Silicon Dragon                           NEWS                              August 1, 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, Co-founder,
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
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



      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,


Caitlin Fitzsimmons, Deputy Editor, BRW

Welcome Remarks: Peter Mercieca,


  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
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Silicon Dragon 2014 Global Events

August 21, Sydney
September 18, Shanghai
October 2, Silicon Valley
November 13, Awards
November 20, Bangalore
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Silicon Dragon Talk

Silicon Dragon Talk Guests

Hans Tung, GGV Capital

Eric Feng, Flipboard

Geoff Yang, Redpoint Ventures

Host: Rebecca Fannin


Silicon Dragon Talk


We launched the show in July, and we're looking forward to doing more programs soon from the Silicon Valley studio at DingDingTV. Stay tuned!  Check out our YouTube channel, Silicon Dragon, for more videos.



Tech Bubble or Revolution? 


Sand Hill Road thrives on optimism so it's no wonder that Hans Tung, Eric Feng and Geoff Yang agreed the good times are far from over while fundamental shifts in innovation will keep coming. "If I were a betting man, I'd hold my assets a while longer, sell in 12 to 18 months, and then buy them back at a low point," Tung said, during the first showing of Silicon Dragon Talk

Innovation cycles have sped up and capital investment requirements have declined to the point that new products can be churned out in a couple of months with less than $5 million today, said Feng, who is leading Flipboard's expansion in China. 

 The stock market has its inevitable ups and downs, but it's hard to argue with the remarkable gains technology is making, Yang observed. He pointed to the ongoing shift of offline to online businesses as an "extremely strong and powerful" force and noted that just about every sector is undergoing fundamental change except maybe smoke stack manufacturing. 

The booming mobile Internet market is driving a lot of innovation globally, Tung noted. Companies can take business models from large domestic markets and roll them out to other countries with mobile in a way that was impossible before.

The rise of China tech entrepreneurship from copying to innovating was also highlighted as a market force on  Silicon Dragon Talk

Keep reading the summary at Forbes, Talk Trio.    








India's e-commerce startup Flipkart is setting some new standards with its new $1 billion in venture capital. Read Forbes, Silicon Tiger


Inventus Capital Partners and IDG Ventures India have led a $2 million first funding for Peel-works, a Mumbai-based startup that combines two big tech trends - SaaS and big data analytics.


Sequoia Capital and Mayfield Advisors have invested $16 million in Delhi's Knowlarity Communications, a call handling service using virtual phone systems over the cloud.



Arbor Ventures led a $3.3 million investment in Japanese startup Exchange Corp., which just launched its cardless payment service Paidy. Riding on the uptake in Asian e-commerce and mobile purchases, the startup was founded by former Goldman Sachs trader Russell Cummer as a way for customers to check out with only a name and an email address. Joining the investment were CyberAgent Ventures and Recruit Strategic Partners.   


Japanese early stage investor Global Brain Corp. has joined Energy and Environment Investment and publishing firm Kodansha to invest nearly $4 million in a Series C round in Toyko-based Mind Palette, the creator of photo sharing app Snapeee.



Qualcomm has launched a $150 million venture fund to make strategic investments in Chinese mobile technology start-ups.


CMC Capital Partners has led a $100 million, Series D round in, a Chinese luxury goods e-commerce platform.


Sequoia Capital has put $20 million into a Chinese online retailer of infant care products, Miyabaobei.


Sequoia Capital has backed Chinese online wedding planner, in a Series B round. 


Chinese real estate portal has raised $80 million from Vision Knight Capital, Lightspeed China Partners and CDH Venture in a second round of funding.


IDG Capital Partners has put $1.85 million of seed finance in Landscape Mobile, the China- and US-based developer of Sight, a mobile information management app.



SAIF Partners has led a $15 million Series B funding for Supersonic, a mobile app monetization startup in San Francisco.



The HKVCA has compiled a new report updating venture capital investments in Hong Kong and impact on the local economy. The report, which tracks activity from 2009 to mid-2014, shows an uptick in investments and number of VC firms backing Hong Kong-based startups.

Click HKVCA report


China's digital transformation | McKinsey & Company



How China is helping its private equity firms invest overseas. A new cross-border fund

set up in Shanghai's Pilot Free Trade Zone is being used as a way to simplify access to foreign exchange and possibly ease a way for Chinese capital to acquire overseas assets. Read FTZ.


Loosening of China's 1-child policy hasn't led to a baby boom yet Economist


Why Snapchat and Alibaba Wouldn't Make a Good Couple - WSJ


China Has a History of Not Trusting Microsoft on Cybersecurity


Xiaomi's One More Thing 

The young electronics company Xiaomi is exploding in China and seems posed to take over the world. In the four short years since its founding, Xiaomi has become the electronics brand to watch in the most populous nation on earth.

Xiaomi is the now the real deal - thanks in part to its unabashed appropriation of design cues from companies like Apple. But if Xiaomi wants to maintain its growth and expand outside of China, it must be prepared to accept the consequences for its tendency to blatantly rip competitors off.













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