Speaker

Victor W. Hwang is CEO, Co-founder, and Managing Director of T2 Venture Capital, a Silicon Valley firm that builds startups and designs the ecosystems that foster entrepreneurial innovation (www.t2vc.com).

Victor has advised institutions such as the World Bank and USAID on innovation policy, entrepeneurship development, and capital formation.  He is Executive Director of the Global Innovation Summit (www.innosummit.com), a conference on innovation ecosystems that attracts 49 countries.  Victor is co-founder and director of Liquidity Corporation, a water purification startup. Victor was Chief Strategy Officer of Veatros, a video search company, where he led the company’s acquisition by DivX. He is the Chief Strategy Officer of Blue Planet Strategies, a startup in copper production technology. He is a Kauffman Fellow, a member of a leadership program for venture capitalists.  Victor is immediate past President of Larta Institute, an organization that mentors hundreds of startups commercializing technology with support from government agencies, including the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.

Victor has written prominently on building innovation ecosystems in best-selling books and major media.  He is author of The Rainforest Blueprint: How to Design Your Own Silicon Valley (Regenwald, 2013).  He is co-author of The Rainforest: The Secret to Building the Next Silicon Valley (Regenwald, 2012) (www.therainforestbook.com).  He is a regular columnist for Forbes, and has written for The Wall Street Journal, TechCrunch, and Entrepreneur.

Previously, Victor was a corporate attorney in technology matters with Irell & Manella and the international firm of Mayer, Brown & Platt and has served in government.  Victor graduated from Harvard University with an A.B. with Honors, studying Government plus additional studies in Computer Science, Computer Architecture, and Operating Systems Design. He graduated from the Law School of the University of Chicago with a J.D.