Korea Entrepreneurship Update:
Current Trends and Dynamics
Panelists Catharina Min (Vice Chair of Firmwide Business & Finance and Partner, ReedSmith LLP), David Chang (President and CEO, Conifer Networks, and former Chairman, Korea IT Network), and Dr. Yong Suk Lee (SK Center Fellow, Stanford Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies) discuss developments and trends over the last year or so in the ecosystem for entrepreneurship in the Republic of Korea (South Korea). Topics we expect to address include: What areas of opportunity are hot at present? How are recent shifts in global supply chains and the economic slowdown in China affecting the situation for entrepreneurs in Korea? What is the current status of government programs to incentivize entrepreneurship in Korea? What are some interesting startups in Korea we should be watching?
Mr. David Chang is a visionary entrepreneur and seasoned business executive, who is the President & CEO of Conifer Networks, LLC, a consulting firm based in Silicon Valley, which specializes in venture investment, M&A, business development, sales and marketing, and strategic partnerships. He has successfully represented P-Cube (now, Cisco), Aruba Wireless Networks (NASDAQ: ARUN), Velocita Wireless, Inc. (now, Sprint-Nextel) and Salesforce.com (NYSE: CRM). He also founded Global Convergence Technology, Inc., a two-way broadband multimedia satellite services company. His corporate work experience includes senior management positions with Lockheed Martin and Honeywell.
Dr. Yong Suk Lee is the SK Center Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) and a member of the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (APARC) and the Korea Program at Stanford University. Lee’s research examines the process of economic development and growth from both a domestic policy and an international relations perspective. His works examine how education or business organization impacts economic development, mobility, and inequality; and how international relations impact development and trade. His studies often incorporate spatial aspects of the economy and intersects the fields of development, international, and urban economics. Lee focuses on the Asia-Pacific and is often motivated by the economic and political evolution of both South Korea and North Korea.
Ms. Catharina Min serves as the Vice-Chair of the Business & Finance department. She practices corporate and M & A law with an emphasis in representing both U.S. and international clients in mergers and acquisitions, private financings, joint ventures, strategic alliances, corporate partnering, securities offerings and other corporate transactions. She also represents emerging companies in general corporate matters and venture capital financings. In addition, she has extensive experience representing Asian clients doing business in the United States. Ms. Min was chosen as one of the California Women Leaders in Law by The Recorder in 2012 and Top Women in Technology Law in 2014.