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Leslie Berlin
Leslie Berlin

Project Historian, Silicon Valley Archives
Stanford University

Leslie Berlin is Project Historian for the Silicon Valley Archives at Stanford University. She has been a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences and served on the advisory committee to the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. Leslie was a “Prototype” columnist for The New York Times and has commented on Silicon Valley for
the Wall Street Journal, NPR, PBS, The Atlantic and Wired.

Former Google chairman Eric Schmidt called publication of Troublemakers, her book exploring how Silicon Valley during the 1970s set the stage for our modern high-tech world, “a landmark event.” The Washington Post said that The Man Behind the Microchip, her definitive biography of microchip co-inventor and Intel co-founder Robert Noyce, “should be required reading for today’s entrepreneurs and executives.”
She received her PhD in History from Stanford and her BA in American Studies from Yal(Show Full Bio)e. She has two college-age children and lives in Silicon Valley with her husband, whom she has known since they were both twelve years old.

Twitter - @leslieberlinSV

Episode: 12/11/2017 @7:00 PM


Ritu Narayan
Ritu Narayan

Co-founder and CEO
Zum
http://www.ridezum.com

Ritu Narayan is the co-founder and CEO of Zum, a company empowering families with flexible care and rides. Ritu founded Zum based on her own first-hand experience of raising two active kids and managing a fast-paced career in Silicon Valley. Both Ritu and Zum’s mission is to help provide families and working parents flexibility to be able to excel personally and professionally, help kids develop and participate in the activities, and create meaningful jobs for childcare providers. Ritu is an alum of Stanford Graduate School of Business, an undergraduate in Computer Engineering, and has spent the last 15 years at leading tech companies such as eBay, Yahoo!, Oracle, and IBM.

Twitter - @ritun | @ridezum

Episode: 11/13/2017 @4:00 PM


Deepak Sekar
Deepak Sekar

Founder and CEO
Chowbotics
http://www.chowbotics.com/

Dr. Deepak Sekar brings years of experience, a curious mind, innovative spirit and more than 100 patents to his role as founder and CEO of Chowbotics. Sekar grew up in India reading Isaac Asimov's science fiction novels about robots and building them in his spare time, so naturally when it was time to select an area of study, he chose technology. He holds a Bachelor of Technology from IIT Madras and a PhD from Georgia Tech, which he completed in 2007.
Sekar began his professional career at SanDisk and has gone on to serve as the Chief Scientist at MonolithIC 3D Inc. and Director at Rambus where he led engineering and marketing teams in addition to managing IP portfolios and building sales relationships. A dozen of his 100 patents are now used in every iPhone.
One day, while making food in his kitchen, Sekar thought he could make his food in a more convenient and fun way by building a robot that could eliminate repetitive tasks such as stirring and chopping, while allowing him to (Show Full Bio)focus on creative things like developing new recipes. He went ahead and built this robot along with a high school classmate of his. That's how the idea for Chowbotics was born. Soon, he created his first prototype, hired a small, tight-knit team of engineers, and begin testing Sally the Salad Robot.
Sekar is excited to share his pioneering technology with the world and help to revolutionize food preparation. Outside of work, Sekar enjoys trying Bay Area restaurants and watching new films, often finding his mind wandering back to Chowbotics and what’s next for the company, be it a new feature or whole new robot.

Twitter - @chowbotics, @sallythesaladrobot

Episode: 11/13/2017 @5:00 PM


Adam Braun
Adam Braun

CEO; Founder; New York Times Best-selling Author
MissionU; Pencils of Promise
http://www.missionu.com

Adam Braun is a New York Times bestselling author and the CEO & Co-Founder of MissionU, a debt-free college alternative for the 21st century that CNN called "perfect for young people who are eager to launch their career." MissionU's first class in San Francisco received nearly 5,000 applicants for the first 25 spots, and will expand into additional cities to meet demand in 2018. Prior to MissionU, he founded and led Pencils of Promise, an award-winning organization that has built 400+ schools across the world and raised more than $45M.

He has been featured as a speaker at The White House and named to Forbes 30 Under 30, Business Insider’s 40 Under 40 as well as Wired Magazine‘s 50 People Who Are Changing the World. His book, "The Promise of a Pencil," debuted at #2 on the New York Times bestseller list and went on to become a #1 national bestseller.

Twitter - @MissionU

Episode: 11/6/2017 @4:00 PM


Heidi Patel
Heidi Patel

Partner; Lecturer
Rethink Impact; Stanford Graduate School of Business
http://www.rethinkimpact.com

Heidi is a Partner at Rethink Impact, an early stage venture capital firm focused on companies with gender diverse leadership teams that are using technology to create positive social and environmental impact at massive scale. Previously, she was President of New Island Capital Management, an institutional-scale and 100% impact-focused investment advisor to a single ultra high net worth family. Prior to this, Heidi was an Acumen Fund Fellow working with D.light Design India and a Director at Pacific Community Ventures, a double bottom-line private equity fund and non-profit organization focused on local economic development. Previously, she was a founding member of AOL Time Warner Ventures. Heidi co-teaches the course on institutional impact investing at the Stanford Graduate School of Business where she also serves on the Investment Committee for the Stanford GSB Student Impact Fund. Heidi serves on the board of directors of Univfy, Ketos, Savonix, and Seedling and is a board observer(Show Full Bio) for Angaza Design. She is also on the board of Goodwill of San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin Counties. Heidi earned an AB in Political Economy from Princeton University and an MBA from Stanford GSB.

Twitter - @HeidiPatelSF | @rethinkimpact

Episode: 11/6/2017 @5:00 PM


Dr. Sean Wise
Dr. Sean Wise

Professor of Entrepreneurship
Ryerson University
http://www.ryerson.ca

Sean Wise, PhD, is an expert on startups and venture capital. He uses this expertise in his various roles as university professor, best- selling author, international business speaker, and partner at Ryerson Futures, a seed-stage venture capital fund and technology accelerator. Sean has published five books and more than two dozen peer- reviewed research papers and case studies of high-growth startups. Sean spent five seasons as a consultant for CBC on the megahit venture reality show Dragons’ Den before moving in front of the camera as the host of The Naked Entrepreneur, which airs on the Oprah Winfrey Network.

Sean has been called the Dr. Phil of Entrepreneurship, and in 2014, he was named Entrepreneurial Mentor of the Year by Startup Canada.

Twitter - @SeanWise

Episodes: 10/30/2017 @8:00 PM, 8/14/2017 @8:00 PM


Michael Buckwald
Michael Buckwald

CEO & Co-Founder
Leap Motion
http://www.leapmotion.com

Michael Buckwald is the CEO and Co-founder of Leap Motion, a software and hardware company developing 3D motion-control technology for virtual reality and additional computing platforms. Prior to co-founding Leap Motion, Michael was the CEO of Zazuba.com, a business appointment service later acquired by a major national yellow pages company. Additionally, he ran the first deployment of computers to Madagascar with the One Laptop per Child program. Michael earned his dual Bachelors degree in philosophy and political science from George Washington University.

Episodes: 10/30/2017 @7:00 PM, 8/14/2017 @7:00 PM


Payam Banazadeh
Payam Banazadeh

CEO
Capella Space
http://www.capellaspace.com/

Payam Banazadeh is the Co-Founder & CEO of Capella Space, a venture backed Silicon Valley company building nano-satellites capable of imaging earth throughout the day and night in all weather conditions. Capella Space plans to provide monitoring services of key areas of interest around the world including but not limited to ports, shipping lanes, pipelines, infrastructures, war zones, big cities, etc.

Payam was born and raised in Tehran, Iran before immigrating to U.S. at the age of 16. Payam graduated Manga Cum Laude with a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin and received the 2012 Texas Outstanding Scholar & Leader Award for his superior academic performance and exceptional leadership while pursuing an engineering degree . Immediately after his graduation Payam started his professional career at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) as a young systems engineer. In less than 2 years after his employment he received the NASA Mariner Award for hi(Show Full Bio)s leadership on two multi-million dollar missions and NASA Discovery Award for his outstanding performance in formulating new concepts and projects for NASA.

After his career at JPL Payam left to receive his graduate business degree from Stanford University. At Stanford University he was selected to be a fellow of the prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) as well as the DFJ Entrepreneurial Leader. Payam Co-Founded Capella Space while still a full-time student in his Stanford dorm room. Since then, Capella has raised millions of dollars, employs tens of engineers, and is on its way to launch their first satellite in 2017. Payam was selected as a “30 under 30” in 2017 by Forbes business magazine.

Twitter - @payamban

Episodes: 10/23/2017 @8:00 PM, 7/24/2017 @8:00 PM


Jonathan Matus
Jonathan Matus

CEO
Zendrive
http://www.zendrive.com

Jonathan Matus is CEO of Zendrive, a venture-backed startup focused on re-imagining transportation through mobile driver analytics. Prior to Zendrive, Jonathan spent six years at Facebook and Google, focused on various mobile and speech recognition projects. At Google, Jonathan was one of the early members of the Android team, helping to drive its growth to the best-selling mobile platform. He graduated cum laude from Harvard University with an Honors thesis on Artificial Intelligence. Jonathan lives in San Francisco.

Twitter - @matusjon

Episodes: 10/23/2017 @7:00 PM, 7/24/2017 @7:00 PM


Peter Reinhardt
Peter Reinhardt

Co-Founder and CEO
Segment
https://segment.com/

Peter is Segment's co-founder and CEO. He studied Aerospace Engineering at MIT and fell into the world of customer data and analysis when he and three of his college friends started Segment in 2011 as part of Y Combinator. Prior to starting Segment, Peter was a Research Assistant at the Naval Postgraduate School, where he wrote and designed flight software for the NPS-SCAT Cubesat, a platform which tests solar cells while they're in orbit. Whether it's thorium reactors, online education, or space travel, Peter enjoys nothing more than diving deep into a new field of study.

Segment puts customer data to work with a single integration. Thousands of businesses and hundreds of partners have standardized on Segment’s customer data platform because of its elegant APIs, which connect the richest variety of web, mobile and third-party data sources. With Segment, engineers and analysts can reclaim hundreds of hours spent managing and collecting data to focus on building products and expe(Show Full Bio)riences their customers love.

Twitter - @segment | @reinpk
Personal Site - rein.pk
Quora - https://www.quora.com/profile/Peter-Reinhardt

Episode: 10/16/2017 @8:00 PM


Sam Santhosh
Sam Santhosh

Chairman & CEO
MedGenome Inc.
http://www.medgenome.com

Mr Sam Santhosh is an entrepreneur with over 25 years of experience in initiating and running successful businesses.

Sam is currently the Chairman and CEO of MedGenome Inc - a genomics-based diagnostics and research company delivering the best of health care by decoding genetic information contained in an individual’s genome. MedGenome is the first mover and market leader in genomics-based diagnostics and research from India with global offices in San Francisco and Singapore.

He is an investor and mentor for many companies and is currently a board member at Impelsys (New York), SciGenom Labs (Cochin, India), AgriGenome Labs (Hyderabad, India), Edubrisk (Bangalore, India), Saksin Life Sceinces (Chennai, India), Emerge Ventures (Singapore) and the Centre for Commercialization of Antibodies (Toronto, Canada).

Prior to this Sam was the CEO and Managing Director of California Software Limited (Calsoft) from 1992 - Feb 2012. He founded Calsoft in 1992 and under Sam's vi(Show Full Bio)sion Calsoft rapidly grew from a niche player in the Silicon Valley to a global player with over 1200 employees and presence in 8 countries. Sam took Calsoft Public and the company is listed in the Indian Stock Exchanges. Sam oversaw the growth of Calsoft in all key areas - Finance, Strategy, Customer acquisition and inorganic growth through eight acquisitions including companies in U.S, UK, Japan and India.

He has been constantly retooling himself and has attended various training programs in different U.S universities including MIT. In 2010, he completed the Executive Education program at the Singularity University in Sunnyvale, California. Sam has an engineering degree and an MBA (majoring in Management Information Systems) from India's premier institute, IIM Calcutta.

Sam is based in Foster City, CA but visits India regularly.

Episode: 10/16/2017 @7:00 PM


Sean Behr
Sean Behr

Founder, CEO
STRATIM
http://stratim.com

Sean is Co-Founder and CEO of STRATIM (previously Zirx), the intelligent logistics platform for mobility companies. Sean previously served in leadership roles at Adap.tv (acquired by AOL), most recently, as SVP of Global operations. Before Adap.tv, Sean held various management roles at Shopping.com (acquired by Ebay) including roles in HR, sales, product management and strategy development. Sean holds a B.A. in History and Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Twitter - @seanbehr

Episodes: 10/9/2017 @7:00 PM, 8/28/2017 @7:00 PM


Rogelio Choy
Rogelio Choy

CEO
Bittorrent
http://www.bittorrent.com

Rogelio (Ro) Choy, is currently CEO at Bittorrent. Prior to this role, Mr. Choy previously served as CBO at Luxe, COO at BitTorrent, COO at Formspring, CRO at Rockyou, and as a Director at eBay running their parts business. Prior to eBay, Mr. Choy Co-founded Cima Systems. Mr. Choy serves as an advisor to a number of social media focused startups including Applifer (acq by Unity), Wildfire Interactive (acq by Google), Project Slice (acq by Rakuten), Groupcard (acq by Incomm), EAT Club, Nanigans, and Mercari. Mr. Choy earned his MBA from Stanford University School of Business. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Duke University.

Twitter - @BitTorrent| @rochoy

Episodes: 10/9/2017 @8:00 PM, 8/28/2017 @8:00 PM


Denise Bevers
Denise Bevers

Co-Founder & COO
KindredBio
http://www.KindredBio.com

Denise Bevers is an expert in clinical operations, medical affairs, and scientific communications. As co-founder and chief operating officer at KindredBio, she oversees clinical operations, data management, pharmaceutical development (CMC), commercial operations, investor relations, human resources, and IT. KindredBio is a development-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on saving and improving the lives of pets. Its mission is to bring to pets the samekinds of safe and effective medicines that human family members enjoy.

Along with KindredBio’s CEO, Denise has raised approximately $150 million in public offering to bring the very best science and medicine to animal companions. KindredBio identifies drugs, biologics, and targets that have been validated in humans and develops animal versions for pets. By leveraging the research and development investment in the existing human pharmaceuticals, KindredBio substantially increase the likelihood of success and decreases the cost a(Show Full Bio)nd time required to develop breakthrough therapies for animal family members.

KindredBio’s world-class team is experienced in both human and veterinary medicine, and is focused on lean development. As a result, the company develops drugs and biologics for between $3 million to $5 million and in only 3 to 5 years. KindredBio had two drugs under review with the FDA within four years of the company’s founding, versus an average of 15 years in human drug development. They are currently anticipating FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) approval and launch of ZimetaTM (dipyrone injection), a pyrazolone anti-inflammatory drug with a unique mechanism of action for the control of pyrexia (fever) in horses and MiratazTM (mirtazapine 2% topical ointment) for the management of weight loss in cats. Both are planned for launch in 2017.

Denise previously worked at Elan Pharmaceuticals, Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation, Quintiles, and SkyePharma. Most recently, she was President and Founding Partner of SD Scientific, a full-service medical affairs and communications company.

Denise has over 25 years of pharmaceutical and research experience, and has managed dozens of products and development programs from Phase I through Phase IV. She has also served as a mentor for many women in the biotech and pharmaceutical industries, helping them navigate the changing landscape. Denise received her Bachelor of Science in Ecology, Behavior and Evolution from University of California San Diego, Clinical Trials Design and Management certificate from University of California San Diego Extension, and her MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management.

Twitter - @KindredBio

Episode: 10/2/2017 @7:00 PM


Gregory Bell
Gregory Bell

CEO
Corelight
http://www.corelight.com

'Greg Bell is CEO of Corelight, a cybersecurity startup based in San Francisco. Corelight is commercializing a popular open-source software framework for network analysis, originally created at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The company recently closed a Series-A funding round, and its customers include over 10% of the Fortune 50. Before joining Corelight as CEO, Greg served in leadership roles at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory: Chief Technology Architect in the Office of the CIO, Division Director for Scientific Networking, and Director of the US Department of Energy's high performance mission network ESnet.

As ESnet Director, Greg oversaw deployment of the world's first 100G network at continental scale, the world's first 400G production link, and many other innovations in support of DOE’s scientific and nuclear security missions. Greg also sits on the board of CENIC, the high-performance public network interconnecting 20 million Californians (including the vas(Show Full Bio)t majority of K-20 students) and vital public-serving institutions. Greg has a Ph.D. from UC Berkeley, and an A.B. from Harvard. His introduction to computing came at the age of 10 when he learned 6502 machine language to create music and (predictably) play games.

Twitter - @corelight_inc
CENIC - cenic.org

Episode: 10/2/2017 @8:00 PM


Michael Lock
Michael Lock

CEO
Aviso
http://www.aviso.com/

Michael Lock, CEO of Aviso, is a lifelong sales person and a passionate advocate for the use of Artificial Intelligence for sales organizations. Michael helped start Google Cloud, and was part of the team that built the business from its infancy to over $1B in ARR.

Twitter - @MichaelAtAviso | @AvisoInc

Episodes: 9/25/2017 @7:00 PM, 7/17/2017 @4:00 PM


Carol Broadbent & Tom Hogan
Carol Broadbent & Tom Hogan

Founders and Principal; Authors of "The Ultimate Start-Up Guide: Marketing Lessons, War Stories, and Hard-Won Advice from Leading Venture Capitalists and Angel Investors"
Crowded Ocean
http://www.crowdedocean.com/

Carol Broadbent and Tom Hogan are the founders and principals of Crowded Ocean, a Silicon Valley marketing agency that has launched 46 startups, with 10 of those companies being either acquired or going public.

Carol Broadbent was VP of Corporate Marketing at SynOptics/Bay Networks, Aspect and Director at Sun Microsystems. Carol was at two Kleiner Perkins-funded startups: VP Marketing at Asera and Director of Market Development at GO Corporation, an early innovator in mobile. For a four-year period, Carol served as virtual VP Marketing for global public and early-stage companies such as IPHighway, Cad.Lab, NetFRAME, Centigram.

Tom Hogan has worked as Interim VP of Marketing for Sequoia, Accel and Benchmark portfolio companies, helping launch over 20 startups. Tom was Oracle’s original Creative Director, creating such programs as ORACLE Magazine, Oracle OpenWorld, and directing all Corporate Marketing programs. He has also served as VP of Corporate Marketing for such firm(Show Full Bio)s as Lucent, Borland and VitalSigns.

Twitter - @crowdedocean
Book - https://www.amazon.com/Ultimate-Start-Up-Guide-Marketing-Capitalists/dp/1632650738

Episodes: 9/25/2017 @8:00 PM, 7/17/2017 @5:00 PM


Suhail Doshi
Suhail Doshi

Co-Founder, CEO
Mixpanel
http://www.Mixpanel.com

Suhail Doshi is Chief Executive Officer and co-founder at Mixpanel, which he launched in 2009 with co-founder Tim Trefren. Recognizing that technical products were being built with outdated metrics or no data at all, Suhail invented the first product analytics solution that could grant deep insight into what users are doing.

He leads vision and strategy at Mixpanel, as the company continues to transform how product leaders build and measure innovative technologies across the web, the mobile space, and the internet of things.

Twitter - @Suhail

Episode: 9/18/2017 @7:00 PM


Jeff Russakow
Jeff Russakow

CEO
Boosted
https://boostedboards.com

Jeff Russakow is CEO of Boosted, a leading provider of lightweight, portable, high-performance electric vehicles, and an innovator in fast, fun, simple “last-mile” transportation . The company is well-known for it’s first commercial product, the Boosted Board, a premier electric longboard used by riders worldwide to speed their commutes and daily trips about town. The company is now navigating the dual challenges of extraordinary hyper-growth and international expansion, while continuing to explore new and innovative ways to get folks where they need to be.

Jeff began his career as a PhD in robotics and autonomous systems; spent many formative years as a management consultant and then senior executive in large-scale tech companies including SAP, Adobe, Symantec, and Yahoo!; and in the last several years has been the CEO of three high-growth companies.

Twitter - @BoostedBoards

Episode: 9/18/2017 @8:00 PM


Sabrina Mutukisna
Sabrina Mutukisna

Founder & CEO
The Town Kitchen PBC
http://www.thetownkitchen.com

Sabrina Mutukisna is the Founder & CEO of The Town Kitchen – a community-driven food company that employs and empowers systems-impacted youth. Since launching in January 2015, The Town Kitchen has delivered over 120,000 lunches to corporate clients like UC Berkeley, Schoolzilla and the Golden State Warriors. Most importantly, The Town Kitchen has been able to employ a workforce of 46% foster youth at an average hourly wage of $15.65/hr.

Sabrina has 13 years' experience in Bay Area workforce development, community building, and strategic partnerships. She's passionate about generating upward economic mobility for young people of color.

Twitter - @thetownkitchen | @sabrina_mutu

Episode: 9/11/2017 @7:00 PM


John Whaley
John Whaley

Founder and CEO
UnifyID
https://unify.id

John Whaley is Founder and CEO of UnifyID. He was previously Founder and CTO of Moka5, and was a Visiting Lecturer in Computer Science at Stanford. He is an expert in computer security and has spoken at numerous conferences and industry events. He holds a doctorate in computer science from Stanford University, where he made key contributions to the fields of program analysis, compilers, and virtual machines. He is the winner of numerous awards including the Arthur L. Samuel Thesis Award for Best Thesis at Stanford, and has worked at IBM’s T.J. Watson Research Center and Tokyo Research Lab. John was named one of the top 15 programmers in the USA Computing Olympiad. He also holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in computer science from MIT.

Twitter - @UnifyID

Episode: 9/11/2017 @8:00 PM


Labor Day Marathon
Labor Day Marathon

Check out siriusxm.com for more info
See You Next Week!
http://www.cardstore.com/blog/happy-labor-day/

Episode: 9/4/2017 @7:00 PM


Sean Behr
Sean Behr

Founder, CEO
STRATIM
http://stratim.com

Sean is Co-Founder and CEO of STRATIM (previously Zirx), the intelligent logistics platform for mobility companies. Sean previously served in leadership roles at Adap.tv (acquired by AOL), most recently, as SVP of Global operations. Before Adap.tv, Sean held various management roles at Shopping.com (acquired by Ebay) including roles in HR, sales, product management and strategy development. Sean holds a B.A. in History and Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Twitter - @seanbehr

Episodes: 10/9/2017 @7:00 PM, 8/28/2017 @7:00 PM


Rogelio Choy
Rogelio Choy

CEO
Bittorrent
http://www.bittorrent.com

Rogelio (Ro) Choy, is currently CEO at Bittorrent. Prior to this role, Mr. Choy previously served as CBO at Luxe, COO at BitTorrent, COO at Formspring, CRO at Rockyou, and as a Director at eBay running their parts business. Prior to eBay, Mr. Choy Co-founded Cima Systems. Mr. Choy serves as an advisor to a number of social media focused startups including Applifer (acq by Unity), Wildfire Interactive (acq by Google), Project Slice (acq by Rakuten), Groupcard (acq by Incomm), EAT Club, Nanigans, and Mercari. Mr. Choy earned his MBA from Stanford University School of Business. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Duke University.

Twitter - @BitTorrent| @rochoy

Episodes: 10/9/2017 @8:00 PM, 8/28/2017 @8:00 PM


Andrew Maas
Andrew Maas

Co-Founder & Co-Chief Scientist
Roam Analytics
http://RoamAnalytics.com

Andrew graduated with a PhD in Computer Science from Stanford University in 2015, advised by Andrew Ng and Dan Jurafsky. His research focuses on large scale deep learning to solve some of the most challenging problems in data analytics and forecasting, speech recognition, natural language processing, and computer vision. Andrew has consulted for Coursera, where he built biometric classifiers; for other clients he has developed recommendation systems for TV content and unsupervised similarity discovery algorithms for legal patents. Andrew received his B.S. from Carnegie Mellon in 2009. In 2017, he was voted by Forbes as a top 30 UNDER 30 in Enterprise Technology.

Episodes: 8/21/2017 @8:00 PM, 6/26/2017 @8:00 PM