Polyverse Corporation is the world’s leading cybersecurity vendor of moving target defense technologies for Linux. Before founding Polyverse Corporation, Alex Gounares led Concurix Corporation, a maker of Node.js profiling tools. These tools were acquired by Strongloop, Inc., and integrated into the Strongloop Arc platform.
Prior to Concurix, Alex served as AOL’s Chief Technology Officer. In this role, he led all aspects of AOL’s technology strategy, platform development, and external technology partnerships. He was responsible for all of AOL’s global engineering, IT, and operations functions. In addition, he served as a member of the company’s Global Executive Operating Committee.
Alex joined AOL from Microsoft, where he was Corporate Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for the company’s Online Services Division. During his tenure at Microsoft, Alex led significant strategic and technical operations for some of the company’s most important projects, including Microsoft’s global advertising platform, Bing search, MSN, and Microsoft Virtual Earth. Alex also served for three years as Technology Advisor to Microsoft Chairman and founder Bill Gates, as well as Corporate Vice President of Corporate Strategy in Microsoft’s Finance Department.
Prior to joining Microsoft in 1993, Alex worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory. He has founded four start-ups and is also an inventor on more than 200 U.S. patents, filed and pending. Alex holds a bachelor’s degree cum laude in Computer Science from Princeton University.
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Thank you to Paul Dressel or Norm Langseth for organizing the June Rotary First Harvest work party, and to Kara Durbin and Fay Andersson for providing these photos. Thank you also to all who participated.
The next Bellevue Rotary First Harvest Work Party is Saturday, August 11, and is being organized by Natalie Werzynski and Ivan Irizarry. As usual, this is a great way to be a part of a hands-on project that helps people in our own community. All Rotarians, family members and friends are invited to help! (Children must be at least 3rd grade or 9 years old.) Sign up by visiting the Rotary First Harvest website and click on the sign-up link for the date of the work party in which you wish to participate.
Please join us for BRC Thirsty Thursday, from 6:00-8:00PM, at Henry’s Tavern, 500 Bellevue Way NE, Ste 310 (located on the third floor, across from the new cinema).
Thirsty Thursday is a great way to introduce new and prospective Rotarians to our club and members. Bring your friends, partners, and guests to share appetizers (hosted) and drinks (no‑host), and get to know your fellow BRC members at this fun fellowship event (free parking).
Prospective members and guests are welcome and encouraged to attend! This also counts as a make‑up.
Questions? Contact this month’s organizer Paul Dressel.
Camp Goodtimes was established in 1984 to provide a no-cost camp environment for children affected by cancer, where they can recapture the joys of childhood. Our Rotary Club hosts an annual carnival, where kids (and volunteers) spend an afternoon with bubbles, bouncy houses, paint, and all around fun.
Please contact Erich Patten if you are able to participate in this great annual event. Ask any Rotarian who has previously been to Camp Goodtimes, and they will tell you it is one of the most worthwhile days you can spend volunteering! Check out these happy campers!
Thanks to Elaine Heller and the Survey Monkey, the next book will be “The Sympathizer,” by Viet Thanh Nguyen. Thanks to SanDee Olson, who will once again host us for our summer gathering/discussion, Wednesday, July 18, from 7-9PM. If you (and partner) plan on attending, please RSVP to Margaret Doman.
If you have an EVEN numbered birth year, please bring a bottle of wine to share.
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An Amazon Best Book of April 2015:
Viet Thanh Nguyen’s “The Sympathizer” brilliantly draws you in with the opening line: “I am a spy, a sleeper, a spook, a man of two faces.” It’s thrilling, rhythmic, and astonishing, as is the rest of Nguyen’s enthralling portrayal of the Vietnam War. The narrator is an undercover communist agent posing as a captain in the Southern Vietnamese Army. Set during the fall of Saigon and the years after in America, the captain spies on the general and the men he escaped with, sharing his information with his communist blood brothers in coded letters. But when his allegiance is called into question, he must act in a way that will haunt him forever. Political, historical, romantic and comic, The Sympathizer is a rich and hugely gratifying story that captures the complexity of the war and what it means to be of two minds. — Al Woodworth
“[A] remarkable debut novel … [Nguyen] brings a distinctive perspective to the war and its aftermath. His book fills a void in the literature, giving voice to the previously voiceless … The nameless protagonist-narrator, a memorable character despite his anonymity, is an Americanized Vietnamese with a divided heart and mind. Nguyen’s skill in portraying this sort of ambivalent personality compares favorably with masters like Conrad, Greene, and le Carré … Both thriller and social satire … In its final chapters, The Sympathizer becomes an absurdist tour de force that might have been written by a Kafka or Genet.” — Philip Caputo, New York Times Book Review
“Gleaming and uproarious, a dark comedy of confession filled with charlatans, delusionists and shameless opportunists … The Sympathizer, like Graham Greene’s The Quiet American, examines American intentions, often mixed with hubris, benevolence and ineptitude, that lead the country into conflict.” ― Los Angeles Times
“Sparkling and audacious … Unique and startling … Nguyen’s prose is often like a feverish, frenzied dream, a profuse and lively stream of images sparking off the page … . Nguyen can be wickedly funny … . [His] narrator has an incisive take on Asian-American history and what it means to be a nonwhite American … . this remarkable, rollicking read by a Vietnamese immigrant heralds an exciting new voice in American literature.” — Seattle Times
Bellevue Rotary is booked for 32 tee times on Wednesday, September 26, at Bellevue Golf Course, for our Fall Golf fellowship. Our first tee time will be 12:00 noon, and we will be having dinner at about 5:30PM, with awards and prizes. The cost is $75.00 (billed to your Rotary account) and includes golf, range balls, dinner, and prizes. Drinks and carts are extra, and carts can be reserved and paid for at the Pro Shop (425.452.7250).
Please contact Brad Hunt if you would like to participate in this fall fellowship.
Mark your calendars for Bellevue Rotary’s Annual Celebration of Service on Saturday, September 15, 2018, at 5:30PM.
We invite you to join us for an elegant Evening in Paris at the Bellevue Westin Hotel, with cocktails, dinner and dancing! All proceeds from this event benefit the Bellevue Rotary Foundation, which provides grants to local and international non-profit organizations and supports community service projects here and around the world.
For questions regarding sponsorships and other opportunities to get involved, please contact email@example.com.
We are looking forward to this great evening with friends!
Do you have a used iPad that you could donate, to be put to good use by kids with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, or developmental disabilities in Nepal?
I and my non-profit organization (TRIFC.org) have a goal of finding 20 used iPads for use by children with disabilities at SERC School in Kathmandu, Nepal (Special Educational Rehabilitation Center). We currently have 6 donated iPads in use at the school. These iPads are incredibly useful when combined with a specialized app like Proloquo2Go, which is a picture-based app that helps non-verbal children communicate and express themselves. This app helps non‑verbal kids communicate through a vast selection of picture-oriented buttons and alphabet buttons. You can see it being used on our TRIFC YouTube channel.
We have been piloting this project at SERC for the past 6 months, and it is truly amazing to see how well the iPads have worked. It’s so wonderful to see the students use both the picture buttons to form sentences and the alphabet buttons to make words. Some of the children who have NEVER spoken before are selecting picture words and trying to copy the spoken word, trying to speak for the first time! Other non‑verbal children are putting words together into meaningful sentences, and many children are finding it useful to help them with their ABC’s and learning math.
If you have an old iPad hanging around your house please consider sending it on a wonderful journey to work in Nepal and help non-verbal children have a “voice.”