AAMA Newsletter | February 2017 
Asia America MultiTechnology Association

AAMA SPEAKER SERIES - FINTECH 2017 - Perspectives from the U.S. and Asia

Thursday, February 16, 2017 | 6pm-8:30pm
NerdWallet, 901 Market Street, San Francisco 94103

Confirmed Speakers to date:
  • Bruce Wallace, Chief Digital Officer, SVB Financial Group
  • Wei Hopeman, Managing Partner, Arbor Ventures
  • Tim Chen, Founder and CEO, NerdWallet Inc.
  • Jake Zeller, Venture Hacker, AngelList
The financial technology industry is undergoing a wave of digital disruption, which is reshaping the sector and revolutionizing innovations in Hong Kong and China.  As one of the hottest areas for technology investments today, fintech modernizations are seeking to reach new audiences in startup invention and integrated solutions through traditional finance channels. While the millennial generation continues to push for ways to conduct business differently than their predecessors, opportunity for expanded fintech growth and VC dollars in will only drive ways for money to be handled more uniquely than ever before.

Join AAMA for a lively discussion with top experts from the fintech industry who will discuss:
  • Fintech entrepreneurs and how they turned opportunities into successful businesses to become big players in the the finance industry
  • Trends, challenges and opportunities emerging in money and payments, funding and investments, plus much more
  • How businesses should respond, and how to make the most of your business or idea
  • What trends and opportunities are predicted for the future of fintech
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AAMA CONNECT CONFERENCE: Digital Media: China's New Media Landscape

Thursday, February 23, 2017 | 1:30pm-5:30pm
Galvanize, 44 Tehama Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

Featured Speakers (partial list):
  • Ty Ahmad-Taylor, CEO and President, THX Ltd.
  • Eugene Chung, Founder and CEO, Penrose Studios
  • Allen Lu, Producer of Linsanity - The Official Jeremy Lin Documentary; Founder TLMade
  • Larry Namer, Metan Global Entertainment Group; Founder of E! Entertainment Television
  • Bill Guttentag, Double Oscar-winning dramatic and documentary film writer-producer-director

Just as gaming has grown into a multi-billion dollar industry, China’s unique consumer appetite for content and services is developing exciting markets for new forms media and entertainment. In the next two years, access to broadband, internet access, IPTV, filmed entertainment, and digital advertising in China will continue to grow at an estimated 10.9 percent.  The emergence of premium content and delivery services is laying the groundwork for what looks to be a dynamic collaborative environment between Hollywood, Silicon Valley and Asia.  Thus, there is now a chance for a broader pool of content creators, creative talent, digital agencies, and new media platforms to integrate higher levels of brand engagement and entertainment for monetization.

Join this exciting mix of content creators, producers, and tech executives from television, film, VR, and branding companies as they discuss the advancement of Asia’s footprint in digital media and entertainment, and what new technologies are on the horizon for the industry in California and the East.

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Academy of Art University Unveils Year of the Rooster Parade Float at the 2017 Chinese New Year Parade  - February 11 | San Francisco

Academy of Art University celebrates the Year of the Rooster with an outstanding student collaboration honoring the tenth Chinese zodiac sign and its emphasis on perfectionism and loyalty. Roosters are said to be very observant, sociable, and highly motivated.  The float features dancers from the Academy’s School of Acting, music composed by a student from the School of Music, and a sculpture of a rooster created by students from the School of Fine Art.  The Academy salutes the Year of the Rooster and is proud to continue our tradition of commemorating a new year with the San Francisco community. For 2017, the Academy wishes everyone and their family good fortune and prosperity! Happy New Year! Learn More

AAMA Charter Member Program and VC Taskforce is proud to present: "Predictions and Trends for VC Investing in 2017:  Insights from Leading VCs & CVCs" - March 2 | Palo Alto

Join us for a lively discussion with leading global investors and corporate VC teams!  Learn about key investment trends for 2017 and how to weather a turbulent U.S. and global arena that is transforming the start-up landscape. Corporate VC Roundtable featuring Comcast Ventures, CSC Upshot (world's largest seed fund), and more. Thursday, March 2, 2017 from 6:00pm - 8:00pm at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP (1400 Page Mill Road, Palo Alto, 94304.) Save the Date!

16th Annual Private Equity & Venture Forum  - March 15-16 | Beijing
Now in its 16th year, the AVCJ Private Equity & Venture Capital Forum - China 2017 is the premier gathering of the China's most influential private equity GPs and LPs, government regulators, senior corporate executives and other professionals for two days of mind-provoking debate, in-depth discussion on market trends, networking and more. Join 360 delegates for two days of in-depth discussions and networking to equip private equity and venture capital investors with the knowledge and contacts to take on the opportunities in China for 2017. Please register for your pass at  Registration code for AAMA Members: AVCJCN2017_AAMA  
Silicon Valley-Shenzhen, China Innovation & Entrepreneurship International Competition - March 19 | Santa Clara Convention Center
SVIEF invites you to the first Silicon Valley-Shenzhen, China Innovation & Entrepreneurship International Competition taking place on March 19.  This competition will bring the hi-tech entrepreneurial community together across U.S.-China to present and discuss the most innovative solutions form startup projects ranging from information technology to life science to advanced manufacturing. Please register for your pass at  Registration code for AAMA Members: 32AAMA
View Photos from our 35th Annual AAMA Semiconductor Dinner
 Jack Gao, AAMA Charter Member, quoted in Bloomberg on Dalian Wanda Group's unveiling of an $8.2 billion, 408 acre Movie Metropolis that will include Wanda Studios, China's first world-class production facility based in Qingdao.  | (Link to Article)

David Lam, General Partner of Atlantic Bridge, shares his perspectives on how China will impact globalization through its deepening engagement with Europe.  |  (Link to Article)

AAMA PRD Board Member John Y. Lo unveils his new book titled "Angel Financing in Asia Pacific: A Guidebook for Investors and Entrepreneurs".  This ground-breaking book will appeal to business angels, investors, entrepreneurs, startup founders and the general public who are interested in innovation, technology and economic growth.  |

 Angela Pan, Founder and CEO of Ashley Chloe Inc., a San Francisco-based Fashion Tech company, launches FUSE, the world's first ceramic smart modular earbuds.  FUSE was honored as the winner of the 2017 CES Innovation Awards.  (Link to Article)

Andy Tsao, Managing Director at Silicon Valley Bank's Global Gateway, shares key insights on the startup and innovation ecosystem in India.  (Link to Article "India Rising")

 Hans Tung, Managing Partner at GGV Capital, discusses the outlook for Xiaomi and Chinese tech startups with Bloomberg.  (Link to Video)

Kyung Yoon, CEO of Talent Age, was featured speaker at the premier 2016 INPHO Venture Summit held in  October in Bordeaux, France.  INPHO Venture Summit is the event for executives active in smart technologies including photonics and smart businesses.
Award-Winning Helix Cuff Wireless Wearable Headphones Helix Cuff

Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Ashley Chloe is bridging the gap between fashion and function in wearable tech. Ashley Chloe confronts this challenge head-on with the stylishly innovative Helix Cuff, its flagship wearable tech accessory for seamlessly connecting your active modern lifestyle. The fashion-forward startup focuses on creating digital accessories that improve it's users bustling lifestyle. The Helix Cuff is the beginning of a line of innovative digital wearables that transform the way we interact with technology.

The Helix Cuff is a one of a kind design in the wearables space with Bluetooth technology that makes it a perfect solution for the trend in removing headphone jack. It responds to voice commands and activates Android or iOS’ personal assistants such as Google Now or Siri in a smart, hands-free experience. The sleek wearable wrist cuff with extractable smart wireless Bluetooth headphones is a fitting holiday gift for tech and style lovers of every kind.

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Prynt | Turn Your Smartphone Into An Instant Camera

Prynt, a San Francisco based company connecting physical and digital photos with augmented reality (AR), starting with the first-ever photo-printing phone case, announces strategic business partnerships with major retail partners including Amazon, Best Buy, Target and Urban Outfitters.  About Prynt

JetSuiteX Launches Carlsbad - San Jose Service
JetSuite introduces its newest JetSuiteX route between Carlsbad and San Jose! Surf over to to purchase your seat on our Phenom 100 private jets for service between Carlsbad - San Jose, and our E135 private jets for service between Burbank - San Jose.

JetSuite was recently ranked the 4th largest private jet charter company in the US for total hours flown and #2 in aircraft utilization, by ARGUS. Under the leadership of CEO Alex Wilcox, a JetBlue founding executive, JetSuite is IS-BAO certified and rated Platinum by ARGUS, the highest possible safety rating in the private jet industry.  JetSuiteX is a subsidiary of JetSuite launched in 2016, which offers by-the-seat and whole plane charter in west coast markets.
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