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Gil Laroya
Gil Laroya is an award-winning medical device product designer, who works with physicians worldwide, developing innovative products that have saved or improved thousands of lives. His devices have treated everything from brain stroke to deep vein thrombosis and aortic aneurysms.

A recipient of the 2005 NASA Emhardt Design Award for Innovation, he has developed products for the electronics and consumer industries as well, and has helped in starting over a half-dozen small medical device start-up firms in the Silicon Valley.

Gil has received multiple U.S. and foreign patents in the medical device and human interaction fields.

Growing up in the Silicon Valley, Gil has watched the evolution and changing direction of technology, which in turn has had a profound affect on politics and society. With every new innovation that surfaces, Gil sees society, and businesses changing and evolving, in order to leverage technology and meet the new challenges that come with it.

As an inventor, Gil works with companies to help guide them in the ways of innovation, showing companies how to maintain a competitive edge while allowing their employees to be creative.

Gil has a background in Research & Development, Electronics Technology, and Mechanical Design for Human Interface.

Entries by Gil Laroya

Why We Need Isolation To Make Us Human Again

(0) Comments | Posted August 19, 2015 | 10:31 AM

Its 9 a.m. on a Monday, and I wake up with sun shining through an open window as a palm tree sways just outside. The smell of salt water, combined with the sounds of people milling about on the sidewalk below reminds me that I am not in Silicon Valley....

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Police Shootings Are No Longer Back-Page News

(4) Comments | Posted November 25, 2014 | 4:30 PM

Ferguson, Missouri, the site of the latest in a string of now-famous police shootings of citizens, was devastated last night as word came down that no indictment would brought against the Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old black man. With police shootings in California,...

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Being Asian In American Business

(0) Comments | Posted November 17, 2014 | 10:53 AM

Being a Filipino-American, I was born and grew up in California, in the heart of Silicon Valley. In any other part of the nation, kids would watch their parents get ready for working in factories, high rise buildings, or farmlands. I watched my parents work for high tech juggernauts like...

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The Gun Debate Will Reawaken With Ottawa Shooting

(1) Comments | Posted October 23, 2014 | 11:52 AM

Love them or hate them, guns are continually showing up in the headlines. What has changed the face of the gun debate is the increased number of shootings around the world. Whether it be from war, terrorism, mentally unstable citizens or rogue police, the question of guns in society will...

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When All Smartphones Became The Same

(0) Comments | Posted October 22, 2014 | 11:32 AM

Let's face it, today's array of smartphone choices have little to do with variety.

As the mobile phone platform evolves, we are seeing less and less "new" features, and more of rehashed or Gen 2 add-ons. The smartphone development cycle has for the moment plateaued, and it is evident in...

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The Global Shopping Mall That Is the Internet

(0) Comments | Posted October 17, 2014 | 9:31 AM

You'd be hard pressed to find someone -- anyone -- who hasn't purchased something online. It is the pinnacle of convenience, the Jetson approach to spending money, and it is global. But the path that our almighty dollars take from our bank accounts to retailers and even vendors is fraught...

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A Good Day With Grant

(0) Comments | Posted October 14, 2014 | 11:37 AM

Some days aren't always about politics or smartphones.

It's 7:10 a.m. Sunday morning comes around like it always does, but today feels different. Better. Fun. I creep out of bed, my muscles aching they way they always do when you get older. Not gray hair kind of old. Just older....

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Millenials Sink to New Low With ISIL

(20) Comments | Posted October 8, 2014 | 11:36 AM

Anyone who knows me knows how much I "adore" Millenials -- those 20-30 somethings who grew up with technology that MY generation and the one before developed, and claim that because of that technology, they know more than anyone else. So, in the midst of their errogant, know-it-all rants, why...

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The Real Scare With Ebola

(0) Comments | Posted October 7, 2014 | 11:45 AM

By now, most people are familiar with the continuing outbreak and spread of the Ebola Virus; a virus which attacks the nervous and vascular system, causing its victim to literally bleed to death from the inside out. As scary as that sounds, there is something even more frightening than death...

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Technology's Gender Bias -- A Subconscious Shot in the Foot?

(0) Comments | Posted October 6, 2014 | 11:51 AM

Most people don't even realize how gender biased technology is. When we look at the state of today's technology, we have assumptions about male "geek" programmers like in the TV show The Big Bang Theory or the classic movie Revenge of The Nerds. But few people actually know that early...

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Why Don't People Care When It Doesn't Affect Them?

(0) Comments | Posted September 26, 2014 | 11:48 AM

As I sat down to write one of my latest pieces on domestic violence, my buddy turns to me and snidely asks "Why do you care so much about domestic violence -- you've never been beaten, right?". "Right", I replied as I continued typing. As I focused on the screen...

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Social Media's New Role: Weapon Against Big Business

(0) Comments | Posted September 23, 2014 | 1:26 PM

If you were to take a look at the state of the NFL today, it looks like a school bully who got beat up by a group of school kids. The issues with crime, including domestic violence and child abuse, went silent for years until social media allowed us all...

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Understanding Our iPhone Addiction Through Teach Marketing

(2) Comments | Posted September 19, 2014 | 1:03 PM

So as you read this today, millions of Apple fans are standing outside of Apple stores, in makeshift tents and lounge chairs, awaiting the arrival of the coveted iPhone 6.

The new version 6 comes in two sizes; one that is not too far from its iPhone 5 brother,...

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The NFL -- Businesses Should Not Trade Human Dignity for Profits

(0) Comments | Posted September 18, 2014 | 11:39 AM

Ah, will the parade of criminals never end?

Yet another NFL player has been punished in the ongoing joke that is the NFL's policy on domestic violence. The list grows bigger, not as more players get caught, but as more victims come out with stories of how they told the...

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Why The NFL Will Never Run Out of Fans

(1) Comments | Posted September 12, 2014 | 11:00 AM

This whole Ray Rice thing makes me sick to my stomach. Not just for what he did, but how fans and the NFL treated the story. Both NFL officials and NFL fans are showing how stupid they are.

So it came out today that Rice actually admitted to Goodell back...

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Why Are Many of Today's Issues American Institutions?

(0) Comments | Posted September 9, 2014 | 11:49 AM

As the heat turns up on the NFL, with more and more NFL felons are coming to light, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell finds himself covering his ass like the pope covering for pedophile priests. The difference here is that the pope is covering for felons he feels are doing religious...

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NFL, 49er's Show True Colors When Dealing With Felons

(2) Comments | Posted September 3, 2014 | 10:29 PM

It doesn't take much effort to look for, and find instance after instance of NFL players who get away with everything short of murder. And when it comes to who leads the league, the San Francisco 49er's are now all time leaders in teams having the most players with arrest...

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The Extension of Work Life Into Our Personal Space

(0) Comments | Posted September 3, 2014 | 11:45 AM

It's a cloudy Wednesday morning as I muddle my way through morning Silicon Valley traffic. Having a reverse commute makes the drive less painful, compared to the myriad of commuters heading in the opposite direction. My cellphone is blinking with a list of things to do, that are a combination...

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It's Time to Extend New Technology into War

(3) Comments | Posted September 2, 2014 | 11:34 AM

With all of the conflicts going on around the world, the U.S. is finding itself spread very thin among its enemies. Russia is on Ukrainian soil, ISIL is in Syria and Iraq, and Somalia is still brewing, many years after the US Blackhawk incident. We have seen the use of...

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Is America on the Ropes?

(0) Comments | Posted August 29, 2014 | 1:16 PM

Unless you live under a rock, you have no doubt been subject to the continuously bad news streaming out of the media. Police shootings, Russia invading the Ukraine, ISIL beheading children, public schools running out of funding, Ebola spreading, people fighting on airplanes, cats and dogs sleeping together, and the...

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