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THE NEXT BIG THING: Asian American Economic Empowerment Conference

Today's business world is constantly and rapidly changing. With so much to know, so much to learn and so much to keep up with, it's easy to get overwhelmed by the business tools, technology and ideas that are supposed to help us with our businesses. The 5th Annual Asian American Economic Empowerment Conference will focus on technology and innovation. What is the next BIG thing? How will we know it? How  can we leverage it ? How will we monetize it?

Workshops to include:

- Crowdfunding and Other Ways to Finance Your Business
- The Mobile Frontier
- After Facebook and Twitter: Understanding the New Social Media.
- Start-up Resources: Incubators and University Tech Transfers
- What Angel Investors and Venture Capitalists Want You to Know.
- Hidden Income Streams: Monetizing Your Intellectual Properties
- Real Innovations: The Next Big Thing


Guest Speaker: John Liu, NYC Comptroller, will be giving a talk on Economic climate in NYC and available programs for entrepreneurs!


Special keynote address by Justin Choi, founder and president of CIE Games, maker of CarTown.

Justin Choi is a serial entrepreneur who founded three fast-growing businesses with more than 100 employees.  To his credit are Cie Studios, ( an award-winning digital agency that specializes in creating custom web, social, and mobile apps for top brands; and Cie Games, a venture-funded spinoff that builds mobile and social games including Car Town, one of the top games on Facebook and the Apple App Store with over 50 million players worldwide and featured partnerships and in-game integrations with more than 50 major companies and brands. Justin Choi is currently CEO of his third venture, Nativo (, a patent-pendingadvertising platform that enables publishers to easily activate, deploy and manage native ad placements across their media properties. Nativo is a leading technology provider in one of the fastest growing segments of digital advertising.

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Conference Schedule

8:00 - 8:50 am Registration/Breakfast

8:50 - 9:00 am Welcome

9:00 - 10:10 Plenary "Real Innovations: The Next Big Thing"

- Alejandro Crawford and Brian Gurski - Senior Consultants, Acceleration Group

10:10 - 10:20 Break

10:20 - 11:30 Session I

a) The Mobile Frontier

- Mark Caron - Mobile Technology Consultant
- Mo Krochmal - Executive Founding Editor, Social TV Daily
- Ricky Wong - Sr. Product Manager, Mobility & UC, Shoretel
- Ning Zhang - Instructional Design Manager, Mediaocean (Moderator)

b) Monetizing Your Intellectual Property

- Julia Cheng, Esq - Founding Principal, CyberlawStudio
- Albert Wai-Kit Chan, Esq. - Principal, Offices of Albert Wai-Kit Chan
- Jack Chung, Esq - Law Offices of Jack W. Chung, P.C. (Moderator)


11:30 - 12:40 Session II

a) After Facebook and Twitter: Understanding the New Social Media

- Yangbo Du - Co-founder, MediaWire
- Noah Fenn - Account Director, AOL
- Anneke Jong - Vice President of Business Development, Bread
- Mathew Thomas - CEO, EventTech Labs
- Vikram Rajan - Co-founder, Phoneblogger (Moderator)

b) What Angel Investors and Venture Capitalists Want You to Know

- Kanya Balakrishna - Co-Founder and President, The Future Project
- Edlyn Yuen - Senior Associate, StarVest
- Tristan Zhang - Partner, Managing Director, Helix Capital
- Joyce Moy - Executive Director, AAARI (Moderator)


12:40 - 2:00 Lunch  Keynote: John Liu, NYC Comptroller

2:00 - 3:10 Session III

a) Start-up Resources: Incubators and University Tech Transfers

- John Blaho - Director for Industrial-Academic Research, CUNY
- Steven Kuyan - Assistant Director, Incubator Initiatives at NYU Polytechnic Institute
- Liqiang Derek Tou - Founder, MandarinArk; Managing Director, Haiti Ventures; President, SAPA-NE
- Jenny Tsai - Co-founder, Violet Health
- Ramon Gil - Managing Director, Fresh Concentrate LLC; DGTemps

b) Crowd Funding and Other Ways to Finance Your Business

- Rohit Arora - CEO and co-founder, Biz2Credit
- Debra Borchardt - Market Analyst, The Street
- Andrea Louie - Executive Diurector, Asian American Arts Alliance
- Sang Lee - CEO & Founder at Return on Change
- Suzette C. Bather - Director, NYC MBDA Center, NCRC (Moderator)

3:10 - 5:00 Reception - Keynote:  Justin Choi, Founder and President of CIE Games, maker of CarTown


Organized by the Asian American/Asian Research Institute and
the Asian-American Entrepreneurs Network.

Sponsors: Casablanca Ventures, Larissa Buerano Agency and DGTemps.
Supporters: the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, the National Minority Business Council
and the Workshop in Business Opportunities





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  • Elizabeth H.

    It was great conference. I got so much information and the key note by Justin Choi was very inspiring.

    March 29, 2013

  • Vikram R., co-founder, Moderator of 11:30am Social Media panel

    March 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to this event! Thanks for organizing it...

    March 20, 2013

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