Special Program on May 15, 2013

Are you Ready to do Business in

South Korea, Hong Kong and Singapore?

Join the Global Ideas Exchange group and the US-Asia Technology Management Center, Stanford University in a presentation and discussion on setting up and operating a business in Korea, Hong Kong, and Singapore.

Experienced Asian specialists will help facilitate discussions by providing examples of proven successful approaches, where there are potential problems now – traps to look out for, and legal and banking issues in Korea, Hong Kong and Singapore that may change ways to operate in the future.

WEDNESDAY, May 15, 2013
5:30pm – 7:30pm | Light refreshments

Cypress Semiconductor Auditorium (a.k.a. CISX Auditorium)
Paul G. Allen Building, Stanford University
330 Serra Mall
Stanford, CA 94305


Registration is $20.00 in advance. Please click on the following link to register for the event.

RSVP by 5pm Monday, May 13th, 2013
On-site walk-ins: $25

Topics for discussion include:

  1. Setting up and operating in these countries—finding good management, hiring and retaining experienced people, major issues faced in getting into the local market, time required to get operations to a similar level as in the U.S., etc.
  2. Special pros and cons for these countries about doing business through a JV (Joint Venture) versus as a wholly owned foreign subsidiary.  Finding and doing due diligence on potential partners.
  3. IP management, e.g. transfer, ownership, counterfeiting, and theft – both by competitors and employees.
  4. Laws and regulations on foreign companies in regard to getting profits and monies out of Korea, Hong Kong, and Singapore.
  5. Managing national and local government relations:  for example, to what extent facilitation payments (the legal version of payoffs / bribes) factor into business in these countries.  How to handle such issues.
  6. Other related topics from participants in the audience.


Dr. Richard Dasher, Director of US-Asia Technology Management Center, Stanford University

As US-ATMC director since 1994, Richard Dasher conducts research, teaches courses, and leads public programs about international management of technology, regional innovation systems, entrepreneurship, and the impact of new technologies on industrial structure and dynamics.  He maintains an active management consulting practice with focus on new company creation and growth, strategic management of technology, and new business opportunity identification.  Dr. Dasher is an advisor to start-up companies, VC funds, and accelerators in Silicon Valley, China, Japan, and S. Korea.  He was the first non-Japanese person ever asked to join the governance of a Japanese national university, serving as a Board Director and member of the Management Council of Tohoku University from 2004 – 2010.  He regularly serves on selection and review committees of major government funding programs for science, technology, and innovation in Canada, Germany, Japan, and Hong Kong.  He received M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Linguistics from Stanford University and, from 1986 – 1990, directed the U.S. State Department’s Foreign Service Institute advanced training centers in Japan and Korea that provide full-time language and area training to U.S and Commonwealth country diplomats assigned to those countries.


Perry HaManaging Director, Draper Fisher Jurvetson Athena Fund

Perry Ha is the founder of DFJ Athena, a Draper Fisher Jurvetson affiliate venture fund focused on investments in Korea and the US. He has been an active investor since 1998 when he founded Athena Technology Ventures, a Silicon Valley based venture capital fund with a focus on early-stage startups. He has invested in and/or served on the board of many successful companies as well as served as an interim CEO at two different companies. He currently serves on the board of several companies in Korea and the US. Prior to his venture capital activities, he led the Technology Management Practice at Gemini Consulting helping clients manage technology portfolios and develop new products. He also has life science device experience gained when he ran an R&D Group at Amicon (successfully sold to Millipore in 1994). He serves on the board of Korean American Society of Entrepreneurs (KASE), on the Visiting Committee at MIT, and on the Leadership Board of MIT’s McGovern Institute for Brain Research. He earned B.S. and M.S. degrees from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

David Lee, General Partner, Cherubic Ventures

David was one of the first 200 employees at Google, working there as a Director from 2000 to 2006.  He launched Google’s offices in Korea, Japan, Greater China, Australia, UK, Germany, and Latin America, where he also led business development, sales, and operations.  He hired the first management teams in each country and established Google’s initial international revenue base.  Eventually, he went on to head up Google’s Asia-Pacific presence.  David subsequently co-founded XG Ventures, a Google alumni angel fund.  He is currently a General Partner of Cherubic Ventures which is a super-angel fund that devotes itself to investing in cross-border seed and early stage start-ups in the U.S. and Greater China (including Hong Kong), and Korea.  He is also an LP in Y Combinator and SV Angels Fund, sits on several boards, and is an advisor to several companies in the US, Korea, and China.  In Korea he co-founded one of the first startup incubator/accelerators called KStartup/SeoulSpace.  His accomplishments have been featured in Forbes and Business Week magazines.

Catherina Min, Lead Partner, Reed Smith – Korea

Catherina Min, who practices corporate and M&A law, is active in the Korean IT Network, and is well-recognized in Korea as a leading international attorney for the technology industry. Ms. Min is frequently invited to speak on numerous topics on Asia, especially at high–tech events. She also represents emerging companies in general corporate matters and venture capital financings. She is the Director and Secretary of Council of Korean Americans and is a member of Korean-American Society of Entrepreneurs.

Rhonda C. Lee, Senior Vice President, International Relationship Manager / Business Developer, Citibank Commercial Banking Group

In Citibank’s Commercial Banking International Sector since 2006, Rhonda Lee is responsible for international business development and relationship management for commercial banking and business banking clients, facilitating inbound businesses to the U.S. from Asia and also outbound businesses from the U.S. to Asia.  Before joining Citibank’s Commercial Banking Group, Ronda was senior product manager at Citi CTS Cash Management / Global Payment, where she led cross-functional teams in the end-to-end RFP bidding process for major global payment deals, conducted activity-based costing analysis for USD Clearing, and evaluated product risk and compliance control.  Before that, as senior relationship & account manager at Citi CTS Depositary Bank, Rhonda managed clients’ ADR listed program on NYSE & NASDAQ and GDR program on OTC for 9 years.  Rhonda has won Global Corporate & Investment Bank Regional /Domestic Awards when she was with CTS Depositary Bank, and she has won Citi Stars Awards at Commercial Banking Group.

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Doing Business in South Korea, Hong Kong and/or Singapore
Wednesday, May 15th 2013

Panelist Company Presentation Slides
Rhonda C. Lee Senior VP, Int'l. Relationship Manager
Citibank Commercial Banking Group
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Perry Ha Managing Director
Draper Fisher Jurvetson Athena Fund
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Catherina Min Lead Partner
Reed Smith – Korea
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David Lee General Partner
Cherubic Ventures
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