Event: Geeks on a Beach (GOAB), Aug. 20-21, 2015, Boracay
Be part of the Philippines’ biggest tech conference. Register at geeksonabeach.com.
So what are accelerators & VCs (venture capitalists)? What’s their significance in starting a business? How does one get their attention? As an entrepreneur, do you really need them? Or maybe you are interested to invest as an accelerator or a VC? Is the Philippines or Asia a great place to start or expand a business? What is the startup ecosystem of the Philippines? Is it the best place to make an entry to the Asian market?
These are just a few of the questions that will be answered this upcoming Geeks on a Beach (GOAB), the Philippines’ biggest tech startup conference, this Aug. 20-21, 2015 in Boracay. And, you’re going to get them straight from people with legit experience as accelerators and VCs in Asia who will be in GOAB.
Here are some of the Accelerators who will be speaking at GOAB. The event is lucky to have accelerators with varied focus as speakers: from hardware, social services, web technology, and more.
Benjamin Joffe is Managing Partner of Hax Accelerator, with investments focused on hardware.
Benjamin is a Digital Naturalist (12 years of life and research across multiple startup ecosystems), Pro Speaker (over 150 talks across 21 countries), Startup Therapist (mentor to 6 accelerators), and Angel Investor (10 investments, half in Asia). Benjamin is a leading expert on digital innovation in Asia with 12 years experience across China, Japan, South Korea and SE Asia. He is also the founder of the Asia-focused digital research consultancy +8* (www.plus8star.com). He is also frequently quoted in media (Forbes, The Economist, CNN, AdAge, VentureBeat, TechCrunch…)
Benjamin is a Startup Mentor at 500 Startups (US), YetiZen (US), Founder Institute (Global), JFDI (Singapore), Gamma Rebels (Poland), and of course the one and only Chinaccelerator (China).
Benjamin is an active Angel investor with an Asia twist, investing in companies such as Cmune, MyGengo, TokyoOtakuMode, TwitMusic, TenderTree, YoGoMe, StoryPanda, and PayrollHero.
He was also selected among “China’s TOP 100 Mobile Industry Influencers” in 2007 & 2008.
Specialties: Asian Innovation and Cultures, Trust Networks, Virtual Economies, Online Social Dynamics, Artificial Artificial Intelligence, Digital Third Places, Japan, Korea, China.
Based in China. via HAX | Benjamin Joffe.
Earl Valencia, President & Co-Founder of IdeaSpace Foundation
Earl is the President and co-founder of IdeaSpace Foundation and is concurrently the Head of Corporate Development at Smart Communications, the country’s largest telecom network provider.Prior to his move to Asia, he was a Business Incubation Manager at Cisco’s Emerging Technologies Group in Silicon Valley. He also was also a Senior Systems Engineer at Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems where he worked in classified RD Projects for the US Defense Department. In addition to his corporate roles, he had worked at billion dollar VC firms, Investor Growth Captial Menlo Park and H7Q Asia Pacific Manila.Earl obtained a B.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering, Summa Cum Laude, from Boston University, a Masters in Systems Engineering from Cornell University and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. In 2012, he was named one of the Manila 40 under 40 by DevEx and Chevron, highlighting the top 40 leaders focused on economic development across the Philippines. via Ideaspace.
Minette Navarrete is President of KickStart Ventures, an early-stage digital investor and incubator and a 100-percent subsidiary of telecom firm Globe Telecom.
Minette led her team to found Kickstart Ventures, Inc. and spin it out as a wholly-owned Globe subsidiary. Kickstart is an investment firm that funds early-stage digital startups, providing capital, incubation and mentoring, and market access. Kickstart is the Philippines’ most active early-stage investor; its portfolio has some of the country’s best-performing startups; its mentorship program is highly coveted. Kickstart portfolio companies have attracted funding from some of the world’s most respected tech investors: YCombinator and 500 Startups from Silicon Valley; Omidyar from New York; IMJ Investment Partners from Japan; and Wavemaker Labs from Singapore.
Minette is concurrently Vice-Chairman of the Entertainment Gateway Group (EGG), Globe’s wholly-owned content provider, which they acquired in 2008. She is also a member of Ayala Corporation’s Innovation Advisory Council.
Minette has held CEO/COO positions in various industries, ranging from Philippine start-ups to iconic multinationals. Before joining Globe, she was Managing Director of online game publishing startup, Level Up! She previously served as Levi Strauss & Company’s Country Manager for the Philippines and Guam; and President & CEO of Shangri-La Plaza Corporation. She cut her teeth in global giants, Unilever and L’Oréal.” via Minette B. Navarrete – Kickstart Ventures.
Jojo Flores, Co-Founder & VP of Plug & Play Tech Center, headquartered in Sunnyvale California.
“Jojo is currently involved in the overall strategic planning and prioritizing of Plug and Play. Jojo’s immediate focus is on building strategic alliances in the Philippines and other reigns of South East Asia.” via Jojo Flores | Plug and Play Tech Center.
Khailee Ng, Managing Partner of 500 Startups, which is based in Silicon Valley with presence all over the world.
“Khailee co-founded GroupsMore (acquired by Groupon) and SAYS.com (acquired by Catcha Group). He takes care of 500’s Southeast Asia fund and focuses on expanding 500’s global presence, and does all of it in costume.” via Khailee Ng | 500 Startups.
Kuo-Yi Lim, Managing Director of Monk’s Hill Ventures
“Kuo-Yi is a Managing Director at Monk’s Hill Ventures. He was the CEO of Infocomm Investments, a $200M venture fund based in Singapore investing in technology startups globally. Prior to Infocomm, Kuo-Yi was a senior sales executive at Encentuate (acq. by IBM) and Reputation Technologies (acq. by Security Sources), and co-founder of SportsHook, a sports-focused SaaS platform. Kuo-Yi graduated from MIT with B.S., M.S., and PhD degrees in electrical engineering.
Current investments: NinjaVan and Zipmatch.” via Monk’s Hill Ventures.
Bikesh Lakhmichand, CEO & Founder of 1337 Ventures Malaysia
“Bikesh is the co-founder of iTrain, South East Asia’s No 1 tech training centre. He pioneered mobile development trainings in the region and has major universities licensing their development programmes in Malaysia and throughout SEA. iTrain is one of the first Google Web Academy’s in the world and actively conducts iOS education outreach programmes for Apple.
Bikesh has also recently founded 1337 Ventures which runs the 1337 Hub, a co-working space for app developers and 1337 Accelerator, Malaysia’s first accelerator for App Development with an initial RM5 Million seed fund. He actively travels SEA speaking about opportunities in the mobile app market in a regional event called Mobile Developer Day.” via Linkedin
Tim Chae, Venture Partner of 500 Startups USA
“He is currently a Venture Partner at 500 Startups, heading up its side micro-VC fund, 500Kimchi, focused on Korean startups. He spends about half of his time traveling mainly to Seoul, but is based in SF.” via LinkedIn
Justin Hall, Principal of Golden Gate Ventures USA/Singapore
“Justin Hall is Principal at Golden Gate Ventures. He is a scholar from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, having specialised in entrepreneurship policy, and graduated with Honours at Trinity College Dublin in History and Political Science. In addition to his responsibilities at Golden Gate Ventures, Justin has organized a number of community building events, including SuperHappyDevHouse.sg, WalkAbout.sg, and FailCon.sg. Before Golden Gate Ventures, Justin was previously an Account Manager for Rakuten LinkShare Corporation, based in New York, and managed online e-commerce sales for prominent web-based retailers and service providers. Justin is a New York transplant and fitness fanatic, as well as a huge fan of Chicken Rice and kopi gau.” via Social Venture Challenge Asia
Takeshi Ebihara, Founding General Partner of Rebright Partners Japan
Ebihara has been a VC and an serial tech entrepreneur for more than 20 years. Rebright Partners is a venture capital firm established in Tokyo, Japan, investing in internet and mobile startups in Southeast Asia.
All of these wonderful minds to pick in one event at the best beach Boracay. You have no reason to miss Geeks on a Beach this Aug. 20-21, 2015. REGISTER now at GeeksOnABeach.com.