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Reasons Startups Fail

Meeting for the week of June 10- June 16, 2019

This Meeting at a Glance:

Program: Reasons Startups Fail

Speaker: Melissa Kargiannakis

Is this your first time to visit us? If so, welcome to our weekly online meeting! To complete our meeting, please continue reading from here to the bottom of this page.

Each Monday our week’s meeting is posted early in the morning, U.S. Pacific Time. These meetings are designed so that you can read and watch what we post anytime during the week. The entire meeting takes about 60 minutes to complete, with the video conference recording of the program being the bulk of the time.

Note that you can easily read this meeting with your favorite device, so feel free to take our meeting on the go with you. Please also make sure to complete the attendance form at the bottom and leave a comment. Enjoy!

Welcome to the Rotary eClub of Silicon Valley!

Here’s a message from President-Elect Tzviatko:

Greetings Rotarians and Guests,

This Rotary International Convention was the first one I attended and it was an amazing experience. Any gathering of Rotarians would be great, but this one stood out to me because of a couple of things in particular – diversity and commitment to service. It was the most diverse conference I have ever been a part of, there were people from every corner of the world. There were also so many great service projects and organizations represented at the House of Friendship, from ShelterBox to Global Telemedicine, a true showcase of the good work being done by Rotary around the world.

This week we have Melissa Kargiannakis, Founder & CEO of skritswap, who will be telling us about some of the reasons startups fail. Enjoy the program and don’t forget to leave a comment below.


President-Elect, Rotary eClub of Silicon Valley



Guests, we are happy to have you join us this week!

As we see it, our flexibility as an online, asynchronous club allows a special type of service to Rotarians around the world: we make it easier for anyone to strive for and maintain 100% attendance. That keeps you engaged with Rotary’s events and ideas, and provides a moment of inspiration for devoting your creativity, talents, and resources to good causes.

You are certainly not required to pay anything in order to attend our meetings. However, if you would like to make a small contribution to our service efforts, you are welcome to do so in our secure Happy Dollars section down the page. This could be what you normally pay at your own club’s meetings for lunch, for example. Any amount is welcome, but first and foremost, we’re happy you’ve joined us, and hope you will share with others who we are and what we do to help inspire Service Above Self.

And don’t forget to fill out our attendance form so you get an email you can pass on to your club’s secretary!

Weekly Funny with the Lady of Laughter (LOL)

We believe laughter is an important part of life, and we should all make time to laugh a little. This segment of our meeting is meant to tickle you just enough. These funnies are curated by member Yvonne Kwan, our “Lady of Laughter!”

June 16 is Father’s Day! Here is your weekly dose of dad jokes 8^)

Want to hear a joke about construction?
I’m still working on it.

Did you hear about the restaurant on the moon?
Great food, no atmosphere.

What do you call an elephant that doesn’t matter?
An irrelephant!

Weekly Inspiration

Every week we start our meetings with a short video highlighting innovation, inspiration, entrepreneurship, or social change.

Writer A.J. Jacobs wanted to be a little less grumpy, so he started a gratitude practice at dinner. He’d thank everyone from the farmer who grew the carrots on his plate to the supermarket cashier who rang them up. Then, his 10-year-old son pointed out that the people A.J. was thanking couldn’t actually hear him … which sparked another idea.

Thanking a Thousand People for a Single Cup of Coffee

World of

How will you respond to the flamingo challenge?

Learn more at https://blog.rotary.org/2019/05/22/how-will-you-respond-to-the-flamingo-challenge/

Through a Rotarian’s Lens

Sometimes a photo can capture an amazing moment. In this section Member Keith Marsh shares his incredible photography!
If you’d like to submit a photo for this section please contact Keith.

Chefchaouen, Morocco is known as the “Blue City”. Set on a hillside in North Central Morocco, nearly all of the buildings and walks that date to the 15th century are “blue-washed”. The town is also home to many cats that know the best places to hide from tourists and pesky photographers.

Coffee With a Rotarian

A natural part of Rotary is the networking and the fellowship you get out of meeting other Rotarians. Coffee With a Rotarian is a monthly program of our club where we match participating club members for one-on-one virtual (or in some cases in person) coffee meetings, so they can learn more about each other. This program is organized by member Tzviatko Chiderov.

This week we have Nate from Nagoya, Japan reporting on a chat with Tanya from Atlanta, GA, USA.

Coffee with a Rotarian | Tanya & Japan's Imperial Family

We encourage all club members to participate in Coffee With a Rotarian. You can sign up here!

Service Report

Tell us about service you’ve done recently in your community.
Click here to fill out The Rotary eClub of Silicon Valley Service Survey


On the first meeting of every month, we feature service reports from club members for the previous month. Thanks for your service everyone!

For Members Only

Club Announcements

Our Events & Projects

We hold our meetings online, but we do regular service projects and social events in the Silicon Valley! This section is updated every week with our upcoming events. We welcome guests to all of the events and service projects listed here.

Also be sure to join our Meetup Group for automatic calendar updates and to RSVP for our events! These are open to all guests as well!

Our members Ferheen, Raquel, and Cecelia at a get-together during Raquel’s recent visit to the Silicon Valley!

Upcoming Events:

All times are Pacific Time! (San Francisco time)

More events coming soon! All events are open to guests, unless otherwise mentioned. Feel free to join us! If you ever have questions, please email [email protected]

What would you like to do?

Hey Members! Let us know what you want to do by posting in our members-only Facebook Group (if you don’t have access, please request it with Webmaster Mitty). Remember, you’re only taking advantage of the full impact of Rotary when you’re stepping up to get involved.

Happy Dollars: Do Good by Sharing Something Good

Each week we ask our members to share stories with the club and toss in a few dollars to support our efforts. The primary goal of this section is to provide a fun way of getting to know each fellow members and guests, while giving back to a good cause.


Happy dollars is an opportunity to share something positive that has happened in your life whether it is personal or business. Think of it as your opportunity to brag a little, but also put a little bit into a karma jar. The money donated through happy dollars is put to charitable use, and the message that you leave for happy dollars will be posted in our online meeting the following week for the entire week for folks to see! (Pending that it’s appropriate!)

Here are the happy dollars contributions from last week!
This section is usually updated on the early hours of Saturday, so contributions made over the weekend may not be listed here.

Rory Olsen made a $20 donation.
All is good. The weather is beautiful here in Houston.

Brian Liddicoat made a $15 donation.
Looking forward to our last Ramayana performance in San Jose with Mount Madonna School….

Monique Ziesenhenne made a $20 donation.
TRF-Annual Fund: had a wonderful week off in Hawaii! Aloha!

Rushton Hurley made a $20 donation.
Just had a wonderful trip in May to The Philippines working with teachers from several regions. These are people dedicated to their students, deeply interested in all we were teaching, and inspiring to us on the team. A shout-out to member Mark Dohn, who was part of my team, and member Nate Gildart, who connected with us via video conference to help them learn more about connecting classrooms internationally.

Share your happy dollars thoughts with us and help with doing good around the world.

Fill out my online form.

Selected Comments

Every week at the bottom of our meetings, there is a comments section for members and guests to tell us what they enjoyed about the meeting or to ask questions to the speaker. We select a few comments every week from last week’s meeting to be featured during this week’s meeting.


Here are the comments selected from last week’s meeting.

Rushton Hurley said:
Great week for videos! The piece about traditionally-made gondolas in Venice is beautiful, the promotional piece from Rotary’s Brand Center is very cool, and George’s message about connecting classrooms was superb. A member of his team (thanks, Erick!) even took time to connect with my team last month in The Philippines during the teacher training we did. Great way to spread peace and understanding, I figure.

Ferheen Abbasi said:

George, thank you again for your wonderful presentation!!! I was so inspired by what Empatico does and hope that the educators in our club use it to connect with other schools all around the world!!!

Mark Dohn said:

George, thanks for such a great presentation and also for the time Empatico spent with our teachers in the Philippines when I was there with Rushton. Emaptico’s vision is one that I have held with students in all my different teaching positions and I look forward to sharing this educators. Great piece on Venice and Keith – your images are always amazing! Loved the photo of Ferheen, Raquel, and Cecelia as well as everyone gathered in Germany for the convention!


Be sure to leave a comment at the end of this week’s meeting after you watch the program below, and perhaps you’ll see your comment featured next week!

Program: Reasons Startups Fail

Speaker: Melissa Kargiannakis

Every week we bring to you a new program on innovation, entrepreneurship, and education, and how those contribute to service to others. Special thanks to member Roger Plested for leading our club’s Programs Committee in finding us amazing speakers each week.

Melissa Kargiannakis, Founder & CEO of skritswap. skritswap has AI technology that enables anyone to understand anything regardless of complexity – It changes the reading level of information.

She has a Masters of Health Information Science and studied home medical devices for people with diseases. She was published in Medical Journey top 8% in the world, she was one of only three Canadians and 60 recipients worldwide to receive the Queen’s Young Leaders Award in 2015 which she received from Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, she is Boost VC funded and pitched at SVF League of Extraordinary Women.

Why Startups Fail with Melissa Kargiannakis

Share your thoughts or ask our speaker a question in the comments at the bottom of this meeting page!

Additional Resource

Upcoming Program Recording Schedule

All of our guest speakers and programs are recorded live online over Zoom video conference. We welcome members and guests to join us in one of these upcoming recordings. Recordings are approximately 30 minutes long and are subject to change without notice.

Our online video conference room link for these recordings is always https://zoom.us/j/5104080000. You are welcome to join us! Please note the timezone listed for all recordings is US Pacific Time (San Francisco, California, USA).

If you can’t join the live recording, please send your questions for an upcoming speaker to [email protected]

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Thanks for reading and watching this week’s meeting. You have two last things to do before you’re done.

We have a very short attendance survey below for you to fill out to record your attendance.

Visiting Rotarians, this is how you can get an email receipt to pass along to your club’s secretary as proof that you’ve attended our meeting if you need it for makeups.

Non-Rotarian Guests, we would love to see who is dropping by our meetings! This part is optional for you. If you think you may want to join our eClub at some point in the future, we would strongly recommend you fill out the attendance form as it will improve your chances of success for your membership application.

For all members and guests — we strongly recommend and ask that you leave a comment in our comments area below. Tell us how you enjoyed the program. Ask this week’s speaker any questions you might have. Or just stop by and say hello and tell us where you’re from!

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