AAMA Newsletter | April 2017 
Asia America MultiTechnology Association


AAMA Speaker Series on AI and Machine Learning

Transforming Knowledge Into Action
Tuesday, April 18, 2017 | 4:30pm-7:00pm
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
2550 Hanover Street, Palo Alto, CA 94304

The age of the human computer has accelerated with companies like Google and Facebook investing billions of dollars into artificial intelligence (AI). Visionary developers are feeding large amounts of data into software systems to recognize new patterns faster than the individual mind. The speed of change and intelligent behavior is helping top industry practitioners discover how the latest innovations can create a positive impact on AI technologies.

Join AAMA for an exciting panel discussion as we learn how large enterprises are implementing real-world solutions to improve AI and machine learning technologies.

  • Keyvan Mohajer, Founder & CEO, SoundHound, Inc.
  • Nathan Schuett, Co-Founder & CEO, PRENAV, Inc.
  • Derek Meyer, CEO, Wave Computing
  • Jeff Chung, Managing Director, AME Cloud Ventures
  • Thomas Chaffin, Partner, Pillsbury (Moderator)
Don’t miss this opportunity to hear present case studies and practical applications from CEOs and innovators as they discuss new technologies and emerging trends in both Silicon Valley and the world. 

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017 | 12:30pm-7:30pm
Silicon Valley Bank - Kellogg Auditorium

3003 Tasman Drive, Santa Clara, CA 95054
As intelligent learning devices and machine-to-machine communication become integrated into our everyday lives through the cloud, sensors, security, mobile, virtual reality and beyond, the Internet of Things is making the functions of daily existence easier, smarter and more enjoyable. The connection of IoT in homes and workplaces is sparking new innovations which are shaping how machines can further communicate, opening an expanded world for investors to participate in the engineering of artificial intelligence in this expanding industry in both the private and public sector. 

Join AAMA on May 23 to hear executives, engineers, software developers and venture capitalists discuss the future of IoT. 
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WeChat Evening Reception "Bridging the Cultural Gap" A Night with WeChat and US China Strong! - April 12 | Asian Art Museum San Francisco
Get out your Qipao!  We humbly invite you to join us at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco on April 12th for an evening of connecting, learning, and fun.  This event is jointly hosted by WeChat and US-China Strong in our shared mission – connect the people of the US and China. Thought leaders and top organizations which promote Mandarin-learning and bridge the cultural gap across the Pacific will congregate at this prestigious venue.  Soak in the museum's exhibits – including the Han Dynasty Tomb Exhibit which will be open to us – network and enjoy interactive activity booths to experience WeChat's ecosystem.  Refreshments and drinks will be served.  RSVP
April SF FInTech Meetup By Empire Startups: Underbanked - April 12 | San Francisco
This panel will discuss the landscape around underbanked, pre- and sub-prime populations, including challenges and key opportunities for startups in this space. Featuring Rodolfo Gonzalez, Partner at Foundation Capital, Sankaet Pathak, Founder & CEO at SynapsePay, Nicky Goulimis, Co-founder & COO at Nova Credit, Alex Marlantes, Co-founder & CEO at Everlance and moderated by Maria Lajewski, Senior Manager, Financial Solutions Lab at Center for Financial Services Innovation (CFSI). REGISTER
Berkeley Asia Business Conference "BRIDGE 2017" - April 14 | U.C. Berkeley
Since 2000, the Bridge Conference at UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business has hosted dynamic discussions on Asia by thought leaders in a range of disciplines and fields. Today, it is the largest student-run conference in Northern California  regarding Asia, drawing hundreds of attendees from decision makers to thought leaders in academic, business and government to advise a diverse audience on how to become more competitive in the dynamic marketplace. Bridge 2017 will explore business opportunity recognition and successful investment strategies that create financial and social returns. Industry experts and pioneers will also share their opinion on the outlook of economic exchange between the two most dynamic regions in the world given the changing geopolitical environment.  REGISTER
2017 SV Entrepreneurs Festival "Entrepreneurs Meet Future" - May 2-3 | Santa Clara Convention Center
The Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs Festival is a premier platform and networking opportunity for innovators from the United States and Asia. The event is co-hosted by Bay Area Council, Consulate-General of the People’s Republic of China in San Francisco and Plug and Play Tech Center. The Festival is anticipated to draw leading innovators, emerging entrepreneurs and investors, economists, and business professionals to exchange ideas and shape the future of technology and its application.  Learn more
Healthcare Capital & Connections Summit - September 12-14 | Shanghai
The Healthcare Capital and Connections Summit is an exclusive three-day, invitation only opportunity to connect with the most relevant healthcare VCs, startups, large corporate and business partners in the China market.  The founding sponsors, Silicon Valley Bank, SPD Silicon Valley Bank, Piper Jaffrey, Vivo Capital and AdvaMed, have created a unique Summit format focused on helping companies make deals happen. Founded in 2014, the 3rd Summit in 2016 brought together 284 attendees from China and around the globe. Learn more


On March 21, AAMA hosted its AAMA Speaker Series Dinner featuring Gary Rieschel, Founding Managing Partner of Qiming Venture Partners. A special keynote by Gary Rieschel highlighted the dinner, followed by a lively panel discussion moderated by John Kinzer. Thank you to our sponsor Silicon Valley Bank for their generous support of this successful event! And a special thank you to our event hosts Hope Chen (Venture Partner, DFJ), Huoy-Ming Yeh (Founder & Managing Partner, CSC Upshot), John Kinzer (Managing Director - Asia Link, Silicon Valley Bank) and Andy Tsao (Managing Director - Global Gateway, Silicon Valley Bank)!
 John Kinzer, Managing Director of SVB Asia Link, shares perspectives on China's growth, drivers and challenges for its innovation economy, and what's driving Chinese investment activity. (Link to Article)

  Recognizing our esteemed AAMA Charter Member, Norihiro Kondo, Director, Panasonic.

 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)

  Jason Lin, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Global Bridge Capital, has been appointed to serve as co-president of AAMA Silicon Valley - Congratulations!

Andy Tsao, Managing Director at Silicon Valley Bank's Global Gateway, shares key insights on the latest startup and innovation ecosystem in Mexico.  (Link to Article "Building Bridges with Mexico's Innovation Ecosystem")

 Recognizing our esteemed AAMA Charter Member, Ken Wong, Venture Partner of Diamond TechVentures at the TechLAB Innovation Center.
SPD Silicon Valley Bank Opens Beijing Branch in Support of China's Innovation Sector

Silicon Valley Bank (SVB), the bank of the world’s most innovative companies and their investors, today announced further expansion into China through SPD Silicon Valley Bank’s (SSVB) newest branch in Beijing. SPD Silicon Valley Bank is a joint venture bank that was established by Silicon Valley Bank and its partner, Shanghai Pudong Development Bank Co., Ltd., in order to offer specialized commercial banking services specifically for innovative companies and their investors in China. This is SSVB’s second branch, after opening in Shanghai in 2012.

SPD Silicon Valley Bank continues to build its presence in China working with both Chinese and foreign companies looking to do business in the country. SSVB provides entrepreneurs, startups, enterprises and investors insights and expertise based on its relationship with Silicon Valley Bank, and it provides thecommercial banking products and services that help innovative companies increase their probability of success.

“Together with our international partners, Silicon Valley Bank has a unique ability to serve the world’s growing innovation economy, comprising the domestic technology and healthcare segment, as well as the businesses from other countries and those that work across borders,” said Greg Becker, President and CEO of Silicon Valley Bank. “The innovation sector is global. High-growth technology-focused companies that create jobs and economic opportunity expand overseas early in their lives and require partners that can help them navigate internationally. Our partnership with SSVB opens doors for innovators around the world.”   Visit for more information.

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