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China and Silicon Valley: Future Tech Competition, Collaboration and Management Models

Silicon Valley is the world’s leading tech and innovation ecosystem, with a dynamic interplay of innovative startups and global tech leaders in most tech sectors. The region also has large numbers of “Silicon Valley Innovation Outposts (SVIOs),” many of which have been set up in the last five years by large, foreign tech companies. In recent years, large Chinese tech companies have joined the SVIO community, and Baidu, Alibaba, Tencent are just a few of the new SVIO players looking for emerging technologies, acquisition targets, collaboration opportunities, and new insights into how to best manage companies in an increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous (VUCA) business environment.

Our three panelists—each with extensive and deep insights into Asian/Chinese business and technology developments, as well as the socio-political and economic situation in China, plus emerging management models in China—will explore key developments and characteristics of the emerging competition and synergies between Silicon Valley and China. Some of the questions that will likely be addressed include:

  • How has the nature and extent of Chinese tech companies operations changed in recent years in Silicon Valley?
  • What are some of the main strategic opportunities that are now becoming available to Silicon Valley companies—large and small—and what are some of the potential risks from forming increasingly close connections to Chinese companies?
  • Silicon Valley companies have evolved new management models that have led to success in a “VUCA world,” To what extent are large Chinese tech players embracing such models, and perhaps even creating “next-generation management models”?
  • Silicon Valley has long benefitted from strong government support—either as a supplier of high tech to the federal government, benefitting from R&D grants, or science and tech policies such as Bayh-Dole Act of 1980. Will the Chinese government’s role be similar or (significantly) different, and with what implications for both Chinese and US companies?

Our panelists will explore these and other issues and developments.


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Robin Li. Robin Li is a vice president in GGV Capital’s Silicon Valley office. She focuses on investments in ecommerce and consumer internet. She is a member of the board of directors for Lively and is actively involved with Boxed, Bustle, Function of Beauty, musical.ly, Ibotta, OfferUp, Poshmark, Xiaohongshu, Yamibuy, and more. Prior to joining GGV, Robin worked at Flextronics' Venture Arm covering hardware and technology investments and at Qiming's Beijing office. Before venture capital, she spent three years at Teach For America as a teacher and administrator. Robin holds an M.B.A from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business, an M.S. from Hunter College in Education and Special Education, and a B.A. from Rutgers University in Art History and Economics.

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Annika Steiber, Ph.D. Annika is a researcher, lecturer and senior advisor in management and organization. She is an international authority in the fields of Innovation Management and Management for the Digital Age. As part of her work she has developed a new Innovation Management curriculum for Santa Clara University in Silicon Valley and has written several award-winning research articles and books. Further, she has worked more than 18 years as an executive and/or board member for both startups and larger organizations. Annika is a Managing Director at Berkeley Research Group (BRG), a global management consultancy firm founded by thought-leading professor David Teece, the father of the Dynamic Capabilities concept. She is also the founder and CEO of the management research company INNOWAY.


Richard Dasher, Ph.D. Richard has been Director of the US-Asia Technology Management Center at Stanford University since 1994. He served concurrently as the Executive Director of the Center for Integrated Systems in Stanford's School of Engineering from 1998 - 2015. His research and teaching focus on the flow of people, knowledge, and capital in innovation systems, on the impact of new technologies on industry value chains, and on open innovation management. Richard serves on the advisory boards for national universities and research institutions in Japan and Thailand. He is on the selection and review committees of major government funding programs for science, technology, and innovation and in Canada and Japan. He is an advisor to start-up companies, business accelerators, venture capital firms, and nonprofits in Silicon Valley, China, Japan, and S. Korea. Richard was the first non-Japanese person ever asked to join the governance of a Japanese national university, serving as a Board Director and member of the Management Council of Tohoku University from 2004 - 2010. He received M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Linguistics from Stanford University. From 1986 – 90, he was Director of the U.S. State Department’s Advanced Language and Area Training Centers in Japan and Korea that provide full-time curricula to U.S. and Commonwealth Country diplomats assigned to those countries.

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Claude Leglise. Claude is Executive Director of the Center for Innovation Leadership at SRI International (formerly Stanford Research Institute) in Menlo Park, CA, where he has spent the last 7 years (and living in China and Japan during for a number of years). Claude is currently leading several large SRI projects in China, helping to build innovation institutes in Chengdu and Shenzhen. He has lectured and taught innovation management at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, Tokyo University, University of Technology Malaysia, Paris Tech, Lappenrenta University of Technology (Finland), as well as many private companies. He is currently coaching entrepreneurs in China, France and Japan. Claude is the Founder of ClearSpot Energy Inc, as well as being an investor and Board member in a number of technology companies. He has an MBA from Stanford GSB as well as degrees from Peking University and Arts et Metiers ParisTech.



Eilif Trondsen. Eilif—a transplanted Norwegian who has spent his whole professional life in Silicon Valley—has led and participated in a number of syndicated research programs and numerous consulting projects during his 38 years at SRI International (formerly Stanford Research Institute) and Strategic Business Insights (a spin-out from SRI, located on the Menlo Park campus of SRI). Eilif has also been Adjunct Professor of Economics at a number of Bay Area universities. Most of his work has focused on eCommerce, Learning, Innovation, and Virtual Technologies, and in recent years much of his work has focused on the Nordic region, especially Finland and Norway, including projects for Tekes and the Norwegian Research Council, and three projects funded by Nordic Innovation. He was recently the project leader of a new Nordic Innovation project awarded to Silicon Vikings, which will build a Nordic EdTech Network. He has been a Board member of Silicon Vikings for the last 5 years, and have been the Chair of the Special Interest Group on Entrepreneurship and Learning since its beginning.

PARKING:  After 4PM, parking is free at Stanford. The closest parking garage to the Paul Allen Building is Via Ortega Garage, on the corner of Panama Str and Via Ortega. Then, when you exit the garage onto Via Ortega, make a left turn and walk down Via Ortega and turn right on Serra Mall, and the Paul Allen Building will be the first, large building on your right hand side. Our event will take place in the corner room of the first floor, facing the Gates/Computer Science building diagonally across the street.