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February 28, 2018 | What I’ve Learned: Innovators on Innovation: Dr. Richard B. Dasher

Presented by the Japan Society of Northern California
Registration: 6:00 – 6:30 pm | Presentation: 6:30 – 8:00 pm | Networking & Reception: 8:00 – 9:00 pm
Location: Squire Patton Boggs, 1801 Page Mill Road #110, Palo Alto, CA 94304

Free for students. 

Dr. Richard Dasher has been the Director of the US-Asia Technology Management Center at Stanford University since 1994. During that time he has been a pillar in the US-Asia business, technology and academic community, and has welcomed countless visitors and newcomers to the Valley and Stanford. In this special event, he will share insights on the waves of innovation he has seen over multiple business cycles – what works, what doesn’t, and how corporate venture teams can best engage with the Valley.

See <http://www.usajapan.org/event/what-ive-learned-innovators-on-innovation-dr-richard-dasher-of-stanford-university/> for details and registration.

February 27, 2018 | ICOs and the Token Economy: Disruption or Deception?

Presented by VLAB and the US-Asia Technology Management Center
Reception: 6:00 – 7:00 pm | Discussion: 7:00 – 8:30 pm
The Stanford Faculty Club, 439 Lagunita Drive, Stanford University

Stanford ID holders, please contact Briana at briana.burrows@stanford.edu for a free ticket!  Limited seating – first come, first served.

Even the most seasoned investors, entrepreneurs, and established businesses have been caught off guard by the meteoric rise of Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs), cryptographic tokens, and blockchain-based application development. Early-stage startups raised nearly $4B from ICOs during the past year, far outstripping venture and angel funding. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently spoke out, emphatically cautioning that many ICOs may be violating securities laws.

Beyond the legal concerns and the hype awaits a potential technological and economic disruption not seen since the birth of the worldwide web: the decentralization of the Internet. If successful, decentralization of data storage and ownership promises to dramatically upend the status quo, cutting out intermediaries and centralized platforms and replacing them with token-based, peer-to-peer transactions executed via “smart contracts.” Myriad service industries are in blockchain’s crosshairs, from financial and payment processing to ride and home sharing, such as Uber and Airbnb.

  • As decentralization evolves, what form will it take? When will it occur, and at what scale?
  • What are the obstacles and barriers?
  • Given recent SEC action, what is the future of ICOs?
  • How will companies, businesses, and markets benefit from these changes?

 See <https://www.vlab.org/events/icos-and-the-token-economy/> for details and registration.

November 2017 | Growing the Digital Economy: An Asia – Europe Dialogue

US-ATMC has cooperated with the Asia Pacific Institute for the Digital Economy (APIDE) and the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in presenting the “Asia Europe Dialog on the Digital Economy” in Washington DC in November 2017.  Read the report on the “Key Takeaways” from the conference here <http://apide.org/2017-asia-eu-digital-economy-dialogue-report/>.

November 29, 2017 | China & Silicon Valley: Future Tech Competition, Collaboration & Management Models

Presented by the US-Asia Technology Management Center and Silicon Vikings
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Cypress Auditorium, 330 Serra Mall, Stanford University

The US-Asia Technology Management Center and Silicon Vikings hosted a panel discussion on the key developments and characteristics of the emerging competition and synergies between Silicon Valley and China.  Panelists include:

  • Richard B. Dasher, Ph.D., Director of the US-Asia Technology Management Center
  • Claude Leglise, Executive Director of the Center for Innovation Leadership at SRI International
  • Robin Li, Vice President at GGV Capital’s Silicon Valley office
  • Annika Steiber, Ph.D., Managing Director at Berkeley Research Group (BRG) and founder and CEO of INNOWAY
  • Eilif Trondsen, Ph.D., Director of Strategic Business Insights (moderator)

Details at <http://siliconvikings.com/calendar/2017/11/29/china-and-silicon-valley-future-tech-competition-collaboration-and-management-models>.

November 14, 2017 | Nuclear Fusion: Reacting to Commercialization

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm 
Hewlett 200, Stanford University 

The US-Asia Technology Management Center and VLAB hosted a discussion on nuclear fusion with panelists:

Will the new players be successful in bringing nuclear fusion to market? Will there be new business models to consider?

Details at <https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nuclear-fusion-reacting-to-commercialization-tickets-39359461208?aff=es2>.

Video recording of panel discussion available at <https://youtu.be/HwUVcPlkQsI>.

November 8, 2017 | TechMatch Malaysia: The Role of Corporate Innovation in Emerging Ecosystems

Presented by Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) in partnership with US Market Access Center Inc. (USMAC)
4:00 – 9:00 pm
Hero City, 55 East 3rd Ave., San Mateo, CA 94401

One of the biggest threats facing global corporations is their inability to innovate consistently and experiment cost-effectively. Silicon Valley has led the way in showing the rest of the world how it can stimulate topline revenue growth for corporations by facilitating successful partnerships with startups and scale-ups.


  • Richard B. Dasher,Ph.D., Director, US-Asia Technology Management Center, Stanford University
  • Sandra Miller, Chair (Emeritus), Entrepreneurship Track, Singularity University (Moderator)
  • Bill Reichert, Managing Director and Co-Founder, Garage Technology Ventures
  • Alexander Fred-Ojala, Chief Data Scientist, Berkeley Innovation Index

See <https://www.eventbrite.com/e/techmatch-malaysia-the-role-of-corporate-innovation-in-emerging-ecosystems-tickets-39298552027> for more information.

September 22, 2017 | Austria Connect North America 2017 at Stanford University

8:15 am – 4:30 pm 
Bechtel Conference Center, 616 Serra St., Stanford University [Google Map]

The US-Asia Technology Management Center is pleased to partner with Advantage Austria on a one-day conference titled “Society-Transforming Technologies”.  Methods to predict the future, disruptive innovations in space, the exponentiality of innovation and a glimpse into the future of energy storage will be explored. The afternoon session’s theme will be use-centered innovation.

Conference details: http://www.advantageaustria.org/us/events/Austria_Connect_2017.en.html

July 28, 2017 | Japan-US Innovation Awards Symposium at Stanford University

1:30 – 6:30 pm
Japan-U.S. Innovation Awards Symposium
Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center, 326 Galvez Street, Stanford University [Google Map]

For the seventh consecutive year, the US-Asia Technology Management Center cooperated with the Japan Society of Northern California in producing the Japan- U.S. Innovation Awards program, a yearlong effort to identify and recognize exceptional performance in innovation by companies in Japan and the U.S. and in collaborations between Japan and Silicon Valley.

The Japan-U.S. Innovation Awards Symposium is the flagship event in the program. At the Symposium, we present the “Emerging Leader” award to one U.S. and one Japanese company that are already beginning to transform a major industry value chain (our first U.S. awardee was Tesla Motors in 2011), and we recognize five Japanese startup companies built around exceptionally exciting innovations that will be of special interest to the Silicon Valley community.  This year, for the first time in five years, we will also present a “Special Award for Japan-U.S. Cooperation in Innovation.” Top executives of the awardees receive the awards and participate in panel discussions about innovation and the relevance of their efforts to Silicon Valley.

Symposium details: http://www.usjinnovate.org/

March 19, 2017 | The 1st China (Shenzhen) Innovation & Entrepreneurship International Competition

US-ATMC Director Richard Dasher served aspanelist on “Innovation Leads Shenzhen Into “Made With Wisdom” Era”. The session was on how the ecosystem for innovation and entrepreneurship in China is changing as the country focuses more on playing a leading role in global technology and business development. 

In photo from left to right: Glenn Moeckelmann, CEO, Digital Learning Tree, and moderator; Sandy Diao, Director of Strategic Programs, Indiegogo; Prof. Richard Dasher, Director, US-ATMC; Kevin Liao, Vice President of Business Development & Technology Cooperation, Futurewei Technologies Inc. (a Huawei company); Scott Armanini, Global Community Lead of Open Innovation, Accenture

January 31, 2017 | “Women in Japanese Business” Panel Discussion
AllenX Auditorium, Paul G. Allen Building Extension @ Stanford University

Topics during the panel discussion included women in entrepreneurship, company management, and professional careers in Japan or with Japanese clients.  Recent trends and factors for success.  

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