beGLOBAL, One of Asia’s Pioneering Tech & Startup Events Returns to San Francisco, September 12th
2014 8월 28


The profile of Korean entrepreneurship has been steadily increasing over the past three years and some have heralded 2014 as the year that could make or break this ecosystem on the move. beSUCCESS has been at the forefront of tracking growth of the ecosystem over the past three years through its media channels and global startup and tech focused conferences. The organization will hold its stateside event September 12th in San Fancisco.

Now in its second year beGLOBAL will connect the best of tech from East and West in what aims to be one of the premiere Asian focused startup-focused events this fall. As well as bringing together some of the top minds from Silicon Valley to discuss global entrepreneurship and investing, the event will highlight ten of the best startups emerging fromKorea. The conference organizers hope that the event will fuel an expansive sharing of ideas between East and West that will promote the cause of entrepreneurship and highlight opportunities.

beSUCCESS readers are invited to a 30% discount on event tickets for beGLOBAL, which will include access to all sessions, opportunity to meet with all ten presenting startups, lunch at the Intercontinental Mark Hopkins in the centre of San Francisco and reception drinks after the event. 

Please see below for basic event details and get in touch with the organizers with any questions (email below)

Title: beGLOBAL - Bringing seoul to the Valley

Date: Friday, Sept. 12, 2014

Time: Action kicks off at 9am

Ticket includes: All sessions, lunch and reception

Location: InterContinental Mark Hopkins Hotel in Nob Hill San Francisco

Top Speakers: Bill Draper (Draper Richards), Sonny Vu (Misfit), Kevin Lin (Twitch), Tim Chang (Mayfield Fund), Kevin Hale (Y Combinator), Ben Huh (Cheezburger). Full speaker lineup here

Event intro: beGLOBAL is the annual Global Tech Conference that brings together the best of Tech from the East and West, with a Korean touch. The event is hosted by the organizers of beLAUNCH, the top startup conference in Korea. At the event:

  • 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


30% Discount here


Time Session Details
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 recentlyreceived $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 recently valued at $3 billion)
  • Ozuke 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, TransLink Capital – Moderator
  • Sonny Vu (CEO of Misfit Wearables)
  • Thiru Arunachalam (CEO of Peel)
  • Peter Szulczewski (CEO of
  • Additional Speaker TBA
5:00pm – 5:30pm Fireside Chat

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

*Program is subject to slight changes


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