Eric Shrader, Jennifer Morrill and Yi Cui may not be household names. But what makes them tick is a familiar thread in the fabric of Silicon Valley. Shrader of Palo Alto Research Center, Inc., Morrill of Adiri and Cui of Stanford University and others featured in this cover story are innovators: people who aren't content to let things be. Like William Hewlett, David Packard, Steve Jobs and a host of others in the Valley over the years, they are following an impulse to do something better or to solve a problem.
The Weekly sent its staff out to find people who -- in their own ways, large and small -- are trying to create something new. Here are their stories.