San Francisco SelectUSA Tech Day


GlobalSF proudly partnered with the U.S. Commercial Service for the 2019 SelectUSA Spinoff in San Francisco. The two-day event welcomed delegates from 20+ countries to San Francisco where delegates attended a series of panel discussions and fireside chats introducing the unique ecosystem of the San Francisco Bay Area while providing key insights on Investing in San Francisco.

Panel discussion and fireside chat topics included:

  • Presentation from the State of California by Poonam Patel (Go-Biz)

  • How To Set Up an Office in San Francisco with David Kaufman (Nixon Peabody LLP)

  • Introduction to Bay Area Commercial Real Estate with Jordan Angel (HFF) & Tom Doupe (JLL)

  • Taxes Involved in Investing by Kathy Wong (BPM)

  • Obtaining U.S. Visas by James McMillian (U.S. Department of State)

  • CFIUS and Investment Golden Rules with Paul Chen (UC Berkeley SkyDeck) & Thomas Shoesmith (Pillsbury, Winthrop, Shaw, Pittman LLP)

  • Cybersecurity with Vic Bhatia (DocuSign), Chris Clark (Aon Cyber Solutions), & Bruce Pickering (Berkeley Roundtable on the International Economy, CITRIS/Banatao Institute, UC Berkeley)

  • Bay Area Accelerators by Allan Young (Pavo IoT)

  • San Francisco Bay Area VC Panel with Rodolfo Gonzalez (Foundation Capital) & Siri Srinivas (Draper Associates)

The SelectUSA Delegates also participated in site visits to Airbnb, Autodesk, Verizon Innovation Center, and Zendesk. The second day focusing on the San Francisco Bay Area Ecosystem for Startups concluded with a pitch session in which select companies had the opportunity to pitch in front of VC’s from around the San Francisco Bay Area.

We would like to extend our sincerest gratitude to the U.S. Commercial Service for this opportunity as well as to our generous sponsors, partners, and attendees.

Panel Discussion and Fireside Chat Slide Decks


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