Tech in Armenia: What’s in it for you?
AESA lecture on Dec 4, 2018 7:30 PM
By Ashot Arzumanyan
Armenian Society of Los Angeles
117 South Louise Street, Glendale, CA 91205
About the presentation
Now that we see the first startups founded in Armenia raising big rounds from top Valley funds and winning in their respective spaces, as well as positive political shifts in Armenia and continued value creation in tech globally, it’s time to take a look at the landscape, the direction and how we can be a part of the growth in Armenian tech going forward.
Again and again we see that the winning teams bring together the technical talent in Armenia with operating experience and product-market vision from Armenians around the world. But what are the concrete numbers? Who are the players? What are the challenges? What types of products and services work best? How can we bring together more winning teams? And how can you as a professional in tech be a part of this growth?
Alongside Yerevan offices from global tech companies like National Instruments, VMWare, Synopsys, Oracle, Cisco, Moody’s and Wolfram Research, Armenia is now the birthplace and engineering strength of many growth companies like PicsArt, Joomag, Teamable, Sololearn and CodeSignal, with investments from top-tier investors like Sequoia, True Ventures, Learn Capital, e-ventures and Foundation Capital.
About the speaker
Ashot Arzumanyan is co-founder and general partner at SmartGateVC, a US-registered venture capital firm investing in seed-stage deep tech companies in Armenia. SmartGateVC is backed by experienced engineers and investors like Valley legend Tim Draper and supports a growing portfolio of exciting companies in AI, security and IoT like 2Hz, Facehub and XCloud Networks.
The SmartGate team is behind the Yerevan Machine Learning Excellence Center, Gate42 Quantum Computing Research Lab, the Armenia Startup Academy pre-acceleration program and HeroHouse, and recently launched #landed, to connect tech entrepreneurs in Armenia and experienced professionals in tech around the world. Read more at herohouse.am/landed!