K-GLOBAL@Silicon Valley 2020
POST COVID-19, REVOLUTIONARY GAME CHANGER,
Moderator and Judges
Manoj Fernando is currently the Founder & CEO of Thinktomi - a Silicon Valley School of Innovation. Thinktomi provides dynamic and experiential learning leveraging the latest entrepreneurship methodologies, innovation and digital business transformation programs with knowledge derived from game changing companies.
Thinktomi has a rich network of Silicon Valley thought leaders that provide real-life skills and insights as they happen in the industry. Thinktomi programs are offered both in the US and Global markets. Over the past 5 years Manoj has worked with over 2500(+) students and 1000(+) startups around the world both teaching and mentoring these companies.
Manoj has worked as a senior technology utive for over 27 years in both US and Global markets for both public and private companies. During his career he has held senior utive roles in Operations, Sales, Marketing, Professional Services, Client Support, Networking and Education. He also has significant international business experience and expertise in the EMEA and Asia Pacific markets.
Over the past 17 years he has been on the founding team of several startups with some exits and has also raised over $25 million in venture capital. Manoj was recently an adjunct professor for the St. Mary’s utive MBA program and he is currently on the corporate faculty at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology – teaching innovation and entrepreneurship. He is also a frequent speaker at startup events and is also a mentor and advisor to various companies across the globe that include US, Korea, Chile, Brazil, Turkey, China, Taiwan.
CEO, Draper University
CEO, Draper University
Andrew Tang is a managing director of DFJ DragonFund.
He has experience in both operation and investment in high-tech companies in a wide variety of sectors, especially in TMT hardware, advanced materials, and clean technology. Before CSFB, Mr. Tang was a senior engineer and marketing manager at Intel Corporation. He was responsible for chip design as well as market enabling for the Pentium and Itanium processors.
Jean Marc Frangos
Ex-SVP, British Telecom
Jean Marc Frangos
Ex-SVP, British Telecom
Jean Marc Frangos is a Silicon Valley Corporate Innovation thought leader and independent consultant. Jean-Marc is a frequent speaker and moderator at global events held in the US, Europe and Asia, and focuses on Digital Acceleration. He was until last year the Senior VP of External Innovation at BT, responsible for managing the innovation programmes to 'future proof' BT’s portfolio in areas such as TV over IP, Virtual Reality, IoT and Cloud Technologies.
Jean-Marc has transformed BT's innovation function from a $250M corporate venture capital fund originally dedicated to technology scouting, to an open digital transformation engine including an award-winning internal idea management process, BT's corporate incubators, and BT’s Global Open Innovation outposts. He regularly advises corporate innovation teams to help them optimise their own innovation practice.
Since the onset of COVID19, Jean-Marc has focused on exploring and documenting best practice for working in remote environments. He has published a popular article on the famous Innovation Leader site to help guide corporates on their journey towards the new future of work. He is also working on how innovation can continue to thrive in business environments where personal interactions are reduced and ideas need to emerge from remotely operated processes and team.
Cases describing Jean-Marc's global open innovation methodology have been published by London Business School, INSEAD and Harvard Business School and taught in business schools around the world. Jean-Marc has been a guest lecturer on corporate innovation at London Business School, Wharton School, INSEAD, Stanford MediaX, Tsinghua and Keio Universities.
Jean-Marc holds a Diplôme d'Ingénieur en Télécommunications from French Grande École Telecom Sud Paris and attended the Advanced Industrial Marketing Strategy course at INSEAD and the Global Business Consortium Programme at London Business School. He served recently on the World Economic Forum Tech Pioneer ion Committee and on the Access to Market Committee of the Scale-up Institute in the UK. He presently serves on the board of the Telecom Council of Silicon Valley, is an utive advisor to Fujitsu Open Innovation Gateway, a distinguished utive fellow for INSEAD Emerging Market Institute.
Partner, Pier 70 Ventures
Partner, Pier 70 Ventures
Preetha is managing director at Pier 70 and is responsible for managing investments, portfolio management and leads the the deal flow process. She led the design of an innovative portfolio company support ecosystem, and is passionate about helping diverse teams succeed.
Dr. Preetha Ram is a successful entrepreneur technologist and educator.She was founder and CEO of OpenStudy, a peer-to-peer online community and platform for mentoring and academic help for high school and college learners. Preetha raised Multimillion-dollar funding from the who’s who of foundations: the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Health, the Georgia Research Alliance, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Hewlett Packard Foundation before receiving an institutional round from Learn Capital. Her company was recognized as one of Fast Company’s Top Ten Innovative Companies in Education, and she was honored at the White House (Sci & Tech Symposium) as one of the Innovators in Post-Secondary Education. As CEO, she scaled the company to over 60 million global learners served, built a profitable Multimillion-dollar business, and led it to a successful exit.
An educational thought leader and innovator, she has held senior leadership positions in academia: Associate Dean at Emory University, utive Dean of Education at Alliant University, and Associate Provost of Internationalization and Chief Academic Expansion Officer at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology. Recognized for her innovative programs, she is the recipient of several awards: the Andrew Heiskell Award for Study Abroad by the Institute of International Education, Emory University’s Winship Award of Excellence for Teaching, and recently the Innovators Spotlight Award, sponsored by Melinda Gates and the League of Innovation in Community Colleges. She is a gifted speaker and has keynoted at several international conferences, PBS NOVA, and TEDx San Jose. A committed and passionate mentor for entrepreneurs, she is an advisor for many startups including women-led startups Zapptitude and Noora Health, and Edtech startups Emote and Tembo. She volunteers at the Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship of Santa Clara University, where she advises startups from all over the world. As a global mentor, she works with Indian startups in UberEXCHANGE and TiE, Korean startups through the Korean Innovation Center, and Chilean startups through Innova 360 and MeetLatam.
Preetha’s education spans two continents, starting from one of the most respected global brands, Indian Institute of Technology, to a PhD in Chemistry from Yale and an MBA from Emory University.
Primer Sazze Partners
Primer Sazze Partners
Kwangrog Kim is Managing Partner of Primer Sazze Partners and currently lives in Silicon Valley and works in Silicon Valley and Seoul. He co-founded Sazze, Inc. in 2005 and serves as CFO, overseeing finance and human resources, and supervising strategy, product management and online marketing on various company projects. He set up several eCommerce projects at Sazze, Inc., including DealsPlus.com, WhizWallet.com and Progrids. Kwangrog co-founded Sazze Partners in 2014. He focuses on transformative consumer tech companies. Prior to co-founding Sazze, Kwangrog studied Civil Engineering at University of California, Berkeley.
Let’s Scan and Save! Our AI Food Scanner detects the types and amount of food within 1 second and provides eco cafeteria and healthcare solution to customers by analyzing these collected data.
We help to optimize food provisions by analyzing the current amount of provisions, actual food intake, and leftovers in the kitchen so that our customers can reduce enormous amount of unnecessary food waste which directly connected to budget. And also, we can provide customized healthcare service by analyzing one’s daily information of the food one intake.
DAESUNG has undertaken the research and development of beekeeping under the brand Smart Hive, since 2016. we intend to introduce various products related to beekeeping technology and automatic extraction of honeycomb. As a beekeeping equipment manufacturing company, we will do our best for the development of the beekeeping automation industry where reliable technology is concentrated.
DoubleMe offers the social mixed reality service, TwinWorld, that lets anyone can make and shares real-time, high quality 3D digital twins!
MOBILTECH is AI-based 3D GIS startup. We collect, manufacture, process data, and develop an autonomous driving system for smart city, autonomous driving industry.
Also, we provide high precise digital twin data and HD map with Localization SW to new mobilities around the world.
We use AI for classifying objects and eliminating noises in the process of HD map.
In this way, we can shorten the existing post-processing time and cost.
VisualCamp has developed powerful AI based eye-tracking technologies.
We provide reliable eye-tracking software for companies seeking to elevate their offerings and take their product and service performance to a new level, driving value for users across fields like education, healthcare, and UI/UX.
Sovereign Wallet aims to revolutionize the digital currency industry with MUI MetaBlockchain.
It is a financial blockchain where the central bank or commercial bank can publish digital currency.
It also can be a one-stop solution to generate digital stocks and for identity-based trading.
Sovereign Wallet has a partnership with various governments and financial institutes to build a digital stock exchange to boost the economy.
4th Industrial revolution, sensors are essential in all areas. Microwave 4D image radar is an powerful sensor device for all industries such as autonomous vehicles, robots, drones, security, and healthcare.
The 4D image radar market is just initial stage in the world, and Smart Radar System Inc.(SRS) is currently the only Korean company who has the capability to develop it by in-house technology.
We began to expose its market presence by securing global price competitiveness and quality has been proved by global customers who have strict quality standards.
SRS is ready to go to US market. We’re looking for the powerful sales partners in US!
AIDOT Inc. has been focusing on medical/healthcare ICT since its inception in 2014.
The main product “Cerviray AI ™” was developed to prevent cervical cancer by remote screening using A.I.
As a result, we were ed as the most promising 300 startup by Seoul City in 2016.
Since that time, Korean government has been supporting us tremendously.
AIDOT now becomes recognized as highly specialized company in A.I. tele-screening medical venture.
H2O, hospitality 2.0, is the largest tech-based hotel brand in Japan and Korea, with 5,000 rooms in major cities, that is redefining the next generation hospitality management.
H2O defines generation one hospitality as a manual centric management service with high fixed cost; and generation two hospitality as a tech-based, digital operating system that allows more efficient hotel operation with much lower fixed costs, and less human interation.
H2O currently manages properties under the brand called H2O Stay
OPENEDGES is razor-sharp focused on enabling high-efficiency AI computing at the edge environment.
Toward this end, we deliver AI Computing Platform IP built on the synergy of 1) high-efficiency NPU (Neural Processing Unit) and 2) next-gen. Memory Subsystem.
By the synergy of these two technologies, our IP offers the sorely needed boost in performance, efficiency and reliability for the edge.
We provide our AI Computing Platform IP to global fabless SoC companies around the world.
AKC(Augmented Knowledge Corp.) is an industry innovative leader providing AK Platform which is composed of two Platforms. One is IAR-MAP(Intelligent Augmented Reality Maintenance Platform), an AR/MR Platform for Education and Industrial Field supported by AI Technology.
The other is YSM(Your Smart Media), an Interactive Video Platform for Education and Contents Creation. We have finished 2 Seed Rounds from Sparklabs Global Management and TIPS Program from Korean Government.
We are uting several Korean government’s supporting projects.
We are in the position of Series A Funding Round now.
We are expecting more than 1,000% growth in revenue for the first project this year.
We are in the starting point for Business Development for the second project this year.
AK Platform can be applied to various industries including but not limited to Aviation, Smart Factory, Mobility, Military, Education, Telecom, Media, Medical, Remote Maintenance, etc.
Coconut Silo connects whole actors in the logistics market into a single platform.
Big data technologies such as automated price suggestion, consolidation system and 3rd party services enhance efficiency and enable logistics companies to get orders by 37%. Innovative business models make users earn more money, about 25% on average. Coconut Silo aims to solve problems within cargo transit procedure.
PushNews connects financial experts and individual investors all around the world.
We have 50 of its own patents technology, including 'fake news Fact-Checking algorithm' using AI and 'News Trading' to provide reliable stock information that has never been seen before.
PushNews will be the only platform individual investors subscribe to in the world.
PCT tries to help the visually impaired to easily access to information by solving problems like lack of education and information content, lack of independent specialized education environment, and no available cognitive teaching tools for each age group and disability level.
To solve these problems, we have developed Real-time conversion technology from document information to braille, braille information-based software development technology, and tiny multi-array braille cell manufacturing technology.
Based on these technologies, we have developed devices of Tactile TALK: a voice learning device, Tactile PRO: a braille tablet PC, Tactile WRITER: a braille content production tool and Tactile App Store: a platform for braille contents and app supply chain.