“For 200 years America has taught the world how to build things and build them cheaper. We can wait for the standard of living and incomes in these countries to rise so that it’s less expensive to do it here again, or we can evolve to the next stage by building a platform that combines the diligence and tenacity of Asia and the freedom and creativity of America.”
MAKE IT IN AMERICA AND ASIAN HERITAGE AWARDS
LAY A GROUNDWORK FOR THE FUTURE
From the opening of Make It in America on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, to the close of the Asian Heritage Awards on Saturday, Nov. 22, San Diego County Supervisor Dave Roberts exhibited graciousness, caring, unity and strength as he presided over both events. Supervisor Roberts served as host of the four-
Barbara Bry, a member of the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, in her Monday column in the U-
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Dr. Veerabhadran Ramanathan was recognized in the category of Science and Technology because of his work on identifying global warming; Dr. Palmer Taylor received the award for Medicine as co-
Giri Ramanathan, wife of Dr. Ramanathan, accepted the award for her husband, who was at the Vatican meeting with world leaders over global warming. Afterwards, echoing the sentiments of many, she said, “I cannot describe in words what I felt yesterday during the gala celebration. Your videos of the awardees' life's work, the performances by the Chinese group, the amazing line up of people who live in San Diego, and who have dedicated their lives to their passions ….Your vision and verve and energy came through in every detail that you have both thought of. And Tina Guo! I cannot say enough about this child who performed like a star. And she is more than a star. Thank you so much for making me aware of all the amazing people who live in San Diego. You both must be lauded for your vision and strength.”
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A highlight of the Awards dinner was the exchange of gifts between visitors from China and the Asian Heritage Society, the Asian way of cementing relationships. Guests presented the Asian Heritage Society with a rare silk scarf. Rosalynn Carmen, in exchange, presented guest Shanghai business official Cheng Zhang with a “John Wayne” cowboy hat, which he exhibited proudly.
The ceremony capped four days of activity in the Make It In America conference, whose purpose was to focus on San Diego and the region as a hub of innovation and creativity and opportunities available in various technological fields as well as foster collaboration between overseas visitors and home-
“While we are gratified by the participation of our guests from China, and other representatives from Thailand and Vietnam who came down from Los Angeles and Orange County, local attendance could have been a lot better,” said Rosalynn Carmen, Asian Heritage Society secretary and one of the organizers of Make It In America.
“However, it is a start and a beginning point. Everyone in America who cares about the future should be concerned how to preserve it economically for this and the next generation. Make It In America is the foundation that will make this happen,” added Carmen, who said that the Asian Heritage Society has already begun preparations to repeat Make It In America – but better -
Barbara Bry, interviewing guests from China, said, “At the conference, I talked about why San Diego is a great place for startups. I highlighted our already vibrant ecosystem in which success begets more success, our knowledgeable service providers, our amazing talent pool that comes from all over the world, our universities and research institutes, our growing angel investor networks, and our culture of entrepreneurship, which understands that failure is often part of the road to success. Most importantly, I said, when our entrepreneurs have a successful exit, they stay involved. They start another company, become an angel investor and/or engage in philanthropy. This is truly the ‘Spirit of San Diego.’”
We couldn’t have said it better.
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On several occasions, we have talked about doing business in China. Well, the tables have turned and last week, China came to San Diego to do business.
“Make It In America,” a three-
We strutted our region’s stuff from drones to biotech and discussed how government programs in both the U.S. and Mexico can provide assistance. Rosalynn Carmen, president of the Asian Heritage Society and co-
We definitely live in a global interconnected world, and while our companies need to figure out how to access global markets and money, it is also true that global markets are seeking us. And San Diego is on the map. Finding capital for our local companies to grow has been a long-
There is one significant common business principle that overrides all others: Effective business is often done over a meal.
I sat with a most interesting group including Yu Shunbiao, executive chairman of the World Chinese Entrepreneur Association; Chang Zhang, an investor from Shanghai; Julia Cheng, a San Diegan who is vice president of the Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce of North America; and Cicely Meng, a San Diegan who is president of the San Diego-
Through a translator, Shunbiao told me that Chinese investors are particularly interested in buying real estate (office buildings, apartment complexes, shopping centers and single-
Cheng, who grew up in Shanghai, came to the United States in 1980 to study at UC San Diego. To support herself, she worked odd jobs and eventually earned a master’s degree in business administration from San Diego State University. In China, Cheng was separated from her parents, who became victims of the country’s political movement against what were seen as intellectuals. “The first thing in your life, you have to be sure you survive,” she said in an interview with the Asian Heritage Society, which recognized her with an award in 2013. “The second stage of your life you can dream and achieve your goal.” Cheng played an active role in recruiting participants from both China and Taiwan for this conference.
She said the region is attractive to them because of our beautiful weather, clean air, vibrant and growing Asian community, location near Mexico and the concentration of successful biotech and high-
At the conference, I talked about why San Diego is a great place for startups. I highlighted our already vibrant ecosystem in which success begets more success, our knowledgeable service providers, our amazing talent pool that comes from all over the world, our universities and research institutes, our growing angel investor networks, and our culture of entrepreneurship, which understands that failure is often part of the road to success.
Most importantly, I said, when our entrepreneurs have a successful exit, they stay involved. They start another company, become an angel investor and/or engage in philanthropy. This is truly the “Spirit of San Diego.”
Neil Senturia and Barbara Bry take turns in writing this weekly column about entrepreneurship in San Diego. Please email ideas to Barbara at firstname.lastname@example.org