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30th Annual BABC Forecast Luncheon | 2020 Visions for Technology

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Name: 30th Annual BABC Forecast Luncheon | 2020 Visions for Technology
Date: February 5, 2020
Time: 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM PST
Registration: Sorry, registration for this event is closed.
Event Description:

The Annual BABC Forecast Luncheon takes on a new twist in this, its 30th year, with a focus on Technology!

You are cordially invited to join us at this flagship BABC Event, at its new location!  The Julia Morgan Ballroom. 

Our expert panelists will share their insights into the future for technology in the Bay Area and its impact on our local economy.


The tech industry is a driving force behind the Bay Area economy. 
Although the industry seems to be booming and local unemployment rates are at all all-time low, both mature companies and startups have made deep cuts to their workforces and, according to a recent survey, workers in the tech industry have started to see cuts in corporate spending. 
In particular, growth in the SaaS sector seems to have slowed.

  • What is the 2020 forecast for the Bay Area?s tech sector?
  • Where are VC's focusing their investments - AI, big data, Fintech, hardware, life sciences, 5G? How has this changed from last year to this coming year?
  • Will we see consolidation/collapse in certain tech sectors?
  • Is the Bay Area losing its edge as the US tech leader or is it just a changing market?
  • Where is the gig economy headed?  Will it continue to be key to successful startups or will employees reject it as class warfare?
  • What will be the new ?big thing? in 2020 that will amaze (and possibly annoy) consumers?

Founder and Managing Director, Silicon Valley Mobility, LLC

Sven Beiker is a Lecturer in Management at the GSB, and the Managing Director of Silicon Valley Mobility, an independent consulting & advisory firm. He covers the electrification, automation, connectivity, and sharing of automobiles through the lens of new technologies and business models. This is reflected in his teaching at the GSB as well as in his professional engagements. Prior to his independent consulting work, he served as an Expert Consultant for mobility topics at McKinsey & Company for 2.5 years.

Dr. Beiker is also the former Executive Director of the Center for Automotive Research at Stanford, an industry affiliates program that he launched in 2008 together with Stanford Professors Gerdes, Nass, and Thrun. Before coming to Stanford, Dr. Beiker worked at the  BMW  Group for more than 13 years. Between 1995 and 2008 he pursued responsibilities in technology scouting, innovation management, systems design, and series development. He primarily applied his expertise to chassis and powertrain projects, which also provided him with profound insights into the industry’s processes and best practices. In addition, he worked in three major automotive and technology locations: Germany, Silicon Valley, and Detroit.

Partner, New Enterprise Associates (NEA)

Melissa joined NEA as a Partner in 2015. She focuses on leadership development and talent acquisition at the executive level across the NEA portfolio. Melissa brings broad operating experience from the technology and healthcare sectors, along with a passion for cultivating relationships, to seek out best in class people who will build life-changing companies that have global reach.

Operating Partner, Venrock

Steve joined Venrock in 2009 after having been CEO of several early stage companies including DataRunway, Vidient, Arcwave and CoWave Networks.
Prior to that, he was Vice President of Research and Development at Nokia Internet Communications and Vice President and General Manager of the Wireless Communications Division at Cylink Corporation.
Steve also held senior management and engineering positions at Trimble Navigation and Hewlett Packard.
At Venrock, Steve focuses on investments in connectivity, M2M/Internet of Things, robotics and embedded systems. He currently sits on the Board of Directors of Asoka, FutureDial, Red Seal, and Quantenna Communications. 



Distinguished Fellow at the Institute for the Future

Selected by Foreign Policy magazine as one of their Top 100 Global Thinkers, Jamais Cascio has explored the intersection of environment, technology, and culture for 25 years, specializing in plausible future scenarios.
As a Distinguished Fellow at the Institute for the Future, Cascio works with them on a wide array of projects. Cascio's writings have appeared in academic and popular journals, newspapers, and books. Cascio has been featured in multiple film documentaries and television science shows, and he speaks about future possibilities around the world. In early 2009, he released his first book, Hacking the Earth: Understanding the Consequences of Geoengineering. He was invited the following year to present on the subject at the National Academies of Sciences. In 2017, the University of Advancing Technology awarded him an Honorary Doctorate in recognition of his ongoing work to build a better future. 


Julia Morgan Ballroom
Merchants Exchange Building
465 California Street, 15th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94104

Date/Time Information:
11.30 - 12.00   Networking & Registration
12.00 -12.30 Lunch
12.30 - 2.00 Presentation

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$875 Premier Member Table of 8
$1,575 Corporate Member Table of 8
$1,750 Business Member Table OF 8
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