Silicon Dragon                           NEWS                                          April  2014  
  Featured Event:
April 15
 Cyberport crowd 
 Showcasing Innovations
in Technology and
Finance with a 
China Spin
Featured Speakers:
Ron Cao, Managing Partner, Lightspeed China, talks about his investment in bitcoin exchange
BTC China
Zach Smith, Founder, Makerbot, chats about how his team revolutionized
3-D printing
 Makerbot co-founder 


Venture Capital and 
Dealmaker Panel
Cyril Ebersweiler, SOS Ventures  
Jack Jia, GSR Ventures
Xing Liu, Sequoia Capital China
Edith Yeung, Right Ventures 
Felix Lam, Red Chapel Advisors
Mae Wong, Focus Ventures
Benjamin Qiu, Cooley
Adam Lindemann, Mind Fund
Tech Chats with founders
 of hardware, energy, fashion and biomedical startups
Jonathan Buford, Makible
Rex Sham, Insight Robotics
Ilissa Howard, Milk & Honey Shoes
Winnie Leung, eNano Health
Casey Lau, Benjamin Joffe, 
Tytus Michalski, Napolean Biggs, 
Lawrence Morgan 
April 15, 2014
Hong Kong Cyberport
Cocktails and Dinner Buffet   
Thanks to our Sponsors
HK Cyberport



  Silicon Dragon 2014 Global Events

  February 7, London
March 13, San Francisco
April 15, HK Cyberport
May 15, Beijing
June 25, New York
August 21, Sydney
September 18, Shanghai
October 2, Silicon Valley
November 13, HK Awards
November 20, Bangalore



VC and Tech SuperStars Size Up China's Tech Economy


Microsoft Asia-Pacific Headquarters

Tower 1, No. 5 Danling Street, 

Floor 1

Haidian District, Beijing

May 15, 2014    6-9PM  






 David Chao, General Partner, DCM 

Chuan Thor, Managing Director, Highland Capital Partners

Anna Fang, GM, Zhen Fund

Joseph Chan, Partner, Sidley

William Bao Bean, MD, SingTel Innov8

  Hongyi Zhou, Co-founder & CEO, Qihoo 360 Technology

Alan Guo, Co-founder, CEO,

Light in the Box



Frank Yu, Co-founder, Kwestr & Curator, Startup Digest

Kang Zhou, Business Development Manager, Amazon


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Silicon Dragon SF 2014: Spotlight - Victoria Wu, Tencent
Silicon Dragon SF 2014:
Spotlight - Victoria Wu, a key driver of Tencent's WeChat acceleration in the U.S.,
with Rebecca Fannin


Tencent is taking the expansion of its popular WeChat social messaging app into the U.S. market quite seriously, as well it should considering the recent $19 billion acquisition of rival service Whatsapp by Facebook. The Chinese social media giant has hired Victoria Wu, a 30-something, articulate Stanford MBA grad with Boston Consulting and startup smarts as its ambassador for the WeChat brand in the U.S. 

Read Forbes post, WeChat.



Highlights: San Francisco, March 13


VC Dealmakers: Chris Evdemon, Nazar Yasim, Mavis Ye, David Lam,  Jim Boettcher, Hans Tung, Alex Hartigan
Crowd scene at venue PCH International in SF design district
Fog City Captures East-West Cultures 


Leading venture capitalists and tech entrepreneurs are settling in San Francisco for its vibrant startup scene and capitalizing on international strategies here. They're scaling companies in e-commerce, gaming, wearables, the Internet of things, and more with backing from Jerry Yang, John Sculley, Marissa Mayer, Jack Ma, Kai-fu Lee, Vinod Khosla, Marc Andreessen and Li Ka-shing.
Despite many would-be Silicon Valleys around the world, the Bay Area continues to be a focal point for innovation, blending east and west. Examples include
gaming tech player Kamcord, fitness tracker Misfit Wearables, ecommerce startup Wish and soial gaming company FunPlus.  Tech founders Sonny Vu and Matt Zitzmann, pictured, spoke at Silicon Dragon. Read Forbes post, Fog City Tech.


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from Silicon Dragon SF event


Post event on the patio for BBQ and drinks:

Christine Lu, Diana Ding, Rebecca Fannin, PCH CEO Liam Casey  


 Credits: Colyer Dupont, photos; DingDing.TV, videos 






 China Counts on Forbes Midas 2014 List


About 20% of the top 100 venture capitalists ranked on the Forbes Midas list have been active deal makers in China. Among them are VCs Hans Tung (center), Jenny Lee, Richard Liu, Neil Shen, Hurst Lin, David Yuan -- and
all are in the Silicon Dragon network!

See Forbes post on Midas List:

China Matters and Full Midas List.


China Bitcoin exchange BTC China backed by Lightspeed Faces Cooldown. Ceyuan funds rival OKCoin with $10M.

See Silicon Dragon Video with CEO Bobby King, at CoinSummit in San Francisco.

Read Forbes post, BTC China.


China tech economy heats up with Alibaba IPO in the wings and two new venture funds from stalwarts DCM and Qiming. Read Forbes post, heating up.  


FunPlus raises $74 million from lead Orchid Asia, with GSR and Steamboat, post- Silicon Dragon stage in SF.  


Alibaba invests $215 million in messaging app Tango in California in trend of Chinese tech acquirers in U.S.  


On a roll, Alibaba pays $629 million for 35% stake in China department store operator Intime and agrees to buy 60% of HK-listed ChinaVision Media Group.


Tencent agrees to take 15% stake in Chinese e-commerce site, an Alibaba rival, for $215 million.


Yunfeng Capital, formed by Alibaba's Jack Ma and former Focus Media exec David Yu, is raising a $1 billion fund for private equity investing in China's TMT, healthcare and consumer product sectors.   


Tencent leads investment in mobile e-commerce platform for $200 million with MediaTek of Taiwan and Sequoia Capital in tow.  


DCM leads $8 million deal in Chinese property portal 

Meiaoju for buyers of overseas real estate


GSR Ventures invests $580 million in Shenzhen cleantech company Wuhan Kaidi Electric Power.


Mobile app platform Wandoujia picks up follow-on funding from Goldman Sachs in $120 million round now closing. See Wandoujia at



Temasek's Vertex Venture to invest $5 million in first round  funding for Shanghai-based mobile study tool developer Xuebajun.



Accel India and Horizon Ventures put $1 million in tea commerce site Teabox.   


General Atlantic invests undisclosed sum in India's Citrus Tech, a healthcare technology services provider.


Music service Rdio in the U.S. acquires India's VC-backed Dhingana, a social music streaming service backed by Inventus Capital Partners, Helion Venture Partners and Lightspeed Venture Partners.


Online jeweler Bluestone gains $10 million in deal led by Kalaari Capital after round including Accel.


Mayfield invests another $6 million in online alarm system Securens.



Mitsui leads $60 million financing in New Zealand cleantech startup Lanza Tech. Read Forbes post on my visit with Lanza CEO and "why I did not see any cows all week in New Zealand."


Valar Ventures and Square Peg Ventures team up to invest $20 million in New Zealand's Vend, a point-of-sale software solution.  



The Rise of Anti-Capitalism: "THE unresolved question is, how will this economy of the future function when millions of people can make and share goods and services nearly free?"

New York Times opinion piece  



Speaking Appearances


Speaker: Silicon Valley Crowd Funding Conference

April 3-4, 2014    Palo Alto, CA

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Speaker: CeBIT Australia

May 5-7, 2014   Sydney


Moderator: The Asian Business Angel Forum 2014

May 21-22, 2014    Hong Kong




Asia Society: China Investment Surge in U.S. High Tech

April 1, 2014    San Francisco


AAMA: The New Payments Frontier

April 17, 2014   San Francisco  



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