Partner Event: SVOD2018 - Silicon Valley Open Doors Conference
May
30
to May 31

Partner Event: SVOD2018 - Silicon Valley Open Doors Conference

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SVOD 2018 is a leading boutique startup investment conference that takes place on May 30-31, 2018 in Mountain View, CA. It brings together more than 1.5K attendees, including over 600 startup founders, 50+ gurus of the tech industry, 300+ top angels and VCs, 800+ experts, and much more.

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Partner event: Fully Autonomous Vehicles: Removing the front-seat driver
May
24
6:00 PM18:00

Partner event: Fully Autonomous Vehicles: Removing the front-seat driver

  • William R. Hewlett Teaching Center, Room 200, Stanford University (map)
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Use a promo code VLABAV10 for $10 off.

Fully Autonomous Vehicles: Removing the front-seat driver

Stanford University.

The automotive industry is bracing for a new surge of progress and opportunity, with billions of dollars on the line. The potential is huge. People have been dreaming about self-driving cars for decades, and recent sales have shown that consumers are willing to spend big bucks for this dream.

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Mikhail Kazinik: "Laughter Through Tears"
May
18
to May 20

Mikhail Kazinik: "Laughter Through Tears"

Russian-Swedish violinist, musicologist, author, and educator, Mikhail Kazinik possesses an incredible gift of insight where creative genius is concerned. A charismatic storyteller, he captivates his audiences with a thought-provoking and inspiring excursion into the world of music, art, and the history of human creativity. This May, joined on stage by the Bay Area finest musicians, maestro Kazinik brings to you two different programs with a common thread: influence of Jewish folklore in classical music. Special features: the art of Mark Chagall in Part I and The World of Klezmer - authentic performances - in Part II.

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Stanford University: the book launch event "From Cold War to Hot Peace"
May
14
7:00 PM19:00

Stanford University: the book launch event "From Cold War to Hot Peace"

Stanford University Seminar. 

"From Cold War to Hot Peace: An American Ambassador in Putin’s Russia" 
Michael A. McFaul, Stanford Universit

The book launch event will take place on May 14th at 7 PM at Cubberley auditorium at Stanford. Below is the link with all details. Please let me know if you have any questions. 

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AmBAR VIP Club: Lunch With Yossi Vardi
May
1
12:00 PM12:00

AmBAR VIP Club: Lunch With Yossi Vardi

Lunch with Yossi Vardi, the legendary Israeli entrepreneur, and investor

Bio:
Doctorate in Operation Research, Technion. Over 49 years' experience co-founding, leading and helping build over 60 high-tech companies. Formerly: Director-General, ministries of Development and Energy; Chairman, Israel National Oil Co.; Jerusalem Foundation; participated in peace talks with Egypt, Palestinians, Jordan, Syria; advised World Bank, UNDP, Mexico Gov't; early entrepreneur in Israel; co-pioneered instant messaging as founding investor and chairman, Mirabilis; creator, ICQ, sold to AOL; numerous IPOs and acquisitions by Microsoft, Yahoo, eBay, Cisco, IAC, others; member, boards, state and private corporations.

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Bitcoin and Bubbles - John H. Cochrane, Professor of Stanford University
Mar
29
6:30 PM18:30

Bitcoin and Bubbles - John H. Cochrane, Professor of Stanford University

So, what's up with Bitcoin? - Is it a "bubble'', a mania of irrational crowds, the first ever distributed planetary scale Ponzi scheme, or our inevitable future?

Register: https://bitcoin-bubbles.eventbrite.com/
FREE for AmBAR members.

Learn all about bitcoin from a true expert! Meet our engaging speaker - Stanford University Professor, John H. Cochrane - one of the most influential experts on economics and business models of cryptocurrencies and blockchains, who kindly agreed to share his views and findings with us.

John is one of the most famous and prolific economists of his generation, with his poignant and often provocative commentaries shaping the market and regulatory decisions. His economic blog is a must-read for the economic and business elite.

At the event, John will reveal the economic secrets behind cryptocurrencies and provide his forecast for the bitcoin future.

About speaker:

John H. Cochrane is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution. He is also a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and an adjunct scholar of the CATO Institute.

Before joining Hoover, Cochrane was a Professor of Finance at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, and earlier at its Economics Department. Cochrane earned a bachelor’s degree in physics at MIT and his PhD in economics at the University of California at Berkeley. He was a junior staff economist on the Council of Economic Advisers (1982–83).

Cochrane’s recent publications include the book Asset Pricing and articles on dynamics in stock and bond markets, the volatility of exchange rates, the term structure of interest rates, the returns to venture capital, liquidity premiums in stock prices, the relation between stock prices and business cycles, and option pricing when investors can’t perfectly hedge. His monetary economics publications include articles on the relationship between deficits and inflation, the effects of monetary policy, and the fiscal theory of the price level. He has also written articles on macroeconomics, health insurance, time-series econometrics, financial regulation, and other topics. He was a coauthor of The Squam Lake Report. His Asset Pricing PhD class is available online via Coursera.

Cochrane frequently contributes editorial opinion essays to the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg.com, and other publications. He maintains the Grumpy Economist blog.

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Russian Heritage Night
Feb
27
7:00 PM19:00

Russian Heritage Night

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Event Details

The Russian Heritage Night will take place as part of the San Jose Sharks game on Thursday, March 8th!  This will be a great chance to meet other Russians and bond at a Sharks game as we celebrate the Russian culture.

With Russian native, Vladamir Tarasenko, and the St. Louis Blues in town, we are in for a fun night where guests will receive a Russian-Sharks beanie and have the chance to join Russian native and Sharks great, Evgeni Nabokov for a Russian group photo after the game. 

o   Thursday, March 8, 2018 (doors open at 6:15pm, puck drop at 7:30pm)

o   SAP Center in San Jose

How to join? 

o   Limited tickets are available online at: www.SJSharks.com/Russian (Code: RUSSIAN)

o   For questions, please call Chris Jensen at 408-977-4781or email: CJensen@SharksSports.net

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Partner's Event: The Age of AI
Jan
31
to Feb 1

Partner's Event: The Age of AI

The goal of our conference is to facilitate the networking, find partners and clients, learn about technology today and tech of tomorrow. If you are looking for a well-rounded perspective on modern ideas in AI and its industrial applications, eager to meet scientists and engineers at the discussion table, find co-founders or business partners — welcome to Age of AI!

We have invited some of the best experts to share their experience with us and lead the collective development of machine learning methods. Each of them will give a talk on their topic, kickstarting the Q&A session — and the following discussion break.

We engineered the agenda in a way to facilitate the networking between the attendees: each session is followed by a networking break to encourage interaction and avoid information overload.

Details: https://aimeetupseries.com/ (use the code Ambar30 to get 30% discount)

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Old New Year AmBAR Party
Jan
12
to Jan 13

Old New Year AmBAR Party

Let's celebrate together! Old New Year AmBAR Party!

Register: https://old-new-year.eventbrite.com/
(FREE for AmBAR members. Join AmBAR: http://www.ambarclub.org/join/)

Experience the pulse of San Francisco in the electric energy W SAN FRANCISCO (http://www.trace-sf.com/en/nightlife_upstairs - TRACE room) with incredible DJ Oscar Bo!!! 

 

If you think that the holiday spirit goes away after the New Year celebration is over, you can not be more wrong. On January 14th the party is still going strong in Russia, everyone is celebrating the Old New Year.

Even though The Old New Year is not an official holiday, January 14th is widely enjoyed although on a smaller scale. It is a tradition to have another, smaller feast. Most Russians keep their New Year trees until after the Old New Year.

The Old New Year or the Orthodox New Year is an informal traditional holiday, celebrated as the start of the New Year by the Julian calendar. In the 20th and 21st centuries, the Old New Year falls on January 14 in the Gregorian calendar.

Folk traditions, like the singing of carols and the telling of fortunes, may be observed during Russia’s Old New Year, and a large meal may be served.

A couple of folk traditions were an essential part of the celebration:

  • Children and young adults traveled from house-to-house with the carols, asking for treats. The treat was usually the pirogi or any other food. All the food was collected in a basket and eaten just after the event.
  • The Telling of Fortunes (Гадание) - a ritual aimed at contacting the spirits in order to obtain information about the future, was a must, especially for the girls dreaming about happy marriage and love and for everyone who wanted to know what the future holds. Throwing a felt boot (valenok) or any other type of shoe on the road and looking at the direction of the toe, which supposed to show the direction of where the future husband comes from, was one of the most popular activities.

Register: https://old-new-year.eventbrite.com/

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Partners event: Social Impact Youth Summit (co-hosted by the United Nations and Gooddler)
Nov
11
to Nov 12

Partners event: Social Impact Youth Summit (co-hosted by the United Nations and Gooddler)

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The Gooddler Social Impact Youth Summit inspires a new generation of technology-oriented youth to invest their entrepreneurial brainpower into solving the world’s acute humanitarian problems. http://gooddler.org

Set annually by Gooddler Foundation (501(c)3) jointly with the United Nations, the Summit is a vibrant forum for university and high school student leaders to get challenged, learn, and connect with a global community of changemakers.

This year’s Summit is held at Stanford University on November 11-12 (Saturday-Sunday), 2017.

The Summit brings together students to interact with successful entrepreneurs and corporate leaders and encourage the new generation to invest their knowledge and drive into the matters of social entrepreneurship.

Register: http://gyouth.eventbrite.org

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AR Battle: Robert Scoble and Vitaly Ponomarev
Sep
27
6:30 PM18:30

AR Battle: Robert Scoble and Vitaly Ponomarev

Register: https://ARbattle.eventbrite.com/

Interested how AR future looks like and why the shortest way to get there goes through China? 

Meet Robert Scoble, the most famous American futurist blogger, and Vitaly Ponomarev, a global entrepreneur who’s holographic AR technology company WayRay recently got funded by Alibaba. 

On Sept. 27, 6:30 PM they will be ready to share their experience with you.

Great networking! Light food and drinks will be provided. 

FREE for AmBAR members: http://www.ambarclub.org/join/

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Robert Scoble, famous American blogger-futurist blogger, technical evangelist, and author. 
Robert Scoble predicts how technological innovations affect the strategies of global companies, creating new trends in the market. He was a tech evangelist at Microsoft and co-founded the first corporate blog Channel 9. Now he works at the company Rackspace for six years he interviewed the leading developers and businessmen in the field of future technologies, including Mark Zuckerberg and Tony Shay, the founder of Zappos.His blog Scobleizer can be considered a full-fledged media about new technologies. Scoble collaborated with Upload VR – the world's largest publication on virtual and augmented reality.
http://scobleizer.com

Vitaly Ponomarev, CEO and founder at WayRay, a developer of holographic augmented reality technologies for advanced connected cars. He was called “the Russian Elon Musk”, mentioned among wealthiest people below 40 in Switzerland and one of 20 ‘young and promising’ entrepreneurs in Russia.   He is known for expertise in AR applications and car navigation systems. 

Vitaly founded WayRay in 2012, inspired by the concept of Web 3.0 and the idea of overlaying the physical world with real-time data. After he nearly got in a car accident, Vitaly came up with an idea of a navigation system displaying a route without distracting a driver from the road. Over the next four years under his leadership WayRay became the first in the world to develop a patented technology for transparent holographic displays. Based on this technology, the company created Navion – the first AR navigation system – and a prototype of AR infotainment system for driverless vehicles. WayRay is also developing Element, a smart car tracker. 

In 2014 after a successful TechCrunch presentation Vitaly got the invitation from Swiss authorities to develop WayRay in Switzerland.In 2015 he was named in top 100 outstanding innovators of Switzerland according to L’Hebdo newspaper.

About WayRay
WayRay is a global company based in Lausanne (Switzerland) which develops holographic augmented reality technologies for advanced connected cars. With its own R&D center, prototyping factory, and a team of 130+ engineers, WayRay has the expertise in developing optical systems, holographic materials and optical systems with diffraction elements as well as complex mechanics and electronics.

WayRay develops innovative hi-tech products for both consumer and b2b markets. Those include: Navion, the world’s first AR navigation system; Element, a smart car tracker, and a prototype of AR infotainment system for driverless vehicles demonstrated at CES-2017 (Las Vegas, NV, USA) as a part of Rinspeed concept car.

In 2017, WayRay has announced a partnership with Harman International (USA) to integrate a prototype in their own system, and a partnership with Banma Technologies Co., a Chinese joint venture of Alibaba Group and China's largest automaker SAIC Motor, aimed to develop internet-connected cars.

The most recent round B from Alibaba and existing investors brings WayRay’s total capital raised to $30M. For more information, please visit: https://wayray.com/

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How to Launch a Successful ICO.
Aug
24
6:30 PM18:30

How to Launch a Successful ICO.

  • 400 Hamilton Ave, 4th Floor Palo Alto, CA 94301 USA (map)
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How to Launch a Successful ICO.

https://icobasics.eventbrite.com/
Where should I start? Are ICO campaigns suitable for any business? Should I conduct an ICO campaign for my product? How to communicate the project’s goals to the audience? How to protect the investors’ interests? Which factors are important during the actual ICO? and much more questions.

Speaker: 
Leonard Grayver, Venture Capital and Startup Lawyer, Partner at Greenberg Whitcombe Takeuchi Gibson & Grayver LLP. 
ICO:
- Starta Accelerator - $5 million in cryptocurrency was raised for investment in the tech start-ups during the first 15 minutes of the crowdfunding campaign.
- 10 more ICOs will be announced soon :)

Register:  https://icobasics.eventbrite.com/

FREE for AmBAR Members. Join AmBAR community! 

 

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SVOD 2017 Conference
May
24
to May 25

SVOD 2017 Conference

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Are there conferences in the Silicon Valley where entrepreneur-to-investor ratio is 2-to-1, where you can freely access some of the top angels and venture capitalists without formal introductions, where famous speakers do not use VIP rooms to enter the stage?

SVOD or SVOD - Silicon Valley Open Doors Conference is the place where founders and successful CEOs, investors and industry legends, who are shaping our lives today and influencing our future, come to network and share their experiences. 

Register: http://www.svod.org/registration/


SVOD2017 Social Impact Startup Pitch competition!

In support of the United Nations's Sustainable Development Goals #SDG, we are inviting entrepreneurs to apply for SVOD2017 Social Impact Startup Pitch competition!

We are looking for companies that are committed to impacting and aimed to change the way the social sector operates to present their ideas and business cases to a distinguished group of Silicon Valley venture capitalists, angels, industry executives, and experts.

The winners will pitch on stage at SVOD Conference for FREE.

In addition, the winners get:

- Pre-conference Pitch Training with professional coach,
- One-on-one meetings with investors
- Participation in International Pre-SVOD party
- Attendance to invitation-only VIP Reception
- Pitching on stage in front of 30+ Silicon Valley and international investors
- and much more.

Disclaimer: SVOD does not cover your travel expenses!

Apply For FREE: http://www.svod.org/apply_impact_investment/

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Technologies of The Future - Where VCs are investing money
Apr
13
6:30 PM18:30

Technologies of The Future - Where VCs are investing money

Technologies of The Future:  Where VCs are investing money and entrepreneurs should invest their time

It is safe to say that the days of app billionaires are behind us. So what trends promise future opportunities and tomorrow’s billion dollar startups? Vitaly M. Golomb travels the world in search of outstanding entrepreneurs to invest in while tracking technology trends. In this highly interactive talk, you will learn about future technologies that will converge the physical and digital worlds to create “blended reality.” It takes a long time to go from idea to product to company. Learn where you should be investing your non-refundable lifetime today, to find success tomorrow. 

The price of the ticket includes a signed hard cover copy of Vitaly’s new book, Accelerated Startup with foreword by Dave McClure. 

Vitaly M. Golomb is a venture capitalist, serial entrepreneur, keynote speaker and author of Accelerated Startup who has been involved with startups since his teenage years. He is a Global Corporate Venturing 2017 Rising Star and leads global investments at HP Tech Ventures, the corporate venture arm of Silicon Valley’s original startup. He is a contributing writer to TechCrunch and a consistently top-ranked mentor at a number of startup accelerator programs in the US, Europe, and Asia. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and travels to over 20 countries annually to consult and guest lecture to corporations, associations and universities on entrepreneurship, innovation and design.

Wine and food will be provided.

Register: https://acceleratedstartup.eventbrite.com

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AI to Fight Plagiarism - Meeting with SERGEY PARKHOMENKO, Russian journalist, Publisher
Apr
6
6:30 PM18:30

AI to Fight Plagiarism - Meeting with SERGEY PARKHOMENKO, Russian journalist, Publisher

“Dissernet” is a networking community of experts, researchers, and reporters seeking to unmask swindlers and forgers. With the joint efforts based on the use of modern computer technologies, AI, and principles of networking division of labor, the community members oppose abusive practices, machinations, and falsifications in the fields of scientific research and education, in particular in the process of defending theses and awarding academic degrees.

About speaker:
Sergey Parkhomenko is a former reporter, commentator, and editorialist at popular daily newspapers; editor-in-chief of several publishing houses producing translated fiction and non-fiction literature; Visiting Scholar at The Europe Center of Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University.

Former reporter, commentator and editorialist at popular daily newspapers; founder and first editor-in-chief (1995-2001) of 'Itogi', Russia's first current affairs weekly, published in cooperation with Newsweek; editor-in-chief of several publishing houses producing translated fiction and non-fiction literature; editor-in-chief of 'Vokrug Sveta', Russia's oldest monthly magazine.

Since August 2003 Parkhomenko has been presenting on Radio Echo of Moscow, a weekly program making sense of the events of the past week. Parkhomenko was instrumental in organizing mass rallies in Moscow in Winter 2011 – Spring 2012.

One of the founders of 'Dissernet' ('DissertationWeb'), a network community dedicated to exposure of dissertation plagiarism, and 'Posledny Adres' civil campaign helping people to create a collective memorial dedicated to the victims of political repression in the Soviet Union and Russia. One of the founders of 'Redkollegia' program, an independent award supporting free professional journalism in Russia.

Public Policy fellow in Kennan Institute at Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (Washington, DC), since September 2016.

Visiting Scholar at The Europe Center of Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University, since March 2017.

Where: Google Launchpad, 4th floor, 301 Howard St, San Francisco, CA 94105
When you arrive, come directly to the 4th floor through the lobby.

Subscribe here to receive biweekly event updates from Launchpad Space, Google's new event Space in SF where developers and startups can receive free technical training, one-on-one mentoring and more!

https://parkhomenko.eventbrite.com - Register for FREE (for AmBAR members).

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The Future of living -Tech-integrated and regenerative villages
Mar
7
6:30 PM18:30

The Future of living -Tech-integrated and regenerative villages

Register: https://futureliving.eventbrite.com/

Technology and engineering are evolving at a faster rate than at any other time in history. The world today is unrecognizable from 100 years ago, and not just in an aesthetic capacity, but in the way that we, as humans, function within it. 
The next 2-3 billion people coming to the planet. What can we expect to see in 100 years’ time? How will we live? how will we work? how will we relax?

Learn new trends in sustainable lifestyle/ clean tech/ renewable energy!

Our speaker: James Ehrlich, a Founder of ReGen Villages, a Stanford University spin-off company implementing the “Tesla of Ecovillages”

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Partner's Event: TEC Club Pitch by Navigator Accelerator (by ElAl & BlueJet)
Feb
20
6:30 PM18:30

Partner's Event: TEC Club Pitch by Navigator Accelerator (by ElAl & BlueJet)

Register

Join TEC Club pitch presentations by members of Navigator acceleration program powered by Cockpit Innovation (EL AL’s venture arm) and JetBlue Technology Ventures.
 

Presenting Companies:
- 30SecondsToFly’s technology Claire is an A.I assistant that manages corporate travel for organizations. Claire books policy compliant business trips for employees within seconds. At the same time, she tracks compliance and reports travel expenses to management.
- SeatAssignMate(SAM) specialize in interactive email marketing. We are helping airlines increase ancillary revenue by building a check-in app into traveler’s Email inbox. Travelers will be able to review real time seat maps, assign seats, check-in bags, purchase meals, WiFi etc. in their inbox.
- Cambiu creates the world’s first Currency Marketplace. Optimizing demand and supply, Cambiu generates money for people and currency providers, Cambiu will be offered to enterprises as a service, allowing them to increase their revenue.

Confirmed Investors:

Guy Resheff, Grove Ventures
Eyal Bilgrai, Sonen Capital LLC
Sergey Patsko, Projector Ventures Ltd.
Shuonan Chen, Agile VC
Ronald Weissman, Band of Angels
Artem Burachenok, Flint Capital
Jennifer Cooper, Adobe
Bennet Goldberg, Angel Investor
Monali Jain, Kieretsu Forum
Peter Loukianoff, Agia Capital
Rodrigo Sanchez Servitje, Bridge 37 Ventures
Diane Ding, Shenzhen Valley Ventures
Phin Upham, Thiel Capital
Michael Ting, Merrill Lynch
Jinlin Wang, TEEC Angel Fund
Michael Minkevich, Maxfield Capital
Daniel Hoffer, Tandem Capital
Sherry Chuang, Sand Hill Angels
Harry Feng, NewGen Venture Partners
Ryan Han Liu, IPV Capital
Ivy Nguyen, NewGen Capital


About JetBlue Technology Ventures (JTV)
Located halfway between San Francisco and San Jose in Silicon Valley, JetBlue Technology Ventures invests in, incubates and partners with early stage startups at the intersection of technology, travel, and hospitality. We scan the worldwide startup ecosystem to keep informed of innovations in travel and hospitality. For more information, please visit Jetblueventures.com
About Cockpit Innovation
Cockpit Innovation is a venture arm with the mission to invest in inspiring entrepreneurs with ground breaking technology. As part of the EL AL Group, Cockpit recognizes exceptional technologies and teams and helps them take the first steps towards revolutionizing the worlds of aviation, travel, and aerospace. 

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AmBAR/JHTC Pitch: Meet Ukrainian entrepreneurs and investors, members of UVCA
Jan
10
6:30 PM18:30

AmBAR/JHTC Pitch: Meet Ukrainian entrepreneurs and investors, members of UVCA

Register: http://uvca.eventbrite.com/
Join AmBAR/JHTC pitch presentations by a visiting group of Ukrainian Entrepreneurs, Investors - members of UVCA!

Confirmed investors:
Ajoy Mallik, Follow[the]Seed
Andrey Kolodyuk, AVentures
Anna Dvornikova, TEC Ventures
Artem Burachenok, Flint Capital
Daniil Stolyarov, Almaz Capital
George Arabian, Steelhead Ventures
Itzik Lerner, Angel Investor
Stas Khirman, TEC Ventures
Mark Glukhovsky, Kernel Capital
Michael Minkevich, Maxfield Capital
Nancy Hayes, Angel Investor
Jennifer Cooper, Angel/Adobe Systems
Lu Zhang, NewGen Capital
Ryan Han Liu, IPV Capital
Sherry Chuang, Sand Hill Angels
Victor Orlovski, SBT Venture Fund
Vitaly Golomb, HP Tech Venture

Presenting startups:
1) Hideez - Personal Information and Cyber Security- Your Only Digital Key. Hideez Technology was established in 2014 and specializes in researching, designing, developing and producing wearable cyber security devices
2) Wider is a laser projection high definition monoblock with panoramic 130 inch screen for entertainment and business needing in B2C and B2B.
3) Raccoon Technologies Inc. is working on the development of complex and functional devices for interaction with digital reality. The most simple variant - clip (allows you to orientate in space), the most difficult - VR glove, which allows you to feel virtual objects in a tactile way.
4) Ecoisme is a monitoring system that lets users take active roles in managing their bills. Detecting major home appliances, solar, and grid energy, Ecoisme helps owners keep track on their resources and save up to 15% of energy.
5) TechNovator develops a technology that sets the world free from wired wall charging and gives you peace of mind. The XE is a wirelessly charging system that works over the distance of up to 17 feet from the charge base.
6) SolarGaps is the sunblind for the window at your home or office which can provide you with solar energy to power your appliances.


About UVCA:
Ukrainian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (UVCA) was established in mid-2014 and unites more than 40 members - private equity and venture funds, accelerators, incubators, educational institutions, and non-government organizations that make significant impact on the development of Ukrainian investment market. Association promotes investment opportunities in Ukraine for foreign investment funds, conducts market research, lobbies laws for improving investment and business climate, implements Invest in Ukraine activity. UVCA aims to remove the gap, by channeling the power of its network into better awareness and investment climate by proving that it is worthwhile to INVEST IN UKRAINE.

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TEC - The Entrepreneurs Club pitch presentations by a visiting group of Israel's Women Entrepreneurs!
Nov
17
7:00 PM19:00

TEC - The Entrepreneurs Club pitch presentations by a visiting group of Israel's Women Entrepreneurs!

  • 650 Page Mill Road Palo Alto, CA, 94304 United States (map)
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Join TEC Club pitch presentations by a visiting group of Israel's Women Entrepreneurs!

Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tec-club-pitch-meet-israels-women-entrepreneurs-tickets-2928263916


Confirmed Investors:

Anna Dvornikova, TEC Ventures
Cheryl Cheng, BlueRun Ventures
Ammar Hanafi, Moment Ventures
David Wagonfeld, Tandem Capital
Reza Malekzadeh, Partech Ventures
Sergey Patsko, Projector Ventures
David Wagonfeld, Tandem Capital
Michael Porat, Cisco Investments
Andrew Bolwell, HP Tech Ventures
Lu Zhang, NewGen Capital
Artem Burachenok, Flint Capital
Kathryn Salmanowitz, Golden Seeds
Julia Schottenstein, NEA (New Enterprise Associates)
Ajoy Mallik, Follow[the]Seed
David Roebuck, DFJ DragonFund
Elizabeth Fullerton, Fullerton Venture Partners
Ye Yuan, Oriza Ventures
Gaurav Bhasin, Pagemill Partners
Phil Boyer, Crosslink Capital
Guy Resheff, Grove Ventures
Carl Wu, F50

Presenting Entrepreneurs:

Eynat Guez, Co-Founder and CEO, Papaya Global
Tali Av-Zuk, Co-Founder and CEO, Vala
Tsafra Perlmutter, CEO and Cheif Designer, CO.CO Collective
Karen Shlimovich, COO, CrossBorder
Adi Zamir, CEO, Emerald Medical Applications
Orly Shoavi, Co-Founder and CEO, SafeDK
Ornit Maizel, Co-Founder, VP-E&D and GM Israel, Sunbit
Nira Sheleg, CEO, Wizer

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Networking and Demos by entrepreneurial organizations impacting “The Next Billion” around the world
Nov
16
6:00 PM18:00

Networking and Demos by entrepreneurial organizations impacting “The Next Billion” around the world

Wednesday, November 16, 2016
6:00 pm Networking and Demos by entrepreneurial organizations impacting “The Next Billion” around the world
7:00 pm Program

A growing number of innovators and entrepreneurs are focused on the next
billion people who are digitally excluded, many of whom live in extreme
poverty, globally and locally. For example, since its first loan to a
fishmonger in Uganda, Kiva, the world's largest crowd-lending marketplace for
underserved entrepreneurs, has allowed people to lend money via the Internet
to underserved entrepreneurs. Kiva has crowdfunded more than one million
loans to more than 2.1 million entrepreneurs in 82 countries, totaling nearly
$1 billion dollars with a repayment rate over 97 percent.

How are entrepreneurs changing the lives of the next billion, one by one? How
is technology being used as a force for democratization of access and
opportunity? Where are hot spots around the world for entrepreneurship and
what can Silicon Valley learn from them? What are some positive roles for
government? Is there a way to dismantle the false choice between purpose and
profit?

Join us for a fascinating fireside chat between Julie Hanna, Kiva executive
chairman and Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship, with
Exponential’s Marguerite Gong Hancock.

Admission is free.  Register here:
https://connect.computerhistory.org/pages/events/2016-11-julie-hanna

This event is part of Global Entrepreneurship Week. During one week each
November, thousands of events and competitions in 160 countries inspire
millions to engage in entrepreneurial activity while connecting them to
potential collaborators, mentors and even investors. Powered by the Kauffman
Foundation, the initiative is supported by dozens of world leaders and a
network of more than 15,000 partner organizations. For 2016, GEW is November
14-20.
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AmBAR Family Walk/Run 5K
Oct
30
10:00 AM10:00

AmBAR Family Walk/Run 5K

  • Coyote Point Drive San Mateo, CA, 94401 United States (map)
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Fundraising event: AmBAR Family Walk/Run 5K. This family-friendly costume run/walk will take you around the beautiful Coyote Point Recreattion Area. ALL AGES! 

Register: https://ambarrun.eventbrite.com/

WHEN
Sunday, October 30, 2016 from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM (PDT)

As a part of our AmBAR philanthropy initiative we would like to invite you to join us for AmBAR family Walk/Run 5K fundraising event to support GOODdler Foundation, a local non-profit organization with a mission to inspire youth to become a solution to the most pressing global issues. The money will be used to organize Kids Social Hackathons - a series of free creative tech events for kids and youth, to give kids tools to express their creativity, and be empathetic towards each other and the world around them.
All donations are tax-deductible: Gooddler Foundation - 501(c)(3) #81-0833072
Donate: https://ambarrun.eventbrite.com/

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GOODdler Bike Ride From San Francisco To Tahoe
Sep
17
5:00 AM05:00

GOODdler Bike Ride From San Francisco To Tahoe

Fundraising non-stop grueling bike ride from San Francisco to Truckee, Tahoe.

Gooddler Tour 2016 date has been announced and registration is now open! Mark your calendars - September 17, 2016
For registration and more info go here: http://www.gooddler.bike/registration

It's a fundraising event to support GOODdler Foundation, a local non-profit organization with a mission to inspire youth to become a solution to the most pressing global issues. 
The money will be used to organize Kids Social Hackathons - a series of free creative tech events for kids and youth, to give kids tools to express their creativity, and be empathetic towards each other and the world around them.
Donate here: http://bit.ly/2bx4mZn
(Donations are tax-deductible: Gooddler Foundation - 501(c)(3) #81-0833072)

Elite one day 226 miles fundraising bike ride from San Francisco to Truckee. 

The tour takes place once a year some time during the summer and ONLY expert and elite level rides are encouraged to register. Even though 226 miles is not the longest some of us ever rode, the specifics of this ride make Gooddler Tour one of the toughest events you have ever entered. Do not be misguided by rather mild statistics of the past rides. It is not really 13,000ft of climbing over more than 200 miles, it is more like 10,000ft of climbing going straight uphill over the last 70 miles.

Variety of temperatures, from morning Bay Area cold (~40F) to the super hot Sacramento Valley (~+100F) and back to super cold mountain temps (~30F-40F), makes it hard to swallow even for the strongest. Diverse terrain is another challenge. Riding through little towns' dirty roads, open spaces and narrow roads in the Sierras will test your handling skills and patience. Add to all of that riding in the dark and you get the whole package a few other rides have to offer. 

... but rewards are endless. You will be all year hot topic at all cocktail parties you go. After all, every Californian drove from Bay Area to Tahoe at least once and for most it is too long even by car.

Oh, yes, and don't forget a certificate you will receive upon the completion of the journey. 

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Bots are coming - conversation and AI as an interface
Sep
8
6:30 PM18:30

Bots are coming - conversation and AI as an interface

A panel discussion about the next big thing - chat bots, conversation, and AI as an interface. 

Enjoy this opportunity to learn, network and discuss the latest technology for all things bots. 
All bots welcome. :)

FREE for AmBAR members! (Ask the code for FREE registration)

Panelists: 
Sergei Burkov, Alterra
Mikhail Larionov, FB Messenger
Michael Naumov, Digital Genius

Moderator: John Markoff, New York Times
John Markoff writes about science and technology for the New York Times from San Francisco. He was one of a group of New York Times reporters awarded a Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting in 2013.

About our panelists:

- Sergei Burkov, Alterra.ai
Sergei Burkov, PhD, is the founder and CEO of Alterra.ai, a Deep Learning / NLP startup, building conversational virtual assistants powered by artificial neural networks. The company’s flagship product is a virtual travel agent. The company’s flagship product is a virtual travel agent (http://m.me/alterra.cc). His previous startup was acquired by Google, where he became the first head of its Moscow R&D Center.

- Mikhail Larionov, Facebook
Mikhail is the technical lead on Facebook Messenger platform. 
Before joining Facebook he was product lead for social games at Disney (Playdom), and did a couple of startups.

- Mikhai Naumov, Digital Genius
DigitalGenius is building next-generation communication automation technologies for the enterprise. At the core of the platform are proprietary natural language processing and artificial intelligence modules that enable Fortune-500 companies, governments, and banks to fully replicate human-like conversations at scale. The system is engineered to enable enterprise clients to leverage a portfolio of artificial intelligence and NLP technologies through one manageable platform.


Wine and snacks will be provided.

 

Register: bots-2016.eventbrite.com

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Welcome to the San Francisco Symphony! Ashkenazy conducts Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky.
Jun
4
8:00 PM20:00

Welcome to the San Francisco Symphony! Ashkenazy conducts Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky.

We are pleased to welcome AmBAR to the San Francisco Symphony! To receive our group discount, you must use the button below to purchase tickets for the concert shown.

Ashkenazy conducts Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky

Saturday, June 4, 2016 at 8:00 PM
Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco, CA

15-16 Season
“My Symphony is definitely the best work I have written so far,” Tchaikovsky wrote to his brother Modest in 1877. The Fourth Symphony strikes a perfect balance of warm lyricism and dramatic and fantastic elements, opposite Shostakovich’s brooding Cello Concerto.

25% discount for AmBAR members: http://www.sfsymphony.org/group/ambar


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International Pre-SVOD Party
May
23
6:30 PM18:30

International Pre-SVOD Party

SVOD is happy to announce a special networking event to welcome our special guests from South Africa and early arriving international SVOD attendees to mingle before the main Conference days. Together with the general networking reception, the event will host a series of 1-min pitches/introductions from the attendees.

Our special guests – E-nnovate organized delegation from South Africa – will be happy to gain exposure to world-class innovation and discuss possible business cooperation with fellow entrepreneurs and companies that are interested in entering the South African market. Startups coming from South Africa mainly represent such sectors as hardware, FinTech, Mobile, and EdTech. 

Our pre-SVOD international party is co-hosted by:

  • AmBAR - American Business Association of Russian-Speaking Professionals

  • TEC Club - The Entrepreneurs network

  • SiliconFrench

  • RWIT - Russian Speaking Women In Tech

  • IEFF - Israeli Executives and Founders forum

  • JHTC - Jewish High Tech Community

  • GABA - German American Business Association of California

  • BayBrazil 

  • .... more to be announced soon

Members of AmBAR  enjoy 50% discount with code AMBAR50 https://pre-svod2016-party.eventbrite.com/?discount=AMBAR50 )

We kindly invite all our friends and partners to attend and take the most of this unique networking opportunity.

Food and wine will be provided.

WHEN

Monday, May 23, 2016 from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM (PDT) - Add to Calendar

WHERE

Pivotal Labs - 3495 Deer Creek Rd, Palo Alto, CA

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Apr
7
6:30 PM18:30

Kirill Sheynkman, RTP Ventures: What an entrepreneur learned after 5 years of being a VC

Register: http://rtpventures.eventbrite.com/
(FREE for AmBAR members, ask a promocode)

Kirill Sheynkman is the Managing Director of RTP Ventures. Kirill is focused on developing all aspects of the firm's investment strategy in the United States, building the firm's investment team, and creating a portfolio of Cloud, SaaS, Big Data, and Enterprise Infrastructure companies.

Kirill, is a 25-year software industry veteran, who has spent 10 of those years as a CEO of software startups. He is a three-time founder of venture-backed enterprise software companies, including an early relational OLAP vendor acquired by IBM in 1995 and Plumtree Software (NASDAQ: PLUM), the creator of the corporate portal market, acquired by BEA/Oracle in 2005. Kirill's companies were twice backed by Sequoia Capital where he was also an Entrepreneur in Residence. Kirill also held sales, product management, and business development positions at Oracle and Microsoft.

Kirill holds a degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Stanford University and an MBA from the Haas School of Business at U.C. Berkeley.

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Meet Dmitry Gudkov
Mar
30
6:30 PM18:30

Meet Dmitry Gudkov

Dmitry Gennadyevich Gudkov is a Russian politician. He was elected as a member of the State Duma in December 2011. His father, Gennady Gudkov, was also a Duma deputy from 2001–2012. Both father and son are members of the party A Just Russia.

Where: JCC Palo Alto - 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto, CA 94303 (Room E104)

Register: https://gudkov.eventbrite.com

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