Rob Koepp Talks About Chinese Technology, Innovation, and Spiritualism

Rob Koepp , our China expert, talked about Chinese technology, innovation, and spiritualism at the Cambridge Phenomenon 50th Anniversary Conference in October 2010.

Below is the video of his speech.

Rob Koepp’s presentation from Cambridge Phenomenon on Vimeo.

Rob Koepp

Rob consults, helps fund, and writes about highly creative organizations and the environments in which innovation and entrepreneurship thrive. His first book looked at the Cambridge Phenomenon and its less well-appreciated spinoff, Silicon Valley; his latest looks at how China is overtaking the West with more humane forms of venture capital and private equity finance.

Rob consults, helps fund, and writes about highly creative organizations and the environments in which innovation and entrepreneurship thrive. His first book looked at the Cambridge Phenomenon and its less well-appreciated spinoff, Silicon Valley; his latest looks at how China is overtaking the West with more humane forms of venture capital and private equity finance.

As a consultant and financial advisor, Rob works with Western and Asian companies on their market development, fundraising, and investment strategies. These range from small ($<5 MM) to large ($100 MM +) transactions and involve companies operating in mass as well as niche markets. Recent projects involve helping spin off a medical device subsidiary from a leading Japanese pharmaceutical company through a leveraged management buyout, devising a unique partnering strategy in China for a major Hollywood animation studio, and raising Series B capital for an FDA-certified organic ingredients manufacturer.

In previous corporate assignments, Rob served as Managing Director of Beijing-based CITIC Rising Star (an entertainment and leisure real estate development subsidiary of the CITIC Group), Operations Manager in Japan for Dresser Industries (a Global 200 energy industry capital equipment supplier and project consultancy); and Engineering and Marketing Manager in Asia for Hitachi High Technologies (a Hitachi Group company and supplier of advanced capital equipment to the global IT and healthcare industries).

In the fields of business and economic thinking, Rob is particularly drawn to the subjects of organizational creativity and knowledge-intensive enterprises. He authored the book Clusters of Creativity: Enduring Lessons on Innovation and Entrepreneurship from Silicon Valley and Europe’s Silicon Fen (John Wiley, 2002), which looks at the underpinning dynamics and key mechanisms of IT and life-science clusters from a global perspective, detailing how high-tech regions and their constituent companies are financed, managed, and generate wealth. Following the success of Clusters, Rob was selected by China’s Ministry of Science and Technology as a report leader in a series of World Bank-sponsored studies on China’s technology park system and reform of China’s national technology industrialization policies.

Rob also completed an English translation of a best-selling Japanese illustrated manga biography on George Soros. He has further written on China’s growing R&D capacity in high tech industries and on reform of China’s financial system. His latest book project is Funded in China: How China Outperforms the West in Financing the Future, scheduled for publication in 2011.

Rob holds a BA in Asian Studies from Pomona College and MBA from the University of Cambridge. A Truman Scholar, he was also awarded a Fellowship from the
Thomas J. Watson Foundation for post-graduate fieldwork in China, Japan, Thailand, Singapore, and Malaysia on the history and evolution of Chinese-based calligraphies. Currently based in Beijing, Rob is fluent in Chinese and Japanese and tries to maintain familiarity with the English language.

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