We are pleased to announce Jacques Vallée as our upcoming guest for the first half hour then we will be speaking with Argentinian filmmaker, Alan Stivelman to discuss the film: Witness of Another World which is about a lonely gaucho named Juan lives a solitary existence on a remote farm ever since he witnessed a UFO event.
JACQUES F. VALLÉE is a principal at Documatica Financial, LLC and a diversified investor with a passion for technology startups in space development, medical equipment and information management. He earned a Bachelors Degree in mathematics from the Sorbonne, a Masters Degree in astrophysics from Lille University and a PhD in Computer Science /AI from Northwestern University (1967).
Based in Silicon Valley, Jacques has served as a founder and general partner in five venture funds, including NASA’s “Red Planet Capital”. Among the companies for which he spearheaded early-stage financings, fourteen achieved IPOs, notably Electronics for Imaging, Accuray Systems (developers of the “Cyberknife” for cancer surgery), NeoPhotonics (Nanotechnology for optical networks), Mercury Interactive, P-Com, Isocor, Regeneration Technologies, Harmonic Lightwaves, Ixys, Integrated Packaging, E.Piphany, Sangstat Medical, Com21 and Synaptic Pharmaceuticals, specialized in neurotransmitter biology. He served as a member of the Board of Directors of many of these firms.
Other companies financed by Jacques (in particular, HandyLab that produced an instrument recognized as “transformative for oncology”) were successfully acquired by Becton-Dickinson, Intel, Lucent, AOL, Cisco, Wilson Greatbatch and Intuitive Surgical.
In his early career Jacques worked at Paris Observatory and at the astronomy department of the University of Texas in Austin, where he co-developed the first computer-based map of planet Mars. Moving to California after management positions with Shell and RCA, he implemented (with Jake Feinler) the first Network Information Center on the Arpanet and later served as a principal investigator for DARPA and NSF. Jacques has published several textbooks about computer networking and has maintained a long-term interest in unidentified flying objects, currently (2019) serving on the expert committee of the French CNES tasked with studying such reports. He received the Jules Verne Prize for his first science-fiction novel (in French). He resides between San Francisco and Paris. He has two children and three grandchildren.
ALAN STIVELMAN, 1986, is an Argentinian filmmaker, developing both in fiction and documentary film. “Humano” was his first film, which has had worldwide relevance since its premiere in 2013. To date it has had more than three million viewers worldwide, being translated into more than 7 languages. From April 2017 it has been added to the Netflix film catalog. It premiered in a dozen international festivals, such as Warsaw, Brasilia, Mar del Plata, Gramado, Lima, Avanca, Helsinki, among others.