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Wednesday, October 7


Welcome to Mosa and to Taiwan's startup scene
Premier Mao overviews Taiwan's recent efforts in building up its startup ecosystem, including for example: The HeadStart Taiwan Project, the NDF Angel Fund, the NDF Early-Stage VC Matching Fund, the Taiwan-Silicon Vallye Matching Fund, and the numerous policy changes put in place.

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Chi-Kuo Mao(毛治國)

Premier, Taiwan
Chi-Kuo Mao is Taiwan's current Premier -- the President of Executive Yuan. Since his inauguration, Mao has made it his first priority to foster Taiwan's startup ecosystem. | | Mao's first service at the Ministry of Transportation and Communications was as the Administrative... Read More →

Wednesday October 7, 2015 2:00pm - 2:15pm
10) Huashan Legacy Huashan Creative Park, Bade Road Sec. 1, Zhong Zhen District, Taipei


Welcome to Taipei, a city by entrepreneurs, for entrepreneurs
A physician having neither political background nor government experience, Ko became Taipei Mayor in 2014. Publishing his official political agenda (“whitebook”) on GitBook, establishing the Taipei City Angel Club, and turning major Taipei landmarks into startup clusters, Ko embodies every aspect of a true entrepreneur. And now, he's turing Taipei into a city for entrepreneurs.

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Wen-Je Ko(柯文哲)

Mayor, Taipei City
Physician turned Taipei Mayor, Ko embodies every aspect of a true entrepreneur. Ko is known for never accepting the status quo, and for always thinking outside of the box. Publishing his official policies on Gitbook and running his campaign on social media, Ko won the 2014 Taipei... Read More →

Wednesday October 7, 2015 2:15pm - 2:35pm
10) Huashan Legacy Huashan Creative Park, Bade Road Sec. 1, Zhong Zhen District, Taipei


The Berlin Wall of Tech and the Asian startup dilemma
Baidu versus Google, Huawei versus Cisco, Renren versus Facebook, Tudou versus Youtube, WeChat versus WhatsApp, Weibo versus Twitter... over the past decade as China boomed, there seemed to have been the erection of The Berlin Wall of Tech. Today's consumer as well as enterprise startups are forced to decide which part of the wall they belong. With the world only having two large markets -- The US and China, how should Asian startups decide? This decision is even trickier for Taiwanese startups -- intuitively, the Chinese market seem to be much closer -- in terms of the language, the culture, and the location. However, there seems to be certain gaps between Taiwan and China that's just too difficult to overcome. The US market, on the other hand, is a market that Taiwan has always been familiar with, and one that is extremely open to Taiwanese startups. Senior Bloomberg journalist Tim Culpan takes us deep into this dilemma.

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Tim Culpan

Journalist, Bloomberg
Tim Culpan is a multiple award-winning journalist covering the technology supply chain, startups, Internet and cyber security in Greater China. | | Tim writes for Bloomberg across the organization's media platforms including Bloomberg News, Bloomberg Businessweek and Bloomberg... Read More →

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Matt Huang(黃耀明)

VP Product management, Proofpoint
Matt Huang is a Vice President of Product Management at Proofpoint, Inc. Prior to Proofpoint, Matt was the Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of Armorize Technologies (acquired by Proofpoint) where he led the company in finance and operations. Prior to Armorize, Matt served key... Read More →
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Benjamin Joffe

Contributor, Forbes / HAX
Benjamin is a contributor to Forbes and TechCrunch and Partner at HAX , the world’s top early stage investor for hardware startups. He is a recognized expert on innovation ecosystems and Asia with 17 years experience in China, Japan and Korea. HAX invested in over 200 startups... Read More →
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James Shen(沈勁)

Managing Director, Qualcomm Ventures
James Shen is vice president of Qualcomm and managing director of Qualcomm Ventures in Greater China. He leads Qualcomm’s venture investments in CooTek (TouchPal), GFan, NetQin, Xiaomi, ThunderSoft, YongChe, Dolphin Browser, Madhouse, AccuVally,Hawkeye, ALO7, Boohee, Cocos, Unisound... Read More →

Wednesday October 7, 2015 3:55pm - 4:15pm
08) Huashan Central 4B 2F Huashan Creative Park, Bade Road Sec. 1, Zhong Zhen District, Taipei


Doubling down on South East Asia? (Fireside)
Golden Gate Ventures is doubling down on the Southeast Asian startup ecosystem. The early-stage venture capital firm, based in Singapore, announced a fresh US$50 million fund for the SEA region. Why now and what are the opportunities there? How can government investment arms help investors and startups.

Paul Bragiel, a successful VC in San Francisco went from a nerd to Olympic cross-country skier for the nation of Colombia.

Collectively he's invested and/or advised 100+ companies that have raised $1.5b+ in follow-on financing which includes companies like Uber.

Often he travels around the world to give lectures on startups and serves as an advisor to governments on their technology and entrepreneurship policy including the nations of Colombia, Singapore, Estonia and Tanzania.

In 2012 he launched 3 more technology focused seed funds. Savannah Fund (Sub-saharan Africa) and Golden Gate Ventures (Southeast Asia) were created to foster entrepreneurship in those regions. Gamefounders (Eastern Europe) focus being companies building products related to gaming. In 2015 he launched Waves, a Latin American accelerator based in Peru that leads the City Incubator Program, a network of incubators supported by City Governments in emerging countries.

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Kevin McSpadden

Correspondent, e27
Southeast Asia Correspondent for @e27co. I tweet news, thought bubbles and internet mining gems. Previously @TIME and @Reuters | | Kevin (apparently) decided moving out of the Bay Area to cover the tech startup scene was a good idea. Proven correct, the man seems to enjoy paying bills as he moved basecamp from Hong Kong to Singapore. When not writing about start-ups, Kevin is probably yodelling on top of some mountain... Read More →

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Paul Bragiel

Founding Partner, I/O Ventures
Paul Bragiel is a 3 time entrepreneur that has started I/O Ventures, an early stage fund in Silicon Valley. He also sits on the advisory board of the global taxi service Uber. | | Collectively he's invested in over 100+ companies that have raised $4b+ in follow-on financing which... Read More →

Wednesday October 7, 2015 4:15pm - 4:35pm
08) Huashan Central 4B 2F Huashan Creative Park, Bade Road Sec. 1, Zhong Zhen District, Taipei


What's next for a Taiwan No.1? (Fireside)
Few startups are successful at becoming Taiwan no.1; that is, monopolizing the Taiwanese market.

But a bigger challenge afterwards, is which market next? Should it be US, China, Japan, or South East Asia?

How long would it take for a foreign market's revenue to surpass that of Taiwan?

Listen as Tech in Asia COO Andrew Wang interviews Chris Lin, Founder & CEO to KKBox, Taiwan's next Internet unicorn!

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Andrew Wang

Chief Operating Officer, Tech in Asia
Andrew is the COO at Tech in Asia, the online community for Asia’s startup ecosystem. Right there is where you can keep abreast of Asia’s tech industry and share your thoughts, while connecting with startups and investors alike.  | | LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/... Read More →

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Chris Lin(林冠群)

Co-Founder, CEO, KKBOX
In 2000, Chris Lin and his fellow Stanford alumnus, Lambert Chien, jointly founded the company that launched KKBOX towards the end of 2004, in an attempt to tap into the fast-growing music streaming market. | | Currently the CEO of KKBOX, Chris is committed to providing a service... Read More →

Wednesday October 7, 2015 5:25pm - 5:55pm
08) Huashan Central 4B 2F Huashan Creative Park, Bade Road Sec. 1, Zhong Zhen District, Taipei
Thursday, October 8


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木薯智能美容儀器創辦人, PBA化妝品創辦人
蘇桂強,成功的連續創業家,PBA 產品超過200個品項,全數經由互聯網銷售,會員人數超過700萬;2015... Read More →

Thursday October 8, 2015 1:30pm - 1:55pm
08) Huashan Central 4B 2F Huashan Creative Park, Bade Road Sec. 1, Zhong Zhen District, Taipei


Building a sustainable technology ecosystem and cluster
Bindi will be speaking about the European startup ecosystem and what are the opportunities there for Taiwanese startups and investors. From 2008 to 2012, Bindi worked in the UK for Microsoft BizSpark/Ventures, and has witnessed how the UK bootstrapped and built up its startup ecosystem. From 2013-2015, she joined Silicon Valley Bank London team, and was then part of the UK’s next phase of growth in the tech ecosystem where she built out the Entrepreneur Banking, Emerging VC and Corporate VC parts of the business for the UK Bank. She will share this important part of UK's tech history with the audience.

She is a regular speaker and judge at Technology Events across Europe and US, including TechCrunch Disrupt.

The Guardian named Bindi as one of the Ten Women in Tech to meet and both GQ Magazine and London Evening Standard have listed her on their Tech Influencers List over the past couple of years. Earlier this month, she won “Woman of the Year” in the UK Asian Achievement Awards. She sits on Advisory Boards including Startup Europe, Tech London Advocates and Up Global Europe. She’s an active mentor at top London Incubators including Seedcamp, TechStars, Startupbootcamp, WAYRA, JLab, Microsoft Ventures & Level39.

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Bindi Karia

Bindi is incredibly passionate about all things startup in Europe and connecting the dots between Investors, Founders and Corporates. | | Having devoted much of her career in and around the startup ecosystem, most recently as Vice President at Silicon Valley Bank, she focussed... Read More →

Thursday October 8, 2015 1:30pm - 2:20pm
10) Huashan Legacy Huashan Creative Park, Bade Road Sec. 1, Zhong Zhen District, Taipei


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簡極科技創辦人, 名鞋庫共同創辦人
成功的連續創業家,為中國互聯網+運動之實踐者,2008年共同創辦S.cn名鞋庫,為中國最大的運動品類電商,2014創辦簡極科技,專注於在足球,籃球等團體運動穿戴設備及移動互聯網領域再突破。 | | 微博:htt... Read More →

Thursday October 8, 2015 1:55pm - 2:20pm
08) Huashan Central 4B 2F Huashan Creative Park, Bade Road Sec. 1, Zhong Zhen District, Taipei


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創辦人兼董事長, 欣欣旅遊網
欣欣旅游创始人&董事长 12年互联网从业经验,7... Read More →

Thursday October 8, 2015 2:25pm - 2:45pm
08) Huashan Central 4B 2F Huashan Creative Park, Bade Road Sec. 1, Zhong Zhen District, Taipei






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Amanda Liu(劉宥彤)

Cofounder & Lead Shooter, Taipei Startup Stadium (TSS)
Amanda leads Industry Development at Taiwan Startup Stadium. She has over 15 years of experience in technology, entrepreneurship, public relations, and brand development. Starting at XPEC Entertainment, she was in charge of fundraising and investor relationship. In 2003, she co-founded... Read More →

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創辦人, 浩維網絡(贏時代)
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同步推CEO, 91助手作者
同步推、91助手创始人、同步网络CEO... Read More →
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創辦人, 哈囉台灣旅遊

Thursday October 8, 2015 2:45pm - 3:15pm
08) Huashan Central 4B 2F Huashan Creative Park, Bade Road Sec. 1, Zhong Zhen District, Taipei


The Asian startup ecosystem: the who, where, when, and what guide for entrepreneurs
This talk overviews the Asian startup ecosystem, and covers for example:

a) Who are the active early stage funds?

b) Who are the accelerators and what do they specialize in?

c) Which events are worth attending, and what to expect?

d) Who are the active startup media?

e) What does "go big go global" mean for Asian startups? Where is the next big opportunity?

f) Which verticals will foster the most unicorns?

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David Kuo(郭展榮)

Cofounder & CEO, iiiNNO
David Kuo is an early stage startup investor and co-founder of iiiNNO, a startup platform focused in accelerating go-to market process for both local and international startup. David is passionate about contributing to Taiwan’s startup ecosystem and is often invited to speak across... Read More →

Thursday October 8, 2015 5:30pm - 5:55pm
08) Huashan Central 4B 2F Huashan Creative Park, Bade Road Sec. 1, Zhong Zhen District, Taipei


Strategies for entering the Chinese market: from a senior VC
For the last 30 years, China has acted as the manufacturer to the world by taking advantage of their cheap labor, huge production capacities, and export-friendly government policies. In the last few years however, with rising wages, reduced labor supply, and an appreciating currency, China’s export competitiveness has weakened.

At the same time, China’s domestic market has developed a tremendous appetite for consumer products, causing an increase in imports. As such, many global startups are rushing in to capture China's market share.

What does the next decade look like for the Chinese market? What are the new competencies needed to succeed in this competitive environment? How should businesses make China-related decisions for the future?

David Chow (周大任), founding partner of CTC capital and independent investment committee member of CDB (中國國家開發銀行) will share us his unique perspectives on how to survive in the Chinese market. He will discuss about some of the most recent China’s government policies as well as VC/PE trends, and how would the new reforms (ex: HK-Shanghai connect, new regulations on IPOs, and internet finance) shape China’s new entrepreneurial ecosystem, and influence global startups’ China-entry strategies.

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David Chow(周大任)

Founding Managing Partner, CTC Capital, Inc.
Current Positions | | • Founding Managing Partner of CTC Capital, Inc. (Taipei) | • Independent Investment Committee Member of CDB (中國國家開發銀行) | Kai-Yuan RMB Private Equity Fund-of-Funds (Beijing) | • Director of SIP (Suzhou Industrial Park... Read More →

Thursday October 8, 2015 6:40pm - 7:05pm
08) Huashan Central 4B 2F Huashan Creative Park, Bade Road Sec. 1, Zhong Zhen District, Taipei