The Chinese tech industry is developing faster than ever with massive potentials. We see more and more startups founded by young generation working in varied sections, more hot money, more angel investors and startup incubators. China has truly become the place for entrepreneurs to be! However, we have to see that the Chinese startup ecosystem is still not that mature. Young entrepreneurs needs more valuable advices from experienced experts; money is hot but not smart still; angle investors are flying around but experienced ones are hardly to be found; incubator is good but how to effectively encourage the true Innovation is still a question.

We should welcome more Silicon Valley-based energy coming to educate and enhance the local ecosystem. So it’s great to see Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) Financial Group has taken the initials and is serious about China. Ken Wilcox, the Chairman of SVB, has moved to Shanghai three months ago to head up SVB’s creation of a joint venture bank with Shanghai Pudong Development Bank Co. Ltd.

SVB Financial Group, headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif., the company offers its clients commercial, investment, merchant and private banking, as well as value-added services using its knowledge and networks. It is founded in 1983, now serves clients around the world through 26 domestic offices, has international subsidiaries in the U.K., Israel, India and China with 1,400 employees and $19.4 billion in total assets, and an extensive network of relationships with venture capitalists worldwide.

At the night of September 22nd SVB Financial Group is hosting a “CEO Dinner” at the Kathleen’s 5, Shanghai (Note: It’s an invitation only event.). Together with Ken Wilcox, SVB also brings other two entrepreneurs from Europe and U.S: Jacob Hsu, CEO of Symbio, and Marc van der Chijs , Co-founder of Tudou who have successfully started and grown their business venture here. I am really honored to be invited to moderate to moderate the panel discussion.

The following topics will be discussed (but not limited to):

  • The differences of entrepreneurship between East and West
  • Experiences in doing business in China, what is the must and what is the must-not
  • Suggestions on setting up the startups in China, what are the key factors driving companies to succeed
  • Views on local investment environment, what are the current and next investment sectors
  • The trends in Chinese tech industry
  • SVB’s China strategy and views on Chinese market

Date: 5:30-9:00pm, September 22, 2011 (Thursday) Venue: Kathleen’s 5 Rooftop Restaurant
325 Nanjing Xi Lu, 5F, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai


  • 5:30 – 6:00 Sign in and cocktail
  • 6:15 – 7:15 Panel discussion
  • 7:15 – 7:45 Q&A
  • 7:45 – 9:00 Dinner

On behalf SVB, we’d love to invite you, our readers (startup founders, entrepreneurs etc) to be there. Please RSVP to Libby Tang to reserve your seat (Tel: 86-21-6143 3812, Mob: 86-139 1706 8210), or via email (LTang AT or contact At (NOTE: it’s an invitation only event, so RSVP is a MUST. 🙂 )

Dr. Gang Lu - Founder of TechNode. He's a Blogger, a Geek, a PhD and a Speaker, with passion in Tech, Internet and R'N'R.

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