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Over the last decade, Los Angeles has developed one of the leading startup ecosystems in the world. Venture capital investment in the city's startups has grown dramatically, and an increasing share is coming from Asia.
Major Chinese companies including Baidu, Tencent, Alibaba and Wanda Group have invested in local startups, many of which want to gain a toehold in key Asian markets. Wavemaker Partners, which is co-headquartered in Santa Monica and Singapore, recently announced the close of its third and largest fund focused on Southeast Asia.
Will this trend continue in spite of rising political tensions and economic uncertainty fueled by the ongoing COVID-19 fallout? What does the future hold for VC-funded start-ups on both sides of the Pacific?
Join us for an wide-ranging discussion with venture capitalists Seamon Chan, co-founder and managing partner at Palm Drive Capital and an advisory board member of Asia Society Southern California; Eric Manlunas, founder and managing partner of Wavemaker Partners and Yida Gao, general partner at Struck Capital, as they explore cross-border VC investments and opportunities between Southern California and Asia. Ben Bergman, senior reporter at dot.LA, will moderate.
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