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beGLOBAL is the annual Global Tech Conference with a Korean touch. Organized by the organizers of beLAUNCH, the top startup conference in Korea, beGLOBAL brings together the best of Tech from the East and West.

  • Learn who the Unicorns of Korea/Asia are, their origins and how they grew to billion dollar + businesses
  • Be inspired by global founders, and their amazing entrepreneurial stories
  • Discover how to overcome the challenges to successful entry to Asian markets
  • Understand why it can be beneficial to go global early, and gain practical knowledge of how to do it
  • Find out how to capitalize early on emerging investment opportunities in Asia
  • Meet 10 of the hottest startups from Korea


InterContinental Mark Hopkins Hotel, San Francisco, California

999 California St. San Francisco, CA 94108

With a local legacy and grand architectural character that make it one of the most celebrated luxury hotels in San Francisco, the InterContinental Mark Hopkins is a landmark Nob Hill destination with breathtaking views of the Bay Area. Offering an experience of class and character, this historic hotel has been updated with modern amenities, high-tech features and elegant design. With unbeatable views, luxurious accommodations and historic charm, the sophisticated San Francisco hotel is an ideal choice for travelers who appreciate the finer things in life. San Francisco Luxury Hotel on Nob Hill – Found at the top of Nob Hill in the heart of the city, our historic hotel is situated in an upscale neighborhood full of interesting architecture, vintage shops and leafy green parks. Our central location gives you easy access to many of the area’s charms and tourist attractions, and is the perfect distance away from the downtown area. We’re within walking distance to Union Square, Chinatown and the Financial District, and just a short ride from Fisherman’s Wharf, the Mission District and Golden Gate Park.

Visionary Award
The beGLOBAL Visionary Award annually honors one single visionary leader who has pioneered and traiblazed the global entrepreneurship path for the multitude of startup venturers worldwide.
William H. Draper, III
beGLOBAL Visionary Award 2014
In appreciation for his life’s work
trailblazing for global entrepreneurs


Ben Huh
CEO of Cheezburger, Co-Founder of Circa
Ho Nam
General Partner, Altos Ventures
William H. Draper, III General Partner, Draper Richards L.P
Jorn Lyssegen CEO/Founder, Meltwater Group
Eric J. Kim
Managing Partner, Goodwater Capital
Jay Eum
Co-Founder, Managing Director, TransLink Capital
James Jung
Founder and CEO, beSUCCESS
Jai Choi 
Managing Partner, Tekton Ventures
John Nahm  Managing Director, Strong Ventures
Phil Yoon
General Partner, Big Basin Capital
Sonny Vu
CEO, Misfit Wearables
Doug Lee
CEO, D3 Jubilee
Jungwook Lim Managing Director, Startup Alliance
Thiru Arunachalam Founder and CEO, Peel
Changseong Ho CEO, The Ventures
Mike Kim
Business Development, LinkedIn
Troy Malone
GM Asia Pacific, Evernote
Kevin Hale
Partner, Y Combinator
Peter Szulczewski
Co-Founder and CEO, Wish
James A. Moore
Founder and Managing Partner, J.Moore Partners
Christine Tsai
Managing Partner, 500 Startups
Anthony P. Lee
General Partner, Altos Ventures
Richard Jun
Co-Founder and Managing Director, BAM Ventures
Kevin Scott
Managing Director, SVB Capital
Matt Kaufman
President, CrunchBase
Tim Chang
Managing Director, Mayfield Fund
Kevin Lin
Co-Founder and COO, Twitch
Dan Chen
Managing Director, Siemer & Associates
Eurie Kim
Principal, Forerunner Ventures
Osuke Honda
Partner, DCM
Nathan Millard
Global Director, beSUCCESS
Dino Ha
CEO of Memebox
Maria Alegre
Co-Founder and CEO of Charboost


Friday, September 12, 2014

InterContinental Hotel Mark Hopkins @ Nob Hill, San Francisco

Time Agenda
9:00am – 9:05am Opening Remarks

  • Representative, Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning, S. Korea
9:05am – 9:35am The Burgeoning Korean Startup Ecosystem

  • Moderator: Jungwook Lim (Managing Director of Startup Alliance –  Korea)
  • Phil Yoon (General Partner of Big Basin Capital)
  • James Jung (CEO of beSUCCESS/beLAUNCH/beGLOBAL)
  • Dino Ha (CEO of Memebox Corp.)
9:35am -10:05am Founder Story

  • Ben Huh (CEO of Cheezburger Network / Co-Founder of Circa – Ben has been called one of the 100 most creative people in the business by Fast Company and one of the top 10 virologists by the Daily Beast)
10:05am – 10:45am Korean / Asian Unicorns – Their Origins and Growth Story

  • Moderator: Nathan Millard (Global Director of beSUCCESS)
  • Jai Choi (Managing Director of Tekton Ventures / Early investor in Coupang, Social Commerce unicorn, which recently received $100 million from Sequoia Capital)
  • Changseong Ho (Founder of TheVentures / Co-Founder of Viki, global video streaming platform acquired by Rakuten, a global internet unicorn hailing from Japan)
  • Eric Kim (Managing Partner of GoodWater Capital / Board Member of Coupang and Kakao, #1 messaging platform in Korea, valuation estimated at ~$9 billion according to Korea Herald.
  • Osuke Honda (Partner of DCM / Investor in Kakao and other top Asian startups)
10:45am – 11:00am Break / Booths
11:00am – 11:30am Founder Story / Y Combinator in Global Context

  • Kevin Hale (Partner of Y Combinator / Co-Founder of Wufoo, acquired by SurveyMonkey, providing a 30,000% return to investors)
11:30am – 12:30pm 5 Korean Startups – AM Battle

  • Startups:
    • Bridge Mobile
    • HealthBreeze
    • Notivo
    • Team Blind
    • Vingle
  • Judges:
    • Christine Tsai (Managing Partner of 500 Startups)
    • Rich Jun (Managing Partner of BAM Ventures)
    • Matt Kaufman (CEO of CrunchBase)
    • Kevin Hale (Partner of Y Combinator)
    • Euri Kim (Principal of Forerunner Ventures)
12:30pm – 1:45pm Lunch / Visionary Award – Fireside Chat 

  • Presenter/Interviewer: John Nahm (Managing Director of Strong Ventures)
  • Bill Draper (Co-Chair, Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation – One of America’s first venture capitalists, he was the founder of several leading VC firms, including Sutter Hill Ventures, Draper Richards and Draper International, the first Silicon Valley VC to invest globally, in the developing world: India.  Mr. Draper was the President of the Export-Import Bank of the US and the Head of the UN Development Programme.   He is also a veteran of the Korean War)
1:45pm – 2:15pm Founder Story

  • Jorn Lyssegen (CEO/Founder of Meltwater Group – A Korean adoptee raised in Norway, Jorn founded his startup in Oslo in 2001, moved the HQ to Silicon Valley and bootstrapped it all the way to over $100 million in revenues without taking any venture capital.   In 2008, he started the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) and the MEST Incubator in Ghana.  The School and Incubator provide training, investment and mentoring for aspiring technology entrepreneurs with the goal of creating globally successful companies that create wealth and jobs locally in Africa.   Graduates of the Program have pitched at TechCrunch Disrupt and been part of the 500 Startups Accelerator)
2:15pm – 3:00pm SV Giants’ Challenges and Keys to Success Penetrating the Korean / Asian Market

  • Moderator: Ho Nam (Managing Director of Altos Ventures)
  • Doug Lee (CEO of D3 Jubilee / Former CFO of Gmarket, acquired by eBay Korea)
  • Troy Malone (GM Asia Pacific of Evernote)
  • Mike Kim (Global Business Development Lead of LinkedIn)
  • Additional Speaker TBA
3:00pm – 3:15pm Break / Booths
3:15pm – 4:15pm 5 Korean Startups – PM Battle

  • Startups:
    • ESTmob
    • FraSen
    • Kairos Watches
    • Keukey
    • NFLabs
  • Judges:
    • Anthony Lee (General Partner of Altos Ventures)
    • James A. Moore (Founder and Managing Director of J.Moore Partners)
    • Kevin Scott (Managing Director of Silicon Valley Bank)
    • Tim Chang (Managing Director of Mayfield Fund)
    • Dan Chen (Managing Director of Siemer & Associates)
4:15pm – 5:00pm SV Startups Entering the Korean / Asian Market Early

  • Moderator: Jay Eum (Managing Director of TransLink Capital)
  • Sonny Vu (CEO of Misfit Wearables)
  • Thiru Arunachalam (CEO of Peel)
  • Peter Szulczewski (CEO of Wish.com)
  • Maria Alegre (CEO of Chartboost)
5:00pm – 5:30pm Fireside Chat

  • Kevin Lin (Co-founder/COO of Twitch, acquired by Amazon)
5:30pm – 7:00pm End / After-party

*Program is subject to slight changes

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