DT | Google Fiber Presents The State of Entrepreneurship - A Fireside Chat with Victor Hwang, Kauffman Foundation Vice President of Entrepreneurship
The nation has recognized Kansas City as the 5th largest entrepreneurial city with more joining the ranks daily. Google Fiber is the presenting sponsor of this incomparable program with Teresa Kellett moderating. CX is excited to host Victor W. Hwang, vice president of Entrepreneurship at the Kauffman Foundation, the world’s leading foundation for entrepreneurs. The Foundation supports entrepreneurs starting and building businesses, leaders seeking guidance in the innovation economy, and cities and communities growing competitive jobs and sustained business creation. This work includes education for entrepreneurs; investing in entrepreneurial programs that can scale and create impact; and investing in metropolitan areas to create vibrant ecosystems that help companies start and grow.
More About Victor Hwang...
Prior to joining the Kauffman Foundation, Hwang was co-founder and CEO of Liquidity, a Silicon Valley venture-backed nanotech firm that makes filters for safe drinking water. He led the company through first product launch, early revenues, and winning the TechCrunch Disrupt startup competition. He was CEO and co-founder of T2 Venture Creation, a venture firm that built startup companies and designed the ecosystems that foster entrepreneurial innovation in dozens of countries and cities. In addition, Hwang was executive director of the Global Innovation Summit, a conference focused on building innovative ecosystems with delegates from over 50 nations. He is past president of Larta Institute, an organization that commercializes technology from key government agencies, such as the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. He was Chief Strategy Officer of Veatros, a video startup where he led the company’s acquisition by DivX. He practiced corporate and technology law with the firms of Mayer, Brown & Platt and Irell & Manella.
Hwang is an alum of the Kauffman Fellows, a leadership society for venture investors. He is co-author of the book The Rainforest: The Secret to Building the Next Silicon Valley, which explains how companies, communities and countries can foster systemic innovation at large scale. The book was awarded Book of the Year, Gold Medal, by ForeWord Reviews. He also wrote the follow-up book, The Rainforest Blueprint, a practical design guide for innovation ecosystems. He has been a contributing columnist to Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, TechCrunch, and Entrepreneur. National Public Radio named his graduation address to Austin Community College one of the best commencement speeches ever. His opinions have been cited in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and the Los Angeles Times, among others.
Hwang serves on the board of Silicon Valley Forum, the largest and oldest not-for-profit organization in Silicon Valley. He was appointed to the California Blue Ribbon Task Force on Nanotechnology, and was awarded a Marshall Memorial Fellowship, a program for emerging trans-Atlantic leaders. Hwang is a graduate of Harvard University and the University of Chicago Law School.
About the Moderator - Teresa Kellett...
Teresa is a technology executive with twenty years of success in developing new channels for products and services. She begins with identifying market needs and objectives, then negotiates appropriate deals and manages the go-to-market teams and systems necessary to achieve revenue targets. She has significant experience in global program development and negotiating contracts overseas.
Teresa is currently heading up Sales Strategy & Operations for Google Fiber. Prior to Google, she had her own consulting practice; clients included Ting mobile (ting.com), PEQ/ Smart Home Ventures (a home automation platform company- mypeq.com), and Wall Street analyst firms. During a lengthy career at Sprint, she held leadership roles in business development, marketing and sales management and was named one of the “Top Ten Women in Wireless” by
FierceWireless. She holds a Bachelor's degree from Rockhurst College in International Relations, Global Studies and French and a Master of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University with Honors in International Business Diplomacy.
Teresa serves on the Board of the Women’s Employment Network and participates as an angel investor in Women’s Capital Connection, which focuses on women-owned and women-run businesses.
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