September 21st AgendaThe Cycle of Innovation: Is this the peak?
Paul Holland, Partner, Foundation Capital
David Chao, Co-Founder & General Partner, DCM Ventures
Kate O’Keefe, Reporter, Wall Street Journal (Moderator)Early Stage Investment in DeepTech
David Xu, Founder, Angel Camp
Amit Shah, Partner, Artiman Ventures
Shahin Farshchi, Partner, Lux Capital
Peter Su, Partner, Dentons
Rebecca Fannin, Founder, Silicon Dragon (Moderator)
Emerging New Forces on Sand Hill
Jun Li, General Partner, Wisemont Capital
Andrew Chung, Founder & Managing Partner, 1955 Capital
Susan Hobbs, Partner, CrunchFund
Gené Teare, Head of Content, Crunchbase (Moderator)
Global Impact: How Venture Capital helps startups benefiting over 1 Billion people
Mark Minivich, Venture Partner & Head of Advisory Board, GVA Capital
Jeremy Hillman, Head of Global Communications & Strategy, The World Bank
Steve Stevanovich, Member of the Board of Governors, Argonne National Labs
Katie Roof, Senior Writer, TechCrunch (Moderator)
Corporate Innovation through Venture Investment
Charles Fan, CTO, Cheetah Mobile
Grant Allen, Managing Director, ABB Technology Ventures
Steve Mitzenmacher, VP Corporate Development, NetApp
Kiyotak Kumazawa, Hitachi
Jinpei Li, Partner, LightFusion Capital (Moderator)
Current Technology Innovation for the Future
Rishi Garg, Partner, Mayfield
Nick Raynes, Film Producer, Director
Ramneek Gupta, Managing Director & Co-head, Global Venture Investing at Citi Ventures
Steven Chen, Lenovo
Diana Ding, CEO & Founder, DingDingTV (Moderator)
What’s next for IPOs and M&A?
Joydeep Bhattacharyya, Partner, Canaan Partners
Jon Sakoda, Partner, NEA
Jack Jia, Partner, GSR Ventures
John Doricko, Managing Partner, LightFusion Capital (Moderator)
September 20th Agenda *Note: Private, invitation-onlyCross Boarder Investor Forum Location: Stanford University
Connie Sheng, Founding Managing Partner, Nautilus Venture Partners
Jun Li, Founding Partner, Wisemont Capital
Jinpei, Partner, LightFusion CapitalF50 Connect Founder Summit Location: F50
Richard Howe, Chairman, Inuvo
David Cao, Founder & CEO, F50
Tong Weiliang, Founding Partner, Phoenix Tree Capital Partners
Bruce Ge, CEO, Jobs 2 Careers
John Doricko, LightFusion Capital, Managing Partner
Benny Ye, CEO, Homaer Finance
D-Wave designs and manufactures quantum computing and superconducting electronics. It offers D-Wave One system, a computing system that is designed for industrial problems encountered by Fortune 500 companies, government, and academia. The company also provides customer support, site preparation, site installation, training packages, and on-site engineer support services. D-Wave Systems Inc. was founded in 1999 and is based in Burnaby, Canada. The company has additional offices and R&D facilities in Palo Alto, California.
Zipline builds products that improve access to healthcare and saves lives. Zipline created Zip, a small robot airplane designed for a high level of safety, using many of the same approaches as commercial airliners. It can carry vaccines, medicine, or blood.
XTI Aircraft Company was founded in 2012 to transform flight for the commercial marketplace, ultimately bringing a family of vertical takeoff planes to market. With its eXtended Technology and Innovation, the TriFan 600 is the world’s first vertical takeoff airplane. XTI is founded in a culture of customer-focused problem solving to meet the evolving needs of modern travelers and promises to change flight and personal freedom and mobility by air travel forever.
Boom Technology is making supersonic passenger travel into reality by making a supersonic airliner. Supersonic flight has existed for 70 years, but until now, it hasn’t been efficient enough for routine travel. Boom’s airliner enables fares 75% lower than Concorde, about the same price as today’s business class tickets. This advance in efficiency is made possible by a breakthrough aerodynamic design, state-of-the-art engines, and advanced composites.
AeroFarms is on a mission to transform agriculture by building and operating environmentally responsible farms throughout the world to enable local production at scale and nourish our communities with safe, nutritious, and delicious food. AeroFarms is the commercial leader in indoor farming. They grow without sun or soil in a fully-controlled indoor environment. They have optimized their patented aeroponic growing system for faster harvest cycles, predictable results, superior food safety and less environmental impact.
Fisker Inc. is an American automaker based in California USA, revolutionizing the development of electric vehicles with game changing battery solutions. Developing unique, high-performance, electric vehicles with new game-changing battery technology, their mission is to bring to life the next generation of electric vehicles to meet the challenges of range and cost.
Rescale offers a software platform and hardware infrastructure for companies to perform scientific and engineering simulation. Rescale’s mission is to provide a highly powerful simulation platform that empowers the world’s engineers and scientists to develop the most innovative products and perform groundbreaking research and development..
Knightscope is developing an autonomous technology platform that fuses robotics, predictive analytics and collaborative social engagement to predict and prevent crime. Deployment of the platform will empower public and private sectors to proactively build stronger, safer communities, ultimately saving money and lives.
Apeel Sciences creates edible products from natural plant extracts that allow organic and conventional growers to reduce reliance on pesticides, increase produce quality, and provide superior shelf life. Apeel Sciences is committed to being a technological and environmental leader in the agricultural industry, enabling widespread, positive impacts through the development of high-performance pre- and post-harvest products and processes that conserve our precious natural resources and safeguard the Earth’s delicate ecological balance.
Who needs AI to have a good conversation? Spanish startup Landbot has bagged a $2.2 million seed round for a ‘dumb’ chatbot that doesn’t use AI at all but offers something closer to an old school ‘choose your adventure’ interaction by using a conversational choice interface to engage potential customers when they land on a website. […]
Engaging Care, a Swedish heathtech startup co-founded by Charlotta Tönsgård, who was previously CEO of online doctor app Min Doktor before being asked to step down, has raised $800,000 in “pre-seed” funding to continue building out its digital healthcare SaaS. Backing the burgeoning company are a host of well-established angel investors in the region. They [ […]
BookMyShow, an online ticketing service for cinemas, theatres and sports in India, has pulled in $100 million in new capital for growth. The Series D round was led by private investment firm TPG Growth and it included participation from undisclosed existing investors. BookMyShow, which is headquartered in Mumbai, has now raised a total of $225 million […]
Alibaba is investing big bucks into offline distribution. The Chinese e-commerce giant has forked out $2.23 billion in exchange for a sizeable piece of Focus Media, a Shanghai-based company that operates outdoor digital advertising screens across China, Singapore and Hong Kong, according to a U.S. filing. The deal itself is broken up into a few pieces. Aliba […]
TrueLayer, the London startup that’s built a developer platform to make it easy for fintech and other adjacent companies, such as retailers, to access bank APIs — and ride the Open Banking and PSD2 gravy train — has picked up further $7.5 million in funding. Leading the round is venture capital fund Northzone. It follows […]
InkHunter, an augmented reality tattoo try-on app that was born out of a 48-hour hackathon back in the altogether gentler days of 2014, has bagged a place in Y Combinator’s summer 2018 batch, scoring itself the seed accelerator’s standard $120,000 deal in exchange for 7 percent equity. We first covered InkHunter in April 2016 when it […]
Okta, the cloud identity management company, announced today it has purchased a startup called ScaleFT to bring the Zero Trust concept to the Okta platform. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. While Zero Trust isn’t exactly new to a cloud identity management company like Okta, acquiring ScaleFT gives them a solid cloud-based Zero Trust […]
Camera technology company Light is the latest to do the money dance with SoftBank’s massive Vision Fund after it raised a $121 million Series D round. The funding round was led by Vision Fund, the near-$100 billion fund anchored by SoftBank, with participation from consumer camera giant Leica Camera AG. Today’s announcement takes Light to around $186 […] […]
The Ken, a subscription news startup from India, is moving through the gears after it raised $1.5 million in fresh funding to build out its media business. We first profiled the company in March 2017 and now, nearly 18 months later, the startup has raised its Series A round led by Omidyar Networks, which has […]
Once upon a time, it looked like cloud-based serviced would become the central hub for analyzing all IoT data. But it didn’t quite turn out that way because most IoT solutions simply generate too much data to do this effectively and the round-trip to the data center doesn’t work for applications that have to react […]
Founder Hiking Monthly @ Stanford DishJuly 22, 2018 at 3:45 pm – 6:15 pmStanford Dish Alpine Entrance (2-8 Piers Ln, Portola Valley, CA 94028)Join this social hiking event with SVE! Stanford Dish, estimated 5.5 miles for the round trip. Agenda:8:45AM Arrive9:00AM Introductions9:10AM Start hiking10:00AM Elevator pitches near Dish.11:15AM End hiking This hiking is not for people who rarely exercise - it's medium difficulty. Making sure it's NOT beyond the limits of your health & conditioning.Hiking boots – or…
Blockchain Party: Developer + Entrepreneur + Investor Mixer and Happy HourJuly 26, 2018 at 12:30 am – 3:30 amSports Page (1431 Plymouth St, Mountain View, CA 94043)Blockchain Party time! F50 is happy to partner with this meetup for a community party! Click the link below to LEARN-YOUR-BEST-MATCHES:(https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfYkQePvjLkbxTEAtPdoXst-oUf5ZTlpDKTEOf7L_fPyb1Jug/viewform) AGENDA5:30 PM Networking starts6:45 PM Announcement by Dustin from Nebulas7:00 PM Networking continues Interested in presenting, sponsoring, or volunteer for the developer meetup? Click here:https://goo.gl/forms/wZMyz6xNsg6ZA5173 -------------- SPONSORNebulas is a forward-thinking public blockchain striving for…
Executive Program- Draper University July 30, 2018 at 2:00 pm – August 4, 2018 at 2:00 amHero City at Draper University (55 E. 3rd Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94401)Draper University's Executive Program is an intensive one-week course for startup and corporate executives as well as innovators who seek to immerse themselves in the Silicon Valley mindset, culture, and ecosystem. Note: This is a paid event- tuition details can be found here: https://draperu.typeform.com/to/DPOTqM The Program Founded by the legendary venture capitalist Tim Draper (venture…
Technology of Tomorrow & Startup Pitches by Founders Space & SVEAugust 1, 2018 at 1:00 am – 4:00 amFounders Space (450 Townsend St., San Francisco, CA)Fill out LEARN-YOUR-BEST-MATCHES form (whether you are attending or not)https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScf3KCX1shqIdm6S1Z04BBYqUj1lCsXUhkVj7bL3DY4t4s_6Q/viewform Buy ticket here (if you are attending)https://startup-tech.eventbrite.comPromocode "15OFF" for 15% discount Register your startup on here (if you are a founder and interested in pitching)https://www.foundersedge.com/ ------------------------------------------------------- Part 1: Technology of TomorrowFirst, Captain Hoff will give a talk on new, cutting-edge technologies and how they will…
Entrepreneur Mixer and Happy HourAugust 8, 2018 at 12:00 am – 3:00 amSports Page (1431 Plymouth St, Mountain View, CA 94043)Entrepreneurs, Founders, Investors, Dreamers Are you looking for co-founders, partners, core team members, advisors for your start-up? Together we make Start-up's fun with pool, darts, volleyball, ping pong, beer, friendship and much more. Be sure to bring cash or credit card for Happy Hour Food and Drinks at Sports Page. And have your business cards…