We have all felt the blunt force of this new coronavirus, aka, COVID-19, that descended upon the entire world this year. Desperately trying to keep this vicious infection at bay, countries around the world have taken such measures as shelter-in-place and laying restrictions on businesses, causing disruption to the economy and dealing a major blow to businesses all over the world. Further, as a result of social-distancing, B2B companies have been forced to rethink “the way we work,” something they have taken for granted in the past: to work in a physical office.
As all business practices heretofore are being reviewed, it will be a challenging time for startups. Startups are facing new challenges, with the task of creating new services and products that will be adopted as the new standard in the post-COVID-19 era.
Already, some innovative technologies, services, and products from various startups are being adopted and utilized.
For this year’s summit, we are pleased to have Mr. Eric Yuan, the CEO of Zoom as our speaker. As everyone knows, Zoom’s popularity skyrocketed amid the current crisis, as people had to go to work, school, churches, etc., online. We will ask him for his insights on what changes are taking place globally.
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How should we navigate during the uncertain times and adjust to the new trends of remote work?
Eric Yuan founded Zoom in 2011 to deliver happiness and bring teams together to get more done in a frictionless video environment. Zoom’s video-first unified communications platform continues to dramatically transform the way leading global enterprise companies communicate. Under Eric’s leadership, Zoom was one of the highest-performing tech IPOs of 2019.
Prior to founding Zoom, Eric was corporate vice president of engineering at Cisco, where he was responsible for Cisco's collaboration software development. Eric was one of the founding engineers and vice president of engineering at Webex. Between 1997 and 2011, he grew his team from 10 engineers to more than 800 worldwide and contributed to revenue growth from $0 to more than $800M.
Eric has been named one of the Most Powerful People in Enterprise Tech by Business Insider. In 2018, he was named the #1 CEO of a large US company by Glassdoor and EY Entrepreneur of the Year in Northern California (software category). Also in 2019, he was added to the Bloomberg 50, as a leader who changed the game in global business. Eric is a named inventor on 11 issued and 20 pending patents in real-time collaboration.
Founder and CEO, Zoom
Natsuki leads DNX's post-investment support for portfolio companies. She joined the firm in 2015 and built the firm's operational process by leveraging her network within a venture world. Since then, she's been focusing on building the firm's portfolio platform team, where she supports early-stage portfolio companies. Before joining DNX, Natsuki was a Marketing & Sales specialist at Nissan Motors in Yokohama, Japan, overseeing the dealerships to increase Nissan's sales volume in the Japan market. Through that experience, she learned the importance of aligning business strategy and people strategy in order to create the best performing organizations. Natsuki holds a BA in Sociology from Keio University in Tokyo. As a happy transplant in the Bay Area, Natsuki spends her weekends on all kinds of outdoor activities including hiking, biking, and training for a half marathon (with a speed of walking).
Head of Platform, DNX Ventures
17:30 -18:00 (PDT)
How are Robots changing the healthcare industry?
Andrea Thomaz is the CEO and Co-Founder of Diligent Robotics and a renowned social robotics expert. Her accolades include being recognized by the National Academy of Science as a Kavli Fellow, the US President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Tech, MIT Technology Review on its Next Generation of 35 Innovators Under 35 list, Popular Science on its Brilliant 10 list, TEDx as a featured keynote speaker on social robotics and Texas Monthly on its Most Powerful Texans of 2018 list. Andrea’s robots have been featured in the New York Times and on the covers of MIT Technology Review and Popular Science. Her passion for social robotics began during her work at the MIT Media Lab, where she focused on using AI to develop machines that address everyday human needs. Andrea co-founded Diligent Robotics to pursue her vision of creating socially intelligent robot assistants that collaborate with humans by doing their chores so humans can have more time for the work they care most about. She earned her Ph.D. from MIT and B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from UT Austin, and was a Robotics Professor at UT Austin and Georgia Tech (where she directed the Socially Intelligent Machines Lab).
CEO and Co-Founder, Diligent Robotics
Q has been learning hard lessons investing in the HardTech/ Deep Science sectors for the better part of the last decade. He strives to be a better listener and bouncing board at his portfolio companies and serves on the Boards of Nauto (AI Dashcam/Transportation), Iceye (Micro-satellite SAR), Movandi (5G semiconductor), CyPhy (Drones), Grabit (Industrial Automation) and Vitriflex (Adv. Materials). His graduated investments include Enlighted (Acquired by Siemens), and has led the firm's investments in Zum (Ride Sharing/Transportation).
In the mid 90's, he spent 11 years at Qualcomm trying to figure out his calling. He designed 3G semiconductors and as Product Line Manager for 3G, helped deploy them in S.Korea, Japan, and U.S. He also achieved mixed results in trying to embed 3G in notebooks and automobiles in the pre IoT era. He was also part of two unsuccessful mobile startups. Q holds 5 patents in wireless & semiconductor sectors.
He spent way too much time in schools, getting a MBA from UCLA, MSEE from Virginia Tech and B.Engg from University of Mumbai.
Managing Director, DNX Venture
18:00 - 18:30 (PDT)
Why are Salesforce and Sequoia eyeing the Japanese startup market to invest?
Matt Garratt currently serves as the Managing Partner of Salesforce Ventures, the strategic investment arm for Salesforce with over 300 portfolio companies across 20 countries. While at Salesforce, Matt has completed investments in leading enterprise SaaS companies, including Anaplan, Automation Anywhere, Gainsight, Highspot, MuleSoft, Twilio and Zoom. Prior to Salesforce, he was a Vice President at Battery Ventures where he invested in early-stage Enterprise Software and GreenIT companies.
Matt holds a BS from Purdue University and an MBA from the University of Michigan where he helped to develop The Frankel Cleantech Fund and was an Erb Fellow where he performed research for the UN. He currently serves as a mentor and advisor to several startups and organizations including the Endeavour.org and the Frankel Fund at the University of Michigan.
SVP and Managing Partner, Salesforce Ventures
len Sun is a partner at Sequoia Capital China and focuses on investments in technology and consumer sectors. Prior to joining Sequoia Capital in 2006, Glen worked at General Atlantic, focusing on technology growth equity investment.
He also worked at Monitor Group in HK as a consultant. Glen has a BA from Harvard College, an MBA from Harvard Business School, and a JD from Harvard Law School.
Partner, Sequoia Capital
Akira has been in the venture business for 15 years in the US and Japan, and backed more than 40 enterprise software start-ups so far in his career (TeamSpirit(TSE 4397), Hottolink(TSE Mothers 3680), TerraSky(TSE Mothers 3915), SynergyMarketing(Acquired by Yahoo Japan), 1st Holdings (Acquired by Orix), Shanon (TSE Mothers 3976), Money Foward (TSE Mothers 3994), Kabuku (Acquired by Futaba Corporation), Sansan, Beceem Communications (acquired by Broadcom) and Smart Signal (acquired by GE Intelligent Platforms) etc.).
Akira currently serves on the boards of Money Forward, XICA, FROM SCRATCH, toBe Marketing, UPWARD, Mobingi, Kakehashi, Mazrica, Trend Express and OCT and is a board observer at Flect, Folio and Refcome. He also led the firm's seed/early stage investment in Growth Hack Studio, Clintal, SYMAX, Paradiseware, Credit Engine, SImount, DIGGLE, Zehitomo, O:, Connected Robotics, Spacely, Four Fusion, and PSYGIG.
Before joining DNX Ventures, Akira was Head of Japan Investment at Salesforce Ventures and Globespan Capital Partners. Prior to Globespan, Akira spent 5 years at Mitsui & Co., Ltd and led the company's venture capital activities both in the US and Japan. He was Co-Founder & Director of Mitsui‚Äôs Technology Investment Group in Silicon Valley. Previously, Akira spent 5 years at Fujitsu Limited in various roles including Corporate Development, Corporate Strategy, and Sales. Akira is a published author of Corporate Venture Capital Handbook, Chuokeizai.http://amzn.asia/cwYTdu6
Managing Director, DNX Ventures
Richard C. Koo
Chief Economist at Nomura Research Institute
The Pursued Japanese Economy and the Future of Globalization
CEO of TeamSpirit
How I built a successful B2B SaaS company and made it public
CEO of OCT
Industry Cloud: Vertical Integration
CEO of Movandi
Future of 5G: Opportunities and Challenges
CEO of WeWork Japan
Why Unicorns care about the Japanese market
Founder of Draper Associates
Global Entrepreneurship is on the rise
CEO of Sansan
How I Did it: Building SaaS Startups
CEO of Money Forward
How I Did it: Building SaaS Startups
Chair of the NVCA Board of Directors and Managing Director of Menlo Ventures
Keynote: Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained.
ex-COO of Box
Enterprise / SaaS
Enterprise / SaaS
VP of Cylance
Big Data / AI
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