TradeUp has been proud to appear at several business events this fall:
- On 11 October, I had the honor to speak on a panel “Power Play: How Can We Revitalize America’s Global Competitiveness?” at the Pacific Council’s members’ weekend in Santa Monica, CA. It was a terrific, constructive debate – here are my opening remarks and some conclusions.
- On 23 October, I gave the lunch keynote at the Global Small Business Forum in Chicago. Superbly organized by TradeUp Board Member and Founder of Globetrade.com Laurel Delaney, the Forum was an outstanding opportunity for small business to learn about exporting and growing through trade. It took the mystery out of exporting and provided entrepreneurs and small business owners a whole new way of doing business with the world. I spoke about ways in which digitization – ecommerce, Big Data, 3D printing, and so on – opens brand new opportunities for companies to cut costs, streamline, and enter global markets.
- On 6 November, I participated a panel discussion “Online P2P Lending, Crowd-Servicing and FinTech Impact” at Metropole Global’s Alternative Funding Forum in Los Angeles. Organized by TradeUp Advisor Victoria Silchenko, the Forum is annual, exclusive setting providing an unmatched opportunity to meet some of the most influential financiers, see the entire panorama of financing tools available to start-ups and emerging growth ventures, and connect with industry peers from all over the world.
TradeUp CEO Kati Suominen with a fellow panelist Shaun Randolph, Founder of CrowdServe, at Metropole Global Forum
- On 2 December, I had the honor to organizing with the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) front office an event “Entrepreneurship as a Component of National Power”, featuring SBA Administrator and President Obama’s Cabinet Member Maria Contreras-Sweet, at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, DC. Administrator Contreras-Sweet discussed with an exclusive group the many ways in which the SBA opens new opportunities for American small businesses to expand to overseas markets. I was commissioned to author a background paper for Administrator Contreras-Sweet on ideas for the SBA to help grow small business exports in the increasingly digital global economy – where digitization and new public-private partnerships can open tremendous opportunities for globalizing companies to access capital, find new customers, take advantage of trade agreements such as the TPP, and fast-track customs procedures.
SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet with moderator Mohammed Khaishgi, Chief Operating Officer, The Resource Group, at the Council on Foreign Relations
- On 3 December, our COO Denis Bandera-Duplantier spoke at the California ExporTech Program to an elite group of small businesses that are looking to expand into international markets. Denis educated companies that are beginning to export about some of the financing difficulties they may face and how to overcome them. Given TradeUp’s commitment to helping companies with globalizing ambitions, we were grateful for the opportunity to attend and speak.
Denis, I and the entire team have learned tremendously in these events and built new relationships with great entrepreneurs, leading policymakers, and smart investors. Big thanks to Laurel and Victoria for wonderful events and all the hard work behind them! We forward to a new year of engagements, starting at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas right on 5 January.