C-Circle – Venture Capital – What to Expect in 2018

Date: Thursday, March 15, 2018
Time: 8:00am-10:00am
Location: Deutsche Bank Labs
Silicon Valley
2650 Birch Street
Suite 150
Palo Alto, CA 94306


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The ACG Silicon Valley’s C-Circle, now in its seventh year, proudly announces that it has attracted a following of approximately 400 CEOs and C-level executives and achieved a regular attendance of 35 executives per session.

Topic

Venture Capital – What to Expect in 2018

With the US economy booming, 2017 was a strong year for venture capital. $71.9 billion was invested in US VC-backed companies as mega-round activity of $100 million-plus financings hit an annual high of 109, topping the count of 107 in 2015. This healthy funding total was spread across relatively fewer deals, with 2017’s tally of 5,052 down 4% from 5,268 in 2016 and representing the lowest annual total since 2012. In 2018 one hears the buzz about artificial intelligence, blockchain, cryptocurrencies, autonomous vehicles, IOT, voice-activated devices, eSports among others.

Please join us for an exciting event on the outlook of venture capital in 2018.

  • Is more money likely to be invested by venture capital firms in 2018 than 2017?
  • Are you seeing a growth in small and micro VC funds?
  • Will the size of Seed and Series A rounds increase in size?
  • How do corporate VCs differentiate themselves from institutional investors?
  • When should a start-up consider taking a strategic investment from a large enterprise?
  • How are corporations now viewing collaboration/partnerships with start-ups?
  • What are your views on the benefits of start-ups working with corporations?
  • Will corporate VCs such as Samsung Ventures, Intel Capital, Saphire, Wipro Ventures, etc. be more or less active?
  • There is a lot of buzz around artificial intelligence, where is the opportunity in this area?
  • AR/VR received a lot of hype in 2017, will 2018 be a successful year for AR/VR companies?
  • Blockchain, cryptocurrencies and ICOs have received attention, what is you view of these sectors?
  • Will cannabis companies finally go mainstream and be an attractive target for venture capital firms?
  • What is your view of non-tech companies such as Dollar Shave Club and the copycats?
  • What is your view of voice activated devices such as the Amazon Echo and Google Home?
  • Will eSports increase in popularity?
  • Will tech start-ups be able to find the talent they need?
  • Have accelerators and incubators become part of the start-up ecosystem?
  • What are the trends with respect to valuations?
  • Are we likely to see a return of the IPO market?
  • What is the outlook for M&A in 2018?

Guest Expert

 

Homan Yuen

Managing Partner
Fusion Fund

Homan Yuen is a Managing Partner at Fusion Fund, an early-stage venture capital firm focused on being the first institutional capital into innovative companies with a technology barrier to their business models. He has been involved in over 40 deals at Fusion Fund.

Prior to Fusion Fund, he was the Co-Founder, CTO, and Director of Solar Junction Corp. (acquired 2014), a company which produced and sold world-record solar products to the terrestrial and satellite markets. He has over 15 years experience working in a broad range of technologies, management, finance, and investor activities. Homan is active in the entrepreneur and investor communities providing mentorship to programs like StartX and Alchemist Accelerator.

Homan received his Ph.D. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering and Materials Science from Stanford University and his B.A. in Physics from UC Berkeley.

 

Biplab Adhya

Vice President & Co-Head
Wipro Ventures

Biplab is Vice President and Co-Head of Wipro Ventures, the corporate investment arm of Wipro Technologies, an $8B technology services firm for Global 1000 enterprises.

Wipro Ventures is a $100M fund that invests in artificial intelligence, open source software, Internet of Things, Big Data, and other emerging technology areas of strategic relevance to Wipro. The fund was started in early 2015 with the goal of participating in the innovation ecosystem, establishing strategic partnerships with early-stage startups, offering those innovative and differentiated solutions to Wipro’s customers, and thereby delivering strategic and financial returns to Wipro. Biplab serves as a board observer for Altizon Systems, Demisto, IntSights and Tricentis.

Prior to this position, Biplab held several operating roles, primarily in the enterprise applications services domain at Wipro, Genpact, and PwC. He also had a brief stint with Trivium Systems, an online CRM startup based out of Bangalore, India. Most recently, he was responsible for managing a $400M P&L at Wipro within the broader Application Services unit.

Biplab earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science and engineering from IIT Kharagpur, India, and an MBA with concentration in finance and systems from IIM Bangalore, India. He is a certified Six Sigma Green Belt and a Kauffman Fellow.

 

Moderator

 

James C. Chapman

Partner
RIMON P.C.

Jim is a partner at Rimon P.C. where he focuses his practice on securities law, venture capital, mergers and acquisitions, and international business transactions. He counsels publicly traded and privately held clients on public offerings, private placements, debt financings, venture capital transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and related transactions. Jim also represents venture capital firms, angels, and family offices in their investments. With 30 years of experience in corporate and securities law, he has represented clients in over 300 mergers, acquisitions, and financing transactions.
Although he has been involved in transactions all over the world, Jim was also an early pioneer in representing companies in cross border transactions between the US and China. These transactions include both assisting Chinese companies investing and raising capital in the U.S. and helping U.S. enterprises acquire Chinese companies, transfer technology, enter into joint ventures and operate, in China. Jim has also been involved in negotiating resolutions to some of the most high-profile disputes involving US companies operating in China.

Jim’s US-China experience extends to a wide variety of industries including media, mobile, software, semiconductor, alternative energy, nanotechnology and pharmaceuticals. He has been recognized by Finance Monthly Global Awards, ACQ5 Global Awards and Corporate Live Wire as “China Investment Attorney of the Year” for 2015, 2016 and 2017 and by Corporate Intl Legal Awards and Global Law Experts as “China Investment Attorney of the Year- California” for 2015 and 2016. Prior to joining Rimon P.C, Jim was a partner with Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP, a leading international law firm.