Mar 09 2014

Monte Jade Tien’s Forum (Apr. 2014): My Life Journey as an Entrepreneur in Building up Companies in Silicon Valley for the Past 34 Years

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Bob

  • Event Date: Thursday, April 10, 2014
  • Time: 6:30PM-9:00PM
  • Speaker: Robert I. Chen (陳一之), Founder, President, CEO and Chairman of RAE Systems Inc.
  • Location: ITRI International, 2870 Zanker Rd., Suite 140, San Jose, CA95134
  • Contact Info: service@montejade.org
  • Register: Link to Registration Page
  • Please register in advance and pay on site
  • Member & Student $10, Non-Member$20, extra $5 for site registration
  • Light dinner, soft drink and water provided

     

Mr. Bob Chen will share his rich experiences as an entrepreneur building up companies in Silicon Valley. He personally lives through various surviving and growth stages in building up successful companies: Start up phase, Dealing with VCs, Acquisition by HP, IPO via Reverse Merger, formal secondary public equity offering to raise $40M in down market, partnering with PE firms to take the public company private, redirect the company’s focus on business fundamentals, after 18 months, select a perfect timing and carefully manage the bidding/ selling process to have the company acquired by Honeywell with great enterprise value.

 

 

Speaker Bio:

Robert I. Chen (陳一之)

Robert (Bob) Chen co-founded RAE Systems in 1991 and served as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer from its inception until its acquisition by Honeywell in June 2013.

 

Chen led the rapid growth of the Silicon Valley-based company, a global developer and manufacturer of rapidly-deployable, multi-sensor chemical and radiation detection monitors and networks, which surpassed $100 million in revenue by the end of 2011. Amongst other achievements, Chen successfully took the company public via a reverse merger in 2002 and led a secondary equity offering that raised $40 million cash for the business, enabling Chen to complete the company’s first acquisition in China. Within a few years after the September 11 attacks and subsequent passage of the US Homeland Security Act, RAE Systems had achieved a market cap close to $500 million and was honored as one of Silicon Valley’s fastest growing companies, receiving the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 Award in 2006 and in 2007. After 10 years managing the company under US public company corporate governance requirements and becoming increasingly frustrated with the disproportional audit and compliance costs for smaller-sized companies, Chen worked with the RAE board to take the company private in 2011 via a merger with San Francisco-based private equity firm Vector Capital. As a private company, the company continued its double-digit organic YoY revenue growth and delivered strong EBITDA growth, reversing a negative trend.

 

Prior to founding RAE Systems, Chen founded Applied Optoelectronic Technology, a manufacturer of computer-aided test systems. He served as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer from 1981 to 1991. In 1991, the company became a division within Hewlett Packard’s Instrumentation Organization after Chen sold the business to Hewlett Packard. Chen served as Division General Manager to manage the business integration for another 2 years until he left Hewlett Packard to pursue the business opportunity with RAE Systems.

 

Prior to founding Applied Optoelectronic Technology, Chen held various engineering and management positions at General Motors, General Electric, Tektronix and Fairchild Semiconductor.

 

Chen has founded and participated in various Silicon Valley business community activities. He recently served on the board of Monte Jade, a Silicon Valley High-Tech Professional Organization and continues to participate in its executive mentorship program to advise rising young professionals. He was one of the founding board members of AAMA (Asian American Manufacturers Association) and a former board member of CIE (Chinese Institute of Engineers). Chen also served as a member of the board of the Shanghai Ericsson Simtek Electronics Co., Ltd., a telecommunications and electronics company based in Shanghai. Chen received a B.S.E.E. from Taiwan National Cheng Kung University, an M.S.E.E. from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and an Advanced Engineering degree from Syracuse University. He also completed the Owner/President Management Program at the Harvard School of Business. He is married and has two children. He enjoys mentoring young professionals, photography and travelling.

 

 

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Jan 12 2014

Monte Jade Forum (Jan. 2014): Bitcoin and Taiwan

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  • Event Date: Wednesday, January 29, 2014
  • Time: 6:30PM-9:00PM
  • Location: ITRI International, 2870 Zanker Rd., Suite 140, San Jose, CA95134
  • Speaker: Alex Liu, co-founder and CEO of MaiCoin, a Taiwanese Bitcoin exchange site
  • Panel:
    Moderator: Peter Chu, Chairman of the Board, Monte Jade
    Alex Liu- co-founder and CEO of MaiCoin
    Danny Yang- 
    co-founder of MaiCoin
    Chihyu Wretch Chien- founder of the blogging site Wretch and Investor/ Bitcoin enthusiast
    Jackie Lee- developer and technologist
  • Contact Info: service@montejade.org
  • Register: Link to Registration Page
  • Please register in advance and pay on site
  • Member & Student $10, Non-Member$20, extra $5 for site registration
  • Light dinner, soft drink and water provided

 

Digital currencies such as Bitcoin have taken the world by storm, with an abrupt rise in price levels, as well as regulatory scrutiny, toward the end of 2013. What opportunities lie therein for Asia-based or Asia-focused businesses? From hardware for mining, to service platforms for exchanges, wallets, and merchant settlement, to insurance, securitization, and trusts, what is the limit to the imagination of entrepreneurs, the appetite of investors, and the forbearance of regulators? There is conceivably a whole new financial system arising that runs parallel to the current one, offering more choices for both consumers and merchants, but challenging aspects of the status quo as well.

 

How does the situation on the ground in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Singapore differ from Mainland China and the United States? Which nations/territories have the most to gain and which have the most to lose? Can we predict regulatory and business outcomes based on this game theoretic approach? Or will grass roots movements amongst consumers, merchants, and investors ultimately carry the day? In other words, will digital currencies ever become fully regulated as part of the financial mainstream, or will they forever remain in the domain of the informal, barter economy? 2014 will be the deciding year for that question.

 

Speaker Bio:

Alex Liu

Alex Liu is the co-founder and CEO of MaiCoin, a digital currency services company focused on serving Asia, with Taiwan as its initial market. He was previously Director of Marketing for Qualcomm, having been based in Shanghai for four years. Prior to that, he spent two years in Korea, including one year as a marketing manager with Samsung Electronics. He started his career as a technical marketing manager with Atheros Communications, and initiated its partnerships with UTStarcom and Qualcomm, paving the way for a successful IPO in 2004 and acquisition in 2011, respectively. He holds BS and MS degrees in electrical engineering from Stanford University.

 

Chihyu Wretch Chien

In 2005, Chihyu “Wretch” Chien created wretch.cc, the first blogging website in Taiwan. He built and led a 40-person team serving 8 million users and 6 billion page-views per month before selling the company to Yahoo! in 2007. Wretch is currently an MBA candidate at Stanford GSB. To supplement his coursework, He spent last summer with AME Cloud Ventures in Palo Alto, California working on its investment projects and portfolio companies. Wretch’s ultimate aspirations are to help entrepreneurs in Taiwan succeed globally and to establish Taiwan as one of the world’s foremost leaders in entrepreneurship and innovation. Wretch is a Bitcoin investor and a Bitcoin fan.

 

Jackie Lee

Jackie Lee, Ph.D. Software Engineer at Intel. Jackie is a tech early adopter, quantified self-er, and maker. He got his Ph.D from MIT Media Laboratory. He has a mixed background of engineering and design. Before attending MIT, he studied architecture and computer aided design at National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan. He founded nightmarket.org, a student-initiated innovation workshop for bringing new technologies to traditional nightmarkets. Jackie is also a Bitcoin fan who interested in how de-centralized cryptocurrency could become a platform for future marketplace technologies.

 

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Nov 03 2013

Monte Jade Tien’s Forum (Dec. 2013): Startup to IPO - a path of learning

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Ted Ho

  • Event Date: Thursday, December 5, 2013
  • Time: 6:30PM-9:00PM
  • Speaker: Ted Ho, Managing Partner/Co-founder, Gigamon Systems
  • Location: ITRI International, 2870 Zanker Rd., Suite 140, San Jose, CA95134
  • Contact Info: service@montejade.org
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  • Light dinner, soft drink and water provided

     

Abstract
What and how much you can learn in 9 years? - a lot, especially when you started building a startup from ground-up in a brand new market and transformed it into a billion dollars public company and a leader in the defined market.

 

Speaker Bio:

Ted Ho

Ted Ho is the CEO of Gigamon Systems for six years (2007 –2012). In 2004, he and his partners, Patrick Leong, King Won and Thomas Cheung, co-found Gigamon Systems based in Milpitas, CA.  In June 2013, Gigamon went public. Currently, Ted Ho serves as Advisor at the company.


During Giagmon’s first two years of bootstrapping, the company relies on founders’ funding to develop data monitoring device for high-speed corporate data network. Self-funding forced them to focus on technology to build a more price competitive and flexible product, which laid a foundation for the company to grow 60% each year in five years. After their product gained the proof of market, they started to accept VC’s funding for faster expansion. In February 2010, Gigamon accepted a 22.8 million investment from Highland Capital Partners of Lexington, MA. With this funding, Gigaman tripled its staff to nearly 100 people and hired more people in sales and business development. So far, Gigaman is the market leader in network access switch market without direct competitors. Indirect competitors, such as Cisco Systems and Juniper Networks still compete each other with speed performance; however, Gigamon’s intelligent switches can be plugged in current corporate high-speed network monitoring data without slowing down the speed and allow administrators to select which kind of data they need, such as audio only, or html only, etc.

 

 

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Nov 03 2013

Special Forum (Nov. 2013): Unique Challenges and Risks for Chinese Americans Working in America

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  • Organizers: Monte Jade, C100AAMA
  • Event Date: Thursday, November 21, 2013
  • Time: 6:30PM-9:00PM
  • Speakers:
    Nelson Dong, Partner, Co-Head, Asian Law Group, Head, National Security Law
    Group, Dorsey & Whitney; Committee of 100 member.
    George Koo, Former Deloitte China business consultant; Committee of 100 member; Board of Directors of public Las Vegas Sands and not-for-profit New America Media.
  • Location: ITRI International, 2870 Zanker Rd., Suite 140, San Jose, CA95134
  • Contact Info: service@montejade.org
  • Register:  Link to Registration Page
  • Please register in advance and pay on site
  • $10, extra $5 for site registration
  • Speech is delivered in English; tea, coffee, water and snacks are provided 


The Committee of 100, 
www.committee100.org, has assembled a presentation for ethnic Chinese professionals in America on the legal environment in which they work, including the complex laws on trade secrets, espionage and export controls in the U.S. In this talk, we will highlight the risks posed by these laws, including the danger of racial profiling due to the sometimes difficult geopolitical relationship between the U.S. and China and the consequences that can then affect Chinese and Chinese Americans in the workplace. For various reasons that we will discuss, ethnic Chinese continue to be the focus of many such criminal investigations involving national security, IP theft and export control violations. We therefore believe the subject of the workshop to be of utmost and timely relevance to today’s working professionals.

 

Speaker Bio:

Nelson Dong

Nelson is a partner in Dorsey’s Corporate group, Chair of the National Security Law practice and co-Chair of the Asia-Pacific practice. He represents technology companies in venture capital financing, technology transfer and distribution agreements and other domestic and international technology and intellectual property transactions. He has substantial experience in counseling e-commerce, semiconductor, electronics, computer hardware and software, and biomedical and biotechnology companies with special expertise in domestic and international technology licensing, outsourcing and manufacturing in Asia and U.S. export control matters.

He has frequently written about intellectual property law, U.S. export control law, technology related business transactions between the U.S. and Asian or European countries, international strategic alliances, the Exon-Florio law on foreign investments in U.S. technology companies,university-based technology transfer, academic entrepreneurship, academic conflicts of interest and the financing and organization of high technology businesses. He has lectured on such topics throughout the United States and in Austria, Canada, England, the Netherlands, Hong Kong and the People’s Republic of China.

Nelson was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Boston (1980-82); Deputy Associate Attorney General, Department of Justice (1979-80); and White House Fellow and Special Assistant to U.S. Attorney General Griffin B. Bell, Department of Justice, Washington, D.C. (1978-79).

 

George Koo

George Koo is a former Deloitte China business consultant who has written extensively on racial profiling cases such as those of Wen Ho Lee and Jiang Bo. George is currently on the board of directors of public Las Vegas Sands and not-for-profit New America Media. Both George and Nelson are members of the Committee of 100, a national organization of prominent Chinese Americans.

 

 -Chinese press release
 -Event flyer updated 11/15/2013 

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Oct 13 2013

Monte Jade Forum (Nov. 2013): Personalized Precision Medicine - What does it mean for the cancer patient?

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  • Event Date: Thursday, November 7, 2013
  • Time: 6:30PM-9:00PM
  • Speakers:
    Edmund Tai, MD, Medical Director, Oncology and Hematology, Palo Alto Medical Foundation; Chairman, New Hope
    Marty Tenenbaum, PhD, Cancer Survivor; Founder & Chairman, Cancer Commons
  • Location: ITRI International, 2870 Zanker Rd., Suite 140, San Jose, CA95134
  • Contact Info: service@montejade.org
  • Register:  Link to Registration Page
  • Please register in advance and pay on site
  • Member & Student $10, Non-Member$20, extra $5 for site registration
  • Light dinner, soft drink and water provided 


Despite recent advances in science and technology in the field of cancer, this killer continues to take millions of lives each year. Personalized medicine, also known as precision medicine, could mean different things to different people; molecular diagnostics, targeted therapy, genetics, genomics, other “omics” — how do these things really help a cancer patient?

As new approaches are incorporated into clinical practice, individual patients and their families also have the opportunity to learn about the specific disease they are facing and to become more proactive in managing the care. Dr. Tai will share his perspective as a practicing oncologist and medical educator, to help empower our community in the fight against cancer.

With great passion and energy as a cancer survivor and Silicon Valley entrepreneur, Dr. Tenenbaum will discuss an emerging patient-led movement that empowers each patient and their care team to get the best available knowledge for beating their cancer, and to update that knowledge in real time based on each patient’s outcome.

 

Speaker Bio:

Edmund Tai, MD

Dr. Tai is a leading medical oncologist, a champion of community education and patient advocacy. He is the medical director of Oncology and Hematology, at Palo Alto Medical Foundation. He has been in various leadership positions with major organizations, such as the American Cancer Society, on the frontline to fight against cancer. Recently, he championed the establishment of New Hope Chinese Cancer Care Foundation to serve Chinese cancer patients and families through service, education, research, and advocacy.

Dr. Tai received his medical education at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and completed his specialist training at Harbor University of California, Los Angeles Medical Center.

 

J. Marty Tenenbaum, PhD

Dr. Tenenbaum is a renowned computer scientist, Internet entrepreneur and cancer survivor. He founded Cancer Commons and CollabRx (NASD: CRLX) to help each cancer patient obtain the best possible outcome. He is an Internet commerce pioneer and visionary, having founded EIT (1990) and CommerceNet (1994) to accelerate business use of the Internet, and later, was an officer and director of Commerce One, Webify Solutions (sold to IBM in 2006), and Medstory (sold to Microsoft in 2007). He currently serves on the boards of Efficient Finance, Patients Like Me, and the Public Library of Science (PLoS).

Dr. Tenenbaum is a fellow and former board member of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), and a former consulting professor of Computer Science at Stanford. He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT, and a Ph.D. from Stanford.

 

Download Chines Press Release 10/29
Media Exposure: 
新唐人, World Journal, Ding Ding NewsNews for Chinese

Download 
Dr. Edmund Tai’s Presentation Slides in PDF
Download Dr. Marty Tenenbaum’s Presentation Slides in PDF

 

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