Recruiting top talent is challenging these days — just ask Monica Bua, Managing Director at executive search firm Morgan Samuels. Monica built and now runs the emerging products and technology practice, where she finds, assesses, and develops the leadership that transforms companies.

The good news, Monica says, is that despite steep competition for talent, there are steps companies can take to optimize the search process and find the right executive candidates, fast. …


Imagine that instead of hailing a rideshare home from work, you could head up to the roof of your office, hop into an eVTOL (more commonly known as an air taxi), and fly home through the low-altitude sky. That’s the promise of advanced air mobility — the concept of an air transportation system that uses emerging, highly automated forms of aviation to move people and cargo across local, regional, and urban environments. …


Photo courtesy of Tapan Kataria

When you meet Tapan ‘Tops’ Kataria, it’s impossible not to break into a smile. Tops is a natural connector, and it’s his ability to forge strong bonds that enabled him to embrace entrepreneurship at a young age, gain valuable investment experience, and make the most of Detroit’s innovation ecosystem.

We spoke to Tops about his long-time hustle as an Indian wedding DJ, how growing a business in Detroit unlocked access to the venture world, and how his philosophy of building strong relationships powers his work at Silicon Foundry.

Let’s start by talking about your background. You grew up in India…


HCL Software doesn’t just acquire enduring software products — it is on a mission to drive customer success through relentless innovation of its products, particularly in cloud native architecture.

Since its inception five years ago, the software division of HCL Technologies has grown into a $1.1B business with over 4500 employees in 45 countries. It supports 30 product families across Customer Experience, Digital Solutions, Secure DevOps, and Security and Automation.

Silicon Foundry spoke to HCL Software’s Global Director of Strategy, Mark Edwards, about how the company invests in, develops, markets, and sells mission-critical enterprise software products in order to deliver…


Access is a major theme in Camille Manso’s life. It started when a college real estate law class unlocked information that helped her family business. That led her to a career in transactional law, where she focused on ‘growing the pie’ for her clients. Camille got interested in cryptocurrency, edtech, and fintech because of their power to expand access to opportunity, tools, and information. Now, she’s bringing that passion to her work at Silicon Foundry.

We spoke to Camille about how managing a family business catalyzed her interest in innovation, what it was like to pivot away from a career…


Remote work expert Darren Murph says investing in workplace flexibility will keep companies competitive and enable employees to enjoy more control over their schedules. Photo courtesy of Darren Murph

Darren Murph is a remote work evangelist. Murph is Head of Remote at GitLab, where he shapes teams, manages operations, and advances company culture — all without an office.

GitLab is far ahead of most organizations when it comes to remote work: it has over 1200 all-remote employees. There’s no corporate headquarters. The company has extensively documented its remote work best practices, and over the course of the pandemic, Murph and his colleagues have watched other organizations start to catch up. …


Latin America offers a major market to global mediatech companies. The population is young, digital, and connected: there are approximately 440 million mobile users across the region. Smart phone use is growing and the pandemic catapulted e-commerce to an all-time high.

But expanding into a new market can be challenging. Companies may not know the most effective ways to reach their target audience. An established regional partner with deep cultural and community roots can help companies access potential customers on the emerging and legacy channels they know and love. In Latin America, that partner is Globo.

Globo is Latin America’s…


(Still image from Emotion Network docuseries Tech.Emotion. Image courtesy of Emotion Network.)

When we talk about technology, we focus on the benefits of algorithms and automation, efficiency and scale. But we often neglect to investigate how it might impact our lives, our cultures, and our planet — or if it can enrich our souls.

Emotion Network, an Italian-led global platform of thinkers, entrepreneurs, and investors, seeks to change that. The organization advocates for ethical, emotioned-centered tech designed to empower human potential and to create a more righteous world. The best place to learn that, says founder Mattia Mor, is Italy.

“Italy is where humanism was born. It’s where the Renaissance was born…


Hybrid work — where employees work in the office, from home, or both — is fast becoming the new normal. Google, Ford, Microsoft, Salesforce, and Reddit have all announced that they’re going hybrid; other major companies will likely follow suit. But creating an effective hybrid environment isn’t as easy as re-opening offices and turning everything into a Zoom meeting for the people who aren’t in the room. Companies face big questions about how they plan to build equitable and diverse work environments for remote and in-person employees, eliminate proximity bias in hiring and management, and right-size office space for a…


Image courtesy of Erik Terjesen

Want to know the latest developments in battery technology? Curious about best practices for greening your supply chain? Just ask Erik Terjesen, Silicon Foundry’s resident cleantech expert. Erik specializes in commercializing EV, solar, energy storage, and wireless technologies and has extensive experience in licensing, technology transfer, venture capital, and mergers and acquisitions. He holds a BA from Harvard and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. We sat down with Erik to discuss big topics in cleantech, the future of batteries, and what corporations should consider as they prioritize sustainability.

Give us an overview of the…

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