A Community Building Experiment


Yesterday, I sent out an email to RSF Post subscribers (you are on the mailing list, right? Click here if you aren’t – we send about one email a week altering you to our latest stories), telling them about a brainwave I had. Basically, it is a community zoom call where I introduce a local cutting edge private company to our readers. It’ll be interactive, so you can ask questions, or even just kibitz. 

I have no idea if this is a good idea, or if it’ll go down in a flaming wreckage of a fireball, but hey, it’s worth a try. Here’s the email, and I would love it if you could attend and see if we could make this a regular occurrence with other local companies.

Over the years, RSFPost.com has experimented by bringing new communication technologies to our little-ish community including emails like this one alerting you to new stories, our discussion forum and the video interviews we did a year and a half ago of all RSFA board candidates.

Since I obviously have too much time on my hands, I’ve decided to start another experiment.

Rancho is home to many executives of some pretty interesting companies. We all know about the large public companies, but we don’t hear much about the smaller private companies. And those are actually more interesting because they are doing things now that will become commonplace five years from now. Learning about these companies is like having a time machine to the future.

So my thought is to showcase some of these companies in a fun, interactive way that uses our awesome new fiber network. I will host live zoom meetings with the company’s principals where, after a short informative intro, you can ask live questions and hear the responses directly from the scientists/engineers/CEOs of the companies.

I’m going to start with a company I’m on the board of as my first guinea pig. I think this is a good one since what it does will probably eventually impact every person reading this e-mail.

uses the latest genetic scientific advances to enable oncologists to match a cancer patient’s specific tumor genetic mutations to the correct combination drug therapy out of millions of possible drug combinations. Using a treatment plan based on an analysis of a tumor’s genetic mutations is still rarely done even though studies have shown it to often be 50% more effective and in some cases life changing more effective. It is rarely done because figuring out which drug combinations to target genetic mutations is very difficult to do, which is where CureMatch comes in with its AI based matching system.

On the video call will be Dr. Razelle Kurzrock, a board certified oncologist who heads UCSD’s Center for Personalized Cancer Therapy at the Moores Cancer Center, publisher of over 450 papers and a founder of CureMatch. Dr. Kurzrock will be doing most of the talking and is one of a very few leading experts in this field in the world. She is a great speaker, and needless to say, knows her stuff.

I hope you can join us. Could this turn into a community video chat session with a purpose? I have no idea, but let’s find out. 

We’ve set aside two different times to match up with people’s schedules:

This upcoming Tuesday (23rd) at 10:00am, and Thursday next week (25th) at 7:30pm.

Click here to register for either of these interactive zoom meetings.

Learn more about CureMatch in this short 3 minute video

Hopefully this interactive video session will go well and we can do it again with another local company. If you are a senior executive of another local startup and think your company would be of wide interest to our readers, please let me know.