Andrew Ng is a Co-founder of Coursera, and a Computer Science faculty member at Stanford. In 2011, he led the development of Stanford University's main MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses) platform, and also taught an online Machine Learning class that was offered to over 100,000 students, leading to the founding of Coursera. Ng's goal is to give everyone in the world access to a high quality education, for free. Today, Coursera partners with top universities to offer high quality, free online courses. With 80 partners, nearly 400 courses, and 3.6 million students, Coursera is currently the largest MOOC platform in the world. Outside online education, Ng's research work is in machine learning; he is also the Director of the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Lab. Andrew was recently named a FORTUNE 40 Under 40 on September 19, 2013.
Charles Huang is currently the CEO of Green Throttle Games, Inc., a startup based in Santa Clara, CA focused on creating video games on TV in the new era of video games. Previously, Charles was co-founder of RedOctane and the co-creator of the Guitar Hero video game franchise. In 2005, the company published Guitar Hero, which went on to become the fastest video game to reach $1B in sales and a franchise that has exceeded $5B of total revenue to date. Guitar Hero was the best-selling video game in the world in 2007 and 2008. In 2006, Mr. Huang, along with his brother Kai, was elected as one of the top 50 producers in New Media by the Producers Guild of American New Media Council membership which includes such famed movie directors as Jerry Bruckheimer and Brian Grazer. Mr. Huang immigrated to California as a young child and currently resides in Silicon Valley with his wife and two daughters. Mr. Huang holds BA’s in Economics and Asian Studies from the University of California at Berkeley.
Mr. Kambiz Y. Hooshmand serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Archimedes Labs LLC. Mr. Hooshmand is a Senior Advisor of Silver Lake Sumeru, L.P at Silver Lake Partners. Mr. Hooshmand joined Silver Lake n 2009 and is focused on its middle market strategy. He has spent more than 25 years building communications systems and solutions for wireless and wireline infrastructure. He served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Applied Micro Circuits Corp. from March 21, 2005 to May 12, 2009 where he transformed it into the leading provider of semiconductor solutions for Optical Transport Networks. Prior to joining Applied Micro, Mr. Hooshmand served as the Head of Optical & Broadband Transport Technology Group at Cisco Systems, Inc. since July 2004 where he held a number of ascending executive positions during his nine year tenure, including managing its multi-billion dollar portfolio of core routers. He served as General Manager of Cisco Systems, Inc. He joined Cisco as a Director of Engineering as part of the StrataCom acquisition in 1996. He began his executive career as an integral member of the team that built Stratacom into a global provider of switching platforms for data services. He worked at Rolm Corporation. He has 25 years of experience in core routing, VoIP, ATM, access and transport technologies. He held a number of senior executive positions at Cisco Systems including Group Vice President and General Manager responsible for Core Routing. In this role, he was responsible for the launch of Cisco’s CRS family of carrier grade platforms. He was one of the early leaders at StrataCom that developed the nascent Frame Relay market into what is now a multi-billion dollar worldwide services market. His work with both domestic and international carriers led to the deployment of many of the largest and most high-availability data networks in the world. Mr. Hooshmand has been the Chairman of Infinera Corp. since October 27, 2010 and its Director since December 15, 2009 and served as its Lead Independent Director. He served as a Director of Power-One Inc. from October 20, 2009 to July 2013. He served as a Director of Applied Micro Circuits Corp. from March 21, 2005 to May 12, 2009. He served as a Member of the Board of Venture Advisors of Anila Corporation. Mr. Hooshmand holds an M.S. degree in Engineering Management from Stanford University and a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from California State University at Chico.
Keith is the CEO and founder of just.me, and a partner at Archimedes Labs in Palo Alto, California. Keith is a product-centric entrepreneur and loves working with designers and engineers to realize dreams. Keith has founded or co-founded several companies in the digital space since the early 1980s. Up until 1998 these were UK based entities. Since then they have been Silicon Valley based ventures. Keith has built teams that created companies that were valued by others at more than $1 billion (EasyNet and RealNames). He has always focused on the point at which great change is happening. In the 1980's networking and databases (cScape). In the 1994-1998 period, Internet Access (EasyNet and Cyberia). From 1998-2010 - Internet Services and Content (RealNames and TechCrunch) and since 2010 Mobile Consumer Applications (just.me and Archimedes Labs).
Ken Gullicksen is an experienced technology executive who has been involved in the formation and growth of several prominent Silicon Valley companies. At Evernote, Ken serves as COO, heading-up Evernote Business, the company's SMB and team-focused service. He is also responsible for investor relations, corporate development and the global sales and support teams. Prior to joining Evernote, Ken spent over a decade as a general partner at Morgenthaler Ventures where, among other accomplishments, he led the first Silicon Valley venture round in Evernote and served on Evernote’s Board of Directors. Ken began his career as an engineer at Sun Microsystems before shifting focus to business strategy, market development, and engineering management at companies including Nortel Networks, Hitachi-Raychem Display Systems, and Sun Microsystems. Ken holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a BS in electrical engineering from San Jose State University.
Kristian has been at the forefront of the rapidly transforming game industry since 2001. He was a co-founder of mobile gaming pioneer Macrospace - today Glu Mobile (Nasdaq: GLUU) in 2001 through the successful IPO in 2007. He left to co-found Playfish, the social gaming pioneer, where he served as CEO through the company's rapid growth to 60 Million players and the subsequent acquisition by Electronic Arts for $400M in 2009. After a period as EVP Digital at Electronic Arts driving the aggressive transformation of the company from packaged goods to digital, Kristian left in March 2013 to focus on startups. Today Kristian leads seed stage investments with Initial Capital and serves on the board of Supercell, the #1 iOS game company. Kristian has previously served on the board of LOVEFiLM, the European streaming video pioneer until its acquisition by Amazon.com.
Mr. Maloney spent over 30 years at Intel Corporation. He is known within the high tech industry as a visionary whose hard work and strategic planning contributed to the unprecedented global growth of the company. From August 2011- January 2013, Mr. Maloney served as Chairman of Intel China where he was responsible for overseeing and developing the company’s strategy. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Maloney was an Executive Vice President at Intel and Co-General Manager of the corporation’s Intel Architecture Group (IAG). He was responsible for architecting, developing, and marketing Intel’s platform solutions for all computing segments including: data centers, desktops, laptops, netbooks/net-tops, handhelds, embedded devices, and consumer electronics. In this capacity, Mr. Maloney focused on business and operations with over one half of the company reporting to him. He also previously ran the company’s Communications Group. Over the years, Mr. Maloney has been recognized for his keen understanding and abilities globally in sales and marketing as well as strategic planning. He served as the Chief of Sales and Marketing Worldwide for the company. Mr. Maloney has been a Director with SMIC since 2013.
Mr. Andy A. Liu is currently the Vice President of Strategy and Business Development for IMS Health Asia Pacific. He is responsible for leading all investments, acquisitions, joint ventures, deal transactions and partnerships in the region. Mr. Liu leads IMS Health’s investment strategy in over 16 countries in Asia Pacific including China, Japan, India, Australia, Korea as well as Asia South and Asia North countries. Previously Mr. Liu led IMS Health’s commercial operations as President for Asia excluding Japan. Mr. Liu has extensive pharmaceutical and biotech industry experience working across various multi‐national companies. Previous to IMS, he served as Vice President of Strategy and Operations for a TPG Private Equity Biotech Portfolio Company. Mr. Liu has also spent many years with Merck and UCB holding several executive management and leadership positions. Mr. Liu has held several operational roles from Business Unit Head to Division Marketing Head to General Manager and Regional VP. During his tenure he has successfully managed and launched products across key therapeutic franchises such as hypertension, atherosclerosis, anticonvulsants, arthritis, antihistamine, osteoporosis and diabetes. Mr. Liu has commercialization experience across the US, Latin America and Asia Pacific markets. Mr. Liu has served on several Boards including The American Chamber of Commerce, The European Chamber of Commerce and The International Research‐Based Pharmaceutical Association.
Andy co-founded FunPlus, a leading social and mobile game company in European and Middle East market with go-global vision and strategy. FunPlus has been one of fast growing companies in last 2 years in social and mobile games section and is the biggest Asia game company in Facebook by DAU. Andy was VP engineer and Product of Thegamenet.com which focuses on the social video platform and game stratics platform. Before that, Andy is the Engineer and Product lead in RockYou and there he built the birthday cards and it ranks #2 in Facebook in 2009 by Monthly active users. Andy started the career in Lucent Bell labs as the research assistant focusing in P2P and vertical search technology and he worked in Oakland based search company Ask.com as well.
Ashwin Navin is the CEO and co-founder of Samba TV (formerly known as Flingo), the largest developer of applications for Smart TVs. Samba TV currently reaches more than 7 million TV screens in 118 countries worldwide. Ashwin also founded the start-up incubator I/O Ventures where he is currently a Managing Partner after departing BitTorrent as the company’s President and Co-founder. He spent time at Yahoo, as a member of the company’s Corporate Development group. He developed extensive experience in structuring and negotiating acquisitions, partnerships and alliances in the tech industry. While at Yahoo, Ashwin’s group was responsible for M&A, divestitures and company strategy in the U.S. and key global markets such as India and Korea. Before Yahoo, Ashwin worked with Wall Street powerhouses Goldman, Sachs & Co. and Merrill Lynch as an investment banker and research analyst. Ashwin earned a dual B.A. from Claremont McKenna in Government and Economics.
Dr. Cui co-founded MedConnections Inc, a leader in mobile healthcare industry based in Silicon Valley and China. Under his leadership, MedConnections developed and marketed one of the most downloaded mobile healthcare applications in the world, iPharmacy. iPharmacy enables millions of patients to manage their self care and helps healthcare providers, insurers and pharmaceuticals to engage customers, improve quality of care and lower communication cost. Prior to founding MedConnections, Dr. Cui was a computational biologist at National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), National Institutes of Health (NIH), where he participated in the international collaboration for human genome sequence maintenance.
Bob Lin is the co-founder of Acorn Campus, a famous silicon valley VC incubator, since 2000, and Acorn Angels since 1996. He is also the founder of Multi-Dimensional Venture Partners, an angel venture group. He has been Chairman of Healhtlink Services, the largest nation-wide medical assistance company in China, since 2008. Bob has more than 25 years of angels and venture investment expertise with multiple IPOs. He also has long history of entrepreneurial start-up and international business, marketing, and management experiences. He was well known for launching investment for Avanti (IPO ’95 25x), AltiGen (IPO ‘97) and LightLogic (Sold to Intel for $400M ’01 for 100x). He was an early investor in Vertex Network (Sold to Mitel for $200M ’99, 20x), and MPS (IPO ’04 70x). He was also the co-founder of Pine Photonics (sold to Opnext ’03; IPO ‘07). His other portfolios include Fortinet,, Anda Network, MONDAY Tech (sold to Yahoo ‘08), Opulan (Sold to Atheros ’10), and Luxnet (IPO Taiwan ’10), Winning Soft (IPO China ’11), etc.
Headquartered in Beijing, VoiceOn is an online education company that provides disruptive technologies and products for 230 million Chinese students. Dr. Ma (马列伟) is a member of China National 1000 Recruitment Plan (千人计划). Before cofounded VoiceOn, Dr.Ma spent most of his professional career in Silicon Valley. He cofounded Anchor Semiconductor and iView Solutions pioneering DFM technologies in early 2000. He held Sr. director of business development position at KLA-Tenor and other director positions both in business and technical at several other public hi-tech companies in Silicon Valley. In late 90s, as one of the early returnees to China, he served as the China country manager for a US public company. He was a guest scientist at Siemens Corporate Research in Munich and gave technical talks at numerous IEEE conferences and universities in the US, Europe and Asia. He studied electrical engineering at Tsinghua University in Beijing, china, and received his Ph.D. from University of Washington.
Connie is a Partner at Andreessen Horowitz where she focuses on consumer venture (mostly Series A, B, C). Previously, Connie led business development and marketing efforts for HP Palm in China. Prior to HP Palm, she worked as a founding Senior Associate at Elevation Partners. Connie graduated from Stanford University with a MS in Management Science & Engineering, and a BA in Economics.
David Katsujin Chao is a co-founder and general partner of DCM, a leading international early-stage venture capital firm managing US$1.6 billion. Prior to joining DCM, he was a co-founder and Board member of JCI, a public company and Japan’s largest MVNO. Mr. Chao’s past experiences include roles at Recruit, Apple and McKinsey. He serves on the Boards of numerous DCM portfolio companies in the U.S. and Asia. He is on the Board of 51job (Nasdaq: JOBS) and Spansion (Nasdaq: SPSN) and responsible for the investments in All About Japan, Inc. (JASDAQ: 2454), Clearwire (Nasdaq: CLWR), Kabu.com (TSE: 8703), Recourse Technologies (acquired by Symantec), Sling Media, SMIC (NYSE: SMI) and eDreams (acquired by TA). David currently sits on the Board of BitTorrent, Oak Pacific InterActive (Mop.com, Xiaonei.com), 99Bill, Outspark and RockYou. He also serves on the Board of Legend Capital in China and the management board of the Stanford Graduate Business School. He has been listed as a Top 20 venture capitalist by Forbes Magazine since 2004. David holds an M.B.A. from Stanford University and a B.A. with high honors in Economics and East Asian Studies (Anthropology) from Brown University.
RedAtoms is a mobile social gaming company, founded in 2009, and has been providing the consumers with a link to bridge mobile social networking and entertainment resource as the company mission. RedAtoms operates in China, Japan and other pan-Asian countries. RedAtoms games let players express themselves through fun social interactions with friends. Prior to RedAtoms, David co-founded and served as CTO of Reach Media Group, where he oversaw product strategy and technical operations. Previously, David also worked at McKinsey & Company, advising global high tech companies on strategic issues. David started his career in engineering functions at Hewlett-Packard and Silicon Graphics. David has a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He also has received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Stanford University.
David has a passion for all things learning and is the Founder, Chairman, and Chief Creative Officer of Shmoop, a digital curriculum and test prep company headquartered in Mountain View, CA. Prior to Shmoop, David was a General Partner at Venrock from 2007-2009 and served as board member, Chairman, President & CEO of Spark Networks, the parent company to JDate from 2003-2007. He also had a storied career as an investor at Capital Research Management Company, a division of Capital Group. In his tenure at Capital Research, he focused on the technology, media & telecommunications sectors, and his funds were early investors in Yahoo!, eBay, Amazon, PayPal, and America Online. His investments were a key component of a top-performing growth fund, which led to David being named "Best of the Buy Side" by Institutional Investor Magazine and receiving numerous accolades from financial industry publications, including Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, and Fortune. He graduated with honors in English from Stanford University; studied English literature at Oxford University; received his MFA from USC School of Cinema and Television; and received his MBA from Stanford University. David is also a published author and award-winning screenwriter and currently serves on the board of Coupons.com, where he runs the audit committee.
Diana is the Founder & CEO of Ding Ding TV, a Silicon Valley Innovation Channel and Internet TV, dedicated in developing programs that spread entrepreneurship and innovation. Diana was well recognized for her outstanding service to the Silicon Valley communities and was awarded as Asian American Hero. Innovation Dialog is one of Ding Ding TV flagship programs where Diana discusses all aspects of technologies and innovation with Silicon Valley luminaries. This show has won the most distinguished TV show in 2012. Diana works with HYSTA, produced and hosted Battle Silicon, the 1st Chinese reality TV show in Silicon Valley, an international platform for entrepreneurs and investors.
Dr. Elizabeth Xu leads global development teams and builds big data platforms and multi-channel marketing product suites at Acxiom Corporation. She has driven three global engineering teams as a Senior Vice President at Rearden Commerce, RMS, and Vitria. Earlier in her career, she held a management position at IBM. Dr. Xu is teaching executive courses and career development classes at Stanford University. She also serves on the board for several non-profit organizations and corporate officers at a public company. Dr. Xu received a PhD from the University of Nevada, Reno; B.S. and M.S from Peking University, and recently graduated from the Stanford Executive Education Program. Dr. Xu has given career development speeches to thousands of professionals, 30+ companies such as Google, Apple, AT&T, PG&E, Yahoo, Cisco, as well as prestigious universities including George Washington University, UC Berkeley, Stanford University, and Santa Clara University. Her speech "10 Steps to a Successful Career" provides building blocks for career advancement. Her recent book Myth of the Promotion: Ten Steps to a Successful Career was published last July. The book is highly appraised by business professionals and is currently used as a textbook at Stanford University.
George Hu leads the global platform and marketing organizations at salesforce.com, responsible for branding and communications, marketing strategy, marketing programs, and alliances with service partners and independent software vendors. Prior to joining salesforce.com, Hu held product management and strategic consulting roles at North Point Communications and Boston Consulting Group. He received a bachelor's degree in economics from Harvard College and a master's degree in business administration from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Dr. Yu co-founded Epitomics Inc., an antibody based Biotechnology Company recently acquired by Abcam at $170 M. He served as Chairman, President and CEO of Epitomics Inc. for 10 years. Dr. Yu’s success is driven by his scientific curiosity and a passion to translate scientific discovery to real products. His challenge is to balance his time between science and business, fun and work, family and community. He came from China to pursue advanced training after graduated from Fudan University in 1984. He obtained his Ph.D. in UC Berkeley where he and Dr. Greider discovered telomerase and its mechanism in Dr. Blackburn’s lab. Drs. Blackburn and Greider received Nobel Prize in 2009 for their discovery. Dr. Yu then joined Dr. Frederick Ausubel’s lab at Harvard to pursue the question how plants defend themselves against pathogens without an immune system. He identified the first plant disease resistance gene. In 1993, in stead of continue his academic advancement, Dr. Yu became one of the first Senior Scientists in Human Genome Sciences Inc., when genomics is still in its infancy, identifying human genes for drug discovery. Among several important drug targets he studied, BLys was the first successfully genomic target for the development of a lupus antibody drug Benlysta approved by FDA in 2010. In 1998, Dr. Yu was attracted to identify plant genes with economic value in agriculture and in bio-energy. He was SVP of R&D at Mendel Biotechnology Inc. where his team analyzed the function of a complete set of plant transcription factors. Several valuable traits such as enhanced crop yield, disease resistance and drought tolerance were identified. It was expected that some of the technologies will be commercialized in 2014. Guo-Liang has co-authored 40 peer-reviewed scientific articles which are referenced by the scientific community 6000 times. Guo-Liang is also a co-inventor of more than 200 patents. Guo-Liang is the founding president of Chinese Biopharmaceutical Association and serves on the boards of several professional organizations including Bayhelix, CABS, National Foundation of Cancer Research, Ray Wu Memorial Foundation, University of Pacific in the US and China. Dr. Yu is generous in coaching young entrepreneurs and also serves on the board of directors for six start-up companies.
Hing joined Walden International in 2005. Prior to joining WI, he spent fifteen years in the semiconductor industry in technical, management and business roles. He worked many years at IBM and co-founded Silicon Access Networks, a network IC company where he served as VP VLSI Design and later in VP Business Development. Hing holds a Ph.D. degree in EECS from UC Berkeley, and studied in SiChuan University and Chinese University of Hong Kong for his undergraduate degrees.
HP Jin co-founded Telenav in 1999, leveraging his expertise in location and wireless Internet technologies and his years of experience in business management and strategy development. Prior to starting Telenav, he served as senior strategy consultant for the McKenna Group where he developed business strategies for companies in telecom and IT. Before that, HP worked at McKinsey & Company as a business strategy and management consultant, advising wireless and landline operators on data and wireless strategies. HP was also a technical director at LINCSS/Loral, where he was involved in R&D management, strategic alliance initiatives and business model development. HP holds a Ph.D. in Guidance, Navigation and Control (Aeronautics and Astronautics department), a Ph.D. minor in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and a Bachelor of Science from the Harbin Institute of Technology in China.
Jack wears several hats. He is a founder and CEO of a stealth mobile marketplace startup. He is also a partner of GSR Ventures and an angel investor. Prior, Jack was a founder and CEO of Baynote, Inc., a leading recommendation software company valued at $100 mil. Before Baynote, Jack was the founding CTO at Interwoven Inc. (NASDAQ: IWOV, now HP), a leading software company that pioneered CMS category and valued at $7 billion. Prior to Interwoven, he was a founder and CEO of V-max America, making Micron the #1 Tech PC in China in the mid 90’s. Jack also led Unix kernel development at Sun, SGI, Stratus, and NASA for over 8 years. Jack received an MBA from Santa Clara University, an MSEE from NYU-Poly, and a BSEE/MSCE from Beijing Jiaotong University. He was rewarded the 2012 Top 10 Chinese Business Leader Award. He was recognized as one of the 40 most accomplished oversea Chinese entrepreneurs and scholars by the Chinese central government as PRC celebrating its 60 founding anniversary. He was voted as an Outstanding Alumnus by the five Jiaotong universities. Jack holds more than 20 technology patents. He is also a board member and former president of Hua Yuan Science and Technology Association (HYSTA).
Jack Xu is the Co-president and Chief Technology Officer at Sina, where he is responsible for Sina's Weibo and the Company's technology platforms. Prior to joining Sina, Jack worked at Cisco as the Corporate Vice President of Communications & Collaboration business unit with over 1,400 employes worldwide and $1 billion in annual revenues. Jack previously served as eBay's vice president of engineering & research and was an eBay Fellow. During his tenure at eBay, Jack created the company's global development strategy, led the development of its proprietary search and listings technology, and oversaw eBay Research lab, which was responsible for many cutting edge innovations. He also played a pivotal role in the expansion of eBay operations in Asia, and was the founding chairman of eBay Global Development Center in China. Prior to that, Jack was the Chief Technology Officer at Netease (Nasdaq: NTES), where he was responsible for its technology, operations, marketing, research and product development. He led the Excite's search engine development in 1996, while pursuing a Ph.D. at the University of California at Berkeley. Jack holds a B.A. and M.A. in Information Management from Sun Yat-Sen University. He holds a visiting professorship in Software Engineering, Communications, and Information Management at Sun Yat-Sen University. In additional, Jack has been playing an active role in the community as the vice president (2007-2008) of Hua Yuan Science and Technology Association, a premier non-profit organization for promoting entrepreneurship.
Dr. James Zhang is a co-founder and Partner at Formation 8, a $450 million Silicon Valley based venture capital fund implementing a cross border strategy of technology investment in the US and business development in Asia. Before co-founding Formation 8, James was a Managing Director of Australian Government's Renewable Energy Venture Capital (REVC) Fund, a $200 million fund dedicated to renewable energy. He was also Venture Partner at Softbank China Venture Capital, one of the most successful VCs in China with over $2 billion under management. As an Entrepreneur in Residence at Khosla Ventures, James co-founded BioDiscovery, a modern agriculture company, and led the China initiatives of a number of portfolio companies (for example, Lanzatech). Before becoming a VC, James began his career as the founding scientist at Mendel Biotechnology and led its business development. As a China native, James attended the University of Science and Technology of China. He has a PhD in Genetics from the University of California Davis and has completed his post-doctoral and business training at Stanford University and Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Before joining Rocket Fuel, Jarvis worked with Havas Digital as Senior Vice President and Global Director of Research and Insight, responsible for working with clients worldwide to help guide communication strategy through an insights-driven approach. Jarvis originally joined Havas Digital as head of research for Media Contacts in the U.S. Before joining Media Contacts, he was with DS-IQ, a marketing services firm in retail digital media, translating in-store campaign results into recommended targeting and optimization strategies. Prior to DS-IQ, Jarvis was at Yahoo!, where he provided insights and solutions to key retail and travel clients. Jarvis also served as Director of Analytics for Nielsen//NetRatings, where he spearheaded the MegaPanel research effort and managed the company's custom research team. Jarvis received his bachelor’s degree in molecular and cell biology from UC Berkeley.
As an associate at Battery Ventures, Jeff Lu invests in Internet, software and services companies. Prior to Battery, he was the CEO and co-founder of Daily Aisle, an Opentable-like service for wedding venues. The company was funded by prominent seed investors in Silicon Valley. Prior to Daily Aisle, Jeff managed Brokers Web’s affiliate business, growing revenues over 250% in his first year. The company eventually merged with Vantage Media. Jeff joined Brokers Web from Cascadia Capital working on a variety of tech-focused equity financings and M&A transactions. Jeff's current investments include BlueJeans (an online video conferencing service), 6Sense Insights (Stealth), Fresh (Stealth), and Prizeo. Jeff graduated from Emory University, with a degree in Finance from the Goizueta Business School.
Joshua believes in the power of software to solve complex problems and founded ZenPayroll to provide businesses with modern, delightful payroll. He was selected to the 2012 Forbes 30 Under 30 list and is a regular contributor to the Wall Street Journal. Prior to co-founding ZenPayroll, Joshua was the CEO and co-founder of unwrap, which created the Buzzeo social application development platform. unwrap was acquired by Context Optional in 2010 and subsequently, Joshua served as a strategist at Context Optional until its acquisition by Efficient Frontier in 2011. Joshua has also served as a product manager at Zazzle, where he was responsible for the seller's product roadmap and experience. Joshua holds a BS and MS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, where he was a Mayfield Fellow and a recipient of the Terman Engineering award.
Redwood Bioscience develops a precision protein-chemical engineering technology to produce the next-generation of antibody-drug conjugates and other semi-synthetic biotherapeutics. Ms. Boezi has spent more than 20 years launching, funding and building life science and medical technology companies. Most recently, Ms. Boezi co-founded and was a Partner with Thomas, McNerney & Partners, a life science and medtech-focused venture firm with $600 million under management. Previously, she was a General Partner of Coral Ventures and a member of Warburg Pincus LLC’s health care technology venture group. During her venture career, Ms. Boezi was involved in funding and assisting more than a dozen companies that went public or were sold, including conjugate therapeutics developer Coulter Pharmaceutical. She was responsible for launching three of those companies in collaboration with their scientific founders, all of which were acquired. Prior to joining Warburg, Ms. Boezi was a member of Alex. Brown & Sons’s healthcare corporate finance team, with a focus on financing biotechnology companies. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a B.S. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
A seasoned and successful entrepreneur, Ken Xie started his first network security company SIS in 1993, designing software firewalls while studying at Stanford University. In 1996, he realized the performance limitations of software firewalls running on PCs/servers, and then started NetScreen. As founder, president and CEO, he lead the company to develop the industry's first ASIC and dedicated hardware systems for high performance firewalls and VPNs. NetScreen (NASDAQ: NSCN) later was acquired by Juniper (NASDAQ: JNPR) for $4 billion. In 2000, after recognizing that firewalls and VPNs alone could not stop content and application network attacks such as viruses, intrusions, spam and malicious Web content, Ken founded Fortinet. Fortinet pioneered Unified Threat Management (UTM) - a market which Fortinet leads and has quickly grown to be among the largest segments in the network security space. Fortinet completed its IPO (NASDAQ: FTNT), which was lauded by Renaissance Capital as "2009 IPO of the Year." Business success and technology innovation has garnered Ken numerous patents and accolades. In 2006, Ken was named a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum and Time Magazine, and Northern California Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young. He was also recognized as a Top 5 Entrepreneur by Entrepreneur Magazine in 2005, top 25 Chinese-Americans in Business by Forbes in 2010, and "Father of UTM" in an InfoSecurity cover story in 2011. Ken earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electronic Engineering from Tsinghua University and an M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. He is also a state registered Professional Engineer in Electrical, and hold certificates of Advanced Project Management, Strategic Decision and Risk Management from Stanford University. Ken is active in the industry and community, serving as a board member of HuaYuan Science and Technologies Association, and a member of Committee of 100 and the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, Bay Area Council.
Kenneth Shaw is the CEO/Co-Founder of Tawkify, a service that helps you find love through the power of human matchmakers. His yen for a girlfriend, coupled with his fear of encountering colleagues on Match and OkCupid, inspired him to design a dating site where a personally assigned matchmaker does everything for you from finding an amazing match, setting up cool dates, cutting through the mind games and giving brutally honest feedback. His co-founder, E. Jean Carroll, fabled advice columnist for Elle Magazine, and their team of 20 have been featured on The New York Times, Gizmodo, The Today Show, All Things D, and Rachael Ray. Prior to Tawkify, Kenneth was the Principal Imagineer for the leading flash sales site for the home market, One Kings Lane, and was the Product Planner at Microsoft for Excel and Access Services, Trends, and the incubation team, Office Labs. After launching a collaborative gift-giving startup his junior year at Stanford (Class of '07), he created the Facebook App, My Purity Test, which was the top 30 Facebook Apps in 2007 with over 6 million users. He eventually sold it to Speeddate.com.
Ms. Zheng is a senior international tax partner with 23 years of experience in Deloitte & Touche. Lili has worked in the Deloitte offices in San Francisco, Tokyo, Beijing, San Jose and Hong Kong. Lili has extensive knowledge in IPO positioning, inversion structuring, establishing offshore IP holding companies, implementing cost-sharing arrangements, and advising on entry and exit strategies for cross-border investments. Before joining AP ICE, she was also the Deputy Managing Partner of Deloitte Chinese Services Group in the United States. As the co-leader of our International Core of Excellence (AP ICE) group headquartered in Hong Kong, Lili coordinates Deloitte’s overall services to our MNCs investing in Asia Pacific as well as clients from Asia investing in the US to ensure delivery of high quality Deloitte experience. Lili is a frequent speaker in Atlas, American Chamber of Commerce Hong Kong, BIO, the Council for International Tax Education (CITE), Financial Executives International (FEI), Invest HK, HKTDC, Tax Executive Institute (TEI), Select USA, etc. She was voted by International Tax Review as one of the top US tax advisors in 2002-2003. In 2004 Lili was awarded AWIB Leadership award by Asian Women In business. In March 2010, Lili received the Women of Influence Award from the Silicon Valley Business Journal. In July 2012, Euromoney named Lili as one of the Leading Woman in Business Law and was voted the World’s leading tax advisor. Lili is fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese. Being the first mainland Chinese female partner in Deloitte U.S. firm, she is a role model for many minority women in the accounting profession globally. She is an advacate for women in leadership. She donates her time in coaching others in various non-profit organizations, and provides formal and informal coaching for volunteers. She is passionate about promoting the advancement of women in professional organizations.
Linda Zhou is a partner in the firm’s Palo Alto office and focuses her practice on the representation of start-up, emerging growth and public companies, venture capital investors, with specialization in corporate and securities law, private and public financings, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate partnering transactions. Ms. Zhou represents a wide variety of technology companies from consumer internet, software, telecommunications, and entertainment technology industries, as well as a number of leading venture capital firms. She also has experience in representing U.S. clients in China-related matters. She has served as counsel to many China-based, venture-backed companies and as investor counsel to leading venture capital firms investing in China.
Cloudian, Inc. (formerly Gemini Mobile Technologies) is a Foster City, California - based software company specializing in cloud storage software. The main product is Cloudian, an Amazon S3-compliant cloud object storage platform, the bedrock of cloud computing systems, that enables cloud service providers and enterprises to build reliable, affordable and scalable cloud storage solutions. In addition, Cloudian is actively partnering with the leading cloud computing environments including Citrix Cloud Platform and OpenStack, cloud on-ramp providers, and the vast ecosystem of tools and applications that is afforded through true S3 compatibility. Cloudian's customers include Alcatel-Lucent, Vodafone, Nextel, Docomo, NTT, SoftBank, Telecom Italia, Nifty, LunaCloud, Constant Hosting, and Clara Online. The company has additional offices in China and Japan. Michael Tso holds 31 patents and has been a technology trailblazer for over 20 years. At search engine pioneer Inktomi, Michael led engineering for an e-commerce search engine, and designed a network congestion control system for KDDI which later became an industry standard. At Intel, he led the development of web acceleration technology and collaborated with Nokia on NarrowBand Sockets, commonly known as SmartMessaging, which enabled the world's first SMS ringtone download service. Michael participated in Ubiquitous Computing research at Xerox's Palo Alto Research Center, developing network software for the PARCTab, the world's first wireless, location aware, wearable tablet computer. Michael graduated from MIT with an MS in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, BS in Computer Science, BS in Electrical Engineering, and a minor in Economics. While at MIT, Michael worked with Dr. David Clark on distributed file systems with intermittent network connectivity.
Oliver runs global marketing for App Annie, the world leader in business intelligence for apps and digital goods. He brings a wealth of experience in mobile apps, social games, digital marketing and China (having spent the last five years in Beijing). Prior to App Annie he was a Lead Product Manager for Zynga China and previous to that the Marketing Lead for XPD, a social gaming start-up that was acquired by Zynga. Previous to coming to China, Oliver managed largescale advertising campaigns at top ad agencies in London, where he is from. Oliver graduated from the University of Cambridge.
Patrick Lee is a co-founder and the former CEO of alivenotdead.com, an online community for artists and their fans. He was also the Executive Producer of "The Heavenly Kings", directed by Daniel Wu (Best New Director, 2007 Hong Kong Film Awards). Prior to alivenotdead.com, Mr. Lee co-founded and served as CEO of Rotten Tomatoes (rottentomatoes.com), a leading entertainment website focused on movie reviews and news and one of the top 800 most trafficked sites in the world. He also co-founded and served as CEO for Design Reactor (designreactor.com), an internet marketing firm focused on the entertainment industry. Design Reactor’s portfolio of clients under Patrick's tenure included Disney, ABC, Warner Bros., and Artisan Entertainment, among others. Patrick holds a BA in Cognitive Science from the University of California at Berkeley.
Rebecca A. Fannin is a journalist, author and entrepreneur. She is contributor to Forbes, and author of two influential books, Silicon Dragon (McGraw-Hill, 2008) and Startup Asia (John Wiley, 2011). Her books have been translated into Chinese, Vietnamese and Arabic, and featured by CCTV, Channel News Asia, Reuters, China Daily, The Wall Street Journal and New York Times. Rebecca leads Silicon Dragon Ventures, a news, research and events group she formed in 2010 that today has a network of 12,000 technology, investment and business executives globally. Her group publishes Silicon Dragon News and programs and organizes forums and salons in China, the U.S, Europe, and Asia’s emerging markets. Over the past decade, Rebecca has chronicled the rise of entrepreneurship in China and India for Inc., Worth, AVCJ, The Deal, and CEO. At Forbes.com, she writes a weekly column about innovation and startups in emerging markets. Additionally, Rebecca is the author of several white papers on China and Asia for KPMG, Econsultancy and Sony. Highlights of her journalistic career include editing the Pulitzer-owned International Business magazine from 1990 to 1994, covering digital media for Ad Age International from New York City from 1996 to 2000, and reporting on the dotcom boom in Asia and Europe for Red Herring as international news editor from 2000 to 2002. An authority on innovation trends globally, Rebecca is a featured speaker at business conferences, universities and associations, including the Asia Society, China Institute, TiECon, Harvard Club, Tsinghua University, World Affairs Council, NASSCOM and the World Economic Forum in Dalian. She is a commentator on industry issues for TV and radio shows, print publications and online media. Ms. Fannin resides in New York City and San Francisco, and travels regularly to China and other emerging markets.
Richard Lim focuses on investments in the Internet, mobile, and green technology sectors. Of particular interest to him currently are online advertising technology, interactive entertainment (particularly mobile), and solar opportunities. In the Internet sector, Richard serves on the boards of AdChina, Admaster, Aspect Gaming, Baihe, Baixing, Lashou, LightInTheBox(NYSE: LITB), and Qunar. In the green technology sector, he is on the boards of Seeo and Sierra Solar Power. Prior to GSR, Richard was involved in founding three venture-backed companies (Co-nect, iMarket, and Quickdot) in the United States. He was also an executive at Lotus Development Corporation and the National University Hospital of Singapore.
Mr. Sandy Wai-Yan Chau is the Founder of Trident USA and serves as its President. He is the chairman of the board of Acorn Campus Ventures and Suma Ventures. Mr. Chau is a Co-Founder of Achievo Corporation. He founded Universal Semiconductor in 1977 and served as its Chief Executive Officer. From 1992 to 1997, he served as Chief Executive Officer of one of the largest and most diversified listed construction and real estate firms in Taiwan. He provided venture capital in Taiwan. He served as President of Pacific Constructions from 1992 to 1995. Mr. Chau was a successful technology entrepreneur. Since 1984, he has been actively involved in various real estate projects in US and Far East countries. He began his career as a Head of a consulting firm for start-ups in the San Francisco Bay Area. Mr. Chau serves as Chairman of Eureka Therapeutics, Inc. He served as Chairman of CITIC Shenzen Properties from 1994 to1997. Mr. Chau serves as Director of Achievo Corporation and Accela, Inc. He serves as Honorary Director at Hua Yuan Science and Technology Association. His various Board Memberships including Chinese for Affirmative Action, the Chinese Children’s Head Start Program, and Vision New America. He founded AAMA (Asia America Manufacturing Association) and served as its President in 1979. Mr. Chau received his BS in chemical engineering from the University of California at Berkeley and a M.B.A.
Scott Anthony is a partner in the firm’s Silicon Valley office. He advises public and private companies, investment funds and entrepreneurs on corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, venture capital investments, strategic investments, joint ventures and other transactional matters. His clients include internet, social networking, online gaming, clean technology, software, networking and communications, semiconductor, energy storage and life sciences companies. Mr. Anthony’s practice focuses on companies with connections between China and the US. It includes inbound and outbound cross-border acquisitions and strategic investments between US and China based companies, financing of venture backed companies based in China and the US and joint ventures with China based partners. Mr. Anthony regularly advises private companies in connection with financing and general corporate activities including AccelOps, Inc., Centrillion BioScienses, LanzaTech New Zealand, Matrix Sensors and SinoElectric Powertrain. Mr. Anthony's cross border expertise includes significant acquisitions and investments by China based companies of US companies as well as of China based target companies, including acquisitions by Tencent, Focus Media, Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC) and Spreadtrum Communications. Mr. Anthony also regularly advises US listed public companies and foreign private issues on corporate governance and securities compliance issues.
Professor Zhang is Professor of Physics, Applied Physics and Electrical Engineering at Standford University. Prof. Zhang is the co-director of the IBM-Stanford Center for Spintronics. He received his Masters degree from the Free University of Berlin, and his Ph.d. from the State University of new York at Stony Brook. He joined the faculty at Stanford in 1993. Prof Zhang is internationally recognized for his outstanding research work. His research was ranked by Science Magazine to be among the top 10 breakthroughs among all sciences in 2007. He was awarded the Guggenheim, the Humboldt and the Gutenberg prizes. Most recently, he was awarded the Europhysics Prize of 2010, which is one of the most prestigious prizes in the field of physics.
Vobile is the worldwide leading provider of video and audio content identification, analytics and management services. Its patented core VDNA technologies enable fully automated identification, tracking and management of any video and audio content with high accuracy and scalability. Vobile operates the VDNA Database (VDDB), which is the most comprehensive database of authorized video fingerprints, metadata and business rules from major movie studios, television networks and record labels. Founded in 2005, Vobile is headquartered in Santa Clara, California, with additional offices in China, Japan and Singapore. Prior to founding Vobile, Yangbin was the CTO of Onewave Technologies following the acquisition of the IPTV business of YZTECH by Onewave. He was founder and CEO of YZTECH, a leading IPTV technology provider in China famous for the landmark deployment of its IPTV platform by Hangzhou Netcom/WASU, which was the first and largest commercial IPTV service offering in China. Previously, Yangbin was founder and CEO of EnjoyWeb, which pioneered the time-shift delivery of video contents via broadband Internet. In addition, Yangbin was director of software architecture at Oak Technology's Broadband Consumer Group. He also participated in several startups. At the outset of his career, he was a research engineer at Compression Labs (CLI) and General Instrument (GI). Yangbin earned BS degree from Zhejiang University in China and MSEE degree from the University of Florida, Gainesville. He completed executive education program at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Dr. Zhou is the founder and CEO of Centrillion Biosciences, a leading genomic technology and service company in the Silicon Valley. He is also a senior advisor to Covington and Burling LLP, a top international law firm well known for its life sciences, regulatory and government relationship practices. Prior to founding Centrillion, he was a partner at the technology law firm Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where he advised technology start-ups. At Affymetrix (NASDAQ: AFFX) which pioneered the entire high throughput DNA analysis industry, he served as a senior vice president of intellectual property and advanced technology, responsible for intellectual property and technology management. He was also the founding China country manager and credited for building Affymetrix’ rapid growing China business and for establishing a number of translational medicine and biochip service centers in collaboration with the Chinese government. He was instrumental in establishing the first US-China joint technology biochip R&D program, which resulted in the commercialization of world’s first personal genechip system. Additionally, Dr. Zhou was a partner at Jedi Venture partners and served as a director and advisory to start-up companies in digital media and life sciences industry. He is currently serving as the president and board member of Hua Yuan Science and Technology association (HYSTA), which focuses on promoting technology entrepreneurship in the US and China. Dr. Zhou received his Ph.D. form Virginia Tech, his postdoctoral training from Emory University Medical School and his J.D. from Stanford University Law School. He also graduated from the Harvard Business School General Manager program.