Greetings: Hiroshi Inomata, Japanese Consul General in San Francisco
Keynote: Robert Scoble, Technology Evangelist and Managing Director of Rackspace
Starting From Scratch: How a Rebuilt City Could Lead the World in Technology Integration
Robert will address this question from the perspective of someone who has traveled the world in search of the latest, greatest, and most impactful technologies. He will share some of his vision of what a “greenfield” city or town should look like by introducing us to a few of the most exciting technologies he sees coming over the horizon, discussing their likely impact on society, and exploring how they should (or should not) fit into the model 21st century community.
Introduced by Scott Ellman, CEO of USAsia Venture Partners
Lukas Biewald, Founder and Chairman of CrowdFlower
Marianna Grossman, Executive Director, Sustainable Silicon Valley
James Miller, Senior Attorney Advisor at FCC / Adjunct Professor of Law at American University Washington College of Law
Kamran Elahian, Global Entrepreneur, Philanthropist, Venture Capitalist
The Use of Technology in Crisis Situations
Besides having co-founded numerous successful technology companies, Kamran Elahian has
founded three non-profit organizations that use IT to connect people across borders and
improve the quality of life for people around the globe, especially in developing nations where
billions face chronic challenges in everyday life. In his keynote, Kamran will discuss how the
same technologies his organizations use to address chronic challenges can also be applied in
the aftermath of acute crises like those in Japan, and can even be deployed in advance of
disasters to mitigate the consequences.
Richard B. Dasher, PhD, Director, US-Asia Technology Management Center, Stanford University
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Registration and Networking: 5:30 – 6:00 pm
Event: 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Networking & Silent Auction: 8:00 – 9:30pm
|WHERE: PARC (Palo Alto Research Center)
3333 Coyote Hill Road
Palo Alto, CA 94304
$40: Registration by 6/22/11 (11:00pm)
$50: Late Registration by 6/28/11 (5:00pm)
$60: Walk-ins (Walk-ins welcome, but seats may be limited)
Food, including sushi and soft drinks will be served
DRESS: Business casual
|ONLINE LIVE CAST
Online live cast provided via Ustream (REGISTER)
FEES:FREE for those who rsvp before 6/27/2011 at 5:00p.m. (PDT)
Log-in instructions for the live cast will be sent on 6/28/2011 to those who registered
|Forum Flyer – English (pdf)
Forum Flyer – Japanese (pdf)
*All proceeds will benefit children orphaned by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. Donations will be made through the Keizai Society Japan Earthquake & Tsunami Relief Fund (give2asia.org/keizaisociety) *Additional donations are accepted at the door or on-line: http://give2asia.org/keizaisociety
The earthquake and tsunami that stuck the northern coast of Japan in March caused unimaginable devastation.We have all been saddened by images that can only begin to convey the losses sustained by the victims – loss of life, family, hearth and home. Arguably the hardest hit among the survivors, and those least able to recover on their own, are the children who were orphaned by the crisis and its aftermath.
That is why three Silicon Valley business organizations have banded together for the first time to host a joint event in support of these stricken children: The Keizai Society US-Japan Business Forum, Silicon Valley-China Wireless, and TiE. The event will explore what the entrepreneurial spirit of the Valley can do to assist with this disaster and what can be learned to prepare for and help with future disasters.
Lukas Biewald is Chairman and co-founder of CrowdFlower, a crowdsourcing Internet
company that breaks large digital projects into small tasks and distributes them to workers
around the world. In a little over two years, Biewald has grown the company from two
employees to nearly 60, guiding it through two successful funding rounds. CrowdFlower
engages a workforce of nearly 1 million people to complete more than 1 million microtasks
every day on behalf of a range of Fortune 50 companies. It has garnered coverage in the New
York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, The Atlantic, Fox Business, and has
placed as a TechCrunch50 finalist. In 2010, he won the Netexplorateur Prize for creating the
GiveWork iPhone app, which allows users to perform small tasks that assist refugees and
people in developing countries. Inc. Magazine has listed him among the Top 30 Entrepreneurs Under 30. He is a frequent presenter as events such as Web 2.0, Where 2.0, and TEDx.
Biewald has published an array of papers on applications of crowdsourcing, including those for
ACM DEV’10, ACM’s XRDS, and SIGIR 2010. Additionally, he co-authored a chapter on
crowdsourcing gender and age stereotypes in O’Reilly Media’s Beautiful Data. He is co-creator
of several patent-pending technologies. While pursuing a Master’s degree in Computer Science
at Stanford University, Biewald won the California Institute of Technology Turing Tournament.
Dr. Richard Dasher has directed the US-Asia Technology Management Center at the
Stanford University School of Engineering since 1994 and served concurrently as Executive
Director of the Center for Integrated Systems since 1998. He holds Consulting Professor
appointments at Stanford in the Departments of Electrical Engineering (technology
management), Asian Languages (Japanese business), and with the Stanford Program on
Regions of Innovation and Entrepreneurship. In 2004, Dr. Dasher became the first
non-Japanese person ever asked to join the governance of a Japanese national university,
serving on the Board of Directors and then the Management Council of Tohoku University
until 2010. He regularly participates on selection and review committees of government
programs for innovation in Canada, Germany, Japan, and Hong Kong. Dr. Dasher also serves
as a board member of privately held companies and non-profit organizations (including the
Keizai Society) and as an advisor to start-up companies in the U.S., Japan, and China. He
received M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Linguistics from Stanford University and is co-author of
the book ‘Regularity in Semantic Change’ (Cambridge University Press, 2002). From 1986 –
90, he was the Director of the U.S. State Department’s advanced training centers in Japan and
Korea that provide full-time language and area studies curricula to U.S. and select
Commonwealth Country diplomats headed for assignments in those countries.
Kamran Elahian is an entrepreneur who has co-founded ten companies. While three of them failed (e.g. Momenta), six have produced a total market cap of over $8 billion, and one is slated for IPO next year. As a VC, he co-founded Global Catalyst Partners with investments in the U.S., Japan, China, India and Israel. Underlying Kamran’s global vision is the conviction that modern IT can be instrumental in dissolving barriers between nations. This vision is reflected in Schools-Online, a nonprofit he founded in 1996 to connect the world, one school at a time (6400 schools in 36 countries); Global Catalyst Foundation, co-founded in 2000 to improve lives through the effective application of IT, and UN-GAID, a United Nations global forum that promotes ICT in developing countries where Kamran serves as Co-Chairman. Global Catalyst Partners website is at www.gc-partners.com and Kamran’s personal website is at www.kamranelahian.com.
Marianna Grossman is Executive Director of Sustainable Silicon Valley, a consortium of 130 businesses, governments and civic organizations dedicated to addressing underlying causes of key environmental pressures, building a strong economy and a socially equitable community. Previous roles include Partner for Sustainability and Innovation for Minerva Consulting;investor in high tech startups; and corporate roles in the automotive, computer and semiconductor industries. She founded the Palo Alto Unified School District Sustainable Schools Committee and was convener of the Peninsula/South Bay Working Group of California Interfaith Power and Light. She earned an MBA from Yale University and a BA, cum laude, with distinction in Policy Studies from Dartmouth College.
Consul General Hiroshi Inomata graduated from Waseda University and joined the Ministry
of Foreign Affairs in 1978. Mr. Inomata has worked in the Asian Affairs Bureau, Economic
Cooperation Bureau, North American Affairs Bureau, Minister’s Secretariat, International
Legal Affairs Bureau and Southeast and Southwest Asian Affairs Department as well as the
Office of the Assistant Chief Cabinet Secretary. His overseas assignments have included
Embassies of Japan in Bangkok, Washington D.C., London and Seoul. He began his tenure as
the Consul General of Japan in San Francisco in September 2010.
James Miller is a Senior Attorney Advisor in the Office of Engineering and Technology at the Federal Communications Commission, Adjunct Professor of Law at the American University,
Washington College of Law, an Affiliated Research Fellow of the Columbia Institute for Tele-
Information at the Columbia Business School, and a 2004-2006 Mansfield Fellow. At the
FCC, Mr. Miller focuses on regulatory and policy matters related to spectrum and Internet
technology. As Adjunct Professor of Law at the American University, Washington College of
Law, he teaches U.S.-Japan Comparative Law and develops programs focused on East-Asia
and technology. As a Mansfield Fellow, Mr. Miller explored Japanese regulatory policies for
broadband technology and the information society, particularly focusing on legal and
regulatory reforms and spectrum policy, in the Japanese Ministry of Internal Affairs and
Communications Radio Policy Bureau (MIC), Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
(METI), Office of Senior-Vice Minister Yoshitaka SAKURADA, and the Tokyo District and
High Court’s Administrative Litigation and Intellectual Property Sections. He is a cum laude
graduate of the Washington College of Law, American University, and holds a bachelors
degree in Economics and East-Asian studies (honors) from the University of Kansas. He is
fluent in Japanese and frequently speaks and publishes in Japanese for business, legal, and
technical audiences in Japan.
Robert Scoble is an American blogger, technical evangelist, and author. Mr. Scoble is best known for his blog, Scobleizer, which came to prominence during his tenure as a technology evangelist at Microsoft. In addition to pioneering blogging within Microsoft, he was instrumental in Microsoft’s Channel 9, a site devoted to the company’s developer community. Currently, he is Managing Director of Rackspace, where he works with the Rackspace sponsored community site Building 43. He previously worked for Fast Company, where he founded FastCompany.TV and served as its Executive Officer and video blogger. Mr. Scoble
is co-author of Naked Conversations: How Blogs are Changing the Way Businesses Talk with
Customers with Shel Israel.
Scott Ellman is CEO of USAsia Venture Partners, a management consulting firm that
provides strategic marketing, alliance, and business development services to US and Asian
companies. Previously, Scott held senior positions at several high technology pioneers where,among other things, he managed some of the companies’ most important alliances such as
those with Hitachi, Toshiba, Oracle, NEC, Dell, IBM, and HP. He was also the co-founder and
VP of Marketing at the for-profit division of SeniorNet.org, a world leader in teaching older citizens how to use computers and the Internet. Scott was instrumental in every step of the company’s evolution, from co-writing the business plan and raising venture capital to forging strategic partnerships with eBay and IBM. Scott is a strategic advisor to several technology companies (and Keizai Society) and a member of the Japan-US Innovation in Business and Technology Advisory Council. He holds MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a bachelor’s of science in applied mathematics and economics from Brown University, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude, the university’s highest academic honor.
About Keizai Society US-Japan Business Forum
Founded in 1990, the Keizai Society US-Japan Business Forum is an all-volunteer business and professional
networking organization based in the San Francisco Bay Area. One of its primary purposes is to provide a
venue for programs that showcase specialists with expertise on issues critical to the success of entrepreneurs
and companies doing business with Japan and the U.S. Please visit www.keizai.org for more information.
About Silicon Valley-China Wireless
Founded in 2000, Silicon Valley-China Wireless Technology Association (SVCWireless) is the leading US-
Asia wireless industry non-profit association in Silicon Valley, now with more than 4,000 members. As a
premier Silicon Valley technology organization, SVCWireless promotes entrepreneurship, innovation, and
networking with a focus on building a bridge between the wireless industries in Asia and the United States.
Please visit www.svcwireless.org for more information.
The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) was founded in 1992 in Silicon Valley by a group of successful entrepreneurs,
corporate executives, and senior professionals with roots in the Indus region. There are currently 13,000
members, including over 2,500 charter members in 56 chapters across 13 countries. TiE’s mission is to foster
entrepreneurship globally through mentoring, networking, and education. Dedicated to the virtuous cycle of
wealth creation and giving back to the community, TiE’s focus is on generating and nurturing our next
generation of entrepreneurs. Please visit www.tie.org for more information.