Author Norman Lear reading a chapter from his book that led to a thunderous applause by the spellbound audience. (Amar D. Gupta | Siliconeer)

As a South Asian entrepreneur, attending the Silicon Valley Boomer Venture Summit ( was a huge eye-opener. The summit was held, June 30, at Santa Clara University. Norman Lear, 92, was an absolute delight. He spoke about his philosophies and health and career longevity, how to successfully disrupt the status quo for social good, and how to be an innovator by never looking back but always forward. Having attended many conferences on business and technology where South Asians flocked in huge numbers, I have not seen any of the newer business models focus on this market segment, the Silver Economy or Baby Boomer generation.

Dr. Ambika Bumb, founder of Bikanta Corporation, is developing nanodiamonds and imaging instruments that redefine the boundaries of medical optical imaging, allowing researchers and doctors to detect disease, such as cancer, at the molecular level. She is an exemplary model of entrepreneurship that is working towards serving the boomer generations needs. She is also the winner of last year’s Boomer Venture start-up competition.

In an interview with Siliconeer, Dr. Ambika Bumb talks about her research.

Science really is not that fictional anymore and “old” really is “gold.” The boomer generation is a fairly underserved area as far as South Asian entrepreneurs are concerned. It may be prudent to say, you’ve already caught the young, now grasp the old and age with them, writes Amar D. Gupta.

The Indian Consulate in San Francisco organized the first International Yoga Day, June 21, at the Marina Green Park in San Francisco. This was one of the many events organized worldwide to mark the significance of yoga and to make the world more aware of the benefits of practicing yoga. From San Francisco, to Washington D.C., to London, to India, the world got together and celebrated the International Day of Yoga. Priyanka Bhardwaj writes about the event from Rajpath, in New Delhi.

Uplift Humanity India is a non-profit organization dedicated to the rehabilitation of juvenile inmates in South Asia. Its founding motto epitomizes the method by which it seeks to empower youth through hands-on education, mentoring, and technology training, writes Anish Patel.

The launch ceremony of Digital India week by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, at the packed Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium, was attended by the who’s who of India Inc., as also top executives of a number of foreign companies, who committed huge investments in creation of infrastructure and setting up of manufacturing units, reports PTI.

Malala Yousafzai, the youngest ever recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, was in Silicon Valley at the San Jose State University, June 26, where she spent over an hour addressing the audience and engaging in a conversation with acclaimed Afghan American author Khaled Hosseini to the delight of the approximately over 4,000 people present, writes Ras Siddiqui.

Kids will work on a full-size automobile, learn about all the logistics of running a dealership back-shop. Alongside is a fully equipped tool chest with wrenches, screwdrivers, spare parts and all the needs of servicing a car. Hands-on continues with magnetic gears that can be manipulated. But kids fun hasn’t been overlooked with games, arts and crafts, a Duntov diner to relax with bragging rights and a library of car-theme movies, awaits visitors at the National Corvette Museum, writes our travel editor Al Auger.