Sun YooNovember 25, 2020
Mohanjit Jolly and Mark GorenbergSeptember 03, 2020
Heidi ZakJuly 01, 2020
Sudeb DalaiMay 15, 2020
Fingerprints of Climate ChangeDo you want to see scientific evidence that undeniably shows that global climate change is being driven by human activity?
Then you won’t want to miss hearing from Ben Santer, a prestigious atmospheric scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and lead author of the Nobel prize-winning IPCC report that concluded that “the balance of evidence suggests a discernable human influence on global climate.”
Fingerprinting the Climate System: Fingerprint research seeks to improve understanding of the nature and causes of climate change. The basic strategy is to search for model-predicted patterns of climate change (“fingerprints”) in observed climate records. Such studies exploit the fact that different factors affecting climate have different characteristic signatures. These unique attributes are clearer in detailed patterns of climate change than in global-mean climate information. Fingerprinting is a powerful tool for separating human and natural climate-change signals. Results from fingerprint research provide scientific support for findings of a “discernible human influence” on global climate.
Twenty-four years ago, at the time of publication of the Second Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), most fingerprint studies relied on surface temperature. Critics of this work argued that a human-caused fingerprint should be identifiable in many different aspects of the climate system, and not in surface thermometer records alone. Climate scientists responded to this justifiable criticism by moving beyond early “temperature only” fingerprint studies, interrogating modeled and observed changes in rainfall, water vapor, river runoff, snowpack depth, atmospheric circulation, salinity, and many other climate variables. The message of this body of work is that human-caused fingerprints are ubiquitous in the climate system.
Disruption in Real Estate--Proptech OpportunitiesWe are convening a panel discussion - exclusively of MIT Alums and Academics - focused on the disruption of digital technology to numerous segments of the real estate value chain - and across key end use sectors (commercial, residential, industrial).
What it means to be a Startup AdvisorJoin us for a candid conversation with Reshma Khilnani (Y Combinator visiting partner) and Bradley Horowitz (VP at Google, founder of Area 120) about what it means to be a startup advisor.
There's a wide range of things you can do to help startups, from strategic advice about fundraising to hands-on help with recruiting. Reshma and Bradley will talk through their years of experience mentoring and investing in startups and share how to make a real, meaningful impact — and what anti-patterns to avoid.
Reshma will share YC's unique approach to startup mentorship and Bradley will talk through his experiences helping many startups.
If you're currently advising startups or interested in doing so, this will be a great conversation. We also welcome founders and anyone interested in the startup ecosystem.
Bradley Horowitz is a VP and Advisor to Google, where over the past decade he has led the development of many of Google’s consumer products including Photos, Gmail, and Calendar. He has also led Google for Startups and co-founded Area 120 (Google’s internal incubator.)
Previously, he was co-founder of Virage, where he oversaw the technical direction of the company through its IPO. Horowitz sits on the Visiting Committee of the MIT Media Lab and several boards. He holds an MS in Media Science from MIT and a BS in Computer Science from the University of Michigan.
Reshma is currently a Visiting Partner at Y Combinator. Prior to YC, she founded several companies including radiology service MedXT (acquired by Box) and diagnostic testing company Droplet (now Kit.com). She was most recently helping with the US Digital Response's COVID crisis efforts and has held engineering and product positions at Facebook, Microsoft and Box. Reshma was Course VI at MIT '03, MEng '04. You can find her online at reshma.com.
Founding in Fintech and Simplifying Estate PlanningJason Escamilla, CFA
Founding in Fintech and Simplifying Estate Planning
NOV 19 - VIRTUAL EVENT
Join us to hear about the journey of a Fintech company making Estate Planning easier, from founding to Series A and about estate planning itself.
We will cover the entrepreneurial journey alongside some Estate Planning 101: half of American households should establish a trust for their assets. Which half are you in? By the end of the event you will know the answer. Likewise for your parents.
Kicking off the lunchtime roundtable is Cody Barbo, founder and CEO of a Techstars fintech the $180B estate planning industry: Trust & Will, to share his perspective on fintech today. It’s a huge market because it’s relevant to so many of us — and our parents.
- The biggest financial transaction of your life is when you die
- 150 million in the U.S. don't have an estate plan
- Biggest barriers are education, procrastination and trust in a provider.
Also joining us from Trust & Will is Patrick Hicks, Head of Legal, to get us up to speed on estate planning basics. Rounding out the panel is Barry Levine SM’80, SVP & Sr. Wealth Advisor at Northern Trust. Barry will share his perspective after more than 35-years of experience in the industry with an extensive background in financial counseling. Barry is also a board member of the San Diego MIT Club and the MIT Sloan Club of San Diego.