Ricardo Angel
Managing Director, GE Energy Ventures

Ricardo Angel is a Managing Director at GE Energy Ventures where he leads origination for the business unit and for Energy Technology Ventures, a joint venture formed by GE, NRG Energy and ConocoPhillips focused on investing in emerging energy technology companies. GE Energy Ventures and Energy Technology Ventures seek investment opportunities across the energy value chain, including renewables, power infrastructure and oil & gas technologies. Mr. Angel joined GE from ChevronTexaco Technology Ventures' Venture Capital group. Previous experience includes investment banking at Goldman Sachs and consulting at CNA Corporation. Mr. Angel holds an MBA from Northwestern University's Kellogg School and Bachelors as well as Masters and Doctorate degrees in Engineering from the University of Illinois. He is based in San Francisco.

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Scott Armanini
Corporate Innovation Executive, RocketSpace Inc

Scott Armanini is a Silicon Valley veteran who has held sales and business development positions at AT&T, Cisco Systems, HP Software, Microsoft (where he co-founded Avanade, a game-changing joint venture with Accenture) and RocketSpace - the world's most successful Open Innovation company - where, as employee #12, he led sales and business development, recruiting clients including Accenture, Canon, Fujitsu, LG and Samsung.  In addition to serving as an advisor to Accenture's 2014 Technology Forecast and the G20 Young Entrepreneurs' Alliance Summit, Scott has served as an Instructor ("Leadership for Entrepreneurs") for UC Berkeley Extension's International Diploma Program and advises early stage, companies in transition, global brands and governments on topics including disruptive innovation, entrepreneurship, marketing and sales, and relationship acceleration and expansion.

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Brad Bao
Managing Director, Kinzon Capital

Brad Bao currently serves as the Managing Director of Kinzon Capital (Fosun Group), a cross-border fund that investing in early stage technology companies in both US and China, focusing on mobile and internet related investments. Believing in the synergy between the two largest market and innovation of US and China, Kinzon Capital is positioned to bridge the gap and bring them together.

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William R. Baumel
Managing Partner, RWI Capital

Mr. William R. Baumel, also known as Bill, is a Managing Director and oversees the technology practice at RWI. Areas of expertise include Storage, Data Protection, Big Data, SaaS, Mobile, Data Management, Network Security, and Communication. He was selected as a “VC 100”, which is one of the top 100 venture capitalist based on successful investment returns, and has been named annually as a “Power Player in the Cloud” by AlwaysOn. Bill led RWI’s investment in Infinera (Nasdaq: INFN), a digital optical network provider that grew to over $500 million in revenues, where RWI was one of the three largest shareholders among venture firms. His recent exits include BlueArc, a cloud storage provider acquired by Hitachi Data System, Force 10, a data center networking company acquired by Dell, and SiGe, a moile application enablement company acquired by Skywork.

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Michael F. Bianco
Chairman & CEO, American Capital Markets Group

Michael F. Bianco, Chairman and CEO of American Capital Markets Group, has been actively involved in corporate banking, investment banking and private equity in the United States and Asia during the past thirty-eight years. Mr. Bianco was previously Managing Director and National Partner, Corporate Financial Consulting for Arthur Andersen & Company. He has served as President & CEO of Loeb Rhoades Securities Corporation, a subsidiary of the investment banking firm, Loeb, Rhoades & Co. which was merged with Lehman Brothers.

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Ross Fubini
Partner, Canaan Partners

A Venture Partner in the Menlo Park office, Ross joined Canaan Partners in 2012, and looks for investment opportunities with companies that have the capacity and desire to build a loyal and enthusiastic fan base. Ross is also an active board member for the Level Playing Field Institute, a nonprofit committed to supporting underrepresented individuals in achieving success in science, technology, engineering and math.

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Guo Wei
Silicon Valley Angel investor

At the age of 15, Guo Wei went to Singapore for overseas study and started to have interest in the angel investment field. Then he went on to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in University of San Francisco majoring in entrepreneurship at the year of 2008. There, he also practiced his knowledge and started to accumulate experience while learning under the tutelage of Dave Epstein, the Partner of San Francisco Venture Capital firm Crosslink Venture Partner. He officially started to do angel investing in 2012, and has invested in 16 companies so far, three of them received VC investment afterwards.

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Cha Li
Founder, iStart Ventures LLC
Managing Partner, Dragonvest Partners LLC.

Mr. Cha Li is a serial entrepreneur and angel investor, and the Founder and Managing Partner of iStart Ventures LLC and Dragonvest Partners LLC. Prior to founding iStart and Dragonvest, Mr. Cha Li was the CEO of Motion Poster PLC (Asia). He was also the founder and managing director of Idea Factory, a technology start-up incubator in Shanghai. Mr. Cha Li had founded and managed a number of successful start-up companies such as EastWest Creative Communications Inc, InterPro Inc. He had worked at global corporations such as Saatchi & Sattchi and ZiffDavis. Mr. Cha Li has deep knowledge and extensive hand-on skills in international entrepreneurship and venture investing. His career spans from China, US and Europe in media, telecom, technology, entertainment and investment.

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Paul Chau
Managing Director, WI Harper Group

With over 18 years of private equity, consulting, and technical experience, Paul oversees venture capital investments and the management of WI Harper's information technology and clean technology sectors in the U.S. Prior to joining WI Harper, Paul served as Vice President at Walden International and handled investments and the management of existing portfolio companies. He also served as Vice President at GIC Special Investment Private Ltd (Government of Singapore Investment Corporation), where he oversaw direct private equity and fund investments in the United States. Before joining GIC, Paul was a Senior Consultant with BARRA, a financial consulting company for pension funds and money management firms. He served as a member of the Board of Directors at DivX (NASDAQ:DIVX), USI Insurance Corporation (NASDAQ:USIH), LogicEase ( acquired by NYSE: CLGX) and presently holds several directorships in various technology companies. Within WI Harper, Paul is responsible for investments in Ultriva, Cnano, GCT Semiconductor and Maxic Technology. Paul holds an M.B.A. from University of California, Berkeley and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from University of Canterbury.

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Diane Ding
China Partner & Head of Admissions from Silicon Valley headquarters, Founder Institute

Diane Ding is Founder Institute China Partner and Head of Admissions from Silicon Valley headquarters. She’s in charge of Founder Institute China market development and startup founder screening globally. She also funded Angelhere, a cross border angel investment platform, now evolved into a seed stage accelerator and angel fund. Diane is also the senior director at Hua Yuan Science and Technology Association (HYSTA). She holds MBA degree from University of Illinois and Master degree of Computer Science form California State University Monterey Bay.

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Praveen Gupta
VP, SK Telecom Americas

Praveen Gupta has extensive background in Corporate Business Development, Strategy, Venture Capital, General Management, and Product Development. His experience and relationships span across the Asia, US, & Europe with startups to large corporations. He is currently Vice President of Corporate Business Development at SK Telecom Americas focused on M&A, incubation, investments, strategic alliances, partnerships in the Communications, Cloud Computing, Mobile Solutions, & Semiconductor industries. Earlier, Praveen was a partner at CDIB Ventures and was involved in raising $150 M fund and made successful equity investments in early to growth stage Enterprise Software, Internet, Infrastructure, & Semiconductor companies.

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David Lee
Co-Founder & Partner, Kstartup
Venture Partner, SK Telecom Venture

David was originally hired in 2000 at Google as one of the first 200 employees, and was the first executive to lead their overseas business development, sales, and operations. He launched Google's first international ads, opened their offices in Korea, Greater China, Japan, Australia, and helped launch Europe and Latam. He hired the first international management teams, established Google's overseas revenue base and led several major international search ad partnerships.

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Eugene Lee
Entrepreneur in Residence, Artiman Venture

Eugene Lee is an Entrepreneur In Residence at Artiman Ventures. He is a seasoned leader and entrepreneur with a track record of founding, building, growing and selling transformational companies at the intersection of people, software and networks. He is currently an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Artiman Ventures, an early-stage venture capital fund, where he is investigating and incubating "white space" opportunities.  Previously, he joined Socialtext as "CEO 2.0” and member of the Board of Directors in November 2007, leading the company's growth to cash flow positive and SaaS profitability.  Lee led the company to a successful exit in April 2012, when Socialtext was acquired by Bedford Funding, a $1.4 billion private equity firm.

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Feng Li
Partner, IDG Capital

Feng Li is actively involved in investment in education, consumer services, TMT and other high-tech related fields. In the joint of internet and finance, Mr. Li led the investments into Credit Ease, Ripple, Coin base, Baifendian and Wacai. Mr. Li once launched two start-ups, after that, he joined New Oriental Education & Technology Group, where he worked for eight years and held several core management roles, such as the core education system, sub-brand’s establishment and promotion, distant education and subsidiary products. After leaving New Oriental in early 2007, he created Miaozhen System, a renown big-data driven advertising company. Mr. Li once served at China Renaissance, where he was involved in leading many financing cases. Mr. Li received his M.S. in Chemistry from University of Rochester and BS in Chemistry from Peking University. 

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Larry Li
Managing Partner & Co-founder, zPark Venture

• Invested in twenty start-ups, such as Woomoo, veetle, Narvalous, TrustLook, Nimble, Keen, etc.
• Founding Partner, zPark Venture
• Founding CEO, Cauldron Technologies Inc
• Founding contributor at Tsinghua 100 Education Fund
• Founding Partner, TEEC Angel Fund
• Former Vice Chairman of TEEC North America
• B.E from Tsinghua University, M.E at University of Florida

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Alex Liang
Venture Partner, SAIF Partners

Alex Liang is a Venture Partner at SAIF Partners. His primary investments are in internet, mobile internet, and technology areas. Mr. Liang’s recent activities include investing US companies that have potentials in China. Prior to joining SAIF in 2011, 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. Earlier in his career, Mr. Liang worked as Product Manager at iBasis, and Engineering Manager at Amnet.

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Chuang Liu
CEO, HIPSON Investment Canada

  • Co-Founder & CEO of HIPSON Investment Canada, focusing on the TMT, Healthcare, cleantech and natural resource
  • Between 2010 to 2013, He is the partner of PE at ZheJiang International Business Group, responsible for PIPEs, invested in Deli, Joyson Electronics, Dilong New Material etc. He has a 60% annual investment return.
  • Founded HIPSON China in 2007, engaging in international sea transportation, had annual revenue of 300 million
  • From 2000 to 2006, he is the manager of Marketing department at Johnson Control
  • 2010 EMBA from China Europe International Business School; currently enroll in Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business for Finance EMBA; BS of Mechanical Engineering fron Tongji University; Trainee of M&A Program at Stanford University
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    Yong Liu
    Managing Partner, SVTech

    Dr. Yong Liu is a researcher, entrepreneur, business writer and venture capitalist. He is founder and managing partner of an early stage venture capital fund, SVTech, managed jointly by one of the largest holding companies in China. He invests in US tech startups and accelerates their growth through strong and unique strategic resources and extensive business development nextwork in both China and US.

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    Vincent Ma
    President, Mashington Investment Group China
    Founding Partner, basicVC

    Vincent Ma, President of Mashington Investment Group China, Founding Partner of U.S. Blue Angel Ventures (basicVC), Vice President of China Grassroots Angel (GRAIC), Founder and a member of council of China Startups Incubators Alliance (CSIA), Founder of US-China Investment Service Alliance.

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    Nicholas Napp
    Founding partner, Thingovation

    Nicholas Napp is an experienced mobile executive with 22+ apps brought to market. He has over 20 years of experience in technology, product management and business development, spanning enterprise and consumer markets. Nicholas is one of the founding partners of Thingovation, an IoT consulting firm that takes product ideas from concept to manufacturing. His prior roles include technology scouting for Sony Ericsson and VP Animation at Rainbow Studios (a video game developer sold to THQ for $55MM). He has delivered projects for major corporations such as Apple, GTech, Hasbro, Sony and Microsoft and has mentored more than 50 startups.  Nicholas is the Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Betaspring, a startup accelerator in Providence, RI. Betaspring was recently ranked in the top 15 accelerators in the USA by the MIT Sloan School of Management and the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business.

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    Preetha Parthasarathy
    Senior Manager, SanDisk Venture

    Preetha currently works as a Senior Manager at Sandisk Ventures. Prior to Sandisk, Preetha has held a wide variety of roles in Venture Capital, Strategy and Marketing at AMD. Preetha started her career at Intel as a Microprocessor logic design engineer.

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    Bill Reichert
    Managing Director, Garage Technology Venture

    Bill Reichert is a Managing Director of Garage Technology Ventures, a seed-stage and early-stage venture capital firm based in Los Altos, California. Garage makes focused investments in promising early-stage technology companies and works intensively with them to help them grow and succeed. Bill has been a member of the Board of Directors of MiaSole, CaseStack, WhiteHat Security, ClearFuels Technology, ThermoCeramix, cFares, and STEP Labs (acquired by Dolby Labs). Some of Garage’s earlier investments include Pandora Media (NYSE: P), Digital Fountain (acquired by Qualcomm), Coremetrics (acquired by IBM), iNest (acquired by LendingTree), Psionic (acquired by Cisco), LeftHand Networks (acquired by HP), Answers.com (NSDQ: ANSW), Hoku Scientific (NSDQ: HOKU), and Kaboodle (acquired by Hearst Corp).

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    Sally Ren
    General Partner, Ufrate Inc.

    As a role of co-founder for 18 years, Sally was responsible for marketing (both national and international), customer and supplier relationship and price negotiation. She served as CEO of WanXiang Group for developing and managing market strategy, network and activities, which including set subsidiaries in some major cities in China. Global Sources Magazine prized WanXiang as “Top 10 Independent Electronics Components distributor” in China in 2006, 2007 and 2008. Since 2009, WanXiang has extended to Finance industry. I participated with investing several Venture Capital funds and Private Equity in China.

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    Zion Shen
    Founder, Ufrate

    Dr. Shen is the founder of Ufrate. He is a successful serial entrepreneur in silicon valley and founded/co-founded 7+ startups in past 10 years. Dr. Shen brings various technological innovations, business strategies and other startup experience into this incubator. He is currently serving as the board director for 5 VC funded startups. Dr. Shen received his Ph.D. degree from Iowa State University and his bachelor’s degree from Tsinghua University.

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    Henry Shi
    Chairman & Managing Partner, Redstone Venture Capital

    Chairman/Managing Partner of Redstone Venture Capital, an incubation type value-added VC fund targeting early stage TMT companies with destructive technologies/business models especially in big data, mobile Internet, cloud computing, O2O e-commerce; 27 years of rich experience with technology innovations, US/China corporate management, successful start-ups, and investment from angel to pre-IPO. Unparalleled values of Redstone: team of industry veterans from Bell Labs/Tencent/Alibaba with profound experience of technologies/business models/management, track record of investment achieving higher success rate by hands-on coaching/incubating with products and market, abundant industry resources, especially Chinese cell phone/equipment makers, carriers, and Internet companies, as well as valuable fund investors who are successful business founders and executives from Intel, Alcatel-Lucent, Microsoft, etc.

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    Spencer Tall
    Managing Director, Allegis Capital
    General Partner & Co-Founder, APV Technology Partners
    Co-Founder Asia Pacific Ventures

    Spencer Tall is a Managing Director at Allegis Capital, the co-founder and General Partner with APV Technology Partners, and the co-founder of Asia Pacific Ventures. Mr. Tall serves on the boards of Allegiance, IMVU, Moki, Symplified and Tillster (formerly EMN8), and led Allegis investments in Shape Security, Synack and Area 1 Security. He served as strategic advisor to global companies including Motorola, Sony, Fujitsu, Samsung, Canon, TDK and Dacom and is fluent in Japanese.

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    Ying Wang
    Executive Director, Kinzon Capital

    Ying joined Kinzon Capital in 2014, bringing with her 8-years experiences in venture capital, especially in consumer internet space and healthcare. Prior to Kinzon, she served as Executive Director at NLVC since 2006. Prior to NLVC, Ying led corporate development at PeopleSupport Inc. (NASDAQ: PSPT) and spearheaded its merger and acquisition efforts. Ying’s additional past experience includes working with Boeing on a joint venture investment and business analysis at Dun & Bradstreet.

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    Yizhong Wang
    Managing Partner, Nextplay Capital

  • More than 20 years experience in international corporate and the business development department
  • Previous VP of Smith & Nephew, Oversee the emerging marketing strategy and the global market business development
  • Had positions as general manager and VP of Pacific Asia in international companies, like Pepsi, Owens, Brunner Mond, and Damco
  • Venture Capitalist, have invested in 5 healthcare startups
  • Member of Healthcare Catalyst, Healthcare Investment VIP Club, CEIBS Healthcare Association, and CEIBS & Fudan Alumni Association.
  • Graduated from Fudan University, EMBA from CEIBS, have studied at University of Sheffield in England and University of Columbia in US.
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    Ron Wessels
    Global Alliances Lead, SAP Startup Focus

    Ron Wessels currently serves as the Global Alliances lead for the SAP Startup Focus. He has served as a senior marketing and sales executive for venture capital backed startups and as a General Manager for a public company. Mr. Wessels has served on both private non-profit and for profit boards. Mr. Wessels holds a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley and an M. Div. from Fuller Seminary. He has served on both private non-profit and for profit boards.

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    Hing Wong
    Managing Director, Walden International

    Hing Wong is the managing director at Walden International, responsible for the investment in semiconductor, material, and clean energy technology. His successful exits include GalaxyCore, Sinosun Technology, Silergy Corp, Giga Device etc. He was named “The best investor in 2013” by Hua Yuan Science and Technology Association (HYSTA).

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    Wu Ping
    Partner, zPark Capital

  • Engineering manager at Google, where he oversee development of various Google/AdMob mobile advertising products
  • Ping’s Work on Mobile monetization dates back to early 2008, before the advent of smartphone, and witnessed the breathtaking evolution of the mobile advertising ecosystem
  • Prior to Google, Ping hold positions in IBM Almaden Research Center and Microsoft Research Asia, where he conducted research around data management and distributed systems.
  • His research papers have received hundreds of citations and he also hold more than 60 US patents on computational advertising, location-based services as well as large-scale data management techniques.
  • A faithful believer of “software is eating the world”, Ping has been excited to be part of the history where the influence of technology penetrates and rewrites every aspect of human life.
  • Ph.D, Computer Science, Univeristy of California, Santa Barbara
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    Hong Xue
    Partner, Silicon Valley office, Cybernaut Investment

    Hong Xue is a partner at Cybernaut Investment Silicon Valley office. Hong has over 20 years of high-tech industry experience in enterprise software (including Mobility, Cloud Computing, Big Data,) and venture capital investment. His career includes working at large companies, SME and Start-ups with international working experiences in countries like United States, China and India. He earned an MBA with e-Commerce concentration from Tepper School of Business of Carnegie Mellon University and his B. S. EE in China.

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    Levin Yao
    Investment Director, Tencent M & A

    Levin Yao, Investment Director of Tencent M&A Department. He focuses on investment in TMT sector. Prior to joining Tencent M&A in 2011, Mr. YAO worked for Deutsche Bank where he was responsible for principal investment in Greater China. Mr. YAO received his MBA from INSEAD, M.S. degree in Finance and B.S. degree in Information Management & Systems from University of International Business and Economics.

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    Eugene Zhang
    General Partner, TEEC Angel Fund

    Eugene was founding CEO of InnoSpring, a global cross border technology startup incubator in Silicon Valley. In summer 2010, Eugene co-foundered TEEC Angel Fund, a supper angel fund investing in both US and China early stage companies. Eugene founded JEDA Technologies, Inc., in December, 2002 and serves as President and CEO. JEDA specializes in next-generation SoC design methodologies and provides ESL (electronic system level ) verification automation products for leading edge SoC design companies world wide. JEDA Beijing R&D center was opened in December 2004 at Tsinghua Science Park.

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    James Zhang
    Co-founder/Partner, Formation 8

    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 $2 billion under management. As an Entrepreneur in Residence at Khosla Ventures (with $3 billion under management), James co-founded BioDiscovery, a modern agriculture company. He also led Khosla Ventures’ China initiative. 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. He is a recipient of the Outstanding Young Scholar Award by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC).

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    Nick Zhang
    Partner, JIE Capital & TJVC Capital

    Nick has been partner at JIE Capital and TJVC. Nick was a serial entrepreneur. He has been founders of a few successful startups in the Internet and software space. Recently he has been actively engaged in couple big-data companies. Early in his career, he made significant contributions to Internet standardization bodies which led to formations of some working groups in W3C and IETF. Nick received his degrees from University of Massachusetts at Amherst, West Virginia University and Chinese Academy of Sciences in Computer Science and Business. Nick published two books, one on UNIX kernel and the other philosophy.

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    Tiemin Zhao
    Venture Partner, IPV Capital
    Gerneral Manager, Amprius USA

    Tiemin Zhao is GM at Amprius USA and Venture Partner at IPV Capital. He has 19 years of R&D, manufacturing,and management experience in US high-tech industry and served in executive or senior management positions at 7 startup companies (1 IPO, 3 acquisitions). He has also been an angel investor and advised numerous young entrepreneurs and seed/early-stage technology startups.

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