February 15, 2018
The Westin Tokyo, 1-4-1 Mita, Meguro-Ku | Tokyo, Japan
8:00–8:30AM Breakfast Buffet
Large corporations are undervalued. Everyone wants to be entrepreneurial, but there are many assets that big corporations have including global infrastructures and distribution channels. There should be—and often are—enormous benefits to partnerships between large companies and startups.
Ellen Levy, Silicon Valley Connect
Called the "most connected woman in Silicon Valley," Dr. Ellen Levy is managing director of Silicon Valley Connect, working with organizations and entrepreneurs on opportunities for "networked innovation." Dr. Levy is an active angel investor, advisory board member, and public speaker. For the better part of a decade, Ellen worked with LinkedIn, having served as vice president of Strategic Initiatives, head of Corporate & Business Development, and her original role as Advisory Board member. Previously, she spent several years running a program focused on people, technology, and innovation at Stanford University by facilitating collaboration between industry partners, Silicon Valley, and the University research community. Over her career, Ellen has held formal roles across the entrepreneurial ecosystem: in venture capital (Softbank Venture Capital; NeoCarta Ventures; Draper Fisher Jurvetson), startups (WhoWhere, sold to Lycos; Softbook Press, sold to Gemstar; LinkedIn), technology think tanks (Interval Research), large corporations (Apple Computer; PriceWaterhouse Coopers), and universities (Harvard University; Stanford University).