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  • 21 Jun 2016

    SVIEF organized a very successful virtual reality (VR) Game Day on June 20 in Mountain View. In attendance were VR gaming enthusiasts, engineers, industry execs, investors, and members of the GCSF. With the support of Fenwick & West and VODE Media, SVIEF provided attendees with an overview of latest VR gaming technologies and demos by innovative VR startups including Midastouch Games, Yindu Media, 3DiVi and Side-Kick Games. Congratulations to SVIEF!

  • 21 Jun 2016

    The GCSF is proud to announce its latest global Envoy: Tatiana Vekovishcheva! Tatiana has extensive international experience with supporting cross-cultural business relationships and growth of purpose-driven communities in Asia, Europe, and North America. She currently manages communities of practice for the global network of Impact Hubs, Uptima Business Bootcamp, and the Institute for Evolutionary Leadership. Tatiana's academic credentials include a Bachelor's and a Master's degree in Asian and African Studies from Lomonosov Moscow State University, a Certificate in Mandarin Chinese from Shanghai International Studies University, and a Certificate in Social Sector Leadership from UC Berkeley Haas School of Business. Warm welcome to Tatiana!

    "I am very excited to support current and prospective members of the Global Chamber San Francisco with my community building skills and international consulting experience. With the great team and access to all other chapters and their resources the possibilities for members are breathtaking, and I am eager to help them explore all the great things Global Chamber membership can do for their international success!" - Tatiana

  • 07 Jun 2016

    The GCSF held its first Go Global Seminar on June 3, 2016 at Royse Law Firm in Menlo Park. The day long event was comprised of insightful presentations, networking, workshops and discussions among a variety of attendees ranging from government officials to local professionals, advisors, and executives. Among the topics covered, attendees learned about common myths, best practices, and strategic, cultural and tactical approaches related to expanding and venturing into new markets. Thanks to all attendees, partner DoubleNova Group and sponsor Royse Law Firm for a great event!

  • 20 Jun 2016 by Global Chamber

    According to the SF Business Times, the San Francisco International Airport (SFO) will commence with a $2.4 billion renovation of Terminal 1 on June 29. It will be partially demolished to make way for the construction and renovation of two new boarding areas, central check-in and security spaces, baggage claim and a new mezzanine to connect the terminal to AirTrain and parking. This renovation is the last project to break ground in SFO's $4.1 billion, 10-year capital improvement plan that includes terminal renovation, new amenities and even a new 350-room hotel. The new terminal is scheduled to open in 2020 and should meet LEED Gold Certification. In the meantime, a temporary boarding area will open this month. The renovations come as the airport is drawing more passengers than ever. The airport served a record 50 million total passengers in 2015, and a report from the International Trade Administration shows that SFO had the highest growth in international visitors of any American airport in 2015. The SF Bay area continues to be a truly dynamic and innovative global hub of significant importance and interest to people and enterprises all around the world!

  • 17 Jun 2016 by Global Chamber

    According to the Straits Times, Singapore Airlines (SIA) plans to launch non-stop services between Singapore and San Francisco. SIA's June 16 announcement comes on the heels of United Airlines' early June announcement of a similar non-stop flight between Singapore and San Francisco. Commencing on October 23, the new SIA flights will run daily on SIA's new A350 and will be SIA's longest flights until 2018. Flying time will be between 14 hours and 35 minutes and 17 hours and 45 mins, depending on direction and time of the year. Currently, SIA flies to SFO twice daily via a connection in Hong Kong or Seoul. SIA decided to increase routes and travel frequencies to both San Francisco and Los Angeles given strong customer demand and SIA's vision for Changi Airport to become the preferred gateway between Southeast Asia and the US. With both SIA and United Airliens' new non-stop flights, it will be easier than ever to engage in cross-border business in Singapore and other nearby SEA countries!

  • 15 Jun 2016 by Global Chamber

    On June 13, Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) and LinkedIn Corporation (NYSE: LNKD) announced a definitive agreement in which Microsoft will acquire LinkedIn for $196 per share in an all-cash transaction valued at $26.2 billion, inclusive of LinkedIn’s net cash, a 50% premium to the social network’s last closing price prior to announcement of the acquisition. LinkedIn will retain its distinct brand, culture and independence and Jeff Weiner, will remain CEO of LinkedIn, but report directly to Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft. The transaction is expected to close this calendar year. The acquisition marked the largest acquisition in Microsoft's history. Post announcement, many speculated about the strategic rationale behind the acquisition and implications on the future of Microsoft and LinkedIn and the global tech industry. Nr. Nadella described the deal as “the coming together of the professional cloud and the professional network,” What do you think about the deal? As reported by the SF Business Times, Andreessen Horowitz founder Marc Andreessen during the Bloomberg Tech Conference last week "shrugged off" the notion of a Silicon Valley and pointed to the LinkedIn acquisition as a "harbinger of more acquisition activity among large, wealthy tech giants – companies like Google(NASDAQ: GOOGL), Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) or Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) – who have done well in the last few years, he said." While IPO activity is expected to remain slow, do you think more strategics like Microsoft will engage in increased M&As in 2016?