“Battle Silicon” a reality TV show series, co-founded by DingDing TV and Hua Yuan Science and Technology Association (HYSTA), was recognized as “Best Television Program Production” at NCCMA’s Outstanding Journalism Award Ceremony.
The Battle Silicon TV series was originated, in March 2013, by Diana Ding, founder and CEO of DingDing TV, HYSTA board members Wei Zhou and Jack Jia, and HYSTA former executive director Leslie Yuen. Since the inception, there have been more than 20 companies attending this TV contest show. CCTV conducted an interview for the program in July. Since August, Battle Silicon has partnered with top-tier media ifeng.com to roll out in China. It is expecting 100 million viewers in 18 months. On October 5, there will be a panel featuring Battle Silicon at 2013 HYSTA Annual Conference in San Francisco.
One of the core missions of Battle Silicon is to foster entrepreneurship, which has been the vitality for the rewarding partnership between HYSTA and DingDing TV. HYSTA has been striving to continuously influence and encourage the development of entrepreneurship since its establishment in 1999. DingDing TV, founded in 2009 as the first Chinese American Internet TV station in the United States, exemplifies entrepreneurial spirit itself.
Appealing to contestants from all over the world, including those that were either born or received education in the United States, China, German, Russia, Hong Kong, or Canada, and armed with judges with diverse cultural backgrounds, Battle Silicon has become a global and cross-cultural platform for international entrepreneurs to interact with venture capitalists and high-tech business leaders.
Battle Silicon places particular emphasis on EQ (emotional quotient) in entrepreneurship. “Ninety five percent of startups fail because of the challenge of crossing the chasm from product development to commercialization. People skills and emotional intelligence become very critical in the commercialization phase, and going global is even more challenging,” said Leslie Yuen, co-producer and an EQ panelist of Battle Silicon.
Even the nomination itself was already a great achievement. “Congratulations for the nomination, Leslie and Diana! This is a great success for us in such a short amount of time!” remarked Jack Jia, a HYSTA board member, Battle Silicon judge, angel investor, and founder of several high-tech businesses, before the award was announced.
Xuan He, HYSTA Marketing contributed to this piece.