Silicon Valley entrepreneurship: hear "how it works" perspectives from "been there, done that" entrepreneurs, a lawyer and a venture capitalist.
In July 2005, TangibleFuture, Inc. and Astecs arranged
for a team of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, investors and professional
service providers to speak to entrepreneurs in five cities
in Mexico. The goal was to share with Mexican entrepreneurs
how Silicon Valley approaches turning technology into profitable
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The tour was organized and sponsored by the Mexican government
in conjunction with Fumec, the United States-Mexico Foundation
for Science. The sessions were promoted by government bodies,
chambers of commerce and local organizations. Several hundred
entrepreneurs, educators, incubator managers and members of
the press attended the events.
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Richard G. Caro
Dr. Richard G. Caro has over 20
years of experience at the intersection of
technology and business: as CEO of two startups,
CTO of a third, occasional angel investor,
and advisor to numerous new business ventures
in fields such as life sciences, communications,
alternative energy, security, and nanotechnology.
He has been responsible for the development
of a number of successful products and has
23 issued patents.
Richard is presently founder & CEO of
TangibleFuture, Inc., which provides hands-on
guidance to entrepreneurs navigating the path
from idea to profitable business. Prior roles
include Managing Director at RHK, a provider
of advisory services to the communications
industry; CEO (founder) of Vital Insite, a
venture-backed medical device start-up; Engineering
Program Manager at Coherent, then one of the
two largest laser manufacturers in the world;
and V.P. Technology Development (CTO &
employee #5) of Summit Technology, a pioneer
in the laser refractive surgery business.
Before entering industry, he was a member
of the research staff at Stanford University.
Richard received a B.Sc. (Hons) degree from
Melbourne University, Australia, and a D.Phil.
in experimental physics from Oxford University
— where he was a Rhodes Scholar.
Rortveit is the CEO of TYNAX,
a global marketplace for technology and intellectual property.
Mr. Rortveit is a serial entrepreneur with 20 years international
experience from working with startups as well as Fortune 500
companies. His areas of expertise include corporate strategy,
international business, marketing, distribution, joint ventures
and alliance building. Prior to joining TYNAX Mr. Rortveit
served in executive level positions for both hardware and
He was the President and co-founder of International
Business Accelerator, a venture consulting
company; president of Davis North America;
and vice president of worldwide marketing
for Davis A/S in Norway. During his tenure
at DAVIS he was instrumental in growing the
company from $3-$100m. The company was sold
to the Kongsberg Group (www.kongsberg.com)
Mr. Rortveit earned a master's degree in
business administration from the University
of Warwick Business School in England. He
received a bachelor's degree in marketing
from the Norwegian School of Management in
is the founder and president of Astecs, the
Association of Technology Entrepreneurs and
author of the book Zero-to-IPO. A technology
entrepreneur for over 20 years, David now
helps innovate, incubate and accelerate technology
startups in Silicon Valley. Through Cambridge
Manhattan Group, David is currently involved
with several exciting new companies in the
software, Internet and media sectors.
A former Apple World Marketing Manager for
Apple Computer, David has a BS Honors Degree
in Computer Science & Economics from the
University of Leeds (U.K.) and a Postgraduate
Diploma in marketing from the University of
Westminster, London. His speaking engagements
take him to international conferences in Europe,
Asia and the Americas. He has addressed U.S.
government congressional hearings and appeared
on several radio and TV shows.
Mark Cameron White
the founding partner of Silicon Valley law
firm White and Lee, Mr. White has represented
recognized companies such as HotMail, ClassmatesOnline,
Nuvomedia, Native Minds, 3ware, SurfMonkey.com,
garageband.com, Betasphere, the EDA Consortium
and AirFlash and venture capital funds such
as New Enterprise Associates, Nexit Ventures
and Selby Ventures.
Mr. White has spoken on technology law and
entrepreneurship in Australia, Singapore,
the Peoples Republic of China and Malaysia.
He was the organizer of the "Soup to
Nuts" seminar series, which in 2000 was
sponsored by Silicon Valley Bank, New Enterprise
Associates, NASDAQ, Microsoft and Oracle.
He currently spearheads the organization of
Silicon Forest Forum in the Pacific Northwest
and the Executive Leadership Series in Silicon
Mark holds a J.D. from University of California
at Berkeley – Boalt Hall School of Law,
an M.B.A. from Harvard University, Graduate
School of Business and a BA, Economics from
Rutgers College, Rutgers University.
Po Chi Wu
Po Chi Wu is a 20-year veteran venture capital
investor who has invested in several companies
which eventually grew into billion-dollar
enterprises. Dr. Wu was President and co-founder
of Allegro Capital, a highly successful venture
capital firm in Silicon Valley; a Vice President
at Advent International, where he opened and
headed the California office and was responsible
for investments in Asia and in the US; Executive
Vice President and co-founder of China Venture
Management, a subsidiary of China Development
Industrial Bank in Taiwan.
Dr. Wu is a member of the Advisory Council
of the Lawrence Hall of Science at UC Berkeley;
and a guest Lecturer for Engineering 110,
“Venture Design - The Start-up Company”,
at UC Berkeley. He is a former Director and
President of the Chinese Software Professionals
Association (Silicon Valley), a Trustee of
the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco Foundation,
and a member of the Advisory Board of the
Institute for Genetic Medicine at the University
of Southern California.
Dr. Wu has a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology
from Princeton University (1972) and a B.
A. degree in Mathematics and Music from the
University of California at Berkeley (1966).
His commitment to education and the cultural
history of China can be traced back through
several generations of illustrious scholars
in his family. His great grand-father was
one of the last Hanlin Scholars in the Ching
Dynasty. Dr. Wu’s father, Professor
Wu, Ta-You, was a highly respected theoretical
physicist and educator.
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