Event Detail

CINA 16th Annual Conference:
Be an Enduring Entrepreneur - Think Big and Make an Impact

Date / Time: January 17 2009 - 12:00pm to 09:00pm

Fee: Register online

Venue: Santa Clara Marriott
2700 Mission College Blvd.
Santa Clara, CA 95054
(Free Parking)

Book Signing: David Smith, Chairman, Cambridge Manhattan Group, LLC. The Author of Zero to IPO, the Best Selling Book.

Door Drawing Price:Four Books signed by David Smith.

12:00pm - 05:00pm Day Program (Showcase and One-On-One)
05:00pm - 09:00pm Evenging Program (Keynote and Gala Dinner)

Day Program
12:00PM - 01:00PM Registration & Networking Social
01:00PM – 01:05PM Opening Remarks by Conference Committee
01:10PM – 01:25PM Showcase Kick-Start Keynote by Ramanus Wolter
12:00PM - 02:30PM Presentation by Entrepreneurs in front of the investor Judge Panel
01:00PM - 04:30PM Pitch and Coach One-on-One 3.0

Evening Program  
05:00PM – 05:15PM Evening Program, Opening Remarks  Center, Stanford University
05:15PM - 06:00PM Keynote "What do we do now?" by Vincent M. Occhipinti, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Woodside Fund
06:00PM - 07:00PM Gala Dinner  
07:00PM - 07:40PM Industry Leader Session: “Be an Enduring Entrepreneur and Eliminate all Barriers to Success”  Prashant Shah, Managing Director, Hummer Winblad Venture Partners
07:40PM - 08:20PM Closing Keynote: “Think Big and Make an Impact” Wufu Chen, Managing Member and Co-Founder, Acorn Campus; Founder of over a dozen of high tech companies.
08:20PM - 08:45PM Closing Remarks: “Influencing with Integrity”  Vicki Young, President, CINA


High-impact entrepreneurs have the biggest ideas and most ambitious plans. They have the potential to create thriving companies that employ hundreds or even thousands of people. They have the power to inspire countless others. Their high endurance allows them to eliminate barriers to their success, even during the economic downturn.

What makes them continue to push forward? How do they maintain their drive, energy and spirit?

Come to meet other entrepreneurs like you, and learn how to maximize your impact from the industry leaders.

In the past, CINA has been the platform to encourage entrepreneurs to innovate and take risks that make a big impact. During this period of economic downturn, CINA will provide even stronger support to our members.

Today, during this challenging period of economic turmoil, the enduring entrepreneurs will not give up their dreams!

Industry Leader Session

Speakers in this session are the industry leaders who have been performing above and beyond human imagination and have made a huge impact in the world. The primary goal of this session is for the audience to learn how we can break all kinds of barriers with new strategies and new business models.
1. What kinds of businesses or business models will thrive during the economic downturn?
2. How to turn disadvantage into advantage?
3. What businesses will create new opportunities during the economic downturn?
4. How to push forward and eliminate all kinds of barriers during this economic downturn?

Closing Keynote

Speaker in this session are visionaries and great thinkers with ideas on how and where the world is and should be evolving. The primary goal of this session is to educate the audience about the huge changes that will be taking place and the role inspired visionaries are playing in these changes.
1. Where is the capital flowing globally?
2. What Role China is going to play in the global financial world?
3. Where are VCs investing in China?
4.How do we move forward and make a better world?

Entrepreneur Showcase 4.0 (12:00pm – 4:30pm)

Ever since its first inception four years ago, Entrepreneur showcase has become CINA’s signature event. During this economic downturn, CINA is providing even stronger support to the Entrepreneurs.

30 innovative companies have been selected to demo their products in front of Angel Investors, Venture Capitalists, potential clients, industry leaders and media.

Awards will be given to the two best Demo companies at gala dinner.

10 Minutes of Fame(1:00pm – 4:30pm)

Several rounds of “10 minutes of Fame” will be running during the day. Each Showcase company can have 10 minutes to make announcement in the showroom.

Pitch and Coach One-On-One 3.0

Pitch and Coach One-on-One session provides the opportunity for Entrepreneurs to have private conversation with VCs, Angel Investors and Service Providers. Entrepreneurs must bring the executive summaries.

Business Professions will provide free Executive Summaries/Business Plans Critique during the session.

Business Plan Presentation 2.0

A judge panel of VCs and Angel Investors will hear the business presentations of pre-selected companies. Each presenting company has 10 minutes presentation followed by 5 minutes Q & A. Presenting companies need to submit their applications before December 15 for qualification. Selected companies will be invited to attend the pre-presentation training seminar in December and early January 2009.

Awards will be given to the best four presenting companies, voted by the judge panel.

Who Should Attend?
Business professionals and decision makers from IT, Telecom, Web 2.0, Clean Energy and other high-tech companies, CEOs, VPs, Directors and Managers of Marketing, Sales and Business Development, Venture Capitalists, Angel Investors, Investment Bankers, Entrepreneurs, Lawyers, Engineers and Students.

Confirmed Speakers

Vincent M. Occhipinti, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Woodside Fund.
Vince co-founded Woodside Fund in 1983, and has been intimately involved in the management and success of the Fund and its portfolio companies. Mr. Occhipinti has chaired the Early Stage Venture Capital Alliance (ESVCA) since 1990. The ESVCA conferences bring together general partners in seed and early stage funds to discuss issues of mutual interest. Mr. Occhipinti is a leader in the early stage venture community and has also chaired several other major early stage venture capital conferences, including the IBF Early Stage Investing Conference and the SRI Private Equity Roundup.

Vince has a wealth of operating experience in both small and large companies in the technology industry. He founded Logisticon, Inc. which he led as President and CEO, and pioneered enterprise process and factory automation software. Earlier in his career, Vince served as VP, Marketing for Mobility Systems, and while at Levi Strauss and Company, had profit and loss responsibility for the Stretch Levis Division. He has a BA from Stanford University, and attended the Graduate School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, while an undergraduate. Personal interests include fly-fishing, skiing, and reading.

Wu-Fu Chen, managing member and co-founder of Acorn Campus, is a renowned networking and serial entrepreneur who has since 1989 invested successfully in communications companies. Mr. Chen founded more than a dozen high tech companies including Cascade Communications where he was the founder and vice president of engineering. In 1994 he steered Cascade through its IPO, being instrumental in the company's acquiring over $10 billion in capitalization. Most recently, he was a vice president at Cisco Systems (NASDAQ:CSCO) where he led their integrated voice, data, and video access product development.

Mr. Chen has served as chairman and CEO of leading edge start-ups such as Ardent Communications (acquired by Cisco Systems) and Arris Networks (acquired by Ascend Communications) (NASDAQ:ASND). He has been featured on the front page of the Wall Street Journal and chosen one of the top ten entrepreneurs of 2000 by Red Herring. Light Reading once called Wu-Fu Chen the "most influential person" in optical networking.

Mr. Chen received an MSEE from the University of Florida in 1976 and a BSEE from National Taiwan University in 1972. From 1976 to 1977 he was in the doctoral program in computer science at UC Berkeley. Mr. Chen is actively involved in the development of portfolio companies and plays an important role in attracting deals as well as top talent to Acorn Campus Ventures and its portfolio companies.

Scott Chou is a General Partner at Gabriel Venture Partners. He is known within the venture industry for his focus on disruptive technologies and for authoring Maxims, Morals, and Metaphors � A Philosophical Guide to Venture Capital. Scott�s passion for early stage technology ventures extends back to high school when he joined his first startup as a software engineer. He has since worked for five more technology ventures including Poqet Computer and ICE in addition to world-renowned research and development organizations such as Bellcore and IBM. His broad expertise in technology spans the industry from manufacturing to software development and even chip design. Scott completed the prestigious Kauffman Fellows Program with Onset Ventures and is currently the chairman of the alumni network. He later joined Gabriel Venture Partners where he pursues research labs for fundamental innovations. Scott currently serves on the boards of Boston Power, iForem, NextG Networks, Sequoia Communications, SkyCross, and YLX. His educational background includes a bachelor�s Degree in electrical engineering with honors from Caltech as well as master�s degrees from Harvard University and Stanford University.

Prashant Shah, Managing Director, joined Hummer Winblad in December 2000. He has been instrumental in many investments including Baynote, Bridgestream, Cenzic, InMage, Jareva Technologies, Krillion, Scalent, SyncVoice, Tizor and Voltage Security. He also observes a number of these boards. In addition, Prashant is an active Charter Member of TiE Silicon Valley (www.tiesv.org), where he is Chair of the Software SIG; and a member of the Board of Trustees for Astia (www.astia.org).

Prior to Hummer Winblad, Prashant spent many years defining and launching high tech products. His background spans all seven layers of the OSI stack with product management roles at enCommerce (acquired by Entrust), Cypress Semiconductor and AT&T. Prashant received a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

Richard B. Dasher, Ph.D. Director, US-Asia Technology Management Center, Executive Director, Center for Integrated Systems, Consulting Professor, Stanford University Management Council and Advisor to the President, Tohoku University

At Stanford University, Dr. Dasher has been Director of the US-Asia Technology Management Center since 1994 and has served concurrently as Executive Director of the Center for Integrated Systems since 1998. He holds Consulting Professor appointments at Stanford in the Departments of Electrical Engineering (technology management), Asian Languages (Japanese business), and at the Asia-Pacific Research Center. From 2004, Dr. Dasher became the first non-Japanese person ever asked to join the governance of a Japanese national university, serving a term on the Board of Directors of Tohoku University. He continues on the Management Council of Tohoku University and as Advisor to the Tohoku University president. He is on expert review panels for government funding programs and think tanks in Japan, Canada, Germany, and Hong Kong. Also active as a management consultant, Dr. Dasher serves on the board of two U.S.-based start-up companies, and he advises start-up companies and large firms in the U.S., Japan, and China.

From 1990–93, Dr. Dasher was a board director of two Japanese companies in Tokyo, at which he developed new business in international licensing of media rights packages and other intellectual properties. From 1986–90, he was Director of the U.S. State Department’s Foreign Service Institute advanced field schools in Japan and Korea, which provide full-time training to U.S. and select Commonwealth country diplomats assigned to those countries. He received M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Linguistics from Stanford University and is co-author of the book Regularity in Semantic Change (Cambridge University Press, 2002). He received the Bachelor of Music degree in clarinet and orchestra conducting from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where he served on the faculty from 1978-85.