• Australian Innovation Day(Copy) Thursday, January 15, 2009 - 08:30AM to 11:30AM
    Quadrus Conference Center
    2400 Sand Hill Road
    Menlo Park, CA 94025
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Australian Innovation Day(Copy)




    DJCline.com (pictures and article)

    Venture Beat Article

    Australian Innovation Day

    Australian Innovation – A Shoot Out


    At the third annual Innovation Shoot Out, witness six Australian State finalists prove that their company’s cutting edge innovation has what it takes to make it in the US market.

    Consider their pitches, meet the competitors, hear the views of the judging panel and gain an insight into Australian innovation.

    Keynote Speaker: Bob Joss, Dean, Stanford Graduate School of Business

    Moderated by: Dean Takahashi, VentureBeat

    Judges Include:

    Mark Fernandes, Sierra Ventures
    Deborah Magid, IBM
    Harold Yu, Orrick

    Australian State Finalists
    New South Wales – Nuix (www.nuix.com)
    Queensland – Impedimed (www.impedimed.com)
    South Australia – m.NET (mnetcorporation.com.au)
    Tasmania – JadeLiquid (www.jadeliquid.com)
    Victoria – E Ball Games (eballgames.com.au)
    Western Australia – Sensear (sensear.com.au)

    Quadrus Conference Center
    2400 Sand Hill Road
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    Robert L. Joss, Philip H. Knight Professor and Dean, Stanford University Graduate School of Business. A leader in global banking, a former U.S. Treasury Department official, and a Stanford Graduate School of Business PhD, Robert Joss became the eighth dean of the Business School in 1999. He is the School’s first dean from industry in 17 years.

    Joss has observed that ideas, capital, and technology move freely across borders around the world, but that there is a significant lack of management skill. As dean he draws on both his academic and business experience to address this issue through education. He has a strong belief in experiential learning, leadership development, and academic research that constantly tests the boundaries of what we know about organizational behavior, finance, and other subjects essential to good management.

    Prior to joining the Business School as dean, Joss was chief executive officer and managing director of Australia’s Westpac Banking Corporation, one of Australia’s largest banks, a post he held for six years. At Westpac, he was credited with refocusing the bank strategically, modernizing and streamlining operations, and restructuring the bank’s culture to emphasize teamwork, customer focus, open communication, and community support. Bank shareholders also benefited substantially during and after his tenure.

    Before going to Australia, Joss held a variety of posts at San Francisco-based Wells Fargo Bank between 1971 and 1993, eventually rising to the position of vice chairman. Prior to Wells Fargo, Joss worked in Washington, D.C., first as a White House Fellow and then for the Treasury Department as deputy to the assistant secretary for economic policy.

    He is a director of Wells Fargo & Co., two Australian listed property trusts, Agilent Technologies Inc., and Makena Capital.

    Joss was a Sloan Fellow (in what is now called the Stanford Sloan Master’s Program) at Stanford Business School in 1965-66; he earned an MBA at the School in 1967 and a PhD in 1970. Besides his graduate degrees from Stanford, Joss holds a BA in economics, magna cum laude, from the University of Washington.

    Deborah Magid, Director, Software Strategy, IBM Venture Capital Group. Deborah Magid represents IBM’s $20B software business in the company’s 8-year old Venture Capital Group. Her expertise spans several industries.

    Deborah is responsible for building ecosystems for IBM by sharing insights about emerging markets, technologies, and business models with venture firms and entrepreneurs around the world. She also brings insight form the venture community to the development of IBM’s growth strategies. She scouts for emerging business opportunities, and shares views on innovation and growth areas of the market. Deborah is a frequent spokesperson on topics of relevance to entrepreneurs and investors, and is on the board of SDForum, the Silicon Valley emerging technology network.

    Previously, Deborah held positions in product management, marketing, and user-centered design at Taligent, GE Information Services and AT&T. Deborah holds degrees in Cognitive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Connecticut.

    Dean Takahashi, Lead Writer, VentureBeat. Dean is a lead writer and covers digital media. He joined VentureBeat in February 2008. Dean was previously the Tech Talk columnist at the San Jose Mercury News, where he wrote gadget reviews and opinion pieces on technology in Silicon Valley. He also wrote the Dean & Nooch on Gaming and Tech Talk blogs and did a regular video podcast on gaming. He has been a journalist for 20 years, most of it covering technology business news. Before he joined the San Jose Mercury News in 2002, he was a senior writer at Red Herring magazine from 2000 to 2002. Before that, he was a staff writer in the San Francisco office of the Wall Street Journal from 1996 to 2000. His first job at the Mercury News was as a chip industry reporter from 1994 to 1996. Before that, Los Angeles Times Orange County Edition, the Orange County Register, and the Dallas Times Herald. He is the author of two books, The Xbox 360 Uncloaked, published in 2006 and Opening the Xbox, published in 2002. He has a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University (1987) and a bachelor's degree in English from UC Berkeley (1986).

    Harold M. Yu, Partner, Orrick. Mr. Yu, a partner in the Silicon Valley office, is a member of Orrick's Emerging Companies Group, which advises emerging companies, public companies, venture capital firms and investment banks.

    Mr. Yu represents public and private technology companies, focusing on formation, financing and general corporate counseling.  Mr. Yu has completed several hundred venture capital financings and numerous acquisition transactions, public offerings, strategic partnerships and technology licensing transactions.  Mr. Yu also advises numerous entrepreneurs and companies doing business in China and Korea.  Mr. Yu regularly advises on corporate governance and securities law compliance matters, including Sarbanes-Oxley counseling and compliance.