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  • 20 Apr 2016

    Global Chamber® San Francisco (GCSF) Executive Director Henry Ines was among a select group of local business leaders invited to meet with a recent Qingdao trade delegation, led by Director General of Qingdao Commercial Mission Xing Lizhi, on April 12, 2016 in the newly established San Jose office of the Qingdao Center for Business & Commerce U.S.A (QCBC). This was first commerce and trade mission officially received by the newly opened QCBC, which is a business representative office established in the SF Bay area by the Qingdao Municipal Government for the purposes of 'bringing in' foreign investment and trade to Qingdao; and facilitating Qingdao companies with 'going global' initiatives. Attendees were able to learn about the latest opportunities in Qingdao and also explored areas for potential collaboration and identifying business opportunities between Qingdao and the SF Bay region. In addition to Mr. Ines, local representatives included Kris Wang, Former Mayor of Cupertino, William Zhang, Chairman of US-China Advancement Council, and other local prominent leaders. Special thanks to Kun Lyu, local Standing Representative for the QCBC, for organizing and facilitating discussions. Looking ahead, the GCSF plans to work closely with the QCBC to explore the joint development of programs and to identify timely opportunities for respective members and constituents.

  • 02 Apr 2016

    Registration is now open for the Go Global Seminar on May 04, 2016! If you are thinking about expanding into new international markets, want to save tens of thousands of dollars and months of time, then you don’t want to miss this upcoming 1-Day Seminar organized by the Global Chamber® San Francisco. Our partners and globalization experts at DoubleNova Group will address the benefits and pitfalls, and share best practices of Going Global.

    Organizer

    Global Chamber® San Francisco (GCSF): GCSF is the San Francisco Bay area chapter of the Global Chamber®. Unlike most local Chamber of Commerce organizations, which typically focus on a single metro area, the Global Chamber® is focused on helping its members to engage in cross-border trade and investment in an unique collaborative way across any of the 500+ primary metro areas located around the world, where the Global Chamber® maintains an active Chapter. In addition to providing a robust global networking platform and connecting our members with new business opportunities and contacts worldwide, the Global Chamber® also hosts events for and provides members and affiliates with value added advisory services, educational seminars, career advancement and development, and other valuable resources.

     

    Instructors

    DoubleNova Group (DNG): DNG is a boutique management consultancy with a focus on high tech businesses and Global 2000 technology companies. DNG provides strategic consulting and operational services that enable technology companies to successfully enter new markets, define their go-to-market strategy, develop effective marketing, accelerate revenue generation, define and validate their product roadmaps, and attract quality investment. DNG's globalization experts have 25+ years of experience working with SMEs and Fortune 50 companies. Previous clients include Apple, Hewlett Packard, Cisco, VeriSign, GE, BrightStare Healthcare, VMware, and IDT.

    Jorden Woods: Jorden is a successful Silicon Valley serial entrepreneur who has founded and led three high tech-focused companies over the last 15 years. Jorden has raised over $60 million for his own startups as well as high-tech startups he has advised. His first startup, GlobalSight, became a leader in the multilingual content management space and was acquired in 2005. He has successfully raised investment capital from Silicon Valley VCs, global investors, corporate VCs, and Angels. He has also generated millions of dollars in revenue for clients worldwide. For over a decade, Jorden has developed and executed comprehensive market entry strategy for European, South American, and Asian high-tech companies entering the US marketplace. He has extensive experience in the Cloud, Big Data, Mobile, Video Games, Web and Globalization spaces and has significant networks in these areas. Jorden has lived and worked in Asia and Europe and speaks Chinese and some French in addition to his native English. He has a B.S. in Astrophysics from Caltech, and a Masters in Physics from the University of Washington.

     

     

     

    Radhika Iyengar-Emens: Radhika provides clients with full service business and marketing strategy for international business expansion, including US market entry and expansion roadmaps. She has over 15 years experience in marketing, working with technology companies of all sizes. Radhika has developed and executed comprehensive market entry strategy for European and Latin American high-tech companies entering the US marketplace. She has significant experience in Health IT/Digital Health, Cloud, Big Data and Mobile spaces. Radhika has also been a high-tech entrepreneur in the Telecom space. A global citizen with experience in Asia, North Africa and the US, Radhika is savvy in international and multicultural contexts. She successfully leverages her multilingual talents in 8 languages – English, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Arabic, and native languages Tamil and Kannada – to further clients’ international business interests. Radhika has an M.B.A. from Chapman University and a Bachelors (A.B.) from Bryn Mawr College.

     

     

  • 05 Apr 2016

    We had an amazing turnout for our Launch Event on March 29, 2016 at Cooley's office in Palo Alto! In addition to learning more about the Global Chamber® and making new friends and business connections, attendees also got to hear from Patrick Burt, the Mayor of Palo Alto, and industry thought leaders and visionaries John Thomas, Richard Simpkins and Dr. BP Agrawal. The evening was a great success and amazing kick-off for the GCSF. Thank you to our host Cooley LLP and all of our partners, attendees, and supporters for an absolutely wonderful, inspiring, and memorable evening! 

    Here's what some attendees had to say ...

    "OneFine Corporation was thrilled to be a part of the GCSF Launch. GCSF is the quick start guide for businesses and it's an energetic, connected, and quality organization and we look forward to our continued involvement and all the benefits it has to offer. They used a great platform to connect businesses, so connecting with others was smooth and just perfect." -Ivana Gilgoric, Co-founder & CEO, OneFine Corporation

    "It was truly an honor to be part of the Global Chamber San Francisco Opening event. I knew that this would be an unique organization from the very first contact I had with Doug and Henry, and now, having seen the number of attendees, partners, and already scheduled activities, I'm sure of that. It was especially interesting to hear the presentations of the speakers on topics one could not expect to take place at such an occassion. I sincerely wish lots of success to the GCSF and hope that we will establish a long term collaboration on several levels." Vasko Davidovski, Head of San Francsico and Los Angeles Office, Invest Macedonia

    "I have been consistently impressed with the vision and practices of the Global Chamber at both local and national levels. The proactive, member-centric experience I had moderating an international Globalization webinar panel they initiated was not only a success but has led to some significant business for us. Similarly, the recent Global Chamber San Francisco (Bay Area) launch was exceptional in terms of the both the program as well as the networking. Instead of just a big party, the new Executive Director conceived and produced a highly informative Sustainability seminar, led by experts and thought leaders. What an unique, enduring way to capture the best of global thought along with the dynamic activities of commerce." - Lucie Newcomb, CEO/CMO, The NewComm Global Group, Inc.

    "Traditional business approach is to adapt existing products and technologies for the developing world. Another approach, more exciting, is to create local-tech industries and local products for billions. The chamber [Global Chamber] combines local-tech and global-tech." - Dr. BP Agrawal, CNN 2015 Top Ten Heroes of the Year, Executive Director of Sustainable Innovations

    "The event was well attended. The room was filled with young leaders and global thinkers. Ville's and Veronica's enthusiasm, work ethic, and passion were evident from moment one. The Chamber strives to reside at the intersection of emerging and established leaders; nascent ideas and proven solutions; and for- and non-profit enterprises." Nayna Agrawal, Writer's PA at ABC Television, Grey's Anatomy