Guest Speaker from Innovation Works (01/07/2012)

Please join us for CALOBA’s first monthly event in 2012 at the following time and place:

Time: 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM on Saturday, January 7, 2012

Place: Fenwick & West LLP’s Mountain View office (Conference Room 101, 801 California St., Mountain View, CA)

We are pleased to announce that a guest speaker from Beijing, Benjamin Qiu, will join our event.  He will share with us his insights on China’s venture capital and high-tech start-up markets from a legal and VC management perspective.

Ben was a member of CALOBA before he moved back to China in early 2006.  He currently serves as Senior Counsel and Fund Director at Innovation Works, a VC fund founded by Dr. Kai-Fu Lee with offices in Beijing and Shanghai. In this role, he advises portfolio companies in corporate and IP issues, and supervises fund formation, fund raising, and start-up financing processes.  Prior to joining Innovation Works, Ben worked as an attorney at Lovells LLP (now Hogan Lovells) in Beijing and Shanghai.  He specialized in IP strategy and protection, litigation, IP licensing, and corporate due diligence.  His biography is available at

Innovation Works is an incubation platform and early-stage VC firm for China-focused software/Internet start-up companies.  It helps primarily Chinese young entrepreneurs create successful start-up companies.  Innovation Works focuses on making early-stage high-tech investments, coaching young entrepreneurs, and providing complete services to help these start-ups grow.  For more information, please check out the company’s website at

If you want to know more about the general trends in China’s VC landscape, this is the event you do not want to miss out.

Please RSVP by filling out the registration form below by 5:00 PM, Friday, January 6, 2012.  Free lunch will be provided during this event.