Silicon Dragon                           NEWS                                   mid-July 2014
  Featured Event:
SYDNEY 2014:
August 21
  Matt Barrie
 Keynote speaker Matt Barrie, CEO,, rejected a $430 million buyout offer from Japan's Recruit to instead list 
in Australia
Closing The Finance Gap for Australian Startups
to Scale Globally 
featuring these
startup investors  
  Jeffrey Paine Ann Parker
Niki Scevak
Jeffrey Paine, Founding Partner, Golden Gate Ventures
Ann Parker, Director,
Telstra's muru-D
Peter Hyunh, Director,
Optus-Innov8 Seed
Daniel Bennett, Managing Director,
Niki Scevak, Managing Director 
Blackbird Ventures  
Tony Holt, Co-founder / Partner
Square Peg Capital
MC/Moderator: Rebecca Fannin,
Founder, Silicon Dragon
Tech Chats
  Yang Zhang, CEO & Co-founder,
Singa Entertainment
Jodie Fox, Co-founder & CCO,
Shoes of Prey

Emil Davityan, Co-founder, Exec Dir.


Stephane Ibos, Co-founder & CEO,


Ross Wright, Co-founder,

ZED Technologies

Jaime Conyngham, Co-founder



  Yang Zhang Jodie Fox Emil DavityanStephane Ibos



Commentators/ Moderators

Michael Bailey, Editor, BRW

Jana Matthews, Director,

UniSA Centre for Business Growth

James Riley, Founder & Mng. Editor,

Rose Powell, Reporter,

Sydney Morning Herald

James Alexander, Co-founder,


  Location: KPMG Executive Offices
15th floor
10 Shelley Street
Time: 5-9pm 
Tickets include full program plus
cocktail reception and appetizers
Thanks to our Sponsors
Telstra's muru-D
UniSA Centre for Business Growth  




Silicon Dragon 2014 Global Events

August 21, Sydney
September 18, Shanghai
October 2, Silicon Valley
November 13, Awards
November 20, Bangalore
Amir Gal-Or, CEO, Infinity 
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 Meeting with Ashish Dave of Mumbai Angels at Asian Business Angel Forum in Hong Kong


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Silicon Dragon New York 2014: Startup Investor Panel
 We're in a Creative Revolution, not a Tech Bubble! Startup Investors from NY, China, Israel agree! Check out this Silicon Dragon clip from our annual NYC event.   



Copying China Business Models Catches On As A Startup Trend in the U.S. 

Quite the Reverse!


Globally minded startup teams in the U.S. are beginning to adopt Chinese business models and getting funding from American venture capitalists with China experience. An example of this newly unfolding trend is Curse, Inc., an online gaming media company in Huntsville, Alabama that just raised $10 million from Silicon Valley and Shanghai-based GGV Capital.

This new trend is the reverse of the copy-to-China phenomenon just a decade ago.

Read Forbes, Reverse Copies.


Crowdfunding Could Top Angels If Israel's OurCrowd Gets Its Way


If you want to look to the future in crowd financing, you might want to look to Israel. From Jerusalem, an innovative crowd-funding platform has been built up over the past 16 months led by serial entrepreneur Jon Medved.

Feeding off the strong base of Israeli tech innovation, OurCrowd has raised $30.5 million to expand its reach internationally into promising markets such as China and Australia, grow its team, and build its investor network.

Will OurCrowd and crowd-funding eventually crowd out angels?

  Read Forbes: Crowding Out.


But angel investors are not about to go away silently. Hear fighting remarks by NY Angels chairman Brian Cohen at Silicon Dragon NY 2014.







Southeast Asia

DFJ Global Network expands its presence in Southeast Asia with $16 million fund with Singapore's Wavemaker Pacific, an investor in Internet, mobile and software startups.


Sequoia Capital and Norwest Venture Partners invest $14 million in a second round in cloud-based marketing platform Capillary Technologies, based in Singapore and designed for retailers to engage with customers in Asia.     



SAIF Partners and Kalaari Capital co-invest $20 million with lead Steadview Capital in a second round for Indian online furniture retailer Urban Ladder.


India sets aside $1.5 billion to support startups, as part of its 2014 budget. The fund would go toward venture capital and risk capital.


Tiger Global and Nirvana Venture Advisors invest $5 million for products review portal in Delhi.


FlipKart co-founders, Times Internet and a group of serial entrepreneurs have joined to invest in a mobile news app, News in Shorts in New Delhi.



KDDI and Japanese venture firm Global Brain team up to launch a $66 million fund to invest in technology startups in the U.S. and Asia. 



GSR Ventures joins with Oak Investment Partners to create a new fund, G-O Scale Capital, to invest in U.S. cleantech companies that can scale in China.


China's publicly listed Internet security firm Qihoo Technology has set up a venture arm to invest in Silicon Valley companies.


VC-backed mobile game platform iDreamSky has filed for an IPO on NASDAQ. The Chinese third-party mobile game publisher is backed by Legend Capital and Redpoint Ventures.


Sohu's online gaming subsidiary Changyou agrees to acquire 51% stake in mobile browser startup MoboTap for $91 million. Sequoia Capital had invested $10 million in MoboTap and its brand Dolphin Browser in 2011.


Baidu has led a Series C investment in China's Online Education Group, which had earlier funding from DCM, Sequoia Capital and Singaporean private equity group F&H.


IDG backs Youche, China online trading platform for second-hand cars.


Morningside, Matrix Capital and VY Capital invest $20 million in Nice, a Chinese brand-tagging social mobile app.


Kleiner Perkins China and Taiwan's MediaTek have co-invested a Series A round for China's wireless router manufacturer Hiwifi



Garage Technology Ventures has signed up two Asian family offices to launch its fifth fund. The fund of an undisclosed size will be investing in emerging technology companies on both sides of the Pacific and will be managed from Silicon Valley and a new office in Hong Kong.










DingDingTV Innovation Dialog with Steven Chen
Interview with YouTube Co-founder  Steven Chen with flashbacks to China's own video sharing sites created at about the same time: Youku and Tudou
Innovation Dialog with Steve Chen, Rebecca Fannin  
Co-hosting Innovation Dialog from Silicon Valley with DingDingTV founder Diana Ding 








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