Berkeley ABC: Disrupt Asia 2014

This article was written with the assistance of current junior, Kenny Yu.

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On March 1, 2014, Berkeley ABC (Asian Business Conference) will take place at the Haas School of Business in UC Berkeley. Berkeley ABC is the largest student-run Asia-focused business conference on the West Coast. Over 500 Bay Area students, faculty, and professionals across various industries will be joining the event to explore how technology is transforming businesses in the said continent.

Register to attend the event here: Event Brite – Asia Business Conference

This year’s conference is entitled Disrupt Asia 2014. It will shed some light into the role of technology in dramatically changing fields such as healthcare, consumer goods, and finance in Asia. Berkeley ABC has invited Holly Liu, Co-Founder and Chief of Staff of Kabam, Peter Goodson, Retired Partner Clayton, Dubilier & Rice (CD&R), and Chairman of the Mekong Capital Operating Advisory Board, and Haas’s very own Dean Rich Lyons.


Kabam is the leader in the western world for free-to-play core games. Holly’s role in Kabam involves overseeing the company’s corporate culture as head of People Operations (“People Ops”), which is responsible for driving Kabam’s vision, mission, and values for its more than 775 employees in offices around the world.

Clayton_Dubilier_Rice_180942CD&R was founded in 1978 and is one of the very first management buyout firms. Peter is a pioneer in the private equity discipline as an early stage partner at CD&R. The firm specializes in accomplishing significant operational improvements at companies like Hertz, Home Depot, and Lexmark to capture value.

Other panelists to join the industry talks include:

  • Jingming Li – Alibaba Group VP and Chief Architect for Alipay International
  • Shamil Hargovan – Group Product Manager, HP’s Applications and Services Group
  • Wei Li – Deputy GM, Suning US (top 3 B2C ecomerce in China)
  • Andreas Weigend – Professor at Stanford and Berkeley
  • Michael Oh – Portfolio Manager, Asia Science & Technology Fund, Matthews Asia
  • Victor Tong – Managing Partner and Angel Investor, Webplus Ventures
  • Dr. Xiao Wang – CEO, InnoSpring
  • Jay Chen – CEO, Confihealth Solutions

The Berkeley ABC has also planned an interactive case study session to examine in depth technology’s huge impact in the Asian market. Finally, students are invited to participate in the conference’s business plan pitch competition to show ideas that use technology to disrupt business practices and attractive opportunities for doing business and investment in Asia.

The pitch competition is sponsored by Samsung’s Innovation Center. Interested participants should go to this website to learn more: Deadlines are outlined below.

  • 2/21: Write up your idea in two pages or less
  • 2/25: Be selected as one of the top five
  • 3/1: Pitch your ideas to a panel of industry experts
  • WIN: $1,500 for 1st place, $500 for 2nd, or $200 for 3rd

Denice Sy
Class of 2014

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