Welcome to our 2012 Sponsor’s page. Below we will post the key companies supporting the TEDxMarin Sept 27th show. We encourage you to support these fine companies as well.

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Premiere Sponsors


OUR PREMIERE EDUCATION SPONSOR. For 30 years Autodesk has been a leading software company. Over 10 million customers  across the manufacturing, architecture, building, construction, and media and entertainment industries use Autodesk software to design, visualize and simulate their ideas. But we are more than a software company. We are a company using our every strength and asset to help people imagine, design, and create a better world.At Autodesk we are committed to making sustainability easy, insightful, and cost-effective. Our portfolio of 80+ products serving the infrastructure, building, and manufacturing sectors, integrates analytical capabilities, data sets, and design principles, leading architects, designers and engineers to more sustainable project outcomes.We also equip emerging innovators with our tools and provide education to understand sustainability challenges and how to tackle them.The Autodesk Sustainability Workshop, a free online resource, teaches the principles and practice of sustainability in engineering and design.Solving complex challenges requires bringing the best thinking to the table. At Autodesk, we engage and connect customers, thought leaders, government officials, nonprofit organizations, and others to create new approaches, inspire people to take action, and accelerate new industries. Through the Autodesk Clean Tech Partner Programwe support a thriving network of hundreds of emerging and established clean tech innovators.Lastly, we build expertise by using Autodesk as a testing ground for new ideas, workflows, and solutions. We implement virtual collaboration technology to reduce business travel, invest in energy efficiency, and minimize the footprint of our major events. We raise the bar on sustainability, striving to be ahead of the curve and sharing what we know.Learn more at www.autodesk.com/sustainability.
 
Good Earth Natural Foods is a single, local and independently owned organic and natural foods store located in Fairfax, Marin County. Since 1969, Good Earth has been committed to the health and sustainability of our community, and we are happy to sponsor TEDxMarin. We were founded with the dream of offering the very best quality and most organic food that we could find. Never content to simply accept the status quo, we have always pushed the envelope and tried to encourage food growers and manufacturers to produce food of higher quality.Organic runs deep at Good Earth. We believe that organic foods offer us the best opportunity to heal our bodies and the earth, so throughout Good Earth you will notice that we “Go Organic”. If it is not organic, it must have some other redeeming quality that organic selections do not provide. Organic foods are grown in higher humus soils so they offer superior taste and nutrition. Organic foods are grown without chemical pesticides so they are easier on us and other creatures. Organic foods are also the best way to avoid genetically modified organisms (GMOs).Visit Good Earth’s new store now open at the gateway of Fairfax. One of the most exciting endeavors of our new store is our incredible organic prepared food. Some of which you will have the opportunity to sample at this TEDxMarin event. Good Earth is creating tastings from our delicious new catering menu for your enjoyment.Offering 100% organic produce, an organic bakery, an organic cafe with indoor and outdoor seating, plus organic food made from scratch in our own kitchen. We have an organic vegetarian salad bar, hot organic vegetarian food bar, hand-tossed pizza, organic taqueria, and fresh & wild sushi. Enjoy our deli, wok & grill, and rotisserie roasted organic chicken. We also have a huge grab-n-go selection perfect for picnics.Good Earth Natural Foods at 720 Center Blvd. in Fairfax is open every day from 8am to 9pm. Like us on Facebook www.facebook.com/pages/Good-Earth-Natural-Foods/96740880330 and visit us online at www.genatural.com
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Partners


Earthsite is a boutique digital media agency for sustainable brands located in Fairfax, Marin. Our company specializes in branding strategy, web design and social media marketing.  We have over 10 years experience working with clients in the Natural Products, Clean Tech, Education, Non-Profit, Government, Events, and Transportation industries.  We are excited to be a part of this year’s TEDxMarin.  There is a great community of innovators in Marin County.  TEDx provides a place for our community to come together in celebration and to learn from each other.
 
Branditecture builds strong brands.Branditecture works with consumer, retail and business brands to bring clarity of purpose and proprietary distinction through the development of meaningful brand concepts. And we set these companies up for continued success by providing strategy, communications and design to express their brands in compelling and unforgettable ways.Branditecture’s principals have been TEDsters for many years, and were active participants in the inception of the TED Prize, as sponsors of inaugural recipient Bono’s ONE campaign. We were also the drivers behind TED’s support of Architecture for Humanity, as sponsors of the infrastructure behind the Open Architecture Network.
 
MOSAIQQ Inc is a software company that challenges the personal computer concept by introducing true multi-touch, multi-user experience on large touch screens, where users can interact and participate in the same or different activities simultaneously. It is our mission to build intuitive software that enables the computer to be an interactive collaborative or social activity tool.MOSAIQQ is a strong believer in disrupting technologies that challenges our understanding and how we use technology in our daily life. TED has created many disruptions over the years with it’s “Ideas worth spreading” mission. We are proud to be part of the TEDxMarin family and on a local level contribute with spreading ideas and inspire people to seek new challenges.
 
At Wesley Ashley Wines, we ask one question, and we ask it often: Does wine have a soul? When you hold your glass to the light, what do you see? Do you see intelligent design or the pure genius of chance?Wesley Ashley Wines is honored to be a part of TEDxMarin today. We’re a small winery with big thoughts: We believe in the resonance of a glass of grapes: its intention and implication, the questions it poses, the pause it gives us, the values behind it. Wine is an idea worth spreading, a conversation to carry us into tomorrow and beyond. So, a few years ago, we began our humble little label, Intelligent Design, with a simple idea: Instead of duplicating everyone else’s eclectic blends, we decided to create blends that do justice to the great blends that inspired them.Look again at your glass. Great wine is a fermentation of great ideas. But does wine have a soul? Does it matter when it tastes this good? Does it matter as long as the conversation continues? You decide.
 
A pioneer in the Green Valley appellation within the Russian River area of Sonoma County, the Iron Horse family is building a legacy of prestige Sparkling Wines and estate-bottled Chardonnay and Pinot Noir within a “holistic” environment of natural balance, cultivation and love of the land.Iron Horse is best known for its Sparklings, which have been served at the White House for five consecutive Presidential Administrations, beginning with the historic U.S.-Russian Summit Meetings ending the Cold War. Other historic occasions include the White House Millennium celebrations New Year’s Eve 1999 ushering in the new century, the White House dinner honoring the Pope and the most recent State Dinner for the Queen of England.Ours are not “cookie cutter” wines, but distinctive, delicious, beautifully balanced expressions of our home place in Green Valley. The family stands for the highest quality and being true to our vineyards. Iron Horse produces a special, limited production, vintage Blanc de Blancs, called Ocean Reserve, in partnership with National Geographic. $4 bottle goes to help establish marine protected areas and reduce over fishing – ideas we feel are “worth spreading”.We are honored to pour our wines for this TEDx gathering of some of the most talented, creative and innovative people in Marin County.
 

Community Leaders


Bank of Marin is the #1 community and business bank in Marin with offices throughout Marin, Sonoma, Napa and San Francisco. We’re known for our dedication to the community and our experienced and trusted team of bankers who consistently provide exceptional service, quick turnaround, flexibility, and ongoing guidance for our customers’ financial needs.At Bank of Marin we believe it is our responsibility to give back to our communities by volunteering our time, leadership, and financial contributions to local organizations. We’re proud to support over 250 local non-profits and volunteer close to 8,000 hours a year. We’re equally proud to have earned numerous awards, including ”Top Corporate Philanthropist” and “Best Places to Work in the Bay Area.”Like TEDxMarin, Bank of Marin is passionate about connecting with local communities and strives to help create an even more vibrant community.
 
For more than 25 years, 3M has been a leading innovator in developing and commercializing touchscreen technology. Years before the multi-touch phenomena revolutionized smart phones and tablets, 3M amazed the display industry with its high-performance multi-touch technology that tracked 60 simultaneous touch points and helped change the way we relate with our smart devices. When combined with optimized multi-touch applications, this new immersive user experience is truly amazing. 3M offers multi-touch displays ranging from 18.5” to 32”, with information available at www.3m.com/multitouch.
The School of Business and Leadership at Dominican University of California graduates students with a global orientation, an entrepreneurial attitude, a commitment to environmental stewardship, and a strong sense of ethics and social responsibility essential for responsible business leadership in a sustainable global community. 
 The school offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees that prepare graduates to demonstrate responsible, competent, and ethical leadership in their professions and communities throughout the world. The MBA programs are in 1) Strategic Leadership, 2) Global Management, and 3) Sustainable Enterprise (Green MBA). The degree programs hone technical business skills while helping students to transition from manager to internationally savvy leader. The curriculum integrates leadership, entrepreneurship, globalization, and environmental sustainability, arising from uncommon levels of interdisciplinary scholarship and community engagement.The School of Business and Leadership serves as a business and leadership resource center for the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond through its Institute of Leadership Studies, Venture Greenhouse, and Center for Sustainability. Also, it is home to outreach centers of the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Environmental Finance Center.
 
I am dedicated to the accomplishment of my client’s lifetime real estate goals. My heart centric guidance begins with an acute understanding and appreciation of my clients’ personal and financial goals. My diligence in the critical components of pricing, marketing and negotiating, enables my clients to buy and sell real estate with complete confidence and trust. My past business experience in high tech allows me to optimize technological and social web opportunities for precise research and effective marketing strategies.  I am a top producer for Sotheby’s International Realty providing remarkable service based on discretion and integrity. I’m proud to sponsor art and technology events that inspire innovation and creativity including TEDxMarin.
 
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We fight childhood hunger by asking people to make a simple, affordable choice.Two Degrees makes healthy, all-natural, gluten-free nutrition bars in four delicious flavors.  We believe that everyday choices can make a big difference. Instead of grabbing just any snack, you can go for one that feeds your hunger and helps do the same for another. That’s the power of our one-for-one model: for every Two Degrees bar you buy, we donate a meal to a hungry child.  Our mission is to empower you, the consumer, to help feed 200 million hungry children through just Two Degrees of separation. After all, in today’s world, none of us are that far away.Two Degrees is excited to work with TedX Marin especially at this conference that highlights the designs that will shape a better future. We believe that our one-for-one model will be one of the most effective ways to combat childhood hunger and will help save future generations of developing health problems associated with chronic hunger and malnutrition.
MarketingOnline.com was created to help entrepreneurs convert their passions into profits in an environment that promotes and supports family-centered entrepreneurism. When we say, “family-centered,” we’re referring to Family as a catch-all term. Family to us means those people you’re most familiar with, inside out, outside of your bloodline. Your business family, family of close friends, or your civic family, etc.Fundamentally, the family-centered entrepreneur is someone who values relationships more than transactions. We value business relationships more than business transactions because it instinctively feels like the right thing to do, and ultimately, we usually prosper more and lead more fulfilling lives when putting personal relationships above business opportunities.The MarketingOnline.com community of family-centered entrepreneurs honored to provide support to the TedxMarin community of visionaries and life-long learners.
 
U.S. Pure Water is proud to partner with TedxMarin. We are committed to
developing sustainable practices for water use in our community and have
done so since 1985.  USPW helps California businesses, events planners,
and residents of the area realize the many benefits of Point-of-Use water
treatment. From the office break room … to the local restaurant… to
the neighborhood grocery store…to marathon race site… to the kitchen
sink … our reverse osmosis and filtration systems provide the freshest
water possible – eliminating the desire for and usage of bottled water. As
a local company, we feel strongly about doing our part to preserve this
beautiful area in which we live. U.S. Pure Water supports the
collaborative efforts of all organizations involved in the 2012 TedXMarin
 
At GraphiconDesign.com we believe in the power of visual design: to bring people together, to build the future, and to improve lives. We’ve had the privilege of collaborating with hundreds of companies, including some of the nation’s top organizations to produce marketing and educational materials.

Graphicon offices are located in Marin. We support TEDxMarin for the inspiration it brings to our community and beyond.

 
We’re a small, family-owned business started in 1996. We make our own products in our Certified Organic facility in Marin County, California. We feature a complete line of Essential Oil based Natural and Organic Bath, Skin and Hair Care Productsthat bring you the best of what nature has to offer.At EO, we place integrity, community and right livelihood before profit. Our brand inspires trust because our customers know that intention for the greater good and transparency are built into our business from the ground up. We’re proud to be a certified B Corporation as well as the first body care company in the country to be verified as non-GMO.Sponsoring TEDxMarin further expands our pursuit of truth and community.
 
Like Lockheed Martin’s “Skunkworks” department, Kernerworks specializes in problem solving, prototype development and a variety of applied research projects for government and military agencies as well as private companies and contractors.

Kernerworks has its roots in the film and special effects industries. Many of the Kernerworks team were previously  employed by Industrial Light & Magic and the ILM spin-off, Kerner Optical.

Kitchen Appliances & Kitchen Design – San Rafael, CaliforniaThe Standards of Excellence appliance showroom in San Rafael is conveniently located nearby Terra Linda, Novato, San Anselmo, Corte Madera, San Francisco and Oakland. On display at our appliance showroom are hundreds of name-brand kitchen and home appliances including refrigerators, cooktops, wall ovens, outdoor kitchen appliances, ventilation hoods, washers, dryers and much more.
 
The Kanbar Center has established a strong and well respected reputation within the community as a Center for the Performing Arts in Marin County.  Originally known as CenterStage, this performing arts department within the Osher Marin JCC has been presenting a stunning lineup of world-class performances from emerging and established performers annually since 1990.  Venues include the grand Hoytt Theater, the intimate Kurland Lounge and Swig Field, our outdoor venue nestled against the hills of Marin and home of our celebrated Summer Nightsfestivals.Performances run the gamut from classical to world music, dance to comedy, lectures and film to culinary demonstrations.  Our Club J events offer a club experience feel with plenty of room for dancing, mingling and fun.  We also host an ongoing series of lively children’s shows on Sundays with The Buddy Club.In addition to all of this, our beautiful spaces are the ideal place for a variety of rental applications including weddings, fundraisers, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, and life celebrations.
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Margot Duane photographs people, events and culture for clients around the globe.  Her images feature political and art luminaries (Barack Obama, Jane Fonda, Sean Penn, Uma Thurman), as well as real people of all stripes, in a style that’s authentic and full of vitality. Margot’s photography has been published worldwide on the pages of TIME, Rolling Stone, Los Angeles Times, Men’s Journal, as well as in several books. To view her work, visit:  http://www.margotduane.com.Margot is a Marin native and is proud to support the TedXMarin community.

Innovator Showcase


Pixt lets you make photo and video walls that pull content from all your online places. Pixt  Walls are physical, real time and collaborative. Walls that you and your friends can just drag pictures and videos onto. Pixt lets you all have one fun, shared collection.Pixt Walls make collecting and sharing your digital photos, videos and content from wherever they’re stored easy and fun.  Pixt Walls are collaborative, for you, your friends, and family.  All you do is drag and drop your content (photos / videos etc.) onto your “Wall”.  You can drag and drop from anywhere and everywhere you have content… your hard drive, linked devices like cameras, smartphones, tablets, thumb drives; and, Facebook, Flickr, Google+, Instagram, Picassa, Dropbox etc.  You can also link to, and load / send, your “Walls”, to your Facebook page and other services.
WildFIt Mission: To both inspire and empower people to achieve massively increased levels of health, energy and fitness by creating a supportive environment and providing both the required education and motivation to achieve these goals.WildFit is a new training methodology — a methodology that draws its inspiration from evolutionary and functional medicine and nutritional anthropology. Humans evolved in a process that took millions of years and took place almost entirely in nature. People living in today’s ‘civilized’ world are often prone to weight gain, obesity, diabetes, cancer, heart disease and/or other ‘lifestyle’ diseases caused or influenced by a dangerous combination of bad nutrition and inactivity.  WildFit seeks to help people return to natural levels of health, energy and longevity by assisting them in living in accordance with their evolutionary design.WildFit was compelled to sponsor TEDxMarin because of shared values including the dissemination of interesting and often life-changing information and discoveries.
Technology can empower and liberate.  A single, effective product has more potential for worldwide impact – by providing clean water, food, shelter, or income – than any other existing development approach. Through the introduction of inexpensive and simple yet life-altering products the lives of more than 2 billion poverty-stricken people around the globe can be dramatically improved.Catapult Design is a non-profit design firm providing engineering and implementation support to the thousands of organizations in need of technologies or products capable of igniting social change.  We are engineers, designers, implementers, and educators – we design products, introduce technologies, and foster trends that are self-sustaining, socially responsible and culturally sensitive.
At Jenn-Air, we put innovation first – in performance and design. For this reason, we are pleased to be involved with TED/Marin and it’s Bay Area colleagues.Like TED/Marin’s commitment to innovation, Jenn-Air embraces technology and creates appliances that are powerful, precisely calibrated yet easy to use. Our design and technological innovations take the very social setting of the kitchen to a new level, resulting in beautifully crafted appliances that are not only sleek and sophisticated, inside and out but also uncompromising in performance and design.
PuurBuy develops mobile and web applications that help customers see the sustainable practices of local businesses.Currently, the puurBuy mobile app artfully displays the healthy and sustainable practices of local restaurants right in a hungry customers handheld device. Diners can easily see which places source organic vegetables, purchase pasture-raised meats, buy from local farms or make efforts to reduce their environmental footprint, as well as which restaurants are most friendly toward vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free eaters.This data is collected through an online survey but restaurants also have the option of becoming certified, allowing a puurBuy representative to verify the information. Our unique algorithm, developed with renown sustainability thought leaders such as Paul Hawken, assigns each business a “puurity index” representing their level of commitment as either a commendable sapling, an admirable mid-sized tree, or a virtuous fruiting hardwood.Sustainable restaurants are already making difficult choices and puurBuy allows them to attract loyal customers who appreciate their commitment to health and sustainability.
 
The Venture Greenhouse of Dominican University of California is a venture growth accelerator for budding clean tech and environmental entrepreneurs, a learning laboratory for Dominican’s business students, and a community resource for innovators, investors, sustainability advocates and new ventures. Located in a 5,000 square foot commercial building in San Rafael, the Venture Greenhouse accelerates the success of environmentally beneficial ventures by providing a broad array of resources during an intensive one year process, including work space (desks, conference rooms, workshop), advising, and access to expertise and funding. The Venture Greenhouse is becoming a leading innovation and venture creation catalyst addressing critical environmental issues, to support humanity thriving within the planet’s ecological means while contributing to vibrant and sustainable economic development in Marin County and the greater Bay Area. The Venture Greenhouse offers two programs: the Resident Client program, which launched in spring 2011, and the Affiliate program, which began in spring 2012.
 
Electrobike™ is an electric bicycle-renting venture that combines a visually unique product, proprietary performance and an unparalleled brand promise.Electrobike will make its public debut at TedXMarin, Thursday September 27, 2012.Within 5 years from this auspicious event Electrobikes will be providing 10,000 trips per day, departing from 300 convenient locations and displacing 40 million pounds of CO2 annually from American automobiles.
Eye Capture, a reader-first, new tech-enabled, mobile strategy solution for magazine publishers, bridges the gap between traditional media, the web, and the fast-changing world of mobile.  Eye Capture’s mission is to seamlessly enhance the user experience with quality content across various platforms today. By doing this, we enable people to discover through magazines those “ideas worth spreading” and share them with the world. www.EyeCapture.net

Community Supporters


The GreenMBA at Dominican University of California’s School of Business and Leadership is an accredited graduate business degree program where people with strong environmental and social values develop effective leadership capacities to advance economically successful, ecologically restorative, and socially just initiatives in any type of organization. Our guiding principle is: “Transform Yourself. Transform Business. Transform The World.” Students acquire the tools to lead organizations to transcend ‘business as usual’ practices and adapt with a rapidly changing world.The GreenMBA adheres to a core belief that business needs to be both innovative and entrepreneurial to thrive in today’s economy. The business leaders of tomorrow need to be courageous and creative so yhey can anticipate and plan for “The Emerging Future.”
 
The Institute for Leadership Studies at Dominican University of California is a leadership development center in the School of Business & Leadership. Through the study, teaching, and practice of effective, ethical leadership, the Institute to facilitate positive individual, organizational and societal change, engaged citizenship, and socially responsible leadership. The Institute offers leadership education and training, research and consulting services, public forums and community service projects, we serve individuals and organizations, as well as the Dominican University community. Professionals completing the Leadership Academy earn a leadership certificate, either by joining the program as an individual or in a company cohort. Degree seeking students can earn a Master of Business Administration degree in Strategic Leadership, and undergraduates can earn a Leadership Minor or participate in co-curricular leadership development and practice opportunities.The Leadership Lecture Series and the Business Edge Briefings Series host lectures and seminars by the country’s leading figures from many disciplines.
Atlantis Yacht Charters (www.yachtcharter.com), established 1993, specializes in Corporate events, Team building trainings and Private events for any group size of  2 – 1000 on any size yacht.  Celebrations on the water  include birthdays, anniversaries, reunions, weddings and memorial services (ash scatterings).  Sailing and motor yacht charters on a luxury yachts also a specialty.  Clients include Facebook, Oracle, Texas Pacific Group and Hewlett Packet.This year our worldwide directory will be launched offering endless worldwide vacation possibilities.
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