Spinning a Global Web
A Passport Program Event
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SDForum in conjunction with the Passport Program presents a panel of experienced international executives speaking on building and managing technology innovations in the global market place.
From small startups to large multi-national firms, every high technology company today faces the imperative to manage their businesses in the context of a rapidly changing global environment. For example, as Harvard Business School’s Professor Bartlett has noted: “Companies must be globally efficient and competitive, must respond to different national tastes and regulations; and most importantly must source information and expertise globally.”
The successful Silicon Valley innovator will face the global challenge from day one – by understanding the impact of global trends, and approaching strategic management within the context of the global environment. Just as importantly, marketing, organizational, and operations management are developed and conducted from the global perspective, with a keen awareness of the challenges, as well as the many opportunities, that may exist from Shanghai to San Jose.
Learn from outstanding international executives who have led their companies through this process successfully to meet the global imperative. Join us for a panel discussion with these international executives as they discuss:
- What are the key global trends that every Silicon Valley innovator must face today?
- How can the Silicon Valley innovator develop the skills to become an outstanding global manager in Silicon Valley AND in the European, Chinese, Australian areas?
- How does a Silicon Valley innovator build a strategy within the context of changing global trends?
- How should the Silicon Valley innovator approach marketing in a diverse, international market place?
- How can a Silicon Valley innovator build a strong team that spans multiple countries?
- How can the Silicon Valley innovator adapt to the culture of Europe, China and Australia?
How can the Silicon Valley innovator take advantage of a globally integrated business system to develop the most effective operations?
Angelika Blendstrup - Multi-cultural Expert and Founder of Blendstrup and Associates
David Cannington - Australian Executive Director at Anzatech
Jeff Clavier (bio) - Managing Partner at SoftTech VC, SoftTech VC
Ranjan Das (bio)- Vice President of Market Development for SAP xApps, SAP Labs
Yorgen H. Edholm (bio) - President and CEO, Accellion
Dr. Howard Lee (bio) - General Partner of Crystal Ventures, Crystal Ventures
Jeff has spent over sixteen years in the software market, as an entrepreneur, a senior executive and a venture capitalist. Throughout his career, he got exposed to the global market: leading development teams in Europe and on Wall Street, designing products that were sold internationally and investing in software infrastructure startups across the USA and Europe.
Prior to founding SoftTech VC, Jeff was the President of RVC Capital, the firm managing the Reuters Greenhouse Fund – the Corporate Venture arm of Reuters that has invested $560M in 82 companies since 1994, including Yahoo!, Verisign, Phone.com, Infoseek,… As the Partner in charge of US Operations, Jeff’s focus was on investing and managing the US portfolio, as well as supporting all companies in their commercial and business development efforts. Jeff’s Board involvements included UltraDNS (CA), Tacit (CA) and Pathfire (GA). He was also involved in a number of other portfolio companies: Moreover (UK), Bitpipe (MA), PacketVideo (CA), SpiritSoft (UK), Epicentric (CA), Kinecta (CA), GiantBear (NY) and Epoch Partners (CA).
Jeff joined the Venture arm of Reuters from its product development division, where he was leading the development of the Risk Management and Desktop unit. He had direct responsibly for 250+ staff in Paris, London and New-York, developing a number of leading front and middle office products: the ATW suite of Unix applications, the Kondor+ Risk Management offering, and the flagship Reuters Desktop Kobra/3000 Xtra, that he designed back in 1993. Jeff became instrumental in the development of the Reuters Open Systems product line since the early 1990’s, after its acquisition of Effix Systems, the Paris-based startup company he helped develop in 1989.
A seasoned speaker at events of the VC and Private Equity community in the US, Jeff has also been for 3 years the co-producer of the RVC SoftEdge conference, a yearly gathering of the different “components” of software innovation: entrepreneurs, thought leaders, leading technology columnists, CIOs, senior executives of established technology players and venture capitalists. One of the key features of the conference was also to bring innovation from the US, Europe and Israel, hence the choice to organize it in New-York.
Ranjan Das is Vice President of Market Development for SAP xApps, and leads the global team to drive their adoption. He's responsible for finding early customers for xApps and making those customers successful and referenceable. Ranjan has been with SAP for three years, and is based in the Palo Alto office. He led the team that wrote the original business plan for xApps. He also led the business development team for SAP NetWeaver and xApps in the Americas in 2003, and played a key role in establishing SAP NetWeaver as an industry-leading application and integration platform. Prior to joining SAP, Ranjan was the founder and CEO of a venture capital-funded software startup in the middleware space in Silicon Valley. Earlier, he spent six years at Oracle Corporation in consulting, sales, marketing, and management roles. He started his career as a software engineer at a couple of Boston-based startups. Ranjan obtained his BS degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and his MBA from Harvard Business School.
Yorgen H. Edholm
Yorgen Edholm is a Silicon Valley veteran with 24 years of Enterprise Software expertise. Prior to joining Accellion, Mr. Edholm was President and CEO of DecisionPoint Applications, an Analytical Applications company. Before DecisionPoint, Mr. Edholm co-founded Brio Software and during 12 years as CEO, took the company public and grew it to $150 million in revenues with over 700 employees and a customer base of over 5,000 organizations.
Trained as a concert violinist, Mr. Edholm has also earned an MBA from the Stockholm School of Economics and a Masters in Engineering Physics from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.
Dr. Howard Lee
Howard Lee is a General Partner at Crystal Ventures. His investments have included Exavio, LGC Wireless, Infravio, Infinera, Webever, and Reversi Networks. He served as a second lead on RF Solutions, Entopia, and MandAChina. Mr. Lee serves on the boards of LGC Wireless, Exavio, and Infravio. He serves as board observer at Entopia and Infinera.
Mr. Lee was previously Vice President at Crimson Ventures, a global venture capital firm, where he led communications infrastructure investments in the US and served on the boards of DMW Worldwide, a market support solutions company and Geyser Networks, a SONET access equipment company. Prior to Crimson, he was Vice President and co-founder of Volendam Capital Advisors, a venture fund that invests in emerging growth high technology companies in the US and Europe, including communications and interactive software. His investments at Volendam included Bookham Technologies, an optical components and subsystems company (NASDAQ:BKHM), and CopperCom, a voice over broadband access solutions company. Mr. Lee has held management positions in product management and marketing at Applied Materials and has worked as a research investigator in optoelectronics and semiconductor materials at the US Army. He has also held engineering positions at IBM and Unisys.
Mr. Lee has B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University and an MBA from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France.
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