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Funded! Global Edition San Francisco

Hans Tung of GGV Capital (right) talking with Bill Reichert of Garage Technology Ventures. 
Photograph Copyright © 2015 Alexander Chow-Stuart.

I attended Funded! Global Edition in San Francisco on Wednesday, a tech-focused conference about venture capital, an event organized by Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs with the sponsorship of ShengJing (Peakview Capital in the US) and F50.

An often fascinating glimpse into the thought processes of fund managers, the general conclusions from the panels were of the vital importance of passion, persistence and resilience, of course, with Hans Tung, Managing Partner of GGV Capital (and one of the most entertaining of the participants) stressing the importance of the DNA of a founder and how that relates to both the product and the market.

Among the people I met who most interested me were: 

Karen Katz, panelist and founder of Playlist Media, which she said is currently in "stealth mode." 

Corey Breier, who was representing a mailbox app called MailTime, which formats email in text/chat form.

Lorelei Tong, who has a startup, DreamAlliance Entertainment, aiming to disrupt film industry financing by using big data to minimize the risk (she's also putting Chinese investors together with American filmmakers).

And a 17 year old Indian developer named Divya, who has already secured first round funding from Japan for his app that puts like-minded people (artists, guitarists, engineers, for example) together in their local area.

Here's my Twitter feed from the F50/ShengJing/SVE event:

Funded! Global Edition in San Francisco is packed!

Bill Reichert of Garage Technology Ventures talking with Hans Tung of GGV Capital.
Photograph Copyright © 2015 Alexander Chow-Stuart.

Karen Katz, founder of Playlist, seated center. Photograph Copyright © 2015 Alexander Chow-Stuart.

Karen Katz, founder of Playlist Media, who talked to me today at Funded! Global Edition
Karen Katz, founder of Playlist Media, one of my favorite people at Funded! Global Edition.
Photograph Copyright © 2015 Alexander Chow-Stuart.

Ossama Hassanein at Funded! Global Edition: "In god we trust, for everyone else, bring me data!"

Ossama Hassanein, seated center of background board.
Photograph Copyright © 2015 Alexander Chow-Stuart.

I especially liked your remarks about founder's DNA. My experience is of Hollywood, much of the same applies.

Hans Tung@hanstung 4 hours ago


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