The U.S.-Russia Technology Symposium (the “Symposium”), held annually at Stanford University, is the premiere investor conference on Russian technology and emerging growth companies.The Symposium cultivates a transatlantic network of businesspeople and policymakers with an interest in Russian technology and publicizes such technology among investors unfamiliar with Russia’s scientific potential.
The Symposium adds value to four sets of U.S.-Russia commercial relationships:
·Venture capitalist – entrepreneur;
·Venture capitalist — limited partner;
·Professional service firms – technology community; and
·Policymakers – technology community.
The Symposium’s theme is timely in light of the attention focused on offshoring in Silicon Valley and Russia’s desire to diversify its economy beyond oil and gas.
The first Symposium, held in January 2004, attracted over 250 participants and eight corporate sponsors.Speakers included Brook Byers, Patricia Cloherty, Esther Dyson, Pitch Johnson, Anatoly Karachinsky, Eugene Lawson, Don Valentine, Andrew Somers, and others.The Symposium’s founders envision the Symposium as maturing into a West Coast counterpart to such Russia-oriented investor conferences as the U.S.-Russia Investment Symposium in Washington, D.C. and the Russian Economic Forum in London.
Former U.S. Secretary of Defense William Perry and Russian Minister of Education and Science Andrey Fursenko are co-chairs of the Symposium, which is a Dow Jones/Wall Street Journal event.The 2005 Symposium will take place February 17-18, 2005.