Silicon Dragon          NEWS                   October 2012


Silicon Dragon 

Hong Kong 2012


   Where Asia's Venture VIPs,

Power LPs, Tech Stars Meet:

China Club, Nov. 15 

   Tech Chat:

Poshu Yeung, 
GM-International, Tencent
Poshu Yeung 
Venture Pulse:

Hurst Lin,

General Partner, DCM

Hurst Lin 


 WHEN: November 15, 5-7pm

WHERE: China Club

Old Bank of China Building,

Bank Street 

Hong Kong
Venture Pulse, Tech Chat, 
Silicon Dragon Entrepreneur Award Presentation
Q&A, Networking,
Cocktail Reception

   Thanks to Our Sponsors:

Morrison & Foerster




Silicon Dragon at China Club

Rebecca Fannin at China Club,

our venue for

Silicon Dragon Hong Kong 2012


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Murray Hill Properties,

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DLA Piper, DCM


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Dealmaker Panelists at Silicon Dragon Sand Hill 2012 
When Will China Get Another Baidu?
Silicon Dragon VC panel, Sand Hill 2012
Silicon Dragon Sand Hill 2012 VCs Feng Deng, Dixon Doll, Stuart Schonberger, Stella Jin, MoFo's Chuck Comey

Is China going to have another Baidu, Alibaba or Tencent? Well, maybe but probably not too soon. 

The chance of betting on a charismatic leader with a good product and riding the economic growth and market opportunity to a successful IPO has narrowed. That doesn't mean it's over for China's venture investors and entrpreneurs.

It's just going to take a little longer to get to that next big deal, agreed a panel at Silicon Dragon on Sand Hill 2012.

See Silicon Asia beat at Forbes: Next Baidu.  

See Silicon Dragon Video: China at the Crossroads.


Go Public, Take Private, Make A Deal


Dealmaker panelists at Silicon Dragon on Sand Hill 2012
Dealmaker panelists David Chen, David Lam, David Williams and Valerie Leung with moderator Eric Savitz, Forbes


The window is nearly shut for Chinese companies to go public in the U.S. while shares of listed Chinese stocks are bottoming out. What are smart investors and startup founders doing about it? 

The new trend to realize an investment return are doing an M&A deal, taking a company private ala Focus Media and 7Days, and focusing only the winners in a portfolio.  So said panelists at Silicon Dragon on Sand Hill 2012.

See Silicon Asia beat at Forbes: Make a Deal.

See Silicon Dragon Video: Go Public.


Check out more Silicon Dragon Sand HIll Road 2012 photos and
event videos with Gary Matsuzak of KPMG, Claudia Fan Munce of IBM Venture Capital, and Bill Tai of Charles River Ventures and Maxthon,
pictured below.
  Rebecca, Gary MatuszakClaudia Fan MunceBill Tai   
Tencent Eagle Yi, Temasak Jonathan LauAndy Tsao, Joshua MillerBrewer Stone
 Above: Eagle Yi, Tencent with Jonathan Lau, Temasek

Andy Tsao, Silicon Valley Bank with Joshua Miller,

Brewer Stone, Pacific Crest Securities 





@gadyepstein "For [China], this is not what reporters do. This is what reporters are banned from doing"-NYT's Joe Kahn on Wen story 


@gadyepstein  Our cover story on Xi Jinping and the new leadership, Economist And leader: The man who must change China


@christinelu "True Love Packed Into 50 Sq. Feet in Beijing"

[ABC] cute story.


@jasonpontin YCombinator's community say I'm an a**hole for saying SV's princes can't solve big problems: Elon can, too, go to Mars!



Social networking and gaming company Renren has teamed up with Pinguo Technology to offer its location-based software on mobile over Renren's wireless open interface. 



 Ginger Software raises $5.4 million in a fourth round from Harbor Pacific Capital and  Li Ka-shing's Horizon Ventures to ramp up its language recognition software. The company is led by CEO Netanel Jacobssson, who also was behind Chinese Internet browser Maxthon in its early startup days.  



Softbank's deal to take a 70% stake in Sprint for $20.1 billion will spur innovation, says David Chao, co-founder of DCM.

See Bloomberg video.



Six Chinese companies have 'going private' deals in the works since September 2012 -- and more than 20 are trading below their net asset value. 

See Seeking Alpha.



Women at the Wheel: Do Female Executives Drive Startup Success?

A new report from Dow Jones VentureSource looks at the impact female executives have had on the U.S. venture capital business over the last 15 years. The report analyzes the proportion of female execs by industry, venture-backed and exited companies, and even in failed companies by industry.


China tops Japan and the U.S. as the world's top patent filer, according to a recently released research report from Thomson Reuters. But volume alone can't help China move from "made in China" to "designed in China." What's also needed is an improvement in the quality of patents. Behind the increase in patent applications is  Chinese government incentives for companies in China to file for patents.



Fusion Entrepreneurs, by journalist Edward Iwata, Sept. 2012.  

The global economy and cultural diversity are converging on a grand scale. The book highlights the forces that are changing the business world, from pop culture to innovation to entrepreneurship. At the heart of this transformation is a rising breed of executive who hails from many hues and backgrounds. Iwata interviews David Neeleman of JetBlue, Ralph de la Vega of AT&T Mobility, Claudia Fan Munce of IBM Venture Capital and Carlos Ghosn of  the Renault-Nissan Alliance.  



Make A Difference (MaD) Venture Fellows Program invites applications from innovative and high-impact entrepreneurs based in Asia or interested in links with Asia. MaD applicants should have at least one-year track record and the founder should be 35 or under at the time the startup was set up.

The MaD Venture Fellows will be invited to attend a 5-day program in Hong Kong, Jan. 23-27, to meet potential investors and partners, and to network in the Hong Kong business and tech ecosytem.

For more info, see




Rebecca Recommends 

Fuchun Resort  Fuchun Resort near Hangzhou  

 The Fuchun Resort on a hillside tea plantation near Hangzhou is one of the most beautiful and silent places I've ever visited. Built by a Taiwanese exec as a place of respite, it's a great escape from the hustle of China's urbanization. There's an 18-hole golf course here, but rarely a golfer in sight. Things to do include well . . . just enjoying the scenery.


 KINDLE OFFER Frank Yu and Kindle edition


Fans of the Kindle electronic reading device can order a digital edition of

Startup Asia for only $9.99. Just click Kindle. That's Beijing entrepreneur Frank Yu displaying his Kindle edition with the author of Startup Asia.


moderator, WTN
Panelists Porter Bibb of MediaTech Capital and John Allen of the Greater China Corp. with moderator and speaker Rebecca Fannin at World Technology Network, New York, October 23
MC Rebecca Fannin with speakers HK Government CIO Daniel Lai, Cyberport CEO Herman Lam and Shui On Group GM Richard Tan at Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office luncheon, Santa Clara, October 10


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