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At Humane Society Silicon Valley (HSSV), we see first-hand how animals play a crucial role in developing our own humanity. We believe having animals in our lives, and as part of our families, makes it possible for us to act with greater awareness, compassion and wisdom. HSSV President Carol Novello feels strongly about the importance and necessity of this connection, especially in our highly technological age and shines light on this topic through personal reflections and interviews with those who feel the same.

The Best of Both Worlds: Bringing Animals & Technology Together with Ben Jacobs, Whistle Co-Founder and CEO

By Carol Novello, President of Humane Society Silicon Valley (HSSV) , October 2014
President Carol Novello is back with another installment of The Humane Side of Silicon Valley where she sits down with Ben Jacobs, Co-Founder and CEO of Whistle, a pet technology company, to discuss how his love for animals led him to create such unique products.


NVIDIA's Dog-Friendly Culture Helps Teach Employees About Accountability & Problem Solving

By Carol Novello, President of Humane Society Silicon Valley, August 2014
President Carol Novello chats with Jon Penn, an IP attorney at NVIDIA, to learn more about their dog-friendly culture and how this impacts the workflow and workplace environment for the good.


Interview with Workday Chairman and Co-Founder and Maddie's Fund® Founder Dave Duffield

By Carol Novello, President of Humane Society Silicon Valley, July 2014
After celebrating the success of this year's 5th Annual Maddie's Pet Adoption Days®, Maddie's Fund founder Dave Duffield recently took time to chat with me about the significant role animals play in his and his family's lives. Thanks to Maddie's Fund, Humane Society Silicon Valley proudly participated in the country's largest free pet adoption event, finding forever homes for 240 animals and earning a $194,000 grant from Maddie's Fund. Learn more about the Humane Side of Dave Duffield in his Q&A below.


How the Universal Search Engine Found a Home for Boo Boo Kitty

By Carol Novello, President of Humane Society Silicon Valley, May 2014
Google is a great place to find answers. Type in a few words. Voila! A virtual smorgasbord of possibilities. That’s just one of the ways we’ve come to rely on technology in our daily lives.

But sometimes life delivers a problem where Google doesn’t have the answer. In those situations, it’s tempting to jump to the conclusion that an answer does not exist. That’s when a leap of faith is required. Sometimes algorithms are no substitute for the power of collaboration, commitment, and coincidence to solve a problem.

Boo Boo Kitty, one of our animal guests, is a case in point. The kind of animal guest where you wonder who the heck is going to adopt her.


A Conversation on Pets with Heidi Roizen, Venture Capitalist

By Carol Novello, President of Humane Society Silicon Valley, April 2014
Humane Society Silicon Valley friend and supporter, Heidi Roizen, is currently an Operating Partner at Draper Fisher Jurvetson (DFJ), a leading global venture capital firm in Menlo Park, CA. A Silicon Valley native, who grew up in Palo Alto and Portola Valley, attended Leigh High School in San Jose and received her undergraduate and MBA degrees from Stanford University, Roizen always had animals growing up.


SugarCRM CEO Larry Augustin Talks Animals, Empathy, and Consistency

By Carol Novello, President of Humane Society Silicon Valley, March 2014
I had the privilege of talking with Larry Augustin, SugarCRM CEO and longtime supporter of Humane Society Silicon Valley. I wanted to find out how his love for animals started, how animals continue to play a role in his daily life, and how those experiences might have impacted his career.

Growing up in Ohio with a Dachshund named Tana and spending summers at a family farm in New Hampshire, Larry was always around pets and animals.


Wisdom Has Gone to the Dogs

By Carol Novello, President of Humane Society Silicon Valley, February 2014
This past weekend, I attended the Wisdom 2.0 conference in San Francisco. A conference described as “4 Days, 2,000 People, 1 Question: How Can We Live With Wisdom, Awareness and Compassion in the Digital Age?”

The answer is simple. Dogs.

That sounds like a biased answer coming from the president of Humane Society Silicon Valley. Except it didn’t come from me.

During the opening session, Wisdom 2.0 founder Soren Gordhamer highlighted how individual attendees answered the question, “What Most Inspires You?”