The New Space Industry: Views from the US and Japan

Over the last several years, the technology industry has turned to space ddds yet another area it can disrupt. Tech titans such as Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos are involved with space launch startups and even Google has purchased a satellite company. With Silicon Valley’s latest focus on the space industry, the forum will discuss the role private industry, Silicon Valley companies and investors are currently playing in the space industry versus other areas in the US. It must also be recognized that the US isn’t the only country with a space industry to disrupt; we will also discuss the Japanese space industry and the possibilities of cooperation between Silicon Valley and Japan in this exciting field.

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2016 Summer Networking

Sunday, July 31st

Come join us at our casual networking event at Washington Park in Sunnyvale. Built in 1945 it remains one of Sunnyvale’s most popular parks. It is a very inviting space with plenty of parking. This well shaded, 12-acre park offers lots of fun for everyone. This event is ideal for both networking and catching up with old acquaintances or making new friends. The park’s green open field also offers your family members, significant others and friends a place to enjoy outdoor activities, such as playing football, baseball, soccer etc.

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Trends in BioTech: Value Creation and Innovation

Wednesday June 15, 2016

According to reports from PricewaterhouseCoopers, recent venture capital investments in the biopharmaceutical industry were some of the largest in history averaging $6B-$7B per year.  Thanks to the ease of global monetary policy, the rapid increase in merger & acquisition (M&A) activities along with much easier access to public financing via IPO and robust revenue growth help fuel the venture ecosystem and provide a fertile ground for high-risk companies and young start-ups. The recent paradigm-shift innovations, such as immune-oncology and targeted therapies for previously incurable diseases, surely helped open up many doors of opportunities for both companies and investors alike.

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Trends in AgTech: Real Needs in the Industry

The agriculture and food industries are estimated by the FAO to comprise 10% of global GDP — making them the largest industries in the world. Concerns over food production and distribution relating to global climate change, land-use change, emerging health issues, and a growing population are driving innovation like never before. Last year, venture capital invested $4.6 B into the category, an almost 100% increase in investment year-over-year.

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26th Anniversary Shinnenkai

Join us in celebrating Keizai Silicon Valley’s 2016 Shinnenkai (New Year’s Reception) on Friday, January 29th at 5:30 pm at the Palo Alto Hills Golf and Country Club.

This year, we honor “the Orchid King” Mr. Andy Matsui with the Keizai Silicon Valley Lifetime Achievement Award, and we present the Economic Innovation Award to his daughter, Ms. Kathy M. Matsui, chief Japan equity strategist and co-head of Asia Investment Research, Goldman Sachs.

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Exploring Manufacturing 2.0

The manufacturing ecosystem is changing rapidly. The agile manufacturing revolution has brought about today’s world where even small electronics hardware companies can take advantage of mass manufacturing systems which until recently were only available to large companies. Yet, more changes are in the air with such technologies as 3D printing, robots designed to work with human workers, printed electronics, Internet community collaborative manufacturing, the maker movement, etc.

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Demystifying the Industrial Internet of Things – Use Cases and Requirements

The market of the Internet of Things (IoT) is about to explode. Analysts forecast the total economic value-add from IoT will be multi-trillion with 30 billion Internet-connected devices by 2020, unlocking innovation and new business models. While tremendous opportunities are ahead of us, little is understood as to how to leverage this much-talked-about innovating trend to strategic advantage and value creation.

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2015 Summer Networking

Sunday August 2nd, 2015

Come join us at our casual networking event at Washington Park in Sunnyvale. Built in 1945 it remains one of Sunnyvale’s most popular parks. It is a very inviting space with plenty of parking. This well shaded, 12-acre park offers lots of fun for everyone. This event is ideal for both networking and catching up with old acquaintances or making new friends. The park’s green open field also offers your family members, significant others and friends a place to enjoy outdoor activities, such as playing football, baseball, soccer etc.

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