Panel Discussion: Going Green -- A Climate Change In Silicon Valley
John F. Kennedy once said, "When written in Chinese the word crisis is composed of two characters. One represents danger, and the other represents opportunity." Indeed, that's what global warming is right now. John Doerr, who tops the Economist's Midas List of tech's top 100 deal-makers, pointed out that stopping global warming "is the largest economic opportunity of the 21st century, and a moral imperative."
In 10 years, the clean-energy market by one estimate could quadruple. Always embracing the entrepreneurial spirit in its heart, Silicon Valley gears up quickly for clean technology, not to mention that more silicon in US has gone toward making solar panels than computer chips. Here, HYSTA DSS has the honor to present our audience an esteemed panel of speakers, rooted in Silicon Valley, to share their view of the future of the green technology and the opportunities spurred by global warming in both US and China.
The event will be offered with free admission. Seats are limited and pre-registration is required .
Date & Time: 1:30 PM - 5:00 PM, Saturday, July 12, 2008
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
1100 Marsh Road
Menlo Park, CA 94025
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm Registration and Networking
2:30 pm - 2:45 pm Panelist Introduction by Moderator
2:45 pm - 3:35 pm Panel Discussion
3:35 pm - 4:20 pm Q/A
David Lee, Partner, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.
Speakers (Alphabetically Sorted By Last Name):
Jay Peir, CFO, SunPower Corporation.
Dr. Dick Swanson, co-founder, President and CTO, SunPower Corporation.
Trae Valssallo, Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers.
Dr. Zheng Xu, founder and CEO, Sierra Solar Power.
About the Moderator and Speakers
David Lee, a partner in the Silicon Valley office, is a member of Orrick's Emerging Companies Group, which advises emerging companies and venture capital firms. Mr. Lee practices in the areas of corporate formation, venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions, public offerings, public company securities, and technology licensing transactions.
Mr. Lee has an active practice representing China-focused emerging companies, both in the United States and in China, and heads Orrick's China Emerging Companies Group. Mr. Lee has represented one of China's leading Internet companies, Sina Corporation, since its initial public offering. In addition, Mr. Lee's practice involves a broad network of entrepreneurs, angel investors and venture capitalists that are active in developing China-focused companies.
Mr. Lee's company clients have been backed by, among others, AsiaVest, Accel, China Venture Mgmt., Doll Capital, Gobi Partners, Granite Global, GSR Ventures, Hummer Winblad, Lightspeed, Mayfield, NEA, Northern Light, Oak Investment, Redpoint, Sequoia, Sequoia China, Sierra, Softbank, Steamboat, Walden, and Venrock.
Before joining Orrick, Mr. Lee was a founding member of Venture Law Group.
Jay Pier has served as chief financial officer since April 2005. Prior to joining SunPower, Mr. Hernandez served more than 11 years as the executive vice president of finance and administration and chief financial officer at Cypress Semiconductor Corporation. Mr. Hernandez currently serves as a board member of ON Semiconductor, Aruba Networks and Integration Associates. He holds a bachelor's degree in Accounting from the University of Nueva Caceres in the Philippines, received his CPA license from the Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants and earned a master's degree in Finance from Golden Gate University in San Francisco.
Dr. Dick Swanson co-founded SunPower in 1985. He has served as president and chief technical officer since June 2003 and has been a member of the board of directors since 1985. Prior to his current position, Dr. Swanson served as chief executive officer and president from 1991 to June 2003 and vice president and director of technology from 1990 to 1991. From 1976 to 1991, Dr. Swanson served as a professor of electrical engineering at Stanford University. He holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University and both bachelor's and master's degrees in electrical engineering from Ohio State University.
Trae Vassallo is a Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers. Since joining the firm in 2002, Trae has put her technical and entrepreneurial background to work with companies in two main areas of focus: Greentech and Consumer Internet. Trae works closely with the management teams of Ausra, utility grade solar provider; Altarock Energy, geothermal development company; Fisker Automotive, extended electric luxury automotive company; Terralliance, technology driven O&G exploration; GloriOil, enhanced oil extraction using biotechnology; Aggregate Knowledge, a platform for online discovery; and Cooliris, an incubation focused on a new browsing UI with several recent Stanford grads. Trae is currently focusing on opportunities where Green and Consumer intersect. Her most recent investment is RecycleBank, an incentive program that rewards consumers for recycling.
Prior to KPCB, Trae was a co-founder of Good Technology, a KPCB portfolio company (acquired by Motorola) that provides an end-to-end wireless corporate email solution. While at Good, Trae helped orchestrate the development of the G100 handheld device. Prior to Good Technology, Trae worked as a design engineer at IDEO Product Development where she developed a range of products including the PalmV, the Dell Latitude Docking station and many others. Trae holds 13 patents.
Trae earned a Bachelor's and Master's in Mechanical Engineering with honors from Stanford University and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Trae is passionate about new technology, good design and spending time with her husband, Steve, and two children.
Dr. Zheng Xu founded Sierra Solar Power Inc with a vision to make solar electricity more affordable through high volume automatic production and improved solar cell conversion efficiency.
Prior to Sierra Solar Power, Dr. Xu was an executive at Applied Materials, Inc. for 15 years. Most recently, he was corporate vice president and general manager of CPI products business group, a metal thin film products group in Applied Materials. In his role, Dr. Xu spearheaded the development, the market penetration, and the manufacturing cost reduction of leading edge thin film products such as Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD), atomic layer deposition (ALD) and Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD). By 2006, the CPI business group significantly improved product differentiation, market momentum, and business performance, and achieved > $1.2B revenue, with 73% market share in metal thin film market and >55% gross margin. Recently, Dr. Xu also initiated the new product development in Xi'an, China, built the team and infrastructure, and developed the first 300mm semiconductor equipment in China.
Dr. Xu joined Applied Materials in 1992 as a process engineer; he was a team member of an internal startup, the PVD products division. During his tenure, he advanced rapidly from technology manager, senior manager, director, managing director, general manager of metal CVD division, general manager of PVD division, and vice president.
Dr. Xu began his career at Toshiba Corporation as a thin film engineer after he received his Ph.D. in materials science from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He also owns a doctoral degree in electrical engineering from Osaka University in Japan. He received his B.S. in semiconductor devices from Zhejiang University in China. Author of numerous technical papers, Dr. Xu holds 69 US patents and 13 US patents pending.
HYSTA (Hua Yuan Science and Technology Association, www.hysta.org) is a leading Chinese professional association in US. Founded in 1999 by a group of successful Chinese entrepreneurs, HYSTA aims at nurturing entrepreneurship and career development among Chinese technology and business professionals and facilitates networking and the exchange of business ideas between Silicon Valley and China. This event is organized by Distinguished Speaker Series (DSS), a HYSTA chapter.
Official Website: http://www.hysta.org/event_detail.php?id=216
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