Silicon Dragon LA 2017 + VIP Reception + Rooftop Party
DATE AND TIME
Wed, July 26, 2017
2:00 PM – 9:00 PM PDT
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Pasadena Convention Center
300 E. Green St.
Pasadena, CA 91101
Max Epstein, Vice President, DMG Entertainment
Mark Rafalowski, EVP-International Distribution, Dick Clark Productions
William Pfeiffer, Executive Chairman & Co-founder, Global Gate Entertainment
Sarah Platt, International Business Development, Wanda Studios
David Uslan, Partner, Uslan Entertainment
Eric Mika, Senior VP, LeEco
Tom McGrath, COO, STX Entertainment
Moderator: Robert Cain, Partner, Pacific Bridge Partners
DIGITAL ENTERTAINMENT INNOVATION & INVESTMENT
Marc Jackson, Managing Director/Founder, Seahorn Capital Group
Chang Xu, Investor, Upfront Ventures
Bert Reuler, Global Product Lead, Emerging Tech, Mattel
Gary Kho, CMO & CTO, Wanda Studios Qingdao
Moderator: Danny Le, Partner, KPMG
TECH CHATS: VR – LA to CHINA
Shiraz Akmal, CEO & Co-founder, Spaces
Pete Blumel, CEO, The Rogue Initiative
Isaac Yang, Partner, China Big Time Fund
Ryan Wang, Co-founder & General Partner, Outpost Capital
Azel James, VP of Content, Immerex Inc.
EB-5 FINANCING & ECONOMIC IMPACT
Kevin Wright, Consultant, Baker Tilly Capital
Jor Law, Co-founder, Homeier Law & VerifyInvestor.com
Christine Lu, Co-founder & Partner, America Innovates
Tyler Rooker, China Investment Manager, Gemdale USA Corp.
Moderator: Justin Thompson, Partner – Real Estate Practice Group, Nixon Peabody
Peter Crosby, Producer, Return to the Belly of the Dragon
MC: Rebecca Fannin, Founder/Editor, Silicon Dragon
2:30pm – 6pm Forum at Pasadena Convention Center
6 – 7 pm VIP Reception: Gold Room, Pasadena (VIP tickets only)
7:30 pm – 9pm Rooftop Party, Downtown LA
(included in forum ticket)
Thanks to Sponsors: KPMG, Nixon Peabody, Pasadena Economic Development
Supporters: Pasadena Economic Development, PlusYoou, Plug and Play, Innovate Pasadena, N3XTCON, LAEDC, CIE, Geoskope, America Innovates
Media Partners: Forbes, Variety, China Daily, Startup Digest, Crowdfund Beat, LA Tech Digest, Twitter, WeChat, BeFast.TV
Organizer of Silicon Dragon LA 2017 + VIP Reception + Rooftop Party
Silicon Dragon publishes news of technology, venture capital and startup trends in emerging markets and hosts forums in innovation hubs. Forums are held regularly in New York, Silicon Valley, London, Beijing, Shanghai, Sydney, Hong Kong, Singapore and Bangalore.
Silicon Dragon was formed in 2010 by Forbes journalist, author and media entrepreneur Rebecca Fannin. Ms. Fannin has been covering tech innovations trends globally for 15 years, beginning with Red Herring magazine during the dotcom era. She is the author of two influential and well-received books, Silicon Dragon (McGraw-Hill, 2008) and Startup Asia (Wiley, 2011).
Silicon Dragon spans a global network of 15,000 startups, emerging companies, venture capitalists, angel investors and startup stakeholders. The group is based in Silicon Valley with offshoots in New York City and Hong Kong.
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Silicon Dragon comes to New York, June 21, NASDAQ funders event. Rebecca Fannin shares her Good News.
at Nasdaq, Times Square 2pm – 6pm
Plus After-Event Reception with Food & Drinks
Celebrate Summer on The Terrace!
757 Third Ave. Grant Thornton 6pm – 8pm
New York’s Global
Innovation Revolution (bet you didn’t know there was one!)
VC PANEL M&A DEALS PANEL TECH CHATS BOOK TALKS TECHNION IN NY
NY’s TOP VCs
JUDGE THE PITCH CONTEST
Jim Robinson RRE Ventures Brian Cohen NY Angels
Where: Grant Thornton on the terrace
757 Third Ave.
For skeptics of New York City’s startup scene, it helps to have a close-up view. Rather than look at things through the lens of Silicon Valley, the Big Apple has developed its own brand of startups.
Of course, this has long been called Silicon Alley. That used to mean mostly startups centered on advertising, media and e-commerce.
But today, it’s branched out to artificial intelligence, biotech, virtual reality, fintech, natural drinks, livestreaming content and mobile app for foodies, sports and drivers looking for a parking space.
Just like Stanford, Berkeley and UC Davis fed entrepreneurial talent to the Bay Area, it’s Columbia, NYU, Princeton and Cornell in New York that are churning out a new generation of well-educated and well-rounded techies.
Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg put this startup movement into action — and the new Technion-Cornell Institute that is opening up on Roosevelt Island is just one example. Indeed, Silicon Alley is much broader than the area around the Flat Iron district where it grew up the late 1990s Internet boom.
Silicon Dragon has been involved in this ramp-up too, holding a pitch contest at Nasdaq MarketSite June 21 for the best and brightest up and comers in the city.
Read Forbes post: Does NYC have what it takes?
DEALS & FUNDS
Chinese bicycle sharing app MoBike has raised $600 million in a Series E round from lead existing investor Tencent and Sequoia Capital China to aim (amazingly) to bring the station-less bikes to 200 cities globally by end of 2017. Mobike has raised nearly $1 billion since October 2016. The race is among China’s bike-sharing rivals to ramp up the fastest.
VC deals in the transit sector are where it’s at. Chinese used car trading platform Quiza has raised $400 million in a second round from Sequoia Capital China (again!), Matrix Partners, BlueRun Ventures and Hive Capital. Used car sales are on the upswing in China as first-time drivers upgrade to their next model.
In a quantum leap forward, Chinese scientists have come up with a breakthrough satellite and physics technology that could lead to an ‘unhackable’ global communications network. Even the Pentagon described the advance as “notable.”
China’s detention of the chairman of Anbang Insurance Group and Chinese banks’ curbs on sales of the company’s investment products could ripple through the country’s financial system. The crackdown comes as Anbang has been testing the limits on expansion and funding sources in a global M&A shopping spree that included the iconic Waldorf-Astoria hotel in New York in 2014 and talks to buy a Manhattan office tower from Jared Kushner’s family.
Even the Vatican has gotten into startups! Inspired by the Pope’s call for tech startups to do more social good and fight climate change, Fresco Capital founder Steven Forte started a two-month accelerator program in Rome that includes $100,000 in equity financing and a demo day in December at the Vatican. Honolulu-based agtech startup Smart Yields made the first cut and is headed to Rome.
The Asia Society of New York hosted a summit discussing the Belt and Road Initiative. Speakers included Michael R. Bloomberg, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and former mayor of New York City, Kevin Rudd, president of the Asia Society Policy Institute, Ambassador Cui Tiankai, current ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to the U.S., and C.H. Tung, vice chairman of the Twelfth National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference.
Check out Bloomberg’s remarks on climate change and a full video of the Asia Society program. It was a packed house!
UPDATE: The Clock is Ticking!
SILICON DRAGON’S PITCH CONTEST
June 21 at Nasdaq
15 FOUNDERS HAVE WON THE CHANCE TO PITCH
Judges Q&A, Audience Feedback
Winners will be announced on stage, June 21
2 Finalists go to Beijing August 18 to compete globally
Global champion wins funding of up to $200,000 ++
To Watch The Show LIVE
WINNER OF THE SILICON DRAGON PITCH CONTEST 2016