection/restoration, rentals in US & China; public bias towards MIT graduates; discrimination against Chinese/Asian Americans;  6/20/20, Sat - 5 alumni from SoCal, NoCal, China. Movie about quantum physicist David Bohn & panel discussion of physicists (see links below) quantum physics & Buddhism, different realities/models, time/space, math -- difficulties of studying the foregoing. Chinese history, migration & rocket scientist; corporate/legal/academic politics - keeping cool when being yelled at; funding non-profit. 1)           "Infinite Potential: The Life and Ideas of David Bohm" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XDpurdHKpb8&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR1T7BwOk4hR-ReEHMYZkpC3uZuaE0wTk9As0tznyG2rgOmVjypa0VoUohg 2)           Panel discussion of movie: Susan Bauer Wu, President, Mind & Life Institute; Paul Howard, Dir & Producer of "Infinite Potential"; Dr. Jan Walleczek, Dir Phenoscience Laboratories; Basil Hiley, Physicist. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BplWSML4Sbg&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR1uzzMbeUUT9mz2aWCzoHw9kQn21IHj5bPHMMs9_4nmHPo6-CeA7CBaX-s  3)          Book: "The Order of Time" by Carlo Rovelli. One of TIME’s Ten Best Nonfiction Books of the Decade. 4)           Book: "How the Hippies Saved Physics: Science, Counterculture, and the Quantum Revival" by David Kaiser.”

“6/12/20, Fri - 10 alumni from SoCal & NoCal, East Coast, Hawaii - waking/sleeping breathing rates; engineering & public health safety backups; call for volunteers; resource list for our group - groups helping  Chinese & Asian Americans, mentoring, board membership training;  6/13/20, Sat - 5 alumni from SoCal, NoCal, East Coast, Hong Kong/China. Speaker list & topics, speaking engagement planning; coaching PhD candidate on writing/completing dissertation; applying for Hong Kong government grant for tech corporation; physics & Internet research/innovation.”

“Report of previous two Zoom - 6/5/20, Fri - 13 alumni from SoCal & NoCal, East Coast, Hawaii, United Kingdom - Artificial intelligence, facial recognition, monitoring citizens, solar panels, entrepreneurship, New York & Los Angeles protests against police & riots, Chinese & Asian history.  6/6/20, Sat - 7 alumni from SoCal, NoCal, East Coast, Hawaii, China.  Battery, polymers, colloids, color recognition, 10 to 15% drop in San Francisco rent price, Chinese history, Daoism, emptiness in Daoism, diverse Chinese world views/belief systems/religions, meditation, Chinese language, Western divergent of science/spirit, Western philosophy,  Buddhism & Greek philosophy.”

“A very high quality candidate applied through my Summer Internship posting on Switchboard.”

“All the alums had changed careers. So, we discussed our life/career journeys and dealing with changes/expectations; besides the virus crisis. 4 alums of different races from: NoCal, SoCal, & New York state.”

“I have to cancel the outing due to the coronavirus threat shutting down the Garden. We are moving onto Zoom video- and tele- conferences. Everyone please be safe and healthy; Sending my very best.”

“Three alumni and a guest attended. Great company and food. Talked about wide ranging subjects, including online teaching in China in view of coronavirus quarantine of children; ballroom dance training and competitions in SoCal; finding authentic Chinese cooking in Los Angeles; home cooked Asian and Italian food in Los Angeles Buddhist temples and centers :)”

“After posting this "ask" I found that a jacket in my size was offered in 2017 and the post was still open.  I contacted the seller, we agreed on a price that was 38% of the cost of a new jacket, and the jacket arrived yesterday in perfect condition. ”

Albert Harlow '70 shared this story on February 11, 2020

Cardinal Jacket for 50th Reunion - 44 Long

“8 people attended, including 4 MIT alumni. All of us had fun and learned from the entrepreneurs. The dinner was excellent. The event was free.”

“Three MIT alumni attended the dinner. Great fun and very helpful to discuss one another's lives and advice.”

“9-6-19 (Friday): Great company and food at the SGV Group's Alhambra dinner with 3 alumni! 🌹🌻😊  One guest held the SGV gift that she received: a cook book gifted by me. Our new SGV tradition: if you have a gift to give away, please bring it to our dinners. A fun addition to our dinners. If you know of a kid in need, please let me know and join us next month: we have a box of pencils and a kid's construction kit to give away ❤️ . We will have our monthly dinner next month, and a weekend matinee for the scifi movie Ad Astra, starring Brad Pitt. Please email me to join our email invite list: Winking@alum.MIT.edu 😉🌺”

“See photo on https://www.facebook.com/groups/mitclubsocal/ 9-6-19 (Friday): Great company and food at the SGV Group's Alhambra dinner with 3 alumni!    One guest held the SGV gift that she received: a cook book gifted by me. Our new SGV tradition: if you have a gift to give away, please bring it to our dinners. A fun addition to our dinners. If you know of a kid in need, please let me know and join us next month: we have a box of pencils and a kid's construction kit to give away   . We will have our monthly dinner next month, and a weekend matinee for the scifi movie Ad Astra, starring Brad Pitt. Please email me to join our email invite list: Winking@alum.MIT.edu  ”

“Not much traffic here. Had better luck on other job boards.”

Trevor Stricker '97 shared this story on June 19, 2019

Hiring a web engineer!

“Indirect referral to an Atlanta-based software engineer has resulted in success. The learner seeks to improve their listening and speaking  abilities for career reasons. Many IT professionals are not native speakers which can pose a listening challenge to other non-native English speakers. Thank You!  ”

Marlys Appleton '78 shared this story on October 31, 2018

Advanced English Language for Adults

“Had a lovely evening with great conversation with fellow alumni and guests.”

“Two MIT alums, Zoe and Matt, were kind enough to host me for the summer. I'll also be staying with another alum, Charles, for my first week. Thank you to all those who helped out in one way or another — I can't convey how helpful you all were. Particular thanks to Elena and Danielle from MIT Alumni Association for helping connect me!”

Andrew Bent '18 shared this story on May 23, 2018

Summer housing in NYC (for ACLU intern)?

“Some guests turned up, we had fun and dinner :)”

“At least 21 guests showed up and we had a GREAT time! The guests said they had a great time, guests were open and friendly, and they learned a lot from one another. Some drove from Redondo Beach  and Orange County. I will post photos on the MIT So Cal Facebook and email to the guests. We have at least one get-together per month. Please send your suggestions for restaurants and other activities. For restaurants: We would like the shared dinner costs, plus tips, to be less than $20 per person; easy and free parking; easy reservation; and relatively quiet restaurants so that guests can talk and stay for 2 hours or more. Thank you!  See you soon :)”

“Thank you to my fellow MIT alumni who reached out to me after seeing my posts :) ”

Wean Khing Wong '84 shared this story on January 20, 2018

Friday Dinner 1/26/18, Alhambra, CA