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Global Entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley – KISED
October 16, 2014 @ 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm UTC-7Free
Together with KISED (Korean Institute of Startup and Entrepreneurship), we’re pleased to present Global Entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley! This program is a great opportunity to hear from a group of expert panelists about the international startup experience, and how to prepare for a US Market. Listen to Mohanjit Jolly with DFJ, Wendy Lung with IBM Venture Capital Group, David Blumberg with Blumberg Capital and Michael Torosian with DLA Piper – Moderated by Bill Reichert with Garage Technology Ventures. The panel discussion will be followed by a pitching session with a group of handpicked Korean startups. Read more about the panelists and startups below.
The global marketplace is growing -join us to learn how to make it work for your startup! #SVFKorea
Moderator: Bill Reichert, Managing Director, Garage Technology Ventures
Bill Reichert has over 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur and operating executive. Since joining Garage in 1998, Bill has focused on early-stage information technology and materials science companies. He has been a board director or board observer at CaseStack, WhiteHat Security, ClearFuels Technology, Simply Hired, MiaSole, D.light Design, ThermoCeramix, and VisaNow, among others. Prior to Garage, Bill was a co-founder or senior executive in several venture-backed technology startups, including Trademark Software, The Learning Company, and Academic Systems. Earlier in his career, he worked at McKinsey & Company, Brown Brothers Harriman & Co., and the World Bank. Bill earned a B.A. at Harvard College and an M.B.A. from Stanford University. He was a founding board member and a Chairman of the Churchill Club, and a Board Member of the Silicon Valley Association of Startup Entrepreneurs. Currently he is the Chairman of the Small Fund Roundtable of the VC Taskforce and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.
David Blumberg, Managing Partner, Blumberg Capital
David Blumberg is the Managing Partner of Blumberg Capital. David has been investing in early stage technology companies for more than 24 years. His current investment focus includes Digital Media, Social Media, Mobility, SaaS/Technology Enabled Services and Internet.
Prior to founding Blumberg Capital in 1991, David managed technology investments with Claridge Investments, Adler & Co., Apax, and T. Rowe Price Associates. David launched the business development efforts for Check Point Software Technologies.
David earned his AB in Government, cum laude, from Harvard College and his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and INSEAD. David speaks French and is proficient in Hebrew and Spanish.
David serves as a member or observer on the Board of Directors of CaseStack, CredoRax, DoubleVerify, FeeX, Fortscale, Kreditech, Strevus, and Trulioo. He also serves on the Board of The Lincoln Club of Northern California and is a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy.
Wendy Lung, Partner, IBM Venture Capital Group and Director, IBM Corporate Strategy
Wendy Lung is Director of Corporate Strategy and Partner in IBM’s Venture Capital Group. Her mission is to seek out external innovation for IBM through worldwide relationships with VCs and their portfolio companies. By collaborating with the venture and startup community, she drives early insights into IBM’s strategy development, expands the ecosystems for IBM’s platforms, and builds strong partner foundations in emerging markets.
Wendy has worked with the venture and startup community throughout her career. In 2000, she built IBM’s Net Generation business in Asia Pacific, focused on internet startups and service providers. In recent years, she launched IBM Global Entrepreneur, a partner program for early stage startups. Today, her focus is on driving ecosystem development across IBM strategic initiatives, including Cloud, Mobile, and Big Data and Analytics.
Her previous roles include leading marketing for IBM Telecommunications industry worldwide and for IBM Retail and Wholesale Distribution industries in North America. She started her career in competitive sales in the small and medium business (SMB) market.
Mohanjit Jolly, Partner, Draper Fischer Jurvetson
Mohanjit manages DFJ’s India portfolio and also serves as a board member of U.S.-based companies. Mohanjit currently serves on the Boards of Retrofit, Attero, Bharat Light and Power, Canvera, Cleartrip, dlight design, iYogi, and Naseeb Networks. Mohanjit is also actively involved with the DFJ’s investment in Komli . He has worked with and invested in technology startups since 1998. Prior to DFJ, Mohanjit was Managing Director at Garage Technology Ventures, a seed and early stage venture capital firm. While at Garage, Mohanjit worked with over 30 companies, including LeftHand Networks (Acq. HP), PureSight (Acq. BCGI), Jibe Networks (Acq. CTRX), Qumu (Acq. Rimage), Kaboodle (Acq: Hearst Media), Whitehat Security and SimplyHired. Prior to joining Garage, Mohanjit was part of the strategic planning group at Mattel where he helped launch the Mattel/Intel joint venture, Intel Play. He also spent several years in both engineering and business development roles with Itek Optical Systems, a manufacturer of high-resolution reconnaissance systems for both military and commercial use. While earning his M.B.A from the Anderson School at UCLA, Mohanjit helped launch ViaSpace, a technology incubator in Southern California in conjunction with Caltech and Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Mohanjit earned a B.S. and M.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT, with a specialization in electric propulsion systems.
Michael Torosian, Partner, DLA Piper
At DLA Piper, Michael Torosian focuses on a wide variety of corporate and securities law matters in the high technology, clean tech and life sciences industries. He has represented both private and public companies, venture capital and private equity firms and investment banks.
Michael regularly acts as outside general counsel to public and private companies at all stages of development, and his general company representation includes advising management and boards of directors regarding assisting with business plans, company formation issues, equity and debt offerings and credit facilities, federal and state securities law compliance, employment matters, equity incentives, commercial arrangements, public company compliance and disclosure matters and corporate governance matters.
His transactional finance practice consists of venture capital and growth equity financings, private equity transactions, public securities offerings and mergers and acquisitions.
Michael has represented companies and investors in all stages of financings and has completed a large number of venture capital and growth equity financings, recapitalizations and reorganizations, strategic corporate investments, bridge financings and private equity transactions.
His public securities experience includes representing companies and investment banks in initial public offerings, follow-on and secondary equity offerings, and registered 144A debt offerings.
Michael’s mergers and acquisitions experience includes representing private and public acquirers and targets in numerous merger and acquisition transactions.
Dr. Ronald Weissman, Chairman, Software SIG, Band of Angels
Dr. Ronald Weissman has more than twenty-five years of experience in investment and executive management. Since 2000 he has been a partner at a global venture capital and private equity where he focused on early-stage software investing, participated in numerous cross-border deals, particularly for European companies moving to Silicon Valley. After the firm’s transition out of venture capital, he has continued to consult for the fund by managing its legacy venture technology portfolio. Through his VC and his angel activity Ron has invested in or advised more than 60 companies and has served on more than 25 early and growth stage company Boards. His current investment focus is on software, analytics, SaaS, text technologies and healthcare IT. He currently is Chairman of the Software Special Interest Group of the Band of Angels, Silicon Valley’s oldest Angel group and a model for angel groups worldwide.
A startup pitch coach and frequent conference speaker, Ron has published and lectured extensively on venture capital and angel investing, entrepreneurship, corporate governance and software trends and was one of three industry leaders profiled in the 2003-2006 Price Waterhouse Coopers Technology Forecast.
Meet the Startups:
Stay Young has developed a service called “mycandidates” and “mypoliticians”. Unlike previous methods, voters be able to communicate with politicians more efficiently. Additionally, voters will be able to keep track and monitor politicians’ activity. http://stayyoung.strikingly.com/
Uniqon has created a smart home system that allows you to manage your home directly from your smartphone. UNIQON offers an open API and hardware/software development kits to 3rd party developers in order to help them create wearables and IoTs. http://uniqon.com/
Discovering the other 70% of this world – The Ocean. With Artisan&Ocean’s creation, the ‘Diveroid’, this aquatic journey will be unforgettable, easily sharable, and safer than ever before. http://www.artisan-ocean.com
Namuan is a mobile app development company that has created a service called NIM, a simple way to message your friends. There are ten fixed phrases to choose from, and after a selection is made, a push notification will be sent to your friend. http://www.namuan.com/
JDLab created IUEditor, a PaaS that provides an efficient and easy web development experience for coding professionals. With strong support for Django, WordPress, and other back-end frameworks, web developers and designers can now create websites with ease. IUEditor will dramatically reduce the time and cost previously needed in developing websites. http://iueditor.org/
NewsJelly quickly creates high-quality infographics and visualizations by analyzing companies’ big data at cost-effective rates. We have been exclusively providing infographics for the Korean government in addition to partnering with corporate and media groups. http://www.newsjel.ly
Busking Play is an online platform that unites street performers with their fans. Street performers can promote themselves and post updates of their current location, and fans will be able to follow along see all the useful information. http://www.buskingtv.com
STEP Journal merges scattered digital life footprints all into one place, thus empowering reflection and management of life without hassle. Contrary to journaling apps centered around text-input, STEP Journal automatically combines diverse types of records – notes, places, tagging, photos, calendar events, and much more – all into one timeline. http://www.step.pe
“Friends” is a one-stop solution for purchasing event tickets with friends. Using its multi-layer technology, “Friends” allows users to communicate with each other while selecting and paying for desired event seats all on one screen, thus eliminating the hassle of switching between apps. http://www.umven.com
Tunedra is an innovative music app that enables any person to create a instant hit within seconds. With its unique technology, Tunedra turns your mobile device into a portable recording studio that allows you to express yourself through the magic of song. http://www.tunedra.com
This event is organized by SVForum, Altos Business Group, KISED, and Garage Technology Ventures.