The profile of Korean entrepreneurship has been steadily increasing over the past three years and some have heralded 2014 as the year that could make or break this ecosystem on the move. beSUCCESS has been at the forefront of tracking growth of the ecosystem over the past three years through its media channels and global startup and tech focused conferences. The organization will hold its stateside event September 12th in San Fancisco.
Now in its second year beGLOBAL will connect the best of tech from East and West in what aims to be one of the premiere Asian focused startup-focused events this fall. As well as bringing together some of the top minds from Silicon Valley to discuss global entrepreneurship and investing, the event will highlight ten of the best startups emerging fromKorea. The conference organizers hope that the event will fuel an expansive sharing of ideas between East and West that will promote the cause of entrepreneurship and highlight opportunities.
beSUCCESS readers are invited to a 30% discount on event tickets for beGLOBAL, which will include access to all sessions, opportunity to meet with all ten presenting startups, lunch at the Intercontinental Mark Hopkins in the centre of San Francisco and reception drinks after the event.
Please see below for basic event details and get in touch with the organizers with any questions (email below)
Title: beGLOBAL - Bringing seoul to the Valley
Date: Friday, Sept. 12, 2014
Time: Action kicks off at 9am
Ticket includes: All sessions, lunch and reception
Location: InterContinental Mark Hopkins Hotel in Nob Hill San Francisco
Top Speakers: Bill Draper (Draper Richards), Sonny Vu (Misfit), Kevin Lin (Twitch), Tim Chang (Mayfield Fund), Kevin Hale (Y Combinator), Ben Huh (Cheezburger). Full speaker lineup here
Event intro: beGLOBAL is the annual Global Tech Conference that brings together the best of Tech from the East and West, with a Korean touch. The event is hosted by the organizers of beLAUNCH, the top startup conference in Korea. At the event:
Learn who the Unicorns of Korea/Asia are, their origins and how they grew to billion dollar + businesses.
Be inspired by global founders, and their amazing entrepreneurial stories
Discover how to overcome the challenges to successful entry to Asian markets
Understand why it can be beneficial to go global early, and gain practical knowledge of how to do it
Find out how to capitalize early on emerging investment opportunities in Asia
Representative, Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning, S. Korea
9:05am – 9:35am
The Burgeoning Korean Startup Ecosystem
Moderator: Jungwook Lim (Managing Director of Startup Alliance – Korea)
Phil Yoon (General Partner of Big Basin Capital)
James Jung (CEO of beSUCCESS/beLAUNCH/beGLOBAL)
Dino Ha (CEO of Memebox Corp.)
Ben Huh (CEO of Cheezburger Network / Co-Founder of Circa – Ben has been called one of the 100 most creative people in the business by Fast Company and one of the top 10 virologists by the Daily Beast)
10:05am – 10:45am
Korean / Asian Unicorns – Their Origins and Growth Story
Moderator: Nathan Millard (Global Director of beSUCCESS)
Presenter/Interviewer: John Nahm (Managing Director of Strong Ventures)
Bill Draper (Co-Chair, Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation – One of America’s first venture capitalists, he was the founder of several leading VC firms, including Sutter Hill Ventures, Draper Richards and Draper International, the first Silicon Valley VC to invest globally, in the developing world: India. Mr. Draper was the President of the Export-Import Bank of the US and the Head of the UN Development Programme. He is also a veteran of the Korean War)
1:45pm – 2:15pm
Jorn Lyssegen (CEO/Founder of Meltwater Group – A Korean adoptee raised in Norway, Jorn founded his startup in Oslo in 2001, moved the HQ to Silicon Valley and bootstrapped it all the way to over $100 million in revenues without taking any venture capital. In 2008, he started the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) and the MEST Incubator in Ghana. The School and Incubator provide training, investment and mentoring for aspiring technology entrepreneurs with the goal of creating globally successful companies that create wealth and jobs locally in Africa. Graduates of the Program have pitched at TechCrunch Disrupt and been part of the 500 Startups Accelerator)
2:15pm – 3:00pm
SV Giants’ Challenges and Keys to Success Penetrating the Korean / Asian Market
Moderator: Ho Nam (Managing Director of Altos Ventures)
Doug Lee (CEO of D3 Jubilee / Former CFO of Gmarket, acquired by eBay Korea)
Troy Malone (GM Asia Pacific of Evernote)
Mike Kim (Global Business Development Lead of LinkedIn)
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