Seminar Series (1) – Success in Silicon Valley
When: Back to Calendar September 12, 2012 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Where: Computer History Museum
1401 N Shoreline Blvd
Mountain View,CA 94043
Contact: The Swedish American Chamber of Commerce


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The Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce San Francisco/Silicon Valley welcomes you to attend our first seminar in the Chamber’s Fall Seminar Series. For decades Silicon Valley has formed successful companies with immense spillover effects on the start-up industry. Why is it that Silicon Valley continuously fosters successful companies – despite challenges in the world economy? What can Sweden, one of Europe’s most innovative countries, and Swedish companies, learn from the extraordinary culture and innovation system we can find in Silicon Valley? What can Silicon Valley learn from Sweden and its long history of Swedish ingenuity?
The format of the event will be a panel discussion with great networking opportunities both before and after the panel.





6:00 pm Doors Open

Registration with networking and refreshments


6:30 pm Welcome by Vesna Ljunggren

Welcome by SACC SF/SV Executive Director


6:35 pm Introduction by Moderator

Presentation of the topic by moderator TBA


6:40 pm Panel Discussion with Q&A


7:55 pm Wrap-up with moderator


8:00 pm Networking & Refreshments




Charles Carter – Partner, K & L Gates LLP


Charlie Carter, a partner in K&L Gates’sSeattleoffice, focuses his practice on the formation, financing and general corporate counseling of high-growth companies. He has more than 15 years experience in seed and venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property transactions and commercial arrangements. He is co-leader of K&L Gates’ worldwide Emerging Growth and Venture Capital practice.



Dr. Arthur Bienenstock – Special Assistant to the President for Federal Research Policy & Director of the Wallenberg Research Link at Stanford University


Arthur Bienenstock is Special Assistant to the President for Federal Research Policy and Director of the Wallenberg Research Link at Stanford University. He is a professor emeritus of Photon Science.  Dr. Bienenstock also served Stanford University as: Vice Provost and Dean of Research and Graduate Policy (2003-6), Director, Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (1978-97), and Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs (1972-77).


From November, 1997 through January, 2001, while on leave from Stanford, he was the Associate Director for Science of the White House Office and Science and Technology Policy. From 1963 to 1967, he was on the faculty of Harvard University.

His research is in solid-state physics, amorphous materials and synchrotron radiation. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1962.  In addition, he was a recipient of a Ph.D. (honorary) from Polytechnic University in 1997 and from Lund University in June, 2006. He became a  foreign member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences in October, 2010.


Sheridan Tatsuno – Principal, Dreamscape Global San Francisco


Sheridan Tatsuno is a seasoned businessman with over 30 years of experience in the high-tech, urban planning, and film/TV industries. Raised in Silicon Valley, Mr. Tatsuno has advised over 700 tech companies in the U.S., Japan, Asia and Europe as a senior analyst at Dataquest (1982-1989) and Dreamscape Global (1989-present). Mr. Tatsuno has worked in Venezuela, Japan, and Sweden. He is a graduate of Yale and Harvard’s Graduate School of Design.


Richard J. Elkus, JR. – Silicon Valley Engineering Council Hall of Fame


Richard J. Elkus, JR has been a founder, Chairman, CEO and Director of several high-tech companies and has operated in Silicon Valley for decades. In 2009 he was inducted into the Silicon Valley Engineering Council Hall of Fame. Richard is also member of the Board of Trustees of The Scripps Research Institute, The Palo Alto Medical Foundation and University of California Merced Foundation and The University of California President’s Board on Science and Innovation. In 2008 Mr. Elkus authored Winner Take All: How Competitiveness Shapes the Fate of Nations.  Mr. Elkus received his undergraduate degree from Stanford University and his MBA from Dartmouth College, Tuck School of Business Administration.


Duncan Logan – Founder & CEO Rocket Space


Duncan Logan is the founder of RocketSpace Inc, a technology accelerator in San   Francisco. From a Scottish farming background Duncan started his career working in derivatives at Swiss Bank Corporation, London. At 24 he started his first company CITYPRO which over three years he built to $8m revenue before selling in 2000. Duncan then joined a tech startup MessageLabs, one of the early SAAS Security Companies which later sold to Symantec in 2008 for $700m. Arriving in San Francisco, Duncan founded NationalBLS Inc a money burning concept which he hastily extinguished to start RocketSpace. Duncan is a good skier, an average runner and at weekends can be found renewing his frustration with golf.


Nicolai Wadström - Founder BootstrapLabs


Nicolai Wadstrom is a serial entrepreneur resident in Silicon Valley, and the founder of BootstrapLabs. He founded his first startup company in 1995, and have been starting and running a number of startup companies since then, ranging from software, gaming, Internet, media and professional services. Angel investor and adviser to Internet, Software, Mobile and Digital Media startups in Europe and Silicon Valley, including BootstrapLabs portfolio.



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