US Venture Capital is going Global
A Passport Program Event
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With the continued globalization of the technology industry there is a growing appreciation that many outstanding companies worthy of VC Investment are born outside the US.
More US VC's are looking at off shore technology start ups and Establishing partnerships with off shore Venture Capital firms.
This exciting Passport Group event has attracted a group of some of the Valley's leading VC's who have invested in off shore technology companies. Listen to why they invested in the companies, what model they used, how the deal was done and why the companies off shore roots were not a deterrent For investing.
Alain Azan (bio) - Managing Director, Sofinnova Ventures
George Chen (bio) - Senior Vice President and Chief Technical Advisor, H&Q Asia Pacific
Christopher Chu (bio) - Partner, Pacific Ventures Partners
John Scull (bio) - General Partner, DFJ Southern Cross Fund
Tim Wilson (bio) - General Partner, Partech International
Alain Azan, Managing Director, joined Sofinnova in Paris in 1983 and took responsibility for Sofinnova's U.S. operations in 1987. During his 21 years' experience as a venture capitalist, Alain has made over 50 investments in the information technology sector, resulting in over 25 IPOs and trade sales.
Prior to beginning his career in venture capital, Alain was an executive in the oil and gas exploration and machine tool industries, where he fulfilled a variety of operational roles based out of several countries.
Alain is appreciated for his warmth and his strong loyalty, which he shows to the entrepreneurs as well as their companies. That said, he is not shy about sharing his opinions. He's a great listener who can be counted on to provide candid feedback and, when necessary, to make a quick decision.
Alain studied Mechanical Engineering and Economics at the Marseilles-Luminy University in France, then completed his academics with an M.B.A. from the INSEAD (Fontainebleau, France).
Tom is a Partner in the Corporate and Securities Group of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP in San Francisco. Tom has over 12 years experience as an attorney in the securities and finance field, with a focus on helping venture capitalists and angel investors and emerging growth companies (software/hardware, Internet, healthcare technologies and biotechnology) navigate issues concerning securities, capital structure planning, private placements, mergers and acquisitions, venture financing and licensing transactions. Tom has also participated at an operating level at several companies, including a venture fund, boutique investment bank and an ISP. Tom's most recent venture was the formation of the law firm of Britton Silberman & Cervantez LLP, which was acquired in June of 2000. Tom also spends a significant amount of time counseling and working with companies expanding into the Silicon Valley from outside the United States, in particular from Australia, New Zealand and Japan. Tom is an advisor to the the US-Japan Incubator Center and a member of the Queensland Advanced Technology Advisory Council.
Tom also founded the Golden Gate Angels investor group in San Francisco, an active angel group targeting early stage investments in technology, communications and consumer retail ventures. Tom holds a Bachelor's in Business Administration, magna cum laude, from Loyola Marymount University, a JD from Harvard Law School and a MBA from Harvard Business School.
George K. Chen is a Senior Vice President and Chief Technical Advisor of H&Q Asia Pacific, where he is responsible for technology assessments, strategic formulation, company restructuring, due diligence, joint venture, and business planning. In addition to Silicon Valley, his career covers various investment activities within Greater China.
Prior to H&Q Asia Pacific, George was a co-founder of ANDA Networks (1998-2001). During his stay at ANDA Networks, George brought initial funding to the company and served as the president and a member of the board of directors.
His previous positions include VP of M&A at Cortelco Telecommunications Corp. (1995-97), and VP of Network Business Division at ALCATEL N.V. in China and Taiwan (1992-95). From 1985 to 1992, George was Assistant Vice President at Fujitsu America Inc., where he established the Transmission Development Division.
From 1978 to 1985, George served as Senior Manager at Nortel Networks Inc., where he managed three professional groups: Data Communications Design, Systems Software Development, and New Product Introductions; at same time he supervised three laboratories.
George received his BSEE from University of San Jose and MSCS and MBA from University of Santa Clara. A native of China and naturalized U.S. citizen, he is fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese.
Chris has been involved with semiconductor and communications companies for over fifteen years. Before joining PVP, Chris was a Principal at Crescendo Ventures, where he focused on wireless and semiconductor investments. Before that, he was an Associate at Worldview Technology Partners as well as a Kauffman Fellow at CMEA Ventures. Some of his past investments and company involvement include IC Media, Legend Silicon and Silicon Spice. He has held engineering positions at VLSI Technology, National Semiconductor, NASA's JPL and IBM Watson Research, where he received a US patent in IC design. Chris holds an MBA degree from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, an MS degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from California Institute of Technology.
John Scull is a General Partner of DFJ Southern Cross Fund, which is a Partnership between the leading Australian technology VC firm Allen & Buckeridge and the well known Silicon Valley VC firm, Draper Fisher Jurvetson. John Scull has been a Venture Partner with Allen & Buckeridge based Silicon Valley since 2000 and is currently on the board of several A&B portfolio companies including Aurema, eKit, Fultec Semiconductor, Vintela, and VaST.
Prior to becoming a venture capitalist, he had a successful 20 year operational career in Silicon Valley. He has been both the CEO of successful venture backed software companies (Macromind, which merged to form Macromedia (MACR) and PF.Magic, which was sold to The Learning Company) and an innovative marketing executive (Apple Computer, where he helped launch the Macintosh personal computer and then started and grew the company's Desktop Publishing business to over $1 billion in revenues).
John Scull holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Oklahoma and an MBA from Harvard University.
Tim joined Partech in 2001, where he focuses on communications and component investments. He currently serves on the boards of directors of ARIO Data Networks, Teknovus, Discera and InvenSense. Prior to joining Partech, Tim was Chief Marketing Officer for Digital Island (acq. by Cable & Wireless). Prior to Digital Island, Tim was General Manager of Lucent Technologies' $2B Business Communications Systems unit (now Avaya), where he led international product management efforts, and co-authored a VOIP related patent. Before Lucent, Tim held a variety of senior management positions with AT&T (North America and Australia) and AT&T Bell Labs. Tim has a B.A. in Physics, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Bowdoin College, and an M.B.A. and is a Fuqua Scholar, from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.
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