New SaaS and Cloud Models

Workshop in the Woods, March 30, 2016 (9:30 AM – 8PM)

 Participants

Yusuke Asakura

Yusuke Asakura

Investor

Yusuke Asakura is a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University.

Yusuke joined McKinsey & Company as a management consultant after graduating from The University of Tokyo. After engaged in several projects at McKinsey, he rejoined mobile tech startup, Naked Technology, as president & CEO in 2010, and got the company acquired by mixi in 2011. After acquired by mixi, Yusuke became President and CEO of mixito turn around the company in 2013. Making the company into black and revamped market cap from $200M to $5B in one year through creation of new businesses andstructual reorganization, he left mixi as an Adviser in 2014.

Howard Chao

Howard Chao

Host and Venture Partner at Ivy Capital

Howard Chao is an investor, lawyer and counselor to entrepreneurs. He began his work life as a corporate lawyer with O’Melveny & Myers and for many years was the Chair of the Firm’s Asia Practice.  He helped establish the firm’s offices in Tokyo, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Beijing, and practiced for many years as a cross-border investment specialist based in Asia.  Since 2001 Howard has been based in Silicon Valley, but continued to dedicate substantial time covering the Asia markets. In recent years Howard has moved to the principal side of investing and deal-making.  Howard actively makes angel and other VC investments in earlier stage companies through his personal vehicle, Doon Capital, usually in collaboration with other investors.  He maintains close working relationships with various VC funds, including Ivy Capital, Camp One Ventures, and others. Howard invests primarily in tech startups. He works primarily in Silicon Valley, with an emphasis on cross-border related deals. Because ofHoward’s extensive experience with Asia, many of his deals have an Asian (particularly Chinese) nexus. Howard also maintains an active strategic consulting practice.  He combines his many years of legal, deal and international experience to advise clients on a variety of cross border matters.  His clients include multinationals, financial investors and startup companies from diverse industries and geographies.

 

Daniel Chen

Daniel Chen

Co-founder and CEO of Fortex

Daniel Chen is co-founder and CEO of Fortex, a Silicon Valley innovator in electronic trading technology and the leading provider of Internet-based real-time multi-asset trading platforms for foreign exchange, equities, options, and futures. Daniel is also a partner at Concertus Research, a high-frequency trading and computer automated trading advisory firm focused on market microstructure. Prior to Fortex, he co-founded and bootstrapped the highly successful Millennium Exchange, an early electronic trading technology provider for equities. Millennium Exchange was acquired by an investment syndicate. Daniel started his career with Goldman Sachs, specializing in the areas of trading and principal investment of complex structured products and distressed assets. He graduated from New York University with distinguished honors in Computer Science and Economics. He lives with his wife and two children in Los Altos, California.
David Chen

David Chen

co-Founder, former Vice Chairman & President of VanceInfo, Senior Advisor of Ivy Capital, Board Member of HYSTA

David Chen is co-Founder and former Vice Chairman & President of VanceInfo, one of the largest China based IT services firms. He oversaw strategy and daily operations between 2001 and 2010. Before it went public in 2007 at NYSE, it was backed by prominent VCs including DCM, Sequoia Capital and Legend Capital. Now he is serving as Strategic Advisor for Pactera which is the result of merger between Vanceinfo and hiSoft.

Prior to co-founding VanceInfo, David held multiple management and technical positions at Asera, IBM/Crossworlds, KPMG Consulting, Oracle and UCSF Medical Center.

David is passionate about fostering the spirit of entrepreneurship and technological innovation across China and the US and he is a board member of HYSTA, a nonprofit organization dedicated to entrepreneurship and leadership among Chinese professionals and entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley. He is also an active angel investor and advisor in the emerging area of internet+ that converges the power of data driven technologies with traditional industries such as Financial Services, Healthcare, Smart Hardware, etc.

Jim Cheung

Jim Cheung

VP of R&D at PhazrIO Inc.

Jim Cheung is the VP of R&D at PhazrIO Inc. Jim has over 25 years of experience in the IT industry in cloud computing, data networks, and large scale systems. Before PhazrIO, Jim led a global service engineering organization to operate a 24/7 $2B+ annual Search Advertising business at Yahoo. In addition, Jim was the VP of R&D at Gehry Technologies where his team built a cloud-based design collaborative product, www.GTeam.com, for the Architectural and Construction industry. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics and computer science from UCLA.

Rob Claassen

Rob Claassen

Partner at Camp One Ventures

Rob Claassen is a principal at Camp One Ventures, LLC. A Silicon Valley veteran, he has over 17 years of experience working with great entrepreneurs to build lasting technology companies. In 2007, Rob was the founding partner of the Silicon Valley corporate practice for a leading global corporate law firm and prior to that was a partner in the Palo Alto office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati where he was chair of their Capital Markets group. During his career, Rob has been an active early-stage investor in a number of businesses including Mint.com (acquired by Intuit, Nasdaq: INTU), Moreover (aquired by Verisign, Nasdaq: VRSN), Aarki, Credit Sesame and Cornerstone OnDemand (Nasdaq: COSD). Mr. Claassen holds a B.S. in Mathematical Economics and a J.D. order of the coif from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Ron Croen

Ron Croen

Advisor

Ron is an entrepreneur, leader and business advisor. Ron was founder, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Nuance Communications. Nuance is the global leader in voice automation technology and applications, providing software and solutions based on the technologies of speech recognition, speech synthesis and speaker verification. Ron advises CEO’s on operations, strategy, leadership and management. His experience spans various sectors in information and communications technology such as artificial intelligence, digital media, big data, enterprise software and SaaS. He has been involved with companies across the life-cycle, from start-up, to very early stage angel and venture funded growth businesses, to medium and large public companies. Ron earned a J.D. degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and a B.A. from Tufts University.

Alan Du

Alan Du

Ivy Capital

Alan Du is a seasoned investor and a serial entrepreneur. Currently, Alan is a partner at Ivy Capital, a venture capital firm based in Shanghai of China. Alan oversees Ivy’s investment activities related to the TMT industry with focus on investing in early stage venture deals. Prior to joining Ivy Capital, Alan served as a VP of Corporate Development for Renren.com, an NYSE listed company. At Renren.com, Alan oversaw the company’s strategic initiatives with focus on investment, merger and acquisition activities. During his term at Renren.com, Alan and his team did a number of industry shaping M&A deals, with aggregated $ amount more than $250 million. Alan is also a serial entrepreneur and had founded two high-tech companies before turning into an investment professional.
Alan holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Tsinghua University in China, a master’s degree in engineering from University of Minnesota, and an M.B.A. degree from Stanford University.
Arlo Faria

Arlo Faria

Co-Founder of Remeeting

Arlo Faria is an entrepreneur who applies speech and image processing to create more useful ways of exploring digital information. His first startup was a visual search engine for fashion e-commerce, acquired by TheFind (now Facebook). Arlo earned a Ph.D. in Computer Science at UC Berkeley, where he received the department’s Engineering Design Award as well as the Fellowship in EECS Entrepreneurship. He is originally from Brazil.
Jasminder Gulati

Jasminder Gulati

Co-founder and CEO of NowFloats

Jasminder is the co-founder and CEO of NowFloats. Jasminder has over 18 years of experience in the IT industry spanning multiple responsibilities and geographies. Before incubating NowFloats, Jasminder was VP & Head of Global Delivery at CA Technologies. He joined CA Technologies from Microsoft Corporation, where in his 12 year tenure he held a number of roles spanning sales and marketing of products to professional services. Jasminder started his career at Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) where he spent over 3 years on building India’s first global software product for the financial services industry.

Jasminder holds a Bachelor’s Degree (Honors) in Computer Science from University of Bombay. He is passionate about simplifying technology and loves sports, books and all things vintage.

Ta-lin Hsu

Ta-lin Hsu

H&Q Asia Pacific

Dr. Ta-lin Hsu is Chairman of H&Q Asia Pacific and has been investing in Asia for over 20 years. He joined Hambrecht & Quist Group in 1985 as a General Partner and founded H&Q Asia Pacific in 1986. Since inception, H&Q Asia Pacific has managed over $2.7 billion in committed capital through 23 funds and operates from six offices throughout the region. Before joining Hambrecht & Quist, Dr. Hsu worked at IBM for 12 years. In his last position, Dr. Hsu held corporate responsibility for all of IBM’s advanced research in mass storage systems and technology. Dr. Hsu was born in mainland China in 1943.

Richard Huo

Richard Huo

Audience Science, Inc., General Manager-China.

Richard Huo is a seasoned entrepreneur with a successful track record of starting businesses in China and the United States. His operating experience varies from telecommunications, semiconductor, internet portals and content delivery network, mobile applications, and manufacturing. Most recently he was a Managing Director at Lincolnshire Management, Inc. a leading midmarket private equity firm. At Lincolnshire, Richard served as COO of a portfolio company with US$80 million in revenue and 500 employees, where he implemented global manufacturing, supply chain, sales, and distribution strategies. Richard is currently General Manager- China for Audience Science, Inc. A leading SAAS platform in programmatic advertising. Regards

Gary Jin

Gary Jin

Co-founder of PhazerIO

Gary Jin has over 15 years of experience in information management spanning R&D, consulting and sales. Most recently Gary worked as a sales architect at IBM helping Fortune 500 companies adopt Big Data and Analytics solutions on Cloud. Gary has a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from UCLA. He holds multiple patents on database high availability.

Mohanjit Jolly

Mohanjit Jolly

Partner at Iron Pillar

Mohanjit has been in the global startup and investment ecosystem for nearly two decades. Currently, Mohanjit is a Partner at Iron Pillar, a venture capital fund focused on filling the gap for mid stage technology investments in India. Previously, Mohanjit was a Partner with DFJ where he established and managed DFJ’s India office, spending five years in Bangalore. Mohanjit currently serves on the Boards of multiple high-growth companies based in US and India including Cleartrip, Dlight Design and Attero. Prior to DFJ, Mohanjit was Managing Director at Garage Technology Ventures, a seed and early stage venture capital firm based in Silicon Valley. While earning his M.B.A from UCLA, Mohanjit helped launch ViaSpace, a technology incubator in Southern California in conjunction with Caltech and Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Mohanjit earned a B.S. and M.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT, with a specialization in electric propulsion systems. Mohanjit serves as an advisor to Unshackled, Astia, MIT Tech Review in India, Accenture Global, and the MIT Deshpande Center. Mohanjit lives in Silicon Valley with his wife and three kids.
Edmond A. Kavounas

Edmond A. Kavounas

Ed Kavounas joined Divco West in 2015 as Senior Advisor to Divco West, a real estate investment company providing equity capital and real estate expertise for repositioning, recapitalization, redevelopment and development of commercial property in key U.S. markets. Mr. Kavounas has 42 years of experience in the real estate industry.

Prior to joining Divco West, Mr. Kavounas co-founded Rockwood Capital, LLC in 1995 and led Rockwood as President and CEO of Rockwood from 1995 until 2010, and Chairman from 2010 until his retirement in 2014.

Rockwood is a real estate investment company providing equity capital combined with real estate expertise for repositioning, recapitalization, redevelopment and development of commercial property including office (traditional, tech, research and development space), residential, retail, hotel and data centers in key U.S. markets. Under Mr. Kavounas’ leadership, Rockwood invested in over $13 billion of assets in the U.S. (with $8.0 billion under management as of 2014) and now has a staff of 80 people with offices in San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles and Seoul.

Ed King

Ed King

Quintus Partners

Ed is a Founding Partner of Quintus Partners and is based in Palo Alto, California. He has over 25 years of investment banking experience in the US and Asia. During his career, Ed has originated and led numerous strategic advisory, privatization, financing and restructuring transactions for clients across multiple geographies and industries. Most recently, he was Executive Chairman of Global Mergers & Acquisitions at Barclays, based in Menlo Park, California. Prior to transferring back to the U.S. in 2014, Ed was a Managing Director and Head of Asia Pacific M&A in Hong Kong and a member of the Global M&A Executive Committee at Barclays. In this role, he was responsible for building and leading Barclays’ M&A business in the Asia Pacific region.

Before joining Barclays in 2010, Ed was with Morgan Stanley in Asia for 11 years where he was a Managing Director and served concurrently as the Head of Asia Pacific M&A and Head of the Asia Pacific Financial Sponsors Group. Before these positions, he was Head of Morgan Stanley’s China M&A business. At Morgan Stanley, Ed was also a member of the Global Investment Banking Management Committee and the Asia Pacific Franchise Committee. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley in 1999, Ed was a Vice President in the M&A Group at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette in New York and transferred to Hong Kong in 1998 to help found the Asia M&A Group.

Ed received a BA in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley and an MBA from Columbia Business School.

Trevor Lain

Trevor Lain

Founder of LexAlign

Trevor is a high-impact commercial and financial services attorney with broad regulatory expertise, top-tier law firm and academic credentials, and a track record of success advising and representing the nation’s largest banks and industry-leading broker-dealers, corporations, and financial companies in managing their legal risk, building compliance programs, and obtaining favorable outcomes in negotiations with regulators, courts and counterparties.   After helping the major banks through the financial crisis and ensuing mortgage foreclosure controversy, Trevor turned his attention to the emergent FinTech sector.  It was while advising entrepreneurs and representing fast-growing startups in regulatory audits that Trevor recognized the need for an automated service that would provide tailored, actionable information on regulatory compliance in an efficient, sustainable and scalable manner.  Prior to law school, Trevor worked as a manager in startups, including e-commerce.  He has extensive experience managing large teams of attorneys and non-attorneys, and in building systems and programs.

Ivy Li

Ivy Li

Partner at Seven Seas Partner

Ivy Li, former MD of Greylock China focused on investing in Chinese early stage companies. Advised Linkedin on its China entry strategy, negotiated partnership with local partners, and recruited the China CEO. Previously, Ivy was Chief Executive of MIH’s China operation and was responsible for the firm’s overall strategy, investments and operations. Ivy was a director in the corporate development group at Microsoft, overseeing Microsoft’s investment programs in China and led various M&A deals.

Steven Li

Steven Li

Angel Investor and Entrepreneur at Sumilux Technologies Inc

Steven Li is the founder and CEO of Sumilux Technologies Inc, providing mobile collaboration solutions for business. Steven was the first VP of Engineering at WebEx bootstrapping a 500-person technical team and the product, saw it through a successful IPO to become a 400M/year business. Later he was part of the executive team affecting the $3.2B acquisition by Cisco. He also once served as VP of World-wide Site Platform at Amazon.com overseeing most customer traffic.

Alex Liang

Alex Liang

Partner at Oriza Ventures

Alex Liang is Partner of Oriza Ventures, an early stage venture capital fund focusing on technology investment in North America. Previously, Mr. Liang was a Venture Partner at SAIF Partners, a leading VC/PE firm in China. He headed SAIF’s US investment activities and helped the US portfolio companies expand into the China market.

Prior to joining SAIF, Mr. Liang was Founder and CEO of PICA, one of the earliest mobile internet companies in China. Before that, Mr. Liang was Vice President at Asia Netcom heading strategies for its pan-Asia data network services. He also served as Vice President at 21vianet, China’s leading Internet Data Center company.

Joe Lynam

Joe Lynam

xPressTap Co-founder and CEO

Recognized as a leading pioneer of digital and mobile payments, Joe is an accomplished entrepreneur and seasoned executive. Joe holds 12 patents supporting his work in online payment methods, mobile wallets, authentication tools, and fraud control techniques, which are emerging as industry-wide standards. Prior to xPressTap, Joe founded and led two payments companies PayOne (formerly PaymentOne Corp.) and Versatel Systems (VRS), a micro-transaction company (acquired by AT&T) . In fewer than three years, he grew VRS to $400 million in annual retail billings. Joe is an Inc. 500 alumnus and an oft-requested speaker and commentator at industry events and for print and broadcast media including Business Week, Forbes, AdWeek, CBS MarketWatch, Investor’s Business Daily, and CNN. He received a Bachelor of Science and Commerce degree from Santa Clara University.
David Makarechian

David Makarechian

Partner and Head of Northern California Transactions Group, O'Melveny & Myers LLP

David Makarechian — O’Melveny’s Regional Head of Transactions for Northern California — is a boardroom-level corporate lawyer who has more than twenty years of experience working with entrepreneurs, executives, and investors to support the growth of innovative technology companies. His clients include public companies, private companies and start-ups, venture and private equity investors and investment banks. He also advises multinational companies and sovereign wealth funds in international transactions. David has represented some of the most prominent companies and investors in the technology sector, including Android in its sale to Google, Yahoo! and Priceline.com in various acquisitions, and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in venture capital investments. His clients include Finisar Corporation, the world’s largest manufacturer of optical components, HID Global Corporation, a leading provider of secure identity solutions, and leading international multinational corporations, such as Mitsui & Co. and sovereign wealth funds, such as GIC.

David focuses his practice on mergers and acquisitions, venture capital, growth and PIPE investments, 1934 Act counseling of public companies, and organizing and structuring venture-backed and emerging growth enterprises. In addition, he has significant experience in buy-outs, divestures and spin-outs, joint ventures, cross-border M&A, and technology transactions of all types.

David is recognized for his ability to provide experienced guidance and practical solutions on business and legal issues. Chambers & Partners describes him as a “professional and detail-oriented” lawyer who also is “very cool and pragmatic,” and Legal 500 cites clients who praise him as “responsive, diligent, and thorough.”

Brian McNeill

Brian McNeill

COO and Co-Founder of Stringr

Brian McNeill has 14 years of professional experience spanning both Product Management – he spent four years with Microsoft, and management consulting where he focused on value creation for both corporate and private equity clients for both Ernst & Young and Alvarez & Marsal. Brian doubled down on business degrees, earned his undergrad at The University of Washington and his MBA at The Wharton School.
Joi Okada

Joi Okada

Digital Garage Co., Ltd

Joi is a Senior Operating Officer of Open Innovation Division at Digital Garage Co., Ltd.. Prior to this, Joi has been a board member of Digital Garage Co., Ltd. and President of DGUS Inc. where he was helping 2 wholly owned software development and consultancy, Neo Innovation and New Context Services, accelerate their growth. At DGUS, he has also been instrumental in building up the San Francisco based co-working space, DG717. Prior to running DGUS Inc.’s businesses, Joi was Deputy Head of Digital Garage Group CEO’s office. During his spare time, Joi loves tasting craft beer.

Toshi Otani

Toshi Otani

Co-founder and Managing Director of TransLink Capital

Toshi Otani is a co-founder and Managing Director of TransLink Capital. Toshi has over 20 years of experience in management of and investment in high-tech companies. Toshi is responsible for TransLink’s investments in Appcelerator, CloudOn, deCarta, Eye-Fi, Nexenta and Wildfire, as well as supporting TransLink’s portfolio companies with their customers and partners primarily in Japan.

Toshi started his career at Mitsubishi Corporation, the world’s largest trade and investment firm, where he was in charge of multiple investment and business development projects in the IT industry. During his tenure at Mitsubishi, worked with successful U.S.-based start-ups such as Parametric Technology Corporation (NASDAQ: PMTC) etc.

After getting his MBA at Stanford Business School, Toshi assumed the role of President of Hikari Tsushin’s VC operation in the U.S. where he managed a six person investment team in their Palo Alto office. Toshi directly led Hikari Tsushin’s investments in successful companies such as WebEx (NASDAQ: WEBX, acquired by Cisco) and SiRF (NASDAQ: SIRF).

After Hikari Tsushin, Toshi was recruited to a position as Senior Vice President of Everypath Inc. He founded the Japanese subsidiary of Everypath and served as its General Manager and Representative Director. Toshi grew Asian operations from one person to a team of over 20 professionals which generated over 60% of Everypath’s worldwide business for five consecutive years.

Mark Paddon

Mark Paddon

Founding CEO of Guidekick

Mark Paddon is the founding CEO of Guidekick, a startup changing the way people experience museums and cultural attractions with stunning 3D maps, indoor navigation, and compelling content. Mark has led the development of apps that have been downloaded by millions of users around the world. He has a degree in Computer Science from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, is an alumnus of 500 Startups, and has a strong technical background in mobile development and interactive 3D graphics.
Tom Pai

Tom Pai

Partner/CEO Sunstone Group, Inc.

Tom is the Managing Partner and CEO of Sunstone Group, a management consulting practice that specializes in helping early-stage and high-growth companies build the essential foundations for success. He has over 25 years of financial and operations experience in technology, media, and consumer products companies ranging in size from start-up to Fortune 100 global enterprises. He helped raise over $150M in venture financing, and played a key role in successful exits totaling $500M. Notable current and past clients include Jazz.co, Zozi, Tripit, Xamarin, Slideshare, Twilio,

Prior to founding Sunstone Group, he was a partner with Ravix Group, the leading startup consulting firm in the San Francisco Bay Area. Tom was previously the CFO and COO for several venture backed companies in technology, media, and consumer products. He co-founded DART Partners, an investment firm specializing in underperforming mid-sized companies, and was with Bank of America’s venture capital and private equity group. Tom has an M.B.A. from Carnegie Mellon University and a degree in Computer Engineering from University of California, Santa Barbara

Chris Seybold

Chris Seybold

Chief Financial Officer at FOUNDER.org

Chris is an operations and finance executive with 25 years experience in growing companies, both private and public, in Silicon Valley. He is currently Chief Financial Officer at FOUNDER.org, which provides funding, education and mentoring to young innovators who are solving the world’s most important problems. His current role includes building out the curriculum around business planning, operations and fundraising; sitting on the Investment Committee; mentoring a portfolio of companies; and managing all internal financial and administrative matters. Chris received a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Mark Snycerski

Mark Snycerski

Engineering Co-founder, xPressTap

Mark has 20 years software development experience across broad technologies. He founded Internet of Things (IoT) app development company LapApps. He was PayOne’s CTO where he built a Global payment gateway and APIs (in 80 countries). Prior to that, Mark helped build Netfish Tech from 10 to 300 people (acquired by IONA). Mark holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Michigan and a Master of Science in Computer Science from Stanford University.

Lindsay Stewart

Lindsay Stewart

founding CEO of Stringr

Lindsay has 12 years of experience as a television news producer at of ABC, CBS, Bloomberg and Fox where she ran political coverage for the network in the western part of the United States. Lindsay earned her BS at UC Berkeley and an MBA at The Wharton School.
Mio Takaoka

Mio Takaoka

Executive Director of Monex Group, Inc., Managing Director of Monex Ventures

Mio is an Executive Director in charge of New Business Planning Office at Monex Group. She is currently focusing on Monex’s CVC efforts and new business development. Monex Ventures has invested into nine fintech related startups since, and Mio has been involved with the advising the Japanese regulators on building the fintech ecosystem in Japan and also has been selected as Asia Fintech 100 leaders 2016. She joined Monex in 2009 and since then has been involved managing the execution of most of Monex’s strategic cross-border and domestic acquisitions and investments. Mio started her career at Goldman Sachs (Japan) Ltd. in 1999 after graduating Cambridge University (MA) Natural Sciences (Physics) in 1999. She has experience in M&A, fixed income, derivatives structuring and trading.

Ted Tatsumi

Ted Tatsumi

CEO and President of Presidio Ventures

Ted Tatsumi is CEO and President of Presidio Ventures Inc., the corporate VC for Sumitomo Corporation. Presidio has  been  in Silicon Valley since 1998, investing in  over 150 companies, focusing mainly on IT sector, such as Enterprise IT, Mobile, and Media. Prior to Presidio, Ted was CEO of e-commerce company Soukai-Drug in Japan until 2011, which currently has about $400M annual revenue. Ted has a Bachelor’s degree in economics from Waseda University.
Raefer Wallis

Raefer Wallis

Founder of GIGA 循绿

Raefer Wallis is an internationally renowned architect and serial entrepreneur bridging the gap between the building industry, green design, IT and business.

As founder of A00 Architecture, he is responsible for many firsts including Asia’s first carbon neutral hotel, the world’s first LEED platinum resort, the world’s largest modern-rammed earth structure, the first Living Building Challenge project in Asia as well as bringing healthy product labelling to China.
Raefer now leads GIGA, developing a suite of SaaS solutions for the building industry. GIGA’s software is used to manage and connect the material data of some of the world’s most influential developers, design firms and certification bodies.

Raefer received his masters degree in Architecture from McGill University in Montreal, Canada prior to moving to China in 2001 and setting up his Shanghai practice in 2004. He retired from architecture in 2012 to focus entirely on GIGA. He has co-authored industry books published by Woodhead and the Royal Society of Chemistry. Regularly invited to lecture around the world, his work has been featured by the Clinton Global Initiative, CNN, CBC, TED and many more.

William Wang

William Wang

Menusifu Founder and CEO

William Wang, the Founder and CEO of Menusifu Inc., is an excelsior expert in restaurant industry. Under his leadership, Menusifu team, which consists of data scientists, IT specialists, business analysts etc., aims to build an all-around POS cloud platform to simplify restaurant operations. There are already nearly 1500 Menusifu terminals spread out around North American.

Xiao Wang

Xiao Wang

CEO, InnoSpring, Inc.

Xiao Wang, Ph.D, is the CEO at InnoSpring Inc., the first US-China cross border technology incubator. She joined the company in 2012 as the head of the business development and cross- border partnership team. In addition to her new role as CEO at InnoSpring, Dr. Wang is also a Project Manager at Entelos, a pharmaceutical consulting company. Here she advises global Pharmaceutical or Biotechnology companies in regards to drug development decisions, including target evaluation/ prioritization, translational medicine, biomarker analysis, and clinical trial design.

Dr. Wang co-founded China America Innovation Network (CHAIN), a professional non-profit organization envisioned to help transform innovation into value through fostering entrepreneurship in 2011. She is an honored associate member of Tsinghua Entrepreneur and Executive Club (TEEC) and the president of Tsinghua Alumni Association of Northern California (THAA-NC).

Dr. Wang earned her Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio and her B.S. in Biological Sciences from Tsinghua University in Beijing China.

Yilun Wang

Yilun Wang

Investor at IDG Capital Partners

Yilun is an investor at IDG Capital Partners. He has four years of experience in the IT industry in artificial intelligence; machine learning; and big data. Before IDG, He worked at Microsoft, Baidu, DeepGlint in various engineering and research roles. He holds B.S. degree in computer science from Zhejiang University and M.S. in computer science from Stanford University.

Eric Wedepohl

Eric Wedepohl

Investor

Eric Wedepohl recently retired from General Mills as Vice President and Deputy General Counsel and now focuses on leveraging his 25 years in the global food business to invest in and advise promising food and ag tech start ups.
Eric joined General Mills in 2001 when General Mills acquired The Pillsbury Company from Diageo. Until 2012 he had responsibility for the legal affairs of International as well as for various U.S. retail divisions including Yoplait, Snacks, Pillsbury, Meals Division, Food Service and Supply Chain. From 2012 he was responsible for the legal affairs of the Corporate Development, Strategy and Business Development groups.
At Pillsbury, he was Vice President and General Counsel of Pillsbury International and for several years while at Pillsbury, he also had responsibility for Diageo’s legal affairs in Asia Pacific and Latin America. Throughout his twenty years at Pillsbury, Diageo and General Mills he travelled the globe to help identify business opportunities, aquire brands and businesses, contribute to the strategies of the business, and resolve complex issues.
Eric began his career at General Foods Corp in 1984 and from 1990 to 95, worked for the Japanese trading house, Nisho Iawai American Corp in both Tokyo and New York.  He is a graduate of Pomona College (1980), and received his J.D. from Loyola Law School at Los Angeles (1984).
Jeff Xiong

Jeff Xiong

Founding Managing Partner at 7 Seas Ventures

Jeff Xiong, former CTO of Tencent for 8 years from 2005-2013, responsible for product strategy, new product innovation, R&D of core technologies, and engineering excellence. Previously worked at Microsoft for 9 years in Internet Explorer, Windows and MSN product groups, and as founding director of MSN China Development Center in Shanghai. Began at IBM in 1995 as Staff Programmer of the Internet Division.

Hong Xue

Hong Xue

Managing Director of Westlake Ventures

Hong Xue is the Managing Director of Westlake Ventures, and the partner of Cybernaut Investment in Silicon Valley. He leads the practice of early stage investment and merge & acquisition initiatives in Silicon Valley and Israel for Westlake Ventures and Cybernaut. His investment focuses including big data and cloud technologies; cyber security; FinTech; productivity-based applications and digital healthcare. He has more than 20 years of experience across engineering, product management, business development, and venture capital investment. He obtained his M.S. degree in Computer Science and Business Administration from Carnegie Mellon University and his B. S. EE in China.
Yuanyuan (YY) Zhou

Yuanyuan (YY) Zhou

Qualcomm Chair Professor in Mobile Computing at UCSD, CEO & Co-founder of Whova

Yuanyuan (YY) Zhou is a Qualcomm Chair Professor in Mobile Computing at University of California, San Diego (UCSD) since 2009. Prior to UCSD, she was a tenured professor at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). Her area of expertise include data centers, computer systems, data analytics and mobile systems. She has so far graduated 18 Ph.D students, most of whom are now either successful entrepreneurs or tenured/tenure-track professors at top universities including University of Chicago, University of Toronto, University of Waterloo, Ohio State University, etc. In parallel to her academic career, she has also co-founded three companies, with the first two successfully exited to public companies. As the President in her second startup, Pattern Insight, she led the company to become profitable since 2010 and was acquired by VmWare in July 2012, providing good returns for investors and shareholders. Currently she is busy with her third startup, Whova. It has gained substantial customer traction worldwide and has successfully raised substantial investment last year. She obtained her BS in computer science from Peking University, and her MS and Ph.D from Princeton University. She is an ACM Fellow and IEEE Fellow, Sloan Research Fellow (2007) and the winner of ACM Mark Weiser award (2015).

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