Past Events


Silicon Valley Innovation Center held its annual Banking Disrupted conference on Wednesday, September 14th-September 15th, 2016 at Elks Lodge in Palo Alto.

Almost 300 attendees registered for this event, coming together for two day full of panel discussions, keynote speeches, startup pitches and – last but not the least – networking with business leaders and industry experts.

SVIC's "Banking Disrupted" Summit provides industry leaders in this space with the unique opportunity to meet face-to-face with leading innovators and disruptors from Silicon Valley to discuss the threats and opportunities arising from emerging technologies. Don’t miss your chance to become a part of this powerful dialogue. Gain valuable insights and make meaningful connections that might define the future of your business!


SMART INVESTING & IoT: Meet Hot StartUps & Learn IoT Investment Strategies Of The Future

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Silicon Valley Innovation Center held its annual Smart Investing & IoT conference on Thursday, January 21, 2016 at Quadrus Conference Center in Menlo Park.

Almost 300 attendees registered for this event, coming together for a day full of panel discussions, keynote speeches, startup pitches and – last but not the least – networking with investors and industry experts.

On Friday, January 22nd, the conference attendees were able to visit Open House sessions hosted by local IoT companies. Despite the inclement weather, the turnout was quite high and the tour was conducted to everyone’s satisfaction.


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Insurance Disrupted | Silicon Valley | 2015

The November 2015 Insurance Disrupted Conference accelerated dialog, connections, and action amongst innovative leading companies who are paving the way to the new business models, new digital technologies and infrastructures . Conference highlights: Disruptive leadership panels discussing what's coming next, new players, and technologies and strategies to engage customers. Included was a showcase of local InsurTech startups along with breakout session discussions and conference led meetings with innovative companies.


 Silicon Valley Innovation Center hosted a Special VIP Insurance Thought Leadership Event on Thursday, Oct 15th, 2015 in San Francisco which was sponsored by Saama Technologies on Disrupting Insurance with Big Data Analytics.  The event included leading innovators and thought leaders from insurance companies, venture capital, innovation labs and technology companies discussing the new insurance customer and the critical role of big data analytics in the new digital operating model.

The Future of Venture Capital & Angel Investing

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Andrew Romans, General Partner & Co-founder of Rubicon Venture Capital and Author of the Book, The Entrepreneurial Bible to Venture Capital, Inside Secrets from the Leaders in the Startup Game.

We hosted a half-day workshop for investors, where Andrew Romans discussed portfolio construction strategies for angels and VCs, spoke about different options to invest, and shared with like-minded people specifics on how to invest and what are the key mistakes to avoid.



ROBOTICS AS A BUSINESS: Monetizing the Emerging Megatrend in Commercial Robotics

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The Robotics as a Business conference – the first of the annual events organized by Silicon Valley Innovation Center as a part of its Emerging Trends and Disruptive Technologies series of conferences – took place on July 30-31 in San Mateo, CA.

The event attracted about 200 attendees and was watched via live stream in 10 overseas locations, as well as across the United States. The conference was proclamed by its attendees a great success and an event to look forward to in the future.


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DATA ALCHEMY Conference: Emerging Trends of Predictive Analytics for Marketing - Sales - Finance - IT

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The DATA ALCHEMY conference was held on Thursday May 21st 2015
This was the first in our new Conference Series on Emerging Trends and Disruptive Technologies. This focus of the event was to help business manages get on the cutting edge of emerging trends and real use applications of predictive analytics or business, e.g

Marketing - Sales - Finance - IT.
This conference was specifically designed for business executives to deliver focused expertise on incorporating predictive into a business strategy now. 
It’s the next big competitive edge for business because over the next eighteen months the use of predictive analytics will become standard. By the end of 2015, 50% of applications are going to be predictive. (Aragon Research) Leverage predictive or be faced with playing a catch up game.​

The $1 Prototype - Lean Mobile UX Design and Rapid Innovation for Material Design, iOS8, and RWD

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Greg Nudelman, CEO of DesignCaffeine and Author of "$1 Prototype" shared his thoughts with our audience on the most effective ways to produce a design that work.

The techniques in $1 Prototype are the EXACT SAME techniques used by Google to create the Material Design ”Digital Paper” and to instruct their very select group of startups at Google Ventures.  And now you can take these lean, modern mobile innovation techniques and apply them to your own project.

You don’t need expensive design software, time-consuming deliverables and extensive documentation. You need simple, compelling UX techniques that produce immediate results.

That’s exactly what The $1 Prototype delivers.


Zappos Labs: Innovation the Zappos Way

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Director of Zappos Labs, Will Young and JP Mangalindan of Mashable.

We hosted a fireside chat with Will Young, Director of Zappos Labs, moderated by JP Mangalindan, Technology Reporter of Mashable - a night of great insights into innovation in e-commerce, organization structure and company culture at Zappos!



How to Build Habit-Forming Products

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Nir Yeal, bestselling author of "Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products" shared his secrets of building services and products compelling enough to "hook" users, followed by some friendly advice on how to get "unhooked".



The Science of Capturing People's Attention

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Ben Parr, Author of "Captivology", Co-founder of Dominate Fund and former Editor-at-Large of Mashable, explained the psychological phenomena that captivate our attention— and how we can leverage them to draw and retain attention for our ideas, work, companies, and more.


New Frontiers of Hardware and Robotics Investing. Challenges and Solutions

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Shahin Farshchi, a partner at Lux Capital and acknowledged expert in investing in hardware and robotics companies, shared his advice to entrepreneurs interested in developing new technologies to revolutionize robotics and hardware industries.


The Future of Business. Innovate or Die

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Brian Solis, Principal Analyst at Altimeter Group.

In partnership with Startup Socials we hosted a fireside chat & book signing with Brian Solis. He talked about why disruptors would define the next 10 years, how human behavior was also being disrupted, and what you could do to capitalize on this time of instability.


Strategies for Sparking Innovation & Creativity Throughout Your Organization

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Jonathan Littman, Co-author of the bestseller, Ten Faces of Innovation, Professor of Innovation, University of San Francisco, Founder, Snowball Narrative.

Thirty-nine intelligent and curious men and women from Pandora, UCSF, Walmart, Konica Minolta, Symantec, Accela, Cisco, and many other elite companies and agencies attended the engaging and interactive one-day seminar with Jonathan Littman.


Make a Social Impact. How to Incorporate Philanthropy Into Your Enterprise

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Julie Trell, Founder & Advisor to All Things Fun, Meaningful & Rewarding, Advisor at The Gratitude Network, Founding Member of the Foundation.

In her keynote presentation Julie Trell, Founding member of Salesforce Foundation, gave some hands-on advice on how to make a social impact and incorporate philanthropy into an enterprise.


How to Growth Hack Your Content Marketing and Convert Visitors into Customers

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Neil Patel, Co-Founder & VP of Marketing at KISSmetrics, Co-Founder at Crazy Egg & Quick Sprout.

In his presentation Neil Patel gave some hands-on advice on how to growth hack your content marketing and convert users into customers.


Helping Small Businesses and Startups Win Customers Online

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Steven Aldrich, SVP, Business Applications at GoDaddy.

In his keynote presentation Steven Aldrich spoke about why very small business is the next big thing for the global economy and how to start winning your customers online.


What Corporations Should Know About Corporate VCs (CVCs)

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Andrew Romans, General Partner of Rubicon VC.

Andrew Romans discussed what corporations should know about corporate VCs (CVCs): classic mistakes and pitfalls to avoid. He also discussed how to raise angel and venture capital funding, how to exit a company with maximum value for both founders and investors, and how to build value in a startup.


How We Built a Billion Dollar Business

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Renaud Visage, Co-Founder & CTO of Eventbrite.

Renaud, who is responsible for the internationalization of Eventbrite, engaged the community in a conversation about entrepreneurship, expanding your markets, identifying and meeting the customers' needs.


Ask, Measure, Learn. How to Extract Significant Business Value from Big Data

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Lutz Finger, Director of Data Science at LinkedIn.

In his keynote presentation, Lutz Finger, Director of Data Science at LinkedIn and co-author of the book, will show how to work with data to obtain usable results.

Data is changing our world. Predictions using massive data not only have improved many products. At the same time, they have, in some industries, disrupted business models and created new ones. 

What does an organization need to do to generate a new competitive advantage out of data? The answer might be surprising. “Change the state of mind.” 

Companies do not need big data. They essentially want small and actionable advice. Some predictions will need big data to surface relevant information, but not all. The key to success for many companies, however, is to enable “data-driven” decision making. 


Perfect Pitch. How to Attract Key Stake-Holders & Investors For Your Project

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David Mosby, Executive Director, Keiretsu Forum Academy, Ambassador, Serial Entrepreneur, Author, and Speaker.

David Mosby gave a talk on his innovative and powerful approach called "PerfectPitch" for resonating with lenders, and investors with confidence, conviction and clarity.

PerfectPitch is an innovative approach to content, structure, and preparation that equips you to tell your best story ever.




Winning Big. How to Market & Sell Disruptive Products to Mainstream Customers

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Michael Eckhardt, Managing Director of Chasm Institute.

A keynote session on the “Crossing the Chasm 3.0” book with Michael Eckhardt, Noted Silicon Valley Strategy Consultant, Managing Director of Chasm Institute




US-Russia Technology Symposium

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The founders of Silicon Valley Innovation Center co-founded US-Russia Technology Symposium which linked investors, entrepreneurs and motivational leaders in an intense program of inspirational speeches, breakout sessions, networking events and interactive panel discussions focused on creating change, new deals and global partnerships. It explored ways to find niche markets harboring the next big ideas by bringing together business and policy leaders with up-and-coming startups in the real world. It served not only as a platform for unveiling the latest market intelligence, but also as a partnership-building process that allowed companies to transform their vision into reality through strategic alliances.

“US-Russia Technology Symposium is one of the premier events in the world that brings together academic and innovation leaders in one place to exchange ideas about trends and technology, new things that might be cropping up, exposing visibility to new ideas and new technology trends while at the same time having around the potential investors, the potential business people who would take those trends and turn them into goods and services.”

Edward F. Crawley
President of the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology