Global Technology Symposium 2018

22/10/2018 - 23/10/2018 • Hotel Nia
The Global Technology Symposium has long been Silicon Valley’s leading ideas conference. Get ready for a rejuvenated Symposium with an exciting new format in October 2018! A tidal wave of new technologies, and new business models, is upending not only established industries, but Silicon Valley itself. The Economist recently asked whether we have reached “peak Silicon Valley.” GTS 2018 will explore how Silicon Valley navigates disruption. It will prepare you for a brave new world where Silicon Valley is everywhere. Day One of the Symposium (October 22, 2018) marks the return of a GTS favorite: the Global Innovator Competition, which gives investors a chance to hear pitches from hot new startups. Day Two (October 23, 2018) – global business executives engage in stimulating panel discussions about our exciting shared future and megatrends that will disrupt global business: breakthrough business models, the dawn of “digital natives,” innovation by incumbents, redefining leadership, and much more. Join us on Day Two to learn about emerging possibilities for your businesses – and how to galvanize your business to action in response. Reminisce about previous years at
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  • 22 October
  • 23 October

Global Innovator Competition Part I

10:00 AM 01:00 PM

Global Innovator Competition Part II

01:00 PM 04:00 PM


05:00 PM 07:00 PM

Exposition with companies from Tatarstan

09:00 AM 10:00 AM

Generations: Where We Have Been, Where We are Going

10:00 AM 11:30 AM

Forces of Change

11:30 AM 12:30 PM

Luncheon keynote: Navigating Disruption

12:30 PM 01:30 PM

The Changing Face of Entrepreneurship

02:00 PM 03:00 PM

Reverse Pitch

03:00 PM 04:00 PM

Investment trends

04:00 PM 05:00 PM

Awards and closing remarks

05:00 PM 05:15 PM


05:15 PM 07:00 PM

Alumni Speakers

Pitch Johnson

Asset Management Ventures
Franklin “Pitch“ Johnson graduated from Palo Alto High School in 1946, received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford in 1950, and an M.B.A. from Harvard in 1952. He served as a maintenance officer in the U.S. Air Force from 1952 to 1954, and was an open hearth production supervisor for Inland Steel Company from 1954 to 1962.
Mr. Johnson was co-founder in 1962 of Draper and Johnson Investment Company, and became an independent venture capitalist in 1965 as the founder of Asset Management Company. Mr. Johnson has been a director of several public companies, and was a director of Amgen until July 2006. He is a past director of the National Venture Capital Association, a past president of the Western Association of Venture Capitalists, and was an elected trustee of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District for 12 years. He developed and taught a course in entrepreneurship and venture capital at Stanford Business School from 1979 to 1990, and was a founding member of the SIEPR advisory board in 1982.
Mr. Johnson received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association of Venture Capitalists. In September 2005, Mr. Johnson was inducted into the Dow Jones Private Equity Hall of Fame and, in June 2006, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars of the Smithsonian Institution presented Mr. Johnson the Woodrow Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship. In 2009, Mr. Johnson received the Gold Spike award from the Stanford Associates.

Brook Byers

Senior Partner
Kleiner Perkins
Brook Byers is a founding member of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. A venture capital investor since 1972, Brook has been closely involved with more than 60 new technology-based ventures, many of which have become public companies. He formed the first life sciences practice group in the venture capital profession in 1984 and led KPCB to become a premier venture capital firm in the medical, healthcare and biotechnology sectors. KPCB has invested in and helped build more than 110 life sciences companies that have developed hundreds of products to treat underserved medical needs for many millions of patients.
Brook is on the Board of Overseers of the University of California San Francisco medical campus and hospitals. In 2007, UCSF awarded Brook the UCSF Medal, its honorary degree equivalent. He is also on the Board of Trustees of Stanford University. In 2008, Brook was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2009, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Venture Capital Association. In 2010, he received an honorary Ph.D. from Georgia Institute of Technology.

Patricia Cloherty

Chairman and CEO
Delta Private Equity
Chairman and Co-Managing Partner of Delta Private Equity Partners, LLC, Patricia Cloherty is manager of the U.S. Russia Investment Fund and Delta Russia Fund, L.P., two venture capital funds. Prior to that, she was Co-Chairman, President and General Partner of Apax Partners, Inc., a $10 billion private equity company.
Patricia is a past President and Chairman of the National Venture Capital Association of the U.S. In 1981, she was the founding President of the Committee of 200, a prestigious organization of the country’s leading women entrepreneurs and corporate executives. The American Chamber of Commerce in Russia named her Businessperson of the Year 2004.
She is a director of Columbia University, The U.S.-Russia Business Council, Vesch! (Russia) and DeltaLeasing (Russia). Patricia earned a B.A. from the San Francisco College for Women, and an M.A. and M.I.A. from Columbia University. A first-generation Irish-American whose father came from Kilkieran, Connemara, County Galway, Patricia served in the Peace Corps in Brazil from 1963 through 1965.

Reid Dennis

Reid Dennis has been an active individual investor and a corporate venture capital investor since 1952. As an individual venture investor, Reid was personally involved with early-stage investments in Acurex, American Microsystems, Ampex, California Microwave, Coherent Radiation, Measurex, and Ultek. As a corporate executive, Reid was responsible for the successful entry of Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company, and then the American Express Company, into the venture capital field. He represented them as a member of the Board of Directors at Recognition Equipment Inc., The Reed Tool Company, and Storage Technology Corporation. While at American Express, Reid resigned from American Express in order to form Institutional Venture Associates in 1974 and, subsequently, Institutional Venture Partners in 1980.
Reid was an early investor in and a Director of Exabyte Corporation, Seagate Technology, Sequent Computer Systems (acquired by IBM), and Stratus Computer (acquired by IBM). Reid currently serves as a General Partner of IVP on a part-time basis.
Reid is a past Chairman and President of the National Venture Capital Association (“NVCA”) and a past President of the Western Association of Venture Capitalists (“WAVC”). In April 2000, he received the “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the NVCA. Reid was also a founder and an original alumni investment manager of both the Stanford Business School Trust and the Stanford Engineering Venture Capital Fund. He served on the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Opera Association for 42 years, including 14 years as Chairman.
Reid earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and an M.B.A. from Stanford University.

Donald Dixon

Co-founder and Managing Director
Trident Capital
Don has been a technology investor for almost three decades and investing in cybersecurity since 1988. During his career, he's exited 36 companies. He is currently on the Boards of IronNet Cybersecurity, Qualys (NASDAQ: QLYS), 2Checkout, Advanced Payment Solutions, Amprius, Odyssey Logistics, SivaPower, Tiandi Energy and Top Image Systems (TISA). He has been on the Boards of Neohapsis (acquired by Cisco), Signio (acquired by Verisign), and Sygate Technologies (acquired by Symantec).
Don’s past directorships include companies AccountNow (acquired by Green Dot), Affiliated Computer Services (Acquired by Xerox), Anasazi Inc. (acquired by Pegasus Solutions), Bank of America Merchant Services (BPI), BlueStar Solutions (acquired by ACS), ByteMobile (acquired by Citrix), CSG Systems (CSGS), eGistics (acquired by Top Image Systems), Epicor Software Corporation (EPIC), Epoch Partners (acquired by Goldman Sachs), Evolving Systems (EVOL), Infotrieve (acquired by Copyright Clearance Corporation), InfoUSA (IUSA), Merchant e-Solutions (acquired by Cielo), Pegasus Systems (PEGS), Unison Software (acquired by IBM) and XRS Corp. (acquired by Omnitracs).
In addition to his board work for Trident, Don is Co-Chairman of the Advisory Committee of the Princeton University School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and serves on the Advisory Board of the Harvard Kennedy School Center for Public Leadership.
Don Dixon founded Trident Capital in 1993. Previously, from 1988 to 1993, Don was Co-President of Partech International, a private equity fund associated with Banque Paribas. Before Partech, he was a Managing Director of Alex. Brown & Sons. Earlier in his career, Don was a Vice President of Morgan Stanley & Co. and a Senior Account Officer at Citibank, N.A.

Tim Draper

Founding Partner
Tim Draper is the founding partner of Draper Associates and DFJ. Tim’s original suggestion to use viral marketing as a method for spreading a software application from customer to customer was instrumental to the successes of Hotmail, Skype, and others.

Tim has been recognized as a leading supporter of entrepreneurship with numerous awards and honors. He was listed as #46 of the most outstanding Harvard alumni, #7 on the Forbes Midas List, #1 of the Most Networked Venture Capitalists by Always On, and #98 in Worth Magazine’s 100 Most Powerful People in Finance. Tim also received the World Entrepreneurship Forum’s “Entrepreneur for the World” in 2015.

Tim received a BS from Stanford University with a major in electrical engineering and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

He served on the California State Board of Education in 1998-1999, and currently leads an initiative to create six new states in California (Six Californias) to encourage competition and choice in government.

In 1994, he created a non-profit for young children to learn about business and entrepreneurship called BizWorld. In 2011, he created Draper University of Heroes, a residential and online school to help extraordinary young people meet their entrepreneurial goals.

Dick Kramlich

Dick is Co-Founder of NEA and is currently Chairman of the NEA Management Company. He was Managing General Partner of the firm through NEA VII when he turned the reins over to Peter Barris and became a General Partner. During the 20 years Dick was the Managing General Partner of NEA, the partnership achieved top quartile returns for its Limited Partners. Dick began his venture career in 1969 as a General Partner with Arthur Rock and Co. after nine years in general management as Manager of Financial Planning at the Kroger Co. and in investment management as Executive Vice President at Gardner & Preston Moss Company in Boston. In 1977 Dick was an early investor in Apple Computer for his own account. Since co-founding NEA in 1978, he has been involved in ten companies that have grown from start-up or near start-up stage to companies with market value in excess of $1 billion

Kate Mitchell

Scale Venture Partners
Kate is a co-founder of Scale Venture Partners, a Silicon Valley-based firm that invests in early-in-revenue technology companies that are looking to scale. She and the ScaleVP team have backed successful, high growth companies including ExactTarget (Salesforce), RingCentral (NYSE:RNG), HubSpot (NYSE:HUBS), Box (NYSE: BOX), DocuSign, and Omniture (Adobe).

Kate is past chairman and board member of the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) and is active in policy matters that impact entrepreneurship, start-ups, innovation and inclusion. She co-authored the IPO section of the 2012 JOBS Act and is currently working on additional legislation to help small company IPOs. In 2014, Kate co-founded the NVCA Inclusion & Diversity Task Force (now calledVentureForward), which focuses on advancing opportunities for women and minorities across the venture ecosystem. Mitchell received the NVCA Outstanding Service Award in 2013 for her policy work on behalf of the venture industry.

She currently serves on the board of SVB Financial Group (NASDAQ:SIVB), Fortive Corporation (NYSE:FTV) and the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, and she is a charter member of Environmental Entrepreneurs (Silicon Valley). Kate is also a KauffmanFellows mentor, a member of the NASDAQ Private Market Advisory Board, and a commentator on technology trends for CNBC Squawk Alley.

Don Valentine

Sequoia Capital

Founded Sequoia Capital in 1972 and was one of the original investors in Apple Computer (AAPL), Atari,Cisco Systems (CSCO), LSI Logic (LSI), Oracle (ORCL) and Electronic Arts (ERTS).

Norm Fogelsong

Norman A. Fogelsong joined IVP in March 1989. Norm subsequently founded IVP’s Later-Stage & Public Market Investment Group in October 1994. With more than 38 years of high-tech investment experience, he currently emphasizes investments in private high-growth companies and in select public market opportunities. Norm has led investments in Artisan Components (ARTI), Aspect Communications, Compaq Computers (CPQ), Concur (CNQR), Convex Computers (CNVX), Cortina Systems (IPHI), Danger (MFST), Dataminr, InphoMatch (SAP), Integrated Circuit Works (CY), Lam Research (LRCX), Marketo (MKTO), MINDBODY (MB), MobileIron (MOBL), Platinum Software (PSQL), Polycom (PLCM), SkyStream Networks (ERIC), TelCom Semiconductor (TLCM), and Websense (WBSN).
Norm also actively participated in venture capital investments in Akamai (AKAM), Amgen (AMGN), At Road (TRMB), Applied Biosystems (ABI), Chordiant (CHRD), ComScore (SCOR), Cypress Semiconductor (CY), Digital River (DRIV), Genentech (DNA), Linear Technology (LLTC), LoopNet (CSGP), LSI (LSI), MIPS Computer Systems (MIPS), Qadium, Quantum (QTM), Silicon Graphics (SGI), SuccessFactors (SFSF), SupportSoft (SPRT), Synchronoss Technologies (SNCR), 3COM (COMS), Verisity (VRST), and Zynga (ZNGA). Norm was recognized by AlwaysOn as one of the top 100 venture capitalists by his inclusion in the AlwaysOn 2013 VC 100 List.
For Cortina Systems, Norm arranged a $132 million investment syndicate, and the proceeds were used to buy a $100 million division that was being spun out of Intel. His more recent investments include Marketo, the leader in marketing automation software, MINDBODY, the largest global provider of online business management software for the health, wellness and beauty industries, and Dataminr, a real-time information discovery company.
Norm began his career as a computer programmer at Hewlett-Packard. He then worked as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company where he specialized in strategic planning. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA). He has also served the local community as the Treasurer of the Children's Health Council, the Secretary of the Churchill Club, the Founder of the Kona Jazz Festival and as a member of the Major Gifts Committees at Menlo School and Stanford University.
Norm earned a B.S. in Management Science & Engineering from Stanford University (Phi Beta Kappa), an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Ann Winblad

Founding Partner
Ann Winblad is a Managing Director of Hummer Winblad Venture Partners, a venture capital firm she co-founded in 1989. She is a well-known and respected software industry entrepreneur and technology leader. Her background and years of experience in the software industry have been chronicled in many national and international business publications.
Hummer Winblad Venture Partners was the first venture firm focused exclusively on software. In her 30-year career as a venture capitalist, Ann’s firm has launched over 160 enterprise software companies and led investments that pioneered successful companies across the enterprise software sector: Business Intelligence, Analytics, Software Development, Integration, Data Center Optimization, Cloud Computing and Security.
Ann began her career as a systems programmer at the Federal Reserve Bank in Minneapolis. In 1976 Ann co-founded Open Systems, Inc., a top selling accounting software company. After the acquisition of Open Systems by UCCEL(a NYSE company), Ann served as a strategy consultant for clients including IBM, Microsoft, Price Waterhouse, and numerous start-ups. In addition, Ann has co-authored the book Object-Oriented Software and has written articles for numerous publications.
Ann received a B.A. in Mathematics and in Business Administration from the St. Catherine University, as well as an M.A. in Education focused in International Economics from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota. Ann also has an honorary Doctorate of Law from the University of St. Thomas.
Ann has served as a Director of numerous start-up and public companies including Hyperion, Mulesoft, The Knot, Net Perceptions and Liquid Audio. She currently serves as a director of Ace Metrix, OptiMine, and Sonatype. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of St. Thomas and a Board member of the Richard Schulze Family Foundation. Ann is also a member of CNBC’s Platinum Group.

Craig Barrett

Craig Barrett is the retired CEO and chairman of semiconductor giant Intel Corp., where he rose through the company’s ranks to become president in 1997 and CEO a year later. He was chairman from 2005 to 2009.
Barrett joined the company in 1974 after 10 years on the faculty of Stanford Engineering’s Materials Science and Engineering Department. He earned his bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and PhD at Stanford.
Barrett is co-author of the textbook “Principles of Engineering Materials.” Today, he is an advocate for improving education and a champion of technology as a path to higher social and economic standards worldwide.

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Sheryl Sandberg

Sheryl Sandberg is an American technology executive, activist, and author best known as the chief operating officer (COO) of Facebook. She currently sits on Facebook's board of directors as its first female member. She is also the founder of and the co-author of two books, ‘Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead’ with Nell Scovell, and ‘Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience and Finding Joy’ with Adam Grant. Before joining Facebook, she was the vice president of global online sales and operations at Google and helped launch its philanthropic arm She also served as the chief of staff for United States Secretary of the Treasury Lawrence Summers, who was her professor at Harvard and her mentor. She has been invited as a keynote speaker at various events and delivered the TED speech titled “Why we have too few women leaders”. In 2012, she was named in the ‘Time 100’, ‘Time’ Magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world, and currently ranks fourth on ‘Forbes’ list of most powerful women.

George Schultz

Former U.S. Secretary of State
George Shultz has had a distinguished career in government, in academia, and in business. He held four different cabinet posts, he taught at three of this country’s greatest universities, and he was president of a major engineering and construction company.

Mr. Shultz graduated from Princeton University in 1942 with a B.A. in economics and then began his service to the nation as a Marine. He resumed his studies at MIT and earned a Ph.D. in industrial economics in 1949. Early in his career, he served as a senior staff economist on President Eisenhower’s Council of Economic Advisors. He taught at MIT and The University of Chicago, where he served as dean of the business school. He resumed public service under President Nixon as Secretary of Labor, Director of the Office of Management and Budget, and Secretary of the Treasury. Mr. Shultz left government service in 1974 to become president and director of the Bechtel Group, Inc.

Mr. Shultz held two key positions in President Reagan’s administration: Chairman of the President’s Economic Policy Advisory Board (1981-1982), and Secretary of State (1982-1989). His many awards include the Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, and the Seoul Peace Prize. He has been a Distinguished Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, since 1989.

Bill Perry

Former US Secretary of Defense
William Perry is the Michael and Barbara Berberian Professor (emeritus) at Stanford University. He is a senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute and the Hoover Institution, and serves as director of the Preventive Defense Project. He is an expert in U.S. foreign policy, national security and arms control. He was the co-director of CISAC from 1988 to 1993, during which time he was also a part-time professor at Stanford. He was a part-time lecturer in the Department of Mathematics at Santa Clara University from 1971 to 1977.
Perry was the 19th secretary of defense for the United States, serving from February 1994 to January 1997. He previously served as deputy secretary of defense (1993-1994) and as under secretary of defense for research and engineering (1977-1981). Dr. Perry currently serves on the Defense Policy Board (DPB). He is on the board of directors of Covant and several emerging high-tech companies. His previous business experience includes serving as a laboratory director for General Telephone and Electronics (1954-1964); founder and president of ESL Inc. (1964-1977); executive vice-president of Hambrecht & Quist Inc. (1981-1985); and founder and chairman of Technology Strategies & Alliances (1985-1993). He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
From 1946 to 1947, Perry was an enlisted man in the Army Corps of Engineers, and served in the Army of Occupation in Japan. He joined the Reserve Officer Training Corps in 1948 and was a second lieutenant in the Army Reserves from 1950 to 1955. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1997 and the Knight Commander of the British Empire in 1998. Perry has received a number of other awards including the Department of Defense Distinguished Service Medal (1980 and 1981), and Outstanding Civilian Service Medals from the Army (1962 and 1997), the Air Force (1997), the Navy (1997), the Defense Intelligence Agency (1977 and 1997), NASA (1981) and the Coast Guard (1997). He received the American Electronic Association's Medal of Achievement (1980), the Eisenhower Award (1996), the Marshall Award (1997), the Forrestal Medal (1994), and the Henry Stimson Medal (1994). The National Academy of Engineering selected him for the Arthur Bueche Medal in 1996. He has received awards from the enlisted personnel of the Army, Navy, and the Air Force. He has received decorations from the governments of Albania, Bahrain, France, Germany, Hungary, Japan, Korea, Poland, Slovenia, and Ukraine. He received a BS and MS from Stanford University and a PhD from Pennsylvania State University, all in mathematics.

Alexandra Johnson

Executive Director
Global Technology Symposium
Founder and Managing Director of the Global Technology Capital and President of the Global Technology Symposium, a premier investor conference on global emerging markets held annually in Silicon Valley since 2003.
She is a board member of several tech companies, including Grid Dynamics, VisionLabs, and Rolith.
Prior to that, Alexandra was a Managing Director of DFJ VTB Capital Aurora, a venture group specializing in investments in the developing world. Alexandra invests in a broad range of companies targeting enterprise, material science, alternative energy, and industry innovation and has grown a variety of product and services start-ups and emerging technology companies in the U.S, Russia and the CIS.
She was a private sector Co-Chair of the U.S. – Russia Innovation Working Group and has spent her career connecting Bay Area investors with companies in emerging markets, supporting international cooperation and global talent.
Previously Alexandra was a founder and managing director of Landbridge Capital LLC, an investment firm targeting U.S.-based companies commercializing Russian technology. Prior to forming Landbridge Capital, Ms. Johnson was CEO of Libritas, Inc., a venture backed provider of Information Technology (IT) products and managed telecom services for small, medium and Fortune 500 Corporations. Libritas was acquired in 2001.
Alexandra was named among Top 20 most influential men and women in Bay Area finance in 2015 (Worth).
Alexandra received an M.A. with honors from the Far Eastern State University, Vladivostok and a Ph.D. from University of St. Petersburg. She also has an M.B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley

Rustam Minnilkhanov

The Republic of Tatarstan

Esther Woijcicki

Esther Wojcicki, affectionately called Woj by many, heads up Creative Commons and is the driving force behind the country's largest high school journalism program. Over 600 kids in Palo Alto are electing to take journalism. Why? Esther believes in student press rights, encourages students to believe in themselves, and gives them the 21st century tools to do that. Her former student, actor James Franco said, She showed me that I could take my dreams as seriously as I wanted.

Mark Milian

Technology Editor
Bloomberg technology writer-editor. Formerly at CNN and the Los Angeles Times.

Steve Jurvetson

Future Ventures
Steve Jurvetson is an early-stage venture capitalist with a focus on founder-led, mission-driven companies at the cutting edge of disruptive technology and new industry formation. Steve was the early VC investor in SpaceX, Tesla, Planet, Memphis Meats, Hotmail, and the deep learning companies Mythic and Nervana. He also led investments in startups that were acquired for $16 billion, and five that went public in successful IPOs.
Before co-founding Future Ventures and DFJ, Steve was an R&D Engineer at Hewlett-Packard, where seven of his chip designs were fabricated. He also worked in product marketing at Apple and NeXT and management consulting with Bain & Company. He completed his undergraduate Electrical Engineering degree at Stanford in 2.5 years, graduating #1 in his class, and went on to earn a MSEE and MBA from Stanford.
In 2017, Steve received the Visionary Award from SV Forum. In 2016, President Barack Obama appointed Steve as a Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship. Steve has also been honored as one of "Tech's Best Venture Investors" by Forbes, and as the “Venture Capitalist of the Year” by Deloitte.

Sheila Puffer

Northeastern University
University Distinguished Professor
Sheila M. Puffer is University Professor and Cherry Family Senior Fellow of International Business at Northeastern University, Boston, USA. She is also a fellow at the Davis Center for Russian Studies at Harvard University, and has served as program director of the Gorbachev Foundation of North America at Northeastern. She has been recognized as the #1 scholar internationally in business and management in Russia, the former Soviet Union, and Eastern Europe according to a 2005 Journal of International Business Studies article analyzing 13 leading academic journals from 1986-2003. She also ranks as the #1 most published author (tied) in the Journal of World Business from 1993-2003. She has been ranked in the top 5 percent of authors worldwide who published in the leading international business journals from 1996-2005, according to a Michigan State University study. She was also ranked among the top 100 authors who published in Administrative Science Quarterly from 1981-2001. Dr. Puffer has more than 140 publications, including over 65 refereed articles and 11 books. She served as the editor of The Academy of Management Executive as well as a member of the Academy’s Board of Governors from 1999-2002. She worked for six years as an administrator in the Government of Canada and has consulted for a number of private and nonprofit organizations. Dr. Puffer earned a degree from the executive management program at the Plekhanov Institute of the National Economy in Moscow, and holds BA (Slavic Studies) and MBA degrees from the University of Ottawa, Canada, and a Ph.D. in business administration from the University of California, Berkeley. 

Reese Jones

Singularity University
Reese Jones has 25 years in innovation, entrepreneurship & patents. As a venture strategist Reese has engaged in a dozen company's innovation, start up, financing, development, IPO, boards, mergers and acquisitions.
Activities include Netopia, Farallon, Convergence, C-Core, Mediabolic, Rotani Wireless, RCDb, WatchWith, Self Health Network, Genome Compiler, Cambrian Genomics, Dulcetta, Focus@Will, SU Labs and Singularity University; also Venture Partnerships including Accel, August, Telesoft, Current Group LLP, Definitive Partners, and others.
Reese has academic experience in biophysics and human brain research at UC Berkeley, LBL, and UCSF. Jones supports public education via UC Berkeley, Wikipedia, Chabot Space Science Center, Genetics Advisory Counsel at Harvard Medical School, Trustee at Singularity University at NASA Ames and Trustee at Santa Fe Institute.

David Yang

David Yang grew up in Yerevan, Armenia, and is a graduate of the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Faculty of General and Applied Physics. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and Physics. In 1989, while still in university, David founded his first company, ABBYY, which today is a leading developer of document recognition, data capture and linguistic software.
The company has offices in a range of countries around the world and sells its products in more than 150 countries. In 1998, David founded Cybiko, Inc. with an idea to develop peer-to-peer (P2P) RF networking technologies for mobile hand-held devices enabling communication, shared data and access to external resources.

Global Innovator Competition Part I

10:00 AM 01:00 PM Skadden Arps, Palo Alto, CA

Global Innovator Competition Part II

01:00 PM 04:00 PM Skadden Arps, Palo Alto, CA


05:00 PM 07:00 PM Nia Hotel

Exposition with companies from Tatarstan

09:00 AM 10:00 AM Nia Hotel

President Minnikhanov visits prominent startups from Tatarstan

Generations: Where We Have Been, Where We are Going

10:00 AM 11:30 AM Nia Hotel

Forces of Change

11:30 AM 12:30 PM Nia Hotel

Luncheon keynote: Navigating Disruption

12:30 PM 01:30 PM Nia Hotel

The Changing Face of Entrepreneurship

02:00 PM 03:00 PM Nia Hotel

Reverse Pitch

03:00 PM 04:00 PM Nia Hotel

Venture capital firms pitch to the top three companies selected on
Day One.

Investment trends

04:00 PM 05:00 PM Nia Hotel

Awards and closing remarks

05:00 PM 05:15 PM


05:15 PM 07:00 PM Nia Hotel