Silicon Dragon News                                                              JANUARY 2015



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Silicon Dragon
 Palo Alto 2015
Getting Your Chindia Strategy Right
February 5, 2015
Catch the early bird rate now!  
Every VC wants to know, "What's Your Chindia Strategy?" 
(now that Alibaba showed the way)
featuring VCs and
Tech Entrepreneurs with
Asia Impact
Teddy Himler
Softbank Capital
Eric Hsia 
Venture Partner
TransLink Capital

Eric Kim
Managing Partner
Goodwater Capital

David Yuan
Partner, Head
Redoint China

Tech Entrepreneurs 
Guru Gowrappan
Quixey, Inc.
Tong Luo
Founder & CEO
Handscape Inc.

Chang Kim
Tapas Media Inc.

Derrick Xiong

Julianna He
Co-founder, CEO
Lepow International

Eric Savitz, Brunswick Capital
Lilly Huang, Silicon Valley Bank
Diana Ding, DingDingTV
Rebecca Fannin, Silicon Dragon
Welcoming Remarks:
Curtis Mo
DLA Piper

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 Agenda: February 5, 5-9pm
Welcome Remarks
5 Tech Chats
VC/Angel Investor Panel Cocktail Reception and Networking
Door Prizes
2000 University Ave.
East Palo Alto  
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Large Chinese tech companies such as ZTE, Huawei, Alibaba, Hisense, TCL and Lenovo made a splash again at this year's Consumer Electronics Show with prominent exhibit space, flashy billboards and signs.

Indeed, if you're looking for a sign that Chinese tech companies are their way up, consider that one in four of the exhibitors at CES were from China! I did hear a lot of Mandarin.

Although the Chinese tech titans took center stage at CES, it was the startups from China that caught my eye such as Chinese drone maker EHANG, mobile accessories designer Lepow. and next generation iPad touch screen inventor Handscape. The founders of these startups are thinking big, gaining confidence and seem to have few qualms about their ability to scale up globally. That's EHANG co-founder Derrick Xiong pictured above and HANDSCAPE founder Tong Luo to the left. 
Both founders will be speaking at our Silicon Dragon event in Palo Alto on February 5. So will Julianna He, the co-founder and COO of Lepow.
I would be remiss if I didn't mention Rotomatic, a startup Silicon Dragon first ran into in Singapore a few years ago. Drawing attention for the smells of Indian breads coming from their booth at CES, Rotomatic wowed the crowds with a fully automated roti, poori and flatbread maker, thanks to the ingenuity of its founder Pranoti Nagarkarand. I first met this determined lady when she was a resident entrepreneur at the National University of Singapore (and wrote about her in my book, Startup Asia.)   
Keep reading post at Forbes: Splash at CES.





The year got off to a big start, with one of the more interesting startups around - a Chinese drone maker named EHANG - getting funding to the tune of $10 million from US and China venture investor GGV Capital and two prominent angel investors, Nick Yang and Xiaoping Xu.

Derrick Xiong, a co-founder of EHANG, is on a mission to make personal drones mainstream. The first rounding funding should be a boost for the innovative startup, which got its start through a crowd-funding campaign on Indiegogo last November. EHANG raised $600,000 on Indiegogo for its so-called Ghost Drone product. Keep reading post at Forbes, Ghost Drone.


Top Trends in 2015: Alibaba, Xiaomi, red-hot valuations. Read 2015 recap at Forbes.


China's taxi app KuaiDi Dache reloads with US$600M in Series D financing led by Softbank


Chinese P2P lending site Dianrong gets fresh funding from Tiger Global   


Institutional Venture Partners leads   $55 million Series D in mobile analytics app service App Annie.


Alibaba has acquired a minority stake in digital ad firm AdChina.


Chinese e-commerce player WoWo files for IPO on NASDAQ despite only $20M in revenues and losses.


China's BVCF provides $8M round for US biotech firm DiaCarta, a developer of test kits for detecting cancer. 


Xiaomi releases the Note, calling it a lighter, thinner, cheaper phone than the iPhone 6 Plus. 

Facebook, Xiaomi discussed possible investment in Xiaomi but Lei Jun was worried about possible political fallout.

Xiaomi, China's leading smartphone maker, has drawn a new $1.1B war chest in its latest round of fund-raising, which valued the startup at $45B. Investors include All-Stars Investment, an investment fund run by former Morgan Stanley analyst Richard Ji, Singapore's GIC, DST Global, a fund run by the Russian billionaire Yuri Milner and an early investor in Facebook; China private equity group Hopu Investment Management, and Jack Ma's private equity fund Yunfeng Capital.

Micro-lending site for Chinese college students in need of iPhones nabs $40M in Series A financing.

Tencent and invest $1.5B in Chinese car sales website BitAuto.



China's Alibaba Group Holding Ltd and its unit Alipay are in advanced talks to buy a stake for about $550 million in India's online payment platform One97 Communications.


AppVirality, a Phoenix, Arizona- and Hyderabad, India-based provider of a plug-and-play growth hacking toolkit for mobile applications, raised $465k in seed funding.


TA Associates buys stake in India SaaS provider RateGain, which services the hotel IT business. 

Infosys expands Innovation Fund five-fold to $500M to invest in early stage tech. 

India's Lenskart raises $22m in Series C funding led by TPG Capital to ramp up online eyewear retail business. 




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