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GTS Redefines Tech Conference Scene, Fosters Deal Talk at “Challenging Trendsetters”
|By Business Wire
|March 26, 2014 12:01 PM EDT
Global Technology Symposium:
WHAT: The 11th annual Global Technology Symposium is
bringing together an A-list of venture capitalists, corporate leaders,
policymakers and entrepreneurs in an exclusive, retreat-type platform to
push forward the conversation on innovation in today’s global
marketplace. High-energy inspirational talks, fireside chats,
interactive pitch competitions and exciting sideline events are all part
of this year’s redefined program, fostering dynamic networking and deal
talk among attendees.
“You either have a deal or you don’t have a deal,” explained GTS Founder
and President Alexandra Johnson. “GTS is the place where deals happen.”
Showcasing emerging market startups and unique technologies from around
the globe since 2004, GTS has been distinguished as Silicon Valley’s
“must-attend” event for VCs looking to discover new opportunities and
for entrepreneurs looking to expand.
WHEN | WHERE: Wednesday-Friday, March 26-28
City, 55 E 3rd Avenue, San Mateo, CA
A New Platform for a New Decade
“The Global Technology Symposium was born out of our deep interest in a
rapidly changing global innovation ecosystem,” continued Johnson, also
managing director of global venture capital fund DFJ VTB Capital Aurora.
“Entering into its second decade, GTS is staying ahead of the curve by
creating the platform for dealmakers.”
This year’s event is going beyond the structured sessions and is truly
challenging trendsetters in California’s brand-new incubator space,
Draper Hero City, where bean bags replace chairs and a Tesla acts as the
front desk. Speakers will explore topics on space, social media,
entrepreneurship and frontier technologies, and will delve into trends
about venture capital. Speakers and moderators* include:
Adam Draper, CEO and Founder, Boost
Andrew Nelson, COO, XCOR Aerospace, Inc.
Bill Tai*, Partner, Charles River Ventures; Co-Founder and
Vice-President, MaiTai Global
Chen Yu, VP of Product Marketing & Co-Founder, YeePay
Claudia Fan Munce*, VP, MD IBM Venture Group
David Goldsmith, President, Goldsmith Organization LLC; Author of
"Paid to Think"
Eric Feng, CTO, Flipboard
Eric Kim, Managing Director, Maverick Capital
Francisco Varela, Global Director of Platform Partnerships, YouTube
Gabe Turner*, Director, DFJ Global Network
Heidi Roizen*, Operations Partner, Draper Fisher Jurvetson
John Nahm*, Managing Director, Strong Ventures; Managing Director,
Lorraine Hariton*, Special Representative for Commercial and Business
Affairs, State Department
Mark Milian*, Reporter, Bloomberg News
Mark Shmulevich, Deputy Minister of Telecommunications, Russian
Nicolai Wadstrom, CEO & Founder, BootstrapLabs
Peter Arvai, CEO & Co-Founder, Prezi
Ron Conway, Founder, SV Angel
Ronny Conway, Founder, A Capital
Scott Sandell, General Partner, NEA
Sean Griffin, CEO & Founder, StartUp Cup
Steve Jurvetson*, Managing Director, Draper Fisher Jurvetson
Susi Mai, Co-Founder and President, MaiTai Global
Tim Draper, Founder, Draper University
Val Babajov, Founder, VoiVoda Ventures
Zeeshan Usmani, CEO, Go-Fig Solutions
For a detailed program, please visit www.globaltechsymposium.com/program.
Global Innovator Competition
The Global Technology Symposium is recognized for its role in growing
startups through the Global Innovator Competition – bringing to the
stage hand-selected startups to pitch their big ideas to the audience
and a panel of prestigious venture capitalists. The winning startup
receives the Global Innovator Award.
“This is a place that brings out the person in the entrepreneur - both
on stage and on the sidelines,” Ron Conway, founder of SV Angel, said.
“We invest in people first. GTS is known for spotting ‘the’ hit
The competition is about identifying inspirational people and helping
them launch their businesses. This year, GTS is proud to announce a
global participant lineup of startups from Russia, Ukraine, Israel and
Greece, as well as US-based startups targeting markets in Latin America
Here are what some past winners have to say about the competition:
“Winning the Global Innovator Competition was a huge boost for eThor. It
was the first time that we received any real international recognition
for our company…” said Gary Ziegler, CEO of eThor, 2012 Winner, Canada.
“The prize we won in 2013 helped us confirm that MavenHut is building
something innovative, something new, in a crowded market,” said Bobby
Voicu, CEO of MavenHut, 2013 Winner, Ireland.
Sponsors & Partners
The gold sponsors are RUSNANO,
Venture Company (RVC) and Sberbank;
the silver sponsors are CISCO,
& Young, and Silicon
Valley Bank; and the bronze sponsors are Skoltech
(Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology), Wilson
Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati and Gate
Ventures. The production partner is ROAR
Design & Events. The technology partner is SysIQ.
The marketing partners are the US-Russia
Business Council (USRBC), The
U.S.-Russia Chamber of Commerce of New England, Inc and beLAUNCH.
The media partner is Lux
About the Global Technology Symposium
The Global Technology Symposium (GTS) is Silicon Valley’s leading
investment conference on venture capital, technology and
entrepreneurship in emerging markets. GTS explores globalization and
ways to find niche markets harboring the next big ideas by bringing
together business and policy leaders with up-and-coming startups in the
real world. With 10 years of success – featuring hundreds of speakers
and thousands of influencers – GTS is not only a platform for unveiling
the latest market intelligence, but it is a partnership-building process
that allows companies to transform their vision into reality through
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