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  • SDForum, in conjunction with Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA), and US Market Access Center’s iStart@SV is pleased to host a Singapore delegation for a two-day event from January 19 to 20, 2011.

    IDA’s Singapore delegation will be visiting the Valley with six program winning technology startup companies to continue their four week iStart@SV program developing business and marketing strategies, planning US operations, and building relationships all designed to establish companies in the US market. A description of IDA, US Market Access Center and the delegate firms is below the agenda.

    Please contact leighann@sdforum.org if you would like more information about the delegation companies.

     

    Wednesday, January 19th 

    9:00 - 11:15 AM  Site Visit and Meeting with IBM
    This event is a closed session for the delegation only.

    12:00 - 5:00 PM   Panel Program and Working Lunch at DLA Piper

    12:00 -1:00 PM   Working Lunch and Presentation “How to Pitch to an Investor in 13 Slides”
                                        Speaker: Nathan Gold, The Demo Coach

    1:00 - 3:15 PM     Welcome and Panel Discussion: “How to Succeed in the Valley”
                                   Panelists include:
                                          Laurie Lumenti, Silicon Valley Bank Accelerator
                                          Curtis Mo, DLA Piper
                                          Sean Tan, Huawei
                                          Derek Dowset, Moss-Adams
                                          Henry Wong, Diamond Tech Ventures
                                          Moderator: Jon Baer, Threshold Ventures                                     
                                         
    3:30 - 5:00 PM     Individual Coaching Session (This is a closed session for the delegation only.)
                                   Guest Experts Include:
                                          Howard Lee, Founders Equity Partners
                                          Eph Lindenbaum, Advance Ventures
                                          Vish Mishra, Clearstone Venture Partners
                                          Carol Sands, The Angels’ Forum
    .                                     Henry Wong, Diamond Tech Ventures

    Thursday, January 20th

    9:30 - 11:30 AM  Site Visit at HP
    This event is a closed session for the Singapore Delegation only.

    2:00 - 4:00 PM  Site Visit at Alcatel-Lucent
    This event is a closed session for the Singapore Delegation only.

    6:30 - 8:45 PM  Engineering Leadership SIG (Special Interest Group)
    Venue: SAP Southern Cross Room, Bldg D
    Speaker: Jateen Parekh, founder and CTO, Jelli Crowdsourced
    Delegation introduction.
    This event is open to the public. No registration is required. SDForum members $0, non-members $20.

    HOST ORGANIZATIONS

    IDA, Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (www.ida.gov.sg
    IDA aims to build a vibrant infocomm ecosystem by attracting multinational corporations and innovative foreign companies to Singapore to complement local infocomm enterprises and start-up companies. It also seeks opportunities to grow the infocomm industry by facilitating the entry of Singapore infocomm companies into the global marketplace.

    US Market Access Center (www.usmarketaccess.com
    The US Market Access Center (US MAC) is the leading trade gateway into the United States for international companies. The US MAC specializes in cost-effective US market entry for small to mid-sized, high-growth technology and life science companies planning to expand their marketing reach to the United States. The US MAC offers marketing and business consulting services as well as office space in a dynamic, international business environment.

    COMPANY PROFILES

    GSA Technology Group 
    GSA Technology Group established in 2005, GSA Pte Ltd is a leading infocomm technology partner in learning and usage of open source technologies in Singapore's education landscape. GSA is honored to be a Google education partner as well as Novell training partner in Singapore to lead its education program and professional certification, offering the best of Web and open source technologies to the education sector.

    Ohanae, Inc.
    Ohanae delivers Cloud Computing. Protecting customers' information and transactions with sophisticated security processes and technologies. Ohanae® is highly focused on delivering robust and easy-to-use solutions that secure and simplify user online experience. Ohanae's Securworkplace™ protects user online interactions and confidential personal information. It provides protection against phishing and key-logging via web site authentication to help customers safely conduct online transactions. Ohanae delivers hardened security benefits through ubiquitous consumer gadgets such as Windows Phones, Windows PCs, and USB mass storage devices.

    Protege Productions Ltd.
    Protege Production is a game development company pioneering in design, development and production of next generation, quality 3D games. Janelle Lee, Protege Production‘s managing director, runs the Singapore-based game development studio – a Microsoft BizSpark startup incorporated in 2008 – in which she aims to create authentic gaming solutions in hope to attract the global audience. The startup with its game, Armor Valley, distinguish itself in several international and local competitions including a startup winner for Game Connection in San Francisco in March this year, and was one of the top 20 finalists for Microsoft’s Dream-Build-Play Challenge in April in Singapore.

    Skydoor Ltd.
    Skydoor is 3D video technology for the online advertising communities engineered in Seconds. Skydoor has developed a patent-pending technology for the very fast production of 3D videos for the online advertisers and the mass consumers. Its Founders are serial entrepreneurs and have worked together for years. Their core competency is in the commercial computer and digital imaging arena. They are the inventors on many patented and patent pending applications and are internationally recognized in the field of Facial Recognition, Animation and Replacement Technologies. They have won a number of Singapore and International technology and entrepreneurial awards. Specialties are 3D video production, Online Advertising Technology, Machine Learning, Neural Networks, Classification, Media Analytics, Data Mining, imaging technology, 2D Computer vision, 3D Computer Graphics.

    Virtual Systems Solutions Ltd.
    Virtual System Solutions is a dedicated regional partner of VMware, the world leader in virtualization. They have offices in Australia, Singapore and India and are focused solely on the virtualization space as opposed to being a general IT service provider. This focus, along with their regional presence, has made them one of VMware’s preferred services partners. Virtual Systems Solutions’ focus is to build solutions for cloud enablement. Most recently, they have built out their first such offering around the VM platform, CloudPort. CloudPort is a web-enabled IaaS solution to support both private and public clouds and is the first step in this direction.

    LittleLives Ltd.
    LittleLives founder Ho Sun created a social media network specially for children. The key point is that a teacher acts as a gatekeeper for the network. Noting the void created by Facebook’s age restrictions, Sun saw an opportunity. LittleLives network operates as a private community that is unique to itself. To ensure children’s safety, only teachers are allowed to act as administrators and create communities, they are the only ones who get to decide who joins the network and what is published.

     

    SPEAKER BIOS

    Jon Baer, Founder, Threshold Ventures , is a senior executive who brings a unique perspective to the world of startups. He has been both a venture capitalist as well as the founder and CEO of two venture backed companies, eBoomerang, an enterprise software company which was sold in 2006 and Artificial Muscle, Inc., a spinout from Stanford Research Institute (SRI). As a principal and founder of Threshold Ventures, Jon works with companies around the world, serving as an advisor/mentor, working on specific projects and when appropriate, taking on interim operating roles. He has worked with a wide range of software, telephony, hardware and services businesses. Earlier in his career Jon was a General Partner at Oscco Ventures, a Sand Hill Road early-stage venture capital firm which was one of the pioneering firms in Silicon Valley.

    Jon started his career at Exxon Enterprises where he was responsible for creating and managing new businesses for the corporation. He has also worked at Gartner Group and Prudential Securities, where he managed a portion of a $240 million fund. He has a BA in Biology and a BS in Engineering Science from Tufts University and as an MBA from Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business. Jon has been an active angel investor and was on the Executive Council of Software Development Forum, where he is a frequent panelist and mentor to startup companies.

    Laurie Lumenti, Managing Director, Silicon Valley Bank Accelerator, is a managing director in the Entrepreneur Services Group at SVB Capital, where she manages the company's relationships with universities, incubators, angel investors and a number of seed stage investors in the Bay Area.

    Prior to joining SVB Capital, Garty was the manager of Silicon Valley Bank's Emerging Technologies Practice, where she led a team focused on early stage companies that were bootstrapped or backed by angel investors. Before joining Silicon Valley Bank, Garty was a lender and a director in the Venture Capital Group at Comerica Bank. Previously, she was the director of strategic alliances for Ditto.com and a business relationship manager for iOwn; two Bay Area startup companies.

    Garty is the author of a series of articles that address the concerns of entrepreneurs, including "Sowing the Seeds of a Successful Start-up" and "Portrait of a Modern-day Bootstrapper". Garty holds a bachelor's degree in economics from Framingham State College and a certificate of special studies in management and administration from Harvard University Extension School.

    Curtis Mo, Partner, DLA Piper, joined DLA Piper’s Corporate and Securities practice as a partner in the Silicon Valley office in May 2010.

    Before joining DLA Piper, Mo worked at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, where he was the founding partner of its Palo Alto office. Mo has lectured extensively at seminars sponsored by the Practicing Law Institute and other professional groups, and has given expert legal commentary on emerging growth companies and the technology sector for CNN Moneyline, CNBC Business Center and various publications.
    He is the founder and co-chair of PLI's Venture Capital conferences, served as co-chair of the Annual Institute on Securities Regulation from 2001-2006, and has been a member of the advisory board for the Annual Securities Regulation Institute in San Diego. He is also a member of the board of directors of the influential Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network. Mo received a J.D. and B.A. from Columbia University.

    Henry Wong, Founder & Managing Director, Diamond Tech Ventures
    Henry H. Wong has resided in China & Silicon Valley for the last 25 years. From being a Serial Entrepreneur to a Venture Capitalist, Wong is in a unique position where he can fully utilize his operational experience, investment talent and his Chinese heritage to help and build companies with a global vision. His success, experience and leadership are invaluable in his role as an Investor, Serial Entrepreneur and mentor in Silicon Valley.

    In 2002, Wong was the finalist to receive the “Entrepreneur of the Year Award”.  Wong is an Advisor to 6 non-profit organizations and is active with community events. In education, Mr. Wong received a B.Sc. degree in Business from University of Utah and a MBA in Telecom Management from Golden Gate University. He is also a Mentor in the Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB MBA Program, Stanford).

    COACH BIOS

    Howard Lee, Founding Partner, Founders Equity Partners

    Eph Lindenbaum, Managing Director, Advance Ventures

    Vish Mishra, Venture Director, Clearstone Venture Partners. Vish joined Clearstone in March 2002 with over 30 years of leadership and management experience in the high tech industry including software, Internet, networking and telecommunications. He is a founder and served as a board member of Telera, a cutting edge voice web infrastructure company which was sold to Alcatel for $140 million in 2002. Vish was also co-founder of Excelan (1983), which was funded with $7.3 million in venture capital, went public in 1987, sold for $225 million in 1989 and went on to contribute $1 billion to Novell’s revenue in subsequent years.
    Vish prides himself in being a mentor capitalist who sits or has sat on boards of many venture-backed companies such as Abeama, Cofix, Onjibe, PostMedia Group, Quantros, Ramp Networks (sold to Nokia), SloMedia, Verano, and Xalted IP Networks. His prior experience includes founding VP of Operations of Excelan and VP Novell and EVP of iPlanet (a unit of Sun Microsystems and AOL), and CEO of four start-ups: Info-Objects, Mindworks, IntelliMatch and Ace Software.

    Vish holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from the Institute of Technology at Benares Hindu University, an MS in Electrical Engineering from North Dakota State University and MBA work from the University of Minnesota. He is a very active Director and Charter Member of TiE who has dedicated himself to the growth of the organization since its inception.

    Vish's focus at Clearstone is deal flow, syndicate networking, portfolio company support and executive coaching. His vast network in Silicon Valley, extended globally through TiE, is an invaluable asset to entrepreneurs and to us. Vish serves on the board of Novariant (formerly IntegriNautics).

    Carol Sands, Managing Director, The Angels’ Forum is the Founder and the Managing Member of The Angels’ Forum and The Halo Funds. She has spent the last 35 years with investing, entrepreneurial, and/or large corporate institutions. Carol’s career started in the Midwest where she was a bank officer with First Bank Systems and held marketing or sales positions with Motorola and Xerox Computer Services. After moving to San Francisco, she was hired into executive positions at Arthur Young (Ernst & Young) and Coopers & Lybrand (PricewaterhouseCoopers). Then Carol founded Sands MarketingPlus.

    In 1997, she incorporated The Angels’ Forum Management Company, the parent company for a revolutionary company in angel investing called The Angels’ Forum. In 2000, Carol co-founded Halo I, a $25 million venture fund invested in early stage, Silicon Valley based start ups. With the same core partners, Halo II, Halo III and the Halo Opportunity fund were all launched with quick succession.

    Carol is the Chair of the Global Women's Leadership Network, and a board advisor to Facing History and Ourselves. She is a Charter Member of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE), an Advisory Board Member for Silicon Valley Association of Startup Entrepreneurs (SVASE) and the ANZA Technology Network, as well as a member of The Forum for Women Entrepreneurs & Executives (FWE&E) and the Women’s Forum West. Carol received her B.A. in Business Administration from The University of Iowa

    Henry Wong, Founder & Managing Director, Diamond Tech Ventures
    Henry H. Wong has resided in China & Silicon Valley for the last 25 years. From being a Serial Entrepreneur to a Venture Capitalist, Wong is in a unique position where he can fully utilize his operational experience, investment talent and his Chinese heritage to help and build companies with a global vision. His success, experience and leadership are invaluable in his role as an Investor, Serial Entrepreneur and mentor in Silicon Valley.

    In 2002, Wong was the finalist to receive the “Entrepreneur of the Year Award”.  Wong is an Advisor to 6 non-profit organizations and is active with community events. In education, Mr. Wong received a B.Sc. degree in Business from University of Utah and a MBA in Telecom Management from Golden Gate University. He is also a Mentor in the Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB MBA Program, Stanford).