Dave McClure Talks About The Elephant in the Room

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Keynote at July 21 CTO Roundtable Looks at Asian Tech Development and Where Outsourcing Fits In

I have a fresh view of the talent and business activities going on in China and Japan, and I want to use that to take an honest look at how young tech companies should look to build out their resources.

"With cash tight, and innovators determined to push forward with product development, outsourcing is an obvious option that isn't discussed openly enough," says Dave McClure, self-proclaimed geek and the force behind Startonomics, Startup2Startup, Founders Fund, and Geeks on a Plane.

Just back from his tech tour of China and Japan, McClure is fired up and ready to talk about the elephant in the room. "I have a fresh view of the talent and business activities going on in China and Japan, and I want to use that to take an honest look at how young tech companies should look to build out their resources."

Interested CTO's, VP's of Engineering, and Entrepreneurs can join him at a roundtable dinner on July 21 in San Jose. McClure will lead a conversation with panelists Elliott Ng (VP of Marketing of UpTake; founder of CNReviews.com); Stan Kwong (former head of worldwide developer marketing for IBM); and Gary Swart (CEO from oDesk, the marketplace for distributed teams ).

Dinner will follow the panel discussion, and each table has a moderator with direct experience in cross-border tech development - executives from Google, Adobe, and Institute for the Future who will keep conversations going among attendees. Details and registration, limited to 48, are at http://morewithless.eventbrite.com.

The roundtable dinner is organized by The China Business Network - which will compile the evening's conversation into a white paper. The evening's sponsor is Symbio, an advanced software and engineering company with research and implementation centers in Greater China and Northern Europe.

Randy Lee, General Manager for Symbio says, "Since 1994, we have been in the business of product co-creation. Silicon Valley is where most of the world's great applications are conceived. I want to invite Valley executives to consider that China-based resources can accelerate time to market, minimize cost, and open up Asian markets for their products."

The China Business Network http://thechinabusinessnetwork.com is a membership organization that helps everyone working between China and the west to be more successful. TCBN connects its members with online tools and offline events; provides individuals with the means to share insights, exchange ideas, and find the resources they need to succeed. Membership is open to anyone who sees China business expertise as valuable, whether a part of the diaspora of expats and Chinese professionals, or professionals newer on the learning curve looking to get better connected.

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