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Первая тема: Entrepreneurial Landscape and Ecosystem

Первый спикер: Tien Wong, Founder of The Big Idea CONNECTpreneur Forum; Private Investor; CEO at Opus8

Tien Wong is a tech entrepreneur, CEO, and angel investor. He is Chairman & CEO of Opus8, Inc., a private investment and strategic advisory firm specializing in tech investments and fundraising for alternative investment funds and companies seeking to raise capital. Opus8’s Phoenix Fund makes early stage investments in remarkable fintech, proptech, healthtech, and martech companies that are disrupting their markets and changing the world. Tien is Chairman of Lumious, a Virginia-based EdTech company which provides advanced tech training, mobile e-learning, and software development to Fortune 500 customers. He is also Chairman of Lore, a national provider of IT and business process outsourcing services to commercial and government clients. 

Tien has made direct investments in over 25 early stage companies and VC funds. He has been an investor/shareholder and mentor to several successful companies including Parature (exited to Microsoft for $100 million+), Transactis (exited to MasterCard), DataRPM (exited to Progress Software), LiveLook (exited to Oracle), TerraCycle, and TopBox, among others.
Tien has assisted several dozen leading venture capital and private equity fund managers in raising institutional and family office capital. Some of these clients include Morgan Stanley, Mitsubishi Corp., TPG, Ares, StepStone, Thomas H. Lee, K1, and US Venture Partners.

In 2012, Tien created the Big Idea CONNECTpreneur Forum, a now-global community of over 20,000 founders, CEOs, angels, VCs, CXOs and other business leaders. The community hosts bi-monthly live Forums with upwards of 600 attendees, as well as monthly virtual online Forums and pitch events with several hundred attendees. Events feature VIP guests, speakers, exciting presenting companies, and the best CXO to CXO networking on the East Coast.

In 1991, Tien co-founded and served as Chairman & CEO of CyberRep, Inc. until its acquisition in 2003 by a “Fortune 500”company, which was then acquired by Xerox. CyberRep was one of the world’s largest privately held CRM outsourcing companies, operating 9 customer interaction centers throughout the USA with over 2,300 employees and $80 million in revenue. Today, the CyberRep business units comprise about $2 billion in revenue as divisions of Xerox and Conduent. CyberRep garnered multiple prestigious awards including Customer Inter@ction Solutions magazine’s MVP Quality Award and Customer Interface magazine’s ACCE (Award for Call Center Excellence), as well as INC. magazine’s 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2000’s «Inc. 500» recognition as the 51st, 53rd, 72nd and 408th fastest growing private company in the USA, respectively. CyberRep was profitable for 11 consecutive years and was backed by Allied Capital Corporation, a $5 billion investment company.

Вторая тема: Articulating MVP

Второй спикер: Anton Trantin, Principal at Angelneers; Tech Entrepreneur and Investor

Anton Trantin is a tech-addicted entrepreneur, product creator, software engineer, speaker, leader.

Being tech-addicted since 2003 started a professional career in 2006 as a Software engineer writing low-level software and drivers for earth-based satellite stations using C++ and ASM stack under RHAS and KDevelop environments.

In 2009 graduated the BMSTU with a Master’s degree in Theoretic physics and nano-technology in radio electronics. I did my thesis on the facilities of a 40m-diameter electron storage ring SIBERIA-2 for the design and construction of the micromechanical gyroscope-accelerometer. Such kind of device is used a lot nowadays in every mobile phone to manage the orientation of your screen.

By 2015 was involved in dozens of tech-projects as a Software engineer and an Architect and was honored with the Appreciation letter for the Intelligent traffic system developed and launched during the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi 2014. During this period of time, I had hands-on experience using in production a huge set of different programming languages: Delphi, Java EE, C#, PHP, C++, Python, JavaScript, Objective-C and still find myself stack-agnostic finding most of the issues in communication and business rather than in the technology itself.

In 2016 graduated from the Innopolis University with a Master’s degree in Software Engineering backed by MSIT SE CMU original program with GPA 4.06 and opened the Innosoft software company specialized in computer vision, ML, and blockchain technology. Since this period of time 200% involved in building our own tech product YORSO (www.yorso.com) as a CEO and ex-CTO.

In 2017-2018 was heavily involved in the blockchain activities as a fundraiser, developer, speaker, judge. I became a member of PulsarVC to lead the track related to decentralized ledgers due to the relevant expertise and network.

In 2019 graduated from the #500Startups & Sberbank acceleration program as a TOP7 team and the best demo day pitch; afterward was honored as a TOP Ocean and Seafood technology at Stanford during Fish 2.0 initiative final.

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