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Agenda

Echelon 2014 Day 1 Agenda (June 10th, 2014)

8:00am – 9:00am

Registration and Coffee

Come early, get your delegate passes and get some caffeine for the packed day ahead. You are going to need it.

9:00am – 9:05am

Opening Remarks by e27

Mohan Belani – Co-Founder & CEO, e27

9:05am – 9:10am

Opening Remarks by SingTel Innov8

Edgar Hardless - CEO, SingTel Innov8

9:10am – 9:35am

Building a Marketplace Business

Eren Bali – Co-Founder & Chairman, Udemy

9:35am – 10:00am

What is Wrong With Angel Investors And Accelerators

Dave McClure – Founding Partner, 500 Startups

Khailee Ng – Venture Partner, 500 Startups

10:00am – 10:25am

How do Technology Companies And Venture Capital Firms Around The World Maximize M&A Exit Value and Where Does Asia Compare

Wonder how to position your company for maximize M&A exit value? Understand key tech M&A market trends globally and how Asia compares. Learn key strategies employed by key dealmakers to increase value of your M&A transactions.

Jacob Mullins - CEO, Exitround

10:25am – 10:50am

Why Online Advertising, as a Business Model, is NOT a Dirty Word

Online advertising as a business model is typically shunned in Southeast Asia, mainly due to investors’s lack of faith in its potential as a serious revenue opportunity. Joe is here to share with you that the notion of startups not being able to monetise via online advertising might not hold true, especially looking at data from Southeast Asia’s online trends. Joe will compare similar mid sized markets like the Nordics, Latin America, Brazil, India and Russia and do a deep dive into the online trends from Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines and Vietnam. Delegates can expect to get a better understanding on why online advertising is not a dirty word and where is Southeast Asia in terms of online advertising as a serious potential business model, and where are we headed towards

Joe Nguyen - Senior Vice President, APAC, comScore, Inc.

10:50am – 11:15am

The E-commerce Revolution: How the Industry is Evolving and What the Future Holds

The Tipping Point for the shift from physical to digital retail is occurring due to significant advantages e-commerce has over brick-and-mortar retail. But which e-commerce model will win in the long run? Ebay /Alibaba / Rakuten type marketplaces or a more controlled retail platform like Amazon, which also has a marketplace? Will the emerging “asset light” models, such as Instacart, PostMates, eBay Now, Uber(?), and Google Shopping Express, enable physical retailers to team up and provide instant gratification to beat the e-commerce giants? Let’s discuss the evolution and future of e-commerce – exciting times!

Roger E. Egan III – Co-Founder & CEO, RedMart

11:15am – 11:55am

Ecommerce in Asia: Where To From Here?

With the continuing rise of e-commerce in the region, where will it go from here? This panel will take a deeper look at the current e-commerce players and funders in the region. Hear their insights and understand new markets, new opportunities and how to overcome challenges and break barriers to entry. Be ready for some engaging dialogues during this panel.

Grace Clapham (Moderator) - Founder & CEO, Change Ventur.es

Nguyen Hoa Binh – President & CEO, PeaceSoft Solutions Corporation

Roger E. Egan III - Co-Founder & CEO, RedMart

Chua Kee Lock – Group President & CEO, Vertex Venture Holdings

Alexis Horowitz-Burdick – Founder & CEO, Luxola

11:55am – 1:30pm

Lunch, Exhibition & Networking

Enjoy a sumptuous buffet spread, while meeting up with 60 of the best up and coming startups at the Startup Marketplace and exhibiting companies at the Tech Alley.

1:30pm – 1:55pm

An In-depth Look Into Southeast Asia and Worldwide App Trends And App Store Data

Todays app publishers and marketers are more sophisticated than ever and are eager to make smarter decisions in the fast-evolving mobile app ecosystem. In this new age of apps, marketers must become familiar with a whole new set of channels and metrics to really scale app marketing success. App store data, advertising analytics, and app store optimization are all tools that help publishers maximize revenue and downloads and improve discoverability. Join Junde Yu as he uses real-world examples to provide a full picture of the app marketing opportunities available and to get actionable tips to capitalize on the best ones for your business.

Junde Yu – VP APAC, App Annie

1:55pm – 2:35pm

Are Business Leaders Ready For The Mobile Consumer?

Instead of focusing on technology, we focus on the leadership skills and market perspectives business leaders need to develop to better unleash the power of mobile.

Scott Bales (Moderator) – Author, Speaker & Entrepreneur

Anthony Tan - Founder & Group CEO, GrabTaxi

Jean Claude Donato – Regional Director, APAC Mobile Head, eBay Inc.

Edward Keonwoo Lee - Head of International Business, VCNC

Do Tuan Anh – Founder & CEO, Appota

Junde Yu – VP APAC, App Annie

2:35pm – 3:15pm

Tech Titans in Southeast Asia: Opportunities/Challenges in The Region, From The Perspective of Global Technology Companies

Mohan Belani (Moderator) – Co-Founder & CEO, e27

Parin Mehta - Head of Strategic Partnerships, SE Asia, Google

Delilah Chan - Head of Sales for Singapore and Malaysia, Twitter

Brad Peterson – VP & Managing Director, Asia-Pacific, Intuit

Stephen McNulty – Managing Director, Asia Pacific and Japan, Progress Software

Kiran Raghavan – Head of PMD Market Development, APAC, Facebook

3:15pm – 3:55pm

The Next Phase in Southeast Asia’s Investment Landscape: Growth and Post Series A Funding Challenges And Opportunities

Vincent Lauria (Moderator) – Managing Partner, Golden Gate Ventures

Akshay Garg – Co-Founder, Komli Media

Steven Goh – Co-Founder & CEO, mig33

Edgar Hardless – CEO, SingTel Innov8

Peng Tsin Ong – Partner, Monk’s Hill Ventures

Alex Lin – Head, Infocomm Investments Pte Ltd

3:55pm – 4:15pm

Quick Break (Get Back Fast)

Time to fuel up on coffee and get ready for the upcoming startup pitches! Get ready for 10 startups to pitch their companies on the largest startup pitch platform in Southeast Asia.

4:15pm – 5:45pm

Launchpad

Get ready as the Top 10 startups from the region pitch it out to be crowned as the Most Promising Startup in Southeast Asia 2014.These startups have been selected after a stringent selection process of going through 400 submissions, 180 pitches at our 12 satellite events across Asia Pacific.

Judges:

Stefan Jung – Partner, Monk’s Hill Ventures

Edgar Hardless – CEO, SingTel Innov8

Dave McClure – Founding Partner, 500 Startups

Yasuhiko Yurimoto – President & CEO, Global Brain

Kuanhua Hsu – Principal, GREE Ventures

Vispi Daver – Partner & Co-Founder, Unicorn Venture Capital

Min-Kim Mak – Head, hub:raum

5:45pm – 6:00pm

Judges Deliberation & Final Winners Announcement

6:00pm – 6:30pm

Networking & Exhibition

Final chance to check out the startups at the Startup Marketplace and the companies exhibiting at the Tech Alley before the end of Day 1.

8:00pm – 10:00pm

Echelon 2014 After-party Networking Event

Hood Bar and Cafe
Bugis+, 201 Victoria Street #05-07
Singapore 188067

(Map Here)

Day 1 has ended. Time to let loose and build some connections over a casual networking afterparty.

Echelon 2014 Day 2 Agenda (June 11th, 2014)

8:30am – 9:00am

Registration and Coffee

Get ready for an awesome, content packed, Day 2. Do come early to get coffee and fuel up for a long day ahead.

9:00am – 9:25am

9GAG’s Secret Sauce To Millions Visitors And Billions Pageviews

Creating a website gets easier every day but getting big is still extremely hard. Ray will share with you the secrets and principles 9GAG use internally to build products that are loved by millions of people around the world. Ray will also tell you how they crack into Silicon Valley and getting funding as a local startup based in Asia.

Ray Chan – Co-Founder, 9GAG

9:25am – 9:50am

Three Screw-Ups from a Serial Entrepreneur

After nearly twenty years as an online entrepreneur, five companies and two acquisitions in both the San Francisco Bay Area and China, Stephen shares embarrassing tales of screwing-up badly, narrowly surviving, and finding unlikely success with tips on how to stay sane in the turbulent start-up environment.

Stephen Wang – Co-Founder/Former CTO, Rotten Tomatoes and Alivenotdead.com

9:50am – 10:15am

The Rise of Global Entrepreneurship

We analyzed the big data of all the global companies we’ve brought to the UK – we will reveal the 7 lesser known, or ‘secret’ traits of the businesses which do the best from raising finance to going global. Who gets a medal and who just misses the podium and why? Forget what you’ve been told or heard – the hard facts say something else about entrepreneurial success.

Alpesh Patel – Senior Dealmaker & Ministerial and Strategic Relationships, UKTI

10:15am – 10:40am

Why Bitcoin Matters And Why Financial Instituitions, Investors And Startups Should Take Note

Avish Bhama – CEO, Vaurum

10:40am – 11:20am

Bitcoin And Cryptocurrencies – Challenges And Possibilities For Startups

Disrupting 100 years of financial infrastructure and power systems is no walk in the park! Regulations, bank bans, negative media coverage are just some of the challenges. Join us for a panel discussion on what drives startups in the Cryptocurrency space to innovate, and the venture firms backing them.

David Moskowitz (Moderator) – Founder, Coin Republic

Robert Hogan – Investor, aCommerce

Ron Hose – CEO, Coins.ph

Antony Lewis - Head of Business Development, itBit

Avish Bhama - CEO, Vaurum

Tomas Forgac – Founder, Coinofsale.com

11:20am – 12:00pm

The Rapid Growth And Evolution of Southeast Asia’s Technology Ecosystem: How Different Countries Are Tackling The Challenges of Building Their Own Versions of Silicon Valley

Southeast Asia’s technology ecosystem has been on an upward trajectory. Governments have been waking up to the idea that the future of their economies will depend on disruptive and innovative companies. Local investors and corporate companies are more open to the idea of working with startups and have set up corporate venture funds, coworking spaces and various initiatives to work with startups. What strategies are various countries adopting and what are the key challenges ahead?

Newley Purnell (Moderator) – Reporter, Wall Street Journal

Jimmy Rim – Founder & CEO, K Cube Ventures

Antonio Ventura - Co-Founder & Director, ASTEPS

Cheryl Yeoh – CEO, Malaysian Global Innovation & Creativity Centre (MaGIC)

Martin Pasquer – Founder & Partner, Agence Tesla

Casey Lau - Community Development Manager – SoftLayer Technologies, Inc. and Co-Founder, StartupsHK

12:00am – 1:30pm

Lunch, Exhibition & Networking

Enjoy a sumptuous buffet spread, while meeting up with the 60 of the best up and coming startups at the Startup Marketplace and exhibiting companies at the Tech Alley.

1:30pm – 1:55pm

The Key Ingredient to Building a World Class Startup: Startup DNA, And How to Keep it When You Build Your Company

Early stage startups, by nature, are fast, nimble, and agile. But as you scale up your business and build your company, how do you keep this DNA? How do you avoid bureaucracy and red tape creeping in and slowing you down? Building and nurturing your culture is crucial and companies like Airbnb and Amazon have done this successfully. This session explores the key aspects of innovation and agility for startups at scale, zooming into the culture, organization, and mechanisms that have allowed Amazon to keep leveraging its startup DNA to innovate across multiple industries.

Pieter Kemps – Principal, Business Development & Venture Capital, APAC, Amazon Web Services

1:55pm – 2:35pm

India & Southeast Asia: Can The Two Emerging Startup Hubs Collaborate And Benefit Each Other

Indian startups have traditionally looked more towards the West – whether be it expansion or seeking investments – whether be the US or Europe. The other geography that has interested them is the Middle East, lead by the large Indian Diaspora and in these markets and the fact that English has been the binding factor (particularly the West). Lately, there has been an interest building amongst Indian startups to look at Southeast Asia as a potential market. Beyond Singapore, other parts of Southeast Asia have largely been neglected in the past. But no more. Where are the opportunities for Southeast Asia and India to capitalize on their unique technology ecosystems?

Surender Dhaleta (Moderator) – Editor, e27

Akshay Garg - Co-Founder, Komli Media

Teruhide Sato – President & CEO, Netprice

Toby Rucket – CEO, Unified Inbox

Amit Anand – Founding Partner, Jungle Ventures

Manik Arora – Founder & Managing Director, IDG Ventures India

2:35pm – 3:15pm

The Business of Crushing Candies & Clan-Clashing – A Southeast Asian Gaming Roundtable

Are you a startup curious about how the games industry and business truly works in Southeast Asia? Why is a game like Candy Crush Saga still being played left and right in Asian commutes? Is free-to-play truly dominant in the region and kicking the premium retail model’s teeth in? Join us as e27′s games editor Jonathan Toyad hosts a roundtable featuring the top brass from gumi Inc., Ubisoft Singapore, Touchten Games, Facebook Asia, and MOL Online to answer the most common inquiries about the Asian games market.

Jonathan Leo Toyad (Moderator) – Gaming Editor, e27

Rivai Adidharma – Sr VP, International Business, MOL Global

Hugues Ricour – Senior Producer, Ubisoft

Stephen Chun - Head of Gaming Sales for North Asia and Emerging Markets, Facebook Asia Pacific

Hironao Kunimitsu – Founder & CEO, gumi Inc

Anton Soeharyo – Co-Founder & CEO, Touchten

3:15pm – 3:55pm

Payments for Everyone, Everywhere!

Payments is the backbone of commerce, yet payment networks haven’t evolved to match the increasing importance of e-commerce. Startups, though, are bringing creativity to payments through new methods of buying and selling, adding social features, cutting costs, and increasing accessibility for the unbanked across devices. This panel will discuss the future of payments in a mobile-first, global world.

Danny Crichton (Moderator) – Writer, TechCrunch

Elias Ghamen – Co-Founder & CEO, Telr.com

Gilberto Arredondo - Chief Commercial Officer, fastacash

Paul Leishman – COO, Coda Payments

Rahul Shingal - Country Manager, Southeast Asia, PayPal Asia Pacific

3:55pm – 5:30pm

Networking & Exhibition

Final chance to check out the startups at the Startup Marketplace and the companies exhibiting at the Tech Alley before Echelon 2014 is over.

Workshops

Day 1

Side Room 1

11:00am – 12:00pm

Investor Session

Nic Lim – Partner at 8capita

12:00pm – 1:00pm

Break

1:00pm – 2:00pm

Softlayer Catalyst Program

Casey Lau – Community Development Manager, SoftLayer Technologies, Inc. and Co-Founder, StartupsHK

2:00pm – 3:00pm

FinTech and Enterprise Start-ups; Challenges, best practices and the opportunities moving ahead

Adrian Seto – Director – FinTech Innovation, Asia Pacific, Accenture

3:00pm – 4:00pm

Go Global Right Now (Yes Now!)

  • “We only invest in businesses which are attacking a global market day one using scalable marketing models” – Rick Baker, Managing Director, Blackbird Ventures.
  • For start-ups scaling up to profitability, it is crucial to have a ‘global-first’ strategy.
  • Do you want distribute your startup’s dynamic, static, streaming, and interactive content using the Amazon Web Services network of edge locations like Netflix does?
  • Are you interested in scaling up easily to reach customers in international markets like Singapore based startup Spuul?
  • Do you want to reach gamers like Rovio and be global from day one?
  • Attend this technical, hands-on workshop (bring your laptop) facilitated by AWS solution architects and startup experts to integrate Amazon CloudFront with your existing architectures. In many cases, you can start to use our global network in only a few minutes even if you have never used AWS before.

Joseph Ziegler – Startup Business Development Manager – APAC

Side Room 2

11:00am – 12:00pm

Investor Session

Nic Lim – Partner at 8capita

12:00pm – 1:00pm

Break

1:00pm – 2:00pm

Rapid deployment for business applications

The fastest way to turn Ideas into business Reality!

Businesses require powerful applications with purpose. Today, business works in the palm of your user’s hands—so your applications must work there as well. To meet business user expectations, your company must have a simple way to create apps fast without relying on deep technical skills or expensive IT resources. Find out how you can leverage on the industry-leading strengths of the Progress portfolio to power the rapid creation and deployment of business applications that are driven by data and unlimited by device and cloud. At Echelon, we will be launching our mobility capabilities that we have never shown anywhere else.

Marthen Luther – Java Solution Architect focusing on Cloud Computing

2:00pm – 3:00pm

Validate Your Idea, Strengthen Your Pitch and Product Development Roadmap – ALPHA Startups workshop

Alpha Startups is a week-long pre-accelerator programme designed for early stage startups aiming to validate their ideas and get into accelerators and seed funding programmes. At Echelon this year we’re accelerating our pre-accelerator to give you the gist you need to know to build that kickass pitch deck all within the hour.

Bikesh Lakhmichand – CEO & Co-Founder, 1337 Ventures

3:00pm – 4:00pm

Scaling your business with effective online marketing strategies

In today’s digital era, many decisions are derived from information gathered from the internet – online. Having a strong online presence for your business is no longer a luxury—it’s necessity. Fortunately, everything you need to have that strong online presence is made affordable by Top3 Media. In order to compete in the current market, an efficient and well planned online marketing campaign needs to be undertaken. Search Engine Marketing, Social Media and analytics are all part of today’s traditional marketing.

Ashwyn Denzil – Regional Sales Manager

Day 2

Side Room 1

11:00am – 12:00pm

Market Access Workshop – Australia

We invite all Echelon delegates interested in finding out Asia’s intimate market details and dynamics to join us at Market Access Workshop Series. Selected key stakeholders from each country will be part of a short discussion with the floor open for question at any time. Selected key stakeholders from each country will be part of a short discussion with open mic for questions at any time.

Benjamin Chong – Partner at RightClick Capital
Jon Tanner – Founder of MitchelLake Group
Trey Zagante – Founder of Venturetec Accelerator

12:00pm – 1:00pm

Break

1:00pm – 2:00pm

Validate Your Idea, Strengthen Your Pitch and Product Development Roadmap – ALPHA Startups workshop

Alpha Startups is a week-long pre-accelerator programme designed for early stage startups aiming to validate their ideas and get into accelerators and seed funding programmes. At Echelon this year we’re accelerating our pre-accelerator to give you the gist you need to know to build that kickass pitch deck all within the hour.

Bikesh Lakhmichand – CEO & Co-Founder, 1337 Ventures

2:00pm – 3:00pm

SingTel Innov8 Private Pitch Session (Closed door)

3:00pm – 4:00pm

Market Access Pitch for Singapore Start-ups (Closed door)

Side Room 2

11:00am – 12:00pm

Market Access Workshop – Thailand

We invite all Echelon delegates interested in finding out Asia’s intimate market details and dynamics to join us at Market Access Workshop Series. Selected key stakeholders from each country will be part of a short discussion with the floor open for question at any time. Selected key stakeholders from each country will be part of a short discussion with open mic for questions at any time.

Amarit – Founder and CEO of HUBBA
Mimee – Founder of ThumbsUp
Adrian Vanzyl – CEO at Ardent Capital

12:00pm – 1:00pm

Break

1:00pm – 2:00pm

How can the UK help you achieve global success

Gareth Roberts
Dr Harveen Chugh

2:00pm – 3:00pm

Market Access Workshop – Malaysia

We invite all Echelon delegates interested in finding out Asia’s intimate market details and dynamics to join us at Market Access Workshop Series. Selected key stakeholders from each country will be part of a short discussion with the floor open for question at any time. Selected key stakeholders from each country will be part of a short discussion with open mic for questions at any time.

Gabey Goh – Editor, Digital News Asia
Cheryl Yeoh – CEO, MaGIC
Bernard Hor – Founder/Chief Strategist, Entrepreneur University

3:00pm – 4:00pm

Market Access Workshop – Indonesia

We invite all Echelon delegates interested in finding out Asia’s intimate market details and dynamics to join us at Market Access Workshop Series. Selected key stakeholders from each country will be part of a short discussion with the floor open for question at any time. Selected key stakeholders from each country will be part of a short discussion with open mic for questions at any time.

Rama Mamuaya – CEO and Founder of DailySocial
Doddy Lukito – CTO of EzyTravel

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