Cafe X

Café X will bring together faculty, staff, students and the broader community, to cultivate and develop “blue sky” thinking about topical issues and leading edge ideas. Invited speakers will share experiences in exciting innovative areas that will spark discussion, provoke debate and elicit thoughtful ideas.

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Nitin Chopra

Nitin Chopra

VC, Shasta Ventures

Understanding Silicon Valley's Ecosystem.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017
3:30 - 4:30 pm

McMaster University
Engineering Technology Building, Room 535

Free admission, however seating is limited. Registration required.

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Café X will be open for business for one hour, starting with a presentation, followed by questions and answers. Refreshments will be available at the start and conclusion of the event.


Silicon Valley is a thriving entrepreneurial hub where high-tech corporations, top-ranking universities and research labs, and proximity to venture capital create the perfect and unique ecosystem for innovation and development. Silicon Valley is a land of opportunity and home to some of the world’s most successful companies and innovative technological breakthroughs. Nitin Chopra is a leader and venture capitalist in Silicon Valley, and will provide his personal insight on Silicon Valley’s ecosystem. He will discuss the trajectory of development, lessons to be learned, and his own predictions on what the future looks like.

About Nitin Chopra:

Nitin Chopra is a Principal at Shasta Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm.  Nitin is passionate about enterprise software and invests in infrastructure software, particularly in data technologies and security. He serves as a board director of SlamData and Foglogic is actively involved with Shasta Ventures' investments in LucidWorks, Data.World, Lightbend, Entelo and ValiMail. As a part of his role, Nitin routinely interacts with Fortune 500 IT Executives and holds executive roundtables with enterprise IT executives and venture-backed start-up CEOs.

Prior to joining Shasta Ventures, Nitin spent a number of years in Product Management, and worked across Canada, Germany and the USA. Nitin earned an MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering from McMaster University.

Past ...

Dr. Rick Huijbregts, Vice President, Digital Transformation and Innovation, Cisco Canada

Lisa Brown, Service Manager, Power Systems at Toromont CAT

Dwayne Wasylyshyn, Independent Consultant

Trueman Goba, Chairman of Hatch - Africa, Europe and Middle East

Barbara Oakley, Professor of Engineering at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan

Sohail Murad, Professor and Chair, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering Illinois Institute of Technology

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. h.c. Detlef Zühlke, Director Innovative Factory Systems Department German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence DFKI - Kaiserslautern/Germany - April 2016

Catherine Booth, Senior Project Executive at University Health Network, Managing Director and Owner at Vision Ridge Ventures, Inc. - March 2016

Patrick Deane, President and Vice-Chancellor, McMaster University - February 2016

Robert Walker (M.Eng '75, Ph.D. '77 EngPhys & D.Sc. 2013) Past President, Atomic Energy Canada Limited - December 2015

Greig Mordue, Associate Professor, Master of Engineering and Public Policy, ArcelorMittal Dofasco Chair in Advanced Manufacturing Policy - November 2015

Nicholas Brathwaite (Class of '82), Co-Founder & General Partner at Riverwood Capital - October 2015

Raffaella De Vita, Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics, Virginia Tech. - September 2015

Ann Cavoukian, Executive Director of the Privacy and Big Data Institute, Ryerson University - April 2015

Karim Lakhani (B.Eng.M '93 Electrical Eng) Associate Professor, Technology & Operations Management Unit, Harvard Business School - April 2015

J. Paul Santerre (PhD '90 Chemical Engineering), Professor, Faculty of Dentistry and Institute of Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering, University of Toronto - March 2015

Tim J. Nohara, President & CEO, Accipiter Radar Technologies Inc. - January 2015

Danielle Zyngier, Optimization Specialist, Hatch - October 2014

Sanjeev G. Shroff, Distinguished Professor of Bioengineering, University of Pittsburgh - September 2014

Jay Gore, Reilly University Chair Professor of Engineering, Purdue University - March 2014

John Bandler, McMaster University and Bandler Corporation - February 2014

Eugene Roman, Chief Technology Officer, Canadian Tire Corporation, Limited - January 2014

Jordan Banks, Managing Director and Head of Global Vertical Strategy Facebook Canada - November 2013

For event information, please contact Terry Milson,, 905-525-9140, ext. 27391.