By Chaouki Zahzah
Palo Alto – Technology start-ups transform discovery and innovation to create jobs and foster long-term economic development with globally competitive products.
However, such start-ups require funding, execution, leadership and good management. With higher associated risks, it is imperative to get a jump start and learn from real life experiences. As such, the world of tech startups and venture capital is still alive and booming in the Silicon Valley. On June 23rd, leading thinkers, investors and entrepreneurs in the global tech industry are meeting at Stanford University for the AMPATech 2012 Conference.
Organized by AMPA, Association of Moroccan Professionals in America, and under the theme of “Creating and Funding Globally Competitive Startups”, AMPATech will bring together technology entrepreneurs, investors and mentors for the first tech event to be organized by AMPA. The conference will shed light into the practical steps on how to launch Start-Up as well as the common mistakes that founders make.
Additionally, the conference will also provide the participants with lessons learned from offshoring experiences to Morcocco and will also cover topics related to branding, developing a technology plan and tips and techniques related to SEO (Search Engine Optimization). And finally, the attendees will benefit from the panelists’ experiences in the Startup Funding area from a valuation, VC Funding Cycle and negotiation perspectives.
Some of the key speakers:
• Ossama Hassanein EVP of Berkeley International in San Francisco, Chairman of Technocom Ventures in Paris, President of Newbridge Networks Holding in Canada, and Chairman of the Rising Tide Fund in Silicon Valley. He is currently chairman of the board of the Egyptian American Society and of TechWadi, the largest network of Arab American high technology executives in Silicon Valley.
• Yu-kai Chou is the Founder/CEO of RewardMe, an In-Store Intelligent CRM which was listed as AlwaysOn Global 250’s “Top 10 Private Companies to Watch”.
• Bassel Ojjeh is the co-founder and CEO of nPario, is a data practitioner and evangelist who harnesses the power of data to drive revenue and audience engagement. Ojjeh served as Sr. Vice President of Data Technology and Products at Yahoo after the company acquired his data mining startup, DMX Group