What Asia Means for the Next Generation of Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs – May 31, 2016

What Asia Means for the Next Generation of Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs 



Our panel of three Stanford alumni provide diverse perspectives into the ways in which Asian economies will play a part in the future of Silicon Valley: as important markets, as sources of new businesses for the U.S., and as sources of leaders for the next generation of innovation.  Will increasing ease of communications and data transfer lead to more internationally distributed startups?  What are the leadership challenges for Asians and Asian Americans in the future of the Valley?  How can Silicon Valley keep up, as Asia economies become more robust in generating globally focused startups?

About Dr. David Brunner:

Dr. David Brunner is an entrepreneur on a mission is to create intelligent software that makes professionals smarter. Before founding ModuleQ, Dr. Brunner received a PhD from Harvard University in Information, Technology & Management, a joint program integrating business and computer science. In his dissertation, he studied the relationship between IT and performance in financial services firms. After graduating from Harvard, he worked with the CIO of Shinsei Bank to study their highly innovative IT systems. When the CIO retired, his successor engaged Dr. Brunner to consult on the design of the bank’s next generation of workflow systems.

Dr. Brunner studied Japanese language and culture as a Ministry of Education Scholar at Shizuoka University and speaks fluent Japanese.  He held research positions at Tokyo University and The Tokyo Foundation, and he advised Kyoto Prefecture on the promotion of entrepreneurship.  In April, 2000, he organized the first Asia Pacific Student Entrepreneurship Summit at Stanford University. ASES has subsequently grown into a prominent international student organization dedicated to the promotion of entrepreneurship in the Asia-Pacific region.

Dr. Brunner holds a BS in Computer Science from Stanford University.

About Buck Gee:

Mr. Buck Gee is a executive advisor to Ascend, a nonprofit professional organization enabling its members, business partners and the community to leverage the leadership and business potential of Pan-Asians.   In 2010, he co-founded the Advanced Leadership Program for Asian American Executives, an executive education program at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Mr. Gee retired in 2008 from Cisco Systems, where he was Vice President and General Manager of the Data Center Business Unit.  He joined Cisco with its 2004 acquisition of Andiamo Systems where Mr. Gee was President and CEO.

Previously, he held management positions at Hewlett Packard, National Semiconductor, 3Com, Crescendo Communications, Com21, and Iospan Wireless.  He has also taught computer and electrical engineering courses at Stanford University and Howard University. 

He holds BSEE and MSEE degrees from Stanford University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

About Jeonghee Jin:

Jeonghee Jin is passionate about working on international business strategies. Originally from South Korea where she was born, grew up and educated, she challenged herself to embrace a new life in Silicon Valley after her MBA at Stanford University. Jeonghee spent over 10 years working on international business development in the video game industry and joined Vingle in late 2015, one of the fastest-growing mobile app start-ups in Korea. She set up its US office in Palo Alto and is currently the General Manager of Vingle US

Jeonghee holds an MBA from Stanford University and also has a master’s degree in Social Psychology from Seoul National University in Korea. 


Stanford University | Skilling Auditorium
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Tuesday, May 31, 2016 • 4:30-5:50PM

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