Vice President of Peking University Science Park, Guocheng Wang, visited Seattle today and met a few startup teams from Seattle Entrepreneurship Club (SEC) in the afternoon. The main purpose of his visit, as Mr. Wang said, was to observe and study the startup situation at Seattle. In his dialogue with the SEC startup teams, he introduced the business and process of Beijing Beida Yanyuan technology Incubator under his leadership, as well as the overall startup environment at Beijing and other cities in China. Mr. Wang and the SEC startup teams also exchanged ideas and experiences around the difference of startup business between China and America. Talking about future collaboration, Mr. Wang said, "I observed a great potential within the Chinese startup community in Seattle. I am also seeing many opportunities for collaboration in the areas of green energy, health and medication, and TMT."
Beijing Meets Seattle CEO Seminar, hosted on July 28th, 2013, was a great success. This special event featured presentations by 8 successful CEOs from China and elite professionals from the tech industry. They presented the audience with their company profiles, their unique success stories and they emphasized the vast potential for more cooperation between Chinese tech companies and US companies in the future. Their sentiments were unanimous in that the future of the Chinese internet market will continue its rapid growth. Audience included representatives from Microsoft, Amazon, Google, Expedia, and other well-known companies in the greater Seattle region. The venue was jammed packed with 200+ attendees, with standing room only.
Yesterday we luckily had Microsoft china cloud accelerator team to introduce their program to us during their visit to Seattle. As well known, the Microsoft Cloud Accelerator Program is designed to share resources, foster innovation, and provide participants with an opportunity to tap into Microsoft’s R&D and business resources that help them to build world class products. Mr. Qiang Shen, the lead of the cloud accelerator program, gave a well-organized and informative speech, which covers almost every aspect for a IT startup
business. The audience were highly motivated by this successful presentation and event.
Mr.Guangdong Yu, executive from 360 in China, came to visit Seattle and gave us a talk yesterday about the current situation of 360 development and growth in China. As a fast growing IT company, 360 develops free anti-virus software, browser etc. and achieves its
success with having several huandred million clients so far. Along with the other three software giants in China, 360 has become No. 4, with challenges lying ahead. Mr. Guangdong Yu also shared his thoughts with us about the way and chances to be successful in China, especially some special rules to follow in the unique situation of China.
More interestingly, we had a chance to get to know Mr. Guangdong Yu personally. He is a person with interesting experience and background. Talented in singing, he won the third prize in a national singing competition show, which once led him into the entertainment industry. And then he utilized his skills and professional knowledge in finance to chase his dream in IT field and become a successful executive in 360.
This was a successful event and we were lucky to have Bellevue mayor Mr. Li to be present and gave us a short speech, too.
As the Aug Events Chair, I have organized 3 events in this month: a luncheon
event co-hosted with NWCHP, a presentation on Product Management & Go-to Market Plan and a talk given by an entrepreneurs in the Entergy Solution industry. These events are more diverse, compare to the previous events we had, as most of them are related with the IT industry.
Below is a short summary of each event:
8/6/2011, Luncheon with Omar Lee and Conrad Lee
Omar Lee, CEO of Great Wall Development Inc, is a very successful entrepreneur. He has given us a short talk on “how to pursue your dream” during the lunch, as a continue discussion of his talk at the previous”Road to Success” event. Conrad
Lee, Bellevue Deputy Mayor, has also given us a very inspiring talk on “Leadership and Success”. After lunch, Omar and his wife
Christine gave the group a tour of the Great Wall Shopping Center.
Over 30 people attended this event and the feedback I received was great. It has provided the attendees a good opportunity to network with and learn from successful business and political leaders.
8/11/2011, Product Management & Go-to Market Plan for Start-ups
I’m very glad to have invited Mikko Ollila to give a presentation on this topic.
Mikko is the Director of Product Marketing at Atlas Accelerator, which is the country’s largest venture accelerator. He has worked with a
number of Seattle area technology start-ups to create their go-to-market plans, execute marketing tactics and raise investments. Before
joining Atlas Accelerator, he worked at Microsoft Bing, as a Senior Product Manager. He also got his MBA from Yale.
The event turnout was great, over 30 people attended. Mikko’s presentation is very informational and several people who have their startups talked with Mikko and got some advice after the close up.
8/24/2011, Where Energy Meets Entrepreneurship – building a company in a complex environment
The energy industry is new to most SEC members. In this presentation, Jimmy Jia shared his experiences as a founder of Distributed Energy Management in meeting the challenges of starting a business in the Energy Industry.
Jimmy holds a BS and MS from MIT and an MBA from Oxford University. He started Distributed Energy Management in 2009. In this
presentation, Jimmy talked about the following topics:
the Q&A session. It was a great event!
All event slides can be found at: http://seattlestartup.org/home/
Finally, I’d like to share Conrad’s quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson at the end of his talk:
“To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;
To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends;
To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others;
To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded. “
— Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 – 1882) American Essayist & Poet
- Clair Ding
On August 26th, our board members met with SBA Region X Administrator Calvin Goings. We discussed about challenges for our club members, such as immigration/entrepreneur visa, lack of information on available government programs, and lack of good insurance for immigrated parents. Mr Goings mentioned that White House is working on an initative Startup America that will give out about two billions as venture capital to startups. SBA and our club will have more collaboration in the future. Here is the newletter that shows
- Ling Zhuang
SEC co-hosted a talent symposium at Hyatt Bellevue along with a delegation from Hangzhou, one of the most developed cities in the
Yangtze River Delta, and home to Jack Ma’s Alibaba Group. Members of the Hangzhou delegation gave an introduction of the policies put in place for overseas talent to start up businesses in Hangzhou. More than 80 people, including SEC members, City of Bellevue Deputy Mayor Mr. Conrad Lee, a few professors from University of Washington as well as a bunch of guests from as far as Vancouver, attended the symposium.
The event was well received by the attendees and quite a few SEC members expressed interest in pursuing their entrepreneurship passion in Hangzhou. It was reported by multiple media outlets immediately after the event. Thanks to all the volunteers who made it happen.
This June is a milestone for us and has quite a few “first time” events.
To better serve our members and strengthen the collaboration between startup communities, Seattle Entrepreneurship Club filed for non-profit organization in this month. Thanks to attorney Joe Wallin at DWT for preparing the legal documents for us.
On June 16, we had our first board meeting. The current board members are: Ben C., Song L., Wei L., SQL (President), Robert M.
(Chairman), Wenzhao T., and Ling Z. More people will be brought into the board as they take time and effort to serve the startup community.
This month we had first speaker from political arena Patsy Bonincontri in delivering a speech on startup opportunities around Puget Sound area.
We also welcomed our first group of angel investors from TEEC (Tsinghua Entrepreneurs & Executive Club). The event was in Chinese. The investors are: Xuechen Jin, Eugene Zhang, Chun Xia, John Yu, Larry Li, Jing Lu, Qiang Wan, John Zhu. Bellevue deputy mayor Conrad Lee spoke at the event and encouraged more investors and startup companies to Bellevue. Our club referred more than 10 projects to the investors. Here is the news reported about this event.
Startups of our members are booming. LOCQL.com, built by one of our co-founders Robert M., appeared on TechCrunch this
month (this is our second startup on TechCrunch, the first one is BuzzLabs.) Then it showed up at USAToday and ABC News.
Business Insider journalist wrote a series of articles about social search and LOCQL is greatly favored.
This is a great start. We have heard several great products in private beta now from our members such as SkyGlue and a cool internet content reader. We are eager to see their public debut. We wish every member’s startup dream come true on the road less traveled!
For the road less traveled ain’t for the faint of heart
For those who choose to play it safe and never stray too far
Me I want to live my life and one day leave my mark
And it all might come together
And it all come unraveled
On the road less traveled
– from The Road Less Traveled by George Strait
- Ling Zhuang
What a great month for SEC! We have 3 full house events in one month:
- 5/11 J.D. Hokoyama, Leadership Skills for Entrepreneurs
-5/15 Chee Chew, Justin Tomboulian, Build a successful startup team
-5/31 Dou Shen and Philip Lee, Build a Company and Get It Acquired
Our guest speakers Chee Chew, the Director of Google, and Justin Tomboulian, the Senior VP of Annik Technology delivered their stories and best practices on how to build a wonder team – one from the engineering aspect, another from the business aspect. The event was held on New York Life Conference Room (Thanks for the sponsorship!), and was full filled with people, the event was very well controlled in time, everything runs smoothly.
From the May 15th event, we introduced lightening talks and 5 members were presenting their ideas and products on the stage, this is a great opportunity for our members to practice the pitch and receive feedback from the others. We would expect to have this as a tradition for future SEC events.
Our May 31th event by local startup Buzzlabs founders team: Dou Shen and Philip Lee, about how to Build a Company and Get It Acquired was another big success, and the event get supported by Bellevue city, over 100 members registered and went to the event.
- Robert Mao
LOCQL, a local Q&A service started by Robert Mao (SEC Vice President) and his partner, is featured on TechCrunch today. Congratulations to the LOCQL team!
More details: Exclusive: Microsofties Debut Local Q&A Site LOCQL (Ahead Of Hipster).