Silicon Dragon                           NEWS                                         mid-May 2014  
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May 15
How China is Winning the Tech Race
 David Chao
"Maybe we are not in a tech bubble but on the Verge of a
New Tech Revolution?"  
David Chao, DCM - VC investor in VIPShop, Renren, Dangdang, and Silicon Dragon speaker
Featured Speakers:
VC Investor / Dealmaker Panel: 
David Chao, Co-founder & GP, DCM
Richard Hsu, MD, Intel Capital
Harry Man, Partner, Matrix Partners
William Bao Bean, MD SingTel Innov8
Rui Ma, Venture Partner, 500 Startups
Joseph Chan, Partner, Sidley
Hong Chen, Chairman, The Hina Group
Anna Fang, GM, Zhen Fund
Philipp Georgi, MD, SuperSonic Ventures
Tech Chats with Star Entrepreneurs:  
  Alan Guo, Co-Founder, Chairman & CEO, Light in the Box
Si Shen, Co-Founder & CEO,
Tina Shi, Deputy Manager, Mobile,
Paul Carsten, Thomson Reuters
Chen Liang, Financial Times
Frank Yu, Startup Digest
 Kang Zhou, Amazon 
May 15, 2014, 5-9 pm
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David Rose
Jon Medved, Founder and CEO,
Harry Hui, Founder and Managing Partner, ClearVue Partners  
Brian Cohen, Chairman,
New York Angels and Author,
"What Every Angel Investor Wants You To Know"
Nazar Yasin, Managing Partner,
Rise Capital
David Rose, CEO, Gust, and
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Tech Chats
  Vicky Wu, Co-Founder,
fashion ecommerce site ZaoZao

Bernd Schoner, Founder of tech startup ThingMagic and Author,

"The Tech Entrepreneurs' Survival Guide" 


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Alibaba leader Jack Ma with Rebecca Fannin at his Hangzhou office, circa 2006, during interview for my book,

Silicon Dragon: How China is Winning the Tech Race (McGraw-Hill, 2008)


 The Alibaba Bump


As Alibaba gets ready to ring the bell in New York likely in late summer, look for at least four more China tech IPOs in the next few weeks as a rush is on to avoid bumping up against Alibaba's mega IPO in the U.S.  All the new companies getting ready to begin trading on NASDAQ or the NYSE are feeding off of China's booming online consumer and digital tech markets. If Alibaba does well, expect a surge of Chinese tech companies to go public in the U.S.

 See Silicon Dragon post at Forbes, Alibaba bump


The Alibaba Edge

What Alibaba has going for it as the giant e-commerce conglomerate goes public in New York is its reach, and its visionary and eccentric leader, arguably China's Steve Jobs - Jack Ma.

Alibaba has an undeniable edge in China's fast-moving digital economy.  The e-commerce conglomerate

 is a combination of eBay (TaoBao), PayPal (AliPay), Amazon (Tmall, Aliyun), Orbitz (Taobao Travel) and  GoogleGOOG +1.51% Play (Aliyun App Store) - and of course, there's that Yahoo connection too.

Plus, Alibaba has recently made several acquisitions that put the company into more of the hottest tech arenas: YouTube (Youku), Google mobile (Quixey and Shin Ma), Twitter (Weibo), Google Maps (AutoNavi) and WhatsApp (Laiwang, Tango).

See Silicon Dragon post at Forbes, Alibaba edge 



 Posing at Alibaba headquarters in Hangzhou during AliFest, circa 2011




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Interviewing Atlassian co-founder Mike Cannon-Brookes
at his Sydney office
Why Can't Sydney Be More Like San Francisco?

Australia's startup scene may finally be starting to get bubbly, years after China and India already their own tech bubbles and are on to a new generation of more innovative startups with global appeal.

What Australia needs to boost its venture capital and entrepreneurial adrenalin is more heroes from the startup world. China has Jack Ma, Robin Li and Pony Ma, India has Narayan Murthy of Infosys Infosys, Azim Premji of Wipro, Deep Kalra of MakeMyTrip and inMobi's Naveen Tewari. All of these entrepreneurial heroes date back more than a decade.

Australia is only on the cusp of a mini-entrepreneurial revolution fueled by its first generation of startup heroes. Mike Cannon-Brookes, co-founder and co-CEO of Atlassian, comes to mind.

Read Forbes post: If only



2013                              2012

 1. Global $48.5 B       $ 47.6 B

 2. U.S.   $33.1 B         $ 32.8 B

 3. China  $3.5 B          $  5.0B 

 4. India  $1.8 B           $  1.6B 

     Aus    $111 million   $ 139 million


Source: Dow Jones Venture Source, AVCAL



Emerald Hill raises $300 million for third fund of funds 




Chinese online tour operator backed by DCM, Sequoia and Gobi goes public on NASDAQ 





Alibaba's chairman Ma's dealings raise red flags for  IPO: mix of conflicting interests draws warnings 


Alibaba and VIEs: A Primer - China Real Time Report - WSJ



Olympus Capital Asia and India Value Fund have invested a further $65 million in Indian hospital chain Aster


Bessemer leads Series B round for India's TaxiForSure


Discovery fashion site Lime raises $15 million in second round from Tiger Global


Partners Group opens Mumbai office



Japan's flea market app 10sec raises $1.6 million from CyberAgent




Wheat vs. Rice: How China's North-South Culinary Divide Shapes Personality - WSJ
A Silver Lining in Beijing Smog: Soaring Pollution Penalty Revenues - Businessweek

Christie's Sells Monet to Chinese Collector for $27 Million



The Chinese are coming, and it's going to be fine. Foreign Policy



 Silicon Dragon: GETTING QUOTED

Canada TV News: Eccentric billionaire who may soon be part of your Internet experience

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San Jose Mercury News: Alibaba signals that China is an innovative tech center 





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