INNOTECH – TRACK 2

“EXPANDING YOUR MARKET OVERSEAS – US”
– PEERS EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING

Date: 17 November 2009,
Venue: Manhattan I, Berjaya Time Square Hotel & Convention Centre, 50200 Kuala Lumpur

Introduction

As Malaysia begins to position itself strategically in the knowledge-based economy, the services sector has been earmarked as its next engine of growth which then saw the birth of the Multimedia Super Corridor initiative in 1996.

Many local Technopreneurs took up the challenge of creating ICT businesses with several achieving significant success including listing on stock exchanges from Bursa Malaysia to Singapore Exchange and even the Alternative Investment Market in London. Despite this only a few have been able to create successful companies beyond the shores of Malaysia.

Globalization presents us with both opportunities as well as threats. Local Technopreneurs will need to quickly open up to the foreign market and compete on global standards. However, to venture abroad companies face extreme competition and in view of limited budgets and time/resources constraints, the companies also do not have proper access to the channels that can help them to open doors. These companies are also very often unprepared to export or have a foreign presence especially in relation to operational readiness, marketing strategies or adequate protection of their IP prior to venturing abroad resulting in poor performance and reception to their services and products.

With the above in mind, the Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) together with Technopreneurs Association of Malaysia (TeAM) and New Entrepreneur Forum (NEF) are introducing the Go Global Program that looks at providing a systematic process to assist companies to “go global”.

As part of the Go Global Program, TeAM and NEF together with MDeC are pleased to host a half day seminar for companies to learn from the experiences of three successful Entrepreneurs, Mr Chris Chan, CEO of The Media Shoppe Bhd, Mr Siew Man Hon, CEO eWarna Sdn Bhd, Ms Maggie Tham, Founder eXS Inc. USA and Azreen who collectively provide different experiences and perspective in regards to venturing to the US Market. Hear also from five different companies who are in the midst of planning to go abroad and see what their strategies are and how they are planning to attack the foreign market.

Join us for an afternoon of exciting business success and failure stories, new ideas, strategies and networking.

Who should attend?

Technopreneurs, Angel Investors, Venture Capitalists, Management Teams, Government Agencies, Academics and Researchers and anyone interested in learning and sharing on the experiences of “going global”.

Program Outline

Time Details

1400 – 1420 Registration

1420 – 1430 Welcome address Ms. Koh Lee Ching, TeAM President

1430 – 1600 Forum & Panel Discussion
Mr Chris Chan, The Media Shoppe Bhd
Mr Siew Man Hon, eWarna Sdn Bhd
Ms Maggie Tham, eXS Inc, US
Mr Azreen Latiff, Maestro Planning Solutions Sdn Bhd
Moderator: Premesh Chandran, TeAM

1600 – 1620 TEA BREAK

1620 – 1630 Introduction on Go Global Program – Ir Aziz Ismail, Head of Go Global Project

1630 – 1745 Go Global Pitching & Drill for 5 companies

1745 – 1900 Networking & End of Seminar

Speaker Profiles for
EXPANDING YOUR MARKET OVERSEAS – US – PEERS EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING

Mr Chris Chan, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Media Shoppe Bhd
Chris Chan is a recognized leader in the technology-enabling field. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Music (Major in Piano Performance) from the University of Central Arkansas, USA. In 1994, Chris joined Acxiom Corporation, a data mining and warehousing company headquartered in Arkansas, as its Asia Business Development Consultant. He was responsible for developing software definitions to fit into the Asia Pacific needs and requirements.

Chris founded TMS in 1996 and, in less than 6 years, grew the company to more than 50
employees with a wide network of distributors and partners in Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, Indonesia, Thailand, USA, UK, Canada, Australia, South America and United Arab Emirates. A visionary with a keen pioneering spirit that has thrived at the forefront of new fields, he continues to strategically engineer TMS to be a formidable technology partner, guiding and enabling companies in their IT endeavors.

Due to his dynamic leadership and active involvement in the industry, Chris was elected President of the Technopreneurs’ Association of Malaysia (TeAM) in March 2003. Formed by a group of Malaysian technopreneurs, TeAM aims to promote and cultivate the interests of technopreneurs in order to assist in the development of the Digital Economy in Malaysia. In December 2004, Chris’ entrepreneurial spirit, passion and perseverance finally paid off as he morphed TMS into a MESDAQ listed company of Bursa Malaysia, and was recognized as one of the top three nominees of the Ernst and Young ICT Entrepreneur of the Year 2004. Besides that, his efforts to be at the forefront of the Knowledge Management revolution have also won him the ICT Entrepreneur of the Year Award at the PIKOM-Computimes ICT Awards 2001.

One of the leading system solutions developed by TMS, tmsPUBLISHER™, also won the coveted awards of the ICT Product of the Year 2001 as well as the Best Software of the Year
at COMDEX Asia 2001, while its recently launched enterprise knowledge portal, tmsEKP™, was awarded the International Asia Pacific ICT Awards (APICTA) in 2004.

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Mr Shiew Man Hon, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, eWarna Sdn Bhd
An IT entrepreneur for 8 years and a senior executive with over 12 years senior executive
experience with a large MNC in the apparel industry. Founded eWarna to create a colour
software solution to the apparel industry. Acquired US patents and multiple IT awards for
the colour technology platform. Led multiple rounds of fund raising and M&A negotiations.

Developed marketing and sales program to acquire key US companies to adopt
color solution with their Asian suppliers.

Mr Shiew has M.Phil from Darwin College, University of Cambridge and B.Econs from Northern University of Malaysia.

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Ms. Maggie Tham, Founder eXS Inc. USA
Ms. Tham has over 20 years experience in management and strategy consulting in Malaysia and in the USA. In 2004 she co-founded eXS Inc. to focus on developing innovative technical and business solutions to address the need for broadband connectivity for the mass market in emerging economies. eXS has operations in the USA, Malaysia and China and is expanding into the India market.

Prior to founding eXS Inc., Ms. Tham was a principal of Wittham a boutique investment banking firm providing strategic and financial advisory services to start up companies in Silicon Valley. Ms. Tham has arranged for venture capital funding and served on the Board of Directors of a number of start up companies including UTStarcom, Inc., which grew from a USD 3 million to USD 3 billion company.

Ms. Tham has a B.Sc. (Economics) from the London School of Economics and Political Science and an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School.

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Mr. Azreen Latiff, Co-Founder, Maestro Planning Solutions Sdn Bhd
Azreen co-founded Maestro Solutions with partners Aris Samad and Maisie Chui back in 2003. Maestro provides consulting services and Supply Chain Management (SCM) applications to private and public companies. Recently, Maestro launched QuickSchools.com, the world’s first fully-online school management system and designed especially for smaller schools.

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