KEYNOTE SPEAKERS  

Judy Chu
Congressmember, United States
Honorary Chairwoman, SVIEF


Judy Chu was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in July 2009. She represents the 27th Congressional District, which includes Pasadena and the west San Gabriel Valley of southern California.

Rep. Chu currently serves on the House Judiciary Committee, where she is a member of the Subcommittees on Intellectual Property and the Internet as well as Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations.

She also serves on the House Small Business Committee, which has oversight of the Small Business Administration. Rep. Chu is the Ranking Member on the Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax and Capital Access. She is also a member of the Subcommittees on Contracting and Workforce as well as Investigations, Oversight and Regulations.

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Ira Ehrenpreis
Founder & Managing Partner, DBL Partners
Honorary Chairman, SVIEF


Ira Ehrenpreis is Founder and Managing Partner of DBL Partners, a leading impact investing venture capital firm. Ira has also led Technology Partners venture firm's energy innovation investment practice for many years, investing in Energy Technology, Water Technology, and Advanced Materials opportunities.

Ira is a recognized leader in both the venture capital industry and the energy innovation sector. In 2007, Ira was named one of the “Top 50 Most Influential Men Under 45" and in 2014 was inducted into the International Green Industry Hall of Fame.

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Lixin Cheng
Chairman and CEO, ZTE USA;
President of ZTE North America Mobile Devices Business Unit;
SVP of ZTE Corporation


Chairman and CEO of ZTE USA; President of ZTE North America Mobile Devices Business Unit; SVP of ZTE Corporation, Mr. Cheng joined ZTE in June 2010 as President of North America Region of ZTE Corporation and CEO of ZTE USA. Since that time, Cheng has grown the ZTE North America handset business from near zero to the fourth largest smartphone vendor. Cheng oversees all aspects of the ZTE North America mobile device business across R&D, product planning, sales, marketing, supply chain, and customer service.

Cheng has more than 25 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, with expertise in the areas of sales, marketing, R&D management, supply chain management, M&A, and executive management in joint ventures, start-ups and public companies. He has extensive business experience and a network that spans 58 countries around the world.

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Sheng Fu
CEO, Cheetah Mobile


Sheng Fu is CEO of Cheetah Mobile, a new company formed on November 10, 2010 as a merger between two companies Kingsoft Security and Conew Image. In a short time of 5 years, Mr. Fu has built Cheetah Mobile into the world's largest mobile tool developer, China's second largest Internet and mobile Internet security company, and China's fourth largest Internet software company. On May 8, 2014, he led the successful listing of Cheetah Mobile on the NYSE. Previously, Mr. Fu worked at Qihoo 360 as General Manager of the software group for 5 years, leading the development of 360 Safe Guard product that became the cornerstone of Qihoo 360 when they were first listed on the NYSE. He also served as Vice President of Matrix Partners China since joining in 2008, and in 2009 he founded Conew Image and served as the Chairman and CEO.

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Ashton Kutcher
Hollywood star, Entrepreneur, Tech investor


Ashton Kutcher is an actor, entrepreneur, tech investor and producer. Kutcher co-created a venture fund, A-Grade Investments, with Ron Burkle and Guy Oseary in 2011. To date, A-Grade has invested in multiple tech companies including Airnbnb, Spotify, Uber, Flipboard, SoundCloud, Foursquare and Shazam. Currently Kutcher starred in the CBS comedy series Two and a Half Men. The show was ranked the second most-watched comedy on all of network television. Kutcher first gained recognition as Michael Kelso on the Fox seriesThat 70's Show, which aired for eight seasons. Kutcher went on to star in a variety of box office hits on the big screen - including What Happens In Vegas with Cameron Diaz, The Guardian with Kevin Costner, No Strings Attached with Natalie Portman and the cult hit Dude, Where's My Car. Kutcher has served as co-creator and producer of MTV's hit series, Punk'd, and The CW's reality series Beauty and the Geek and True Beauty. He has also produced films such as No Strings Attached, Killers and The Butterfly Effect. In 2010, Kutcher was named one of TIME magazine's "100 Most Influential People." In that same year, his production company, Katalyst, was named one of the year's "Top 50 Most Inspiring Innovators" by Ad Age and one of Fast Company Magazine's "Top 10 Most Innovative Companies." In 2009, Kutcher co-created Thorn: Digital Defenders of Children. Thorn drives technology innovation to fight the sexual exploitation of children.

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Fiona Ma
Member, State Board of Equalization, Second District, U.S.


Assembly Speaker pro Tempore Emeritus Fiona Ma was elected to the State Board of Equalization (SBOE) on November 5, 2014 and represents close to 10 million people in 23 counties from the Oregon border to Santa Barbara County. The 5,000 person tax agency affects every taxpayer in California and has broad regulatory and adjudicatory powers and is the only elected tax board in America.

Ms. Ma was elected to represent the 12th Assembly District from November 2006 to November 2012 (after serving the maximum three terms). She was the #112 woman to ever be elected to the California Legislature and the first Asian woman to ever serve as Speaker pro Tempore since 1850 (first Legislature). Ms. Ma first became interested in politics as a small business owner advocating on behalf of other small businesses. She was an elected delegate to the 1995 White House Conference on Small Business under President Bill Clinton and later was elected a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors from 2002-2006.

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Zhanggen Ni
Zhanggen Ni, Chairman of the Board & General Manager, Healthcare Co., Ltd. ;
CEO, Mlily USA


Inventor of non-sensitive of temperature memory foam. By December 2014, his company has owned 39 patents worldwide, including 4 patents for inventions. "devote to improve human sleep quality" is his motto. By Inventing the advanced non-sensitive of temperature memory foam, promoting "carefree lifestyle", zhanggen is bring the healthier, deeper and more comfortable sleep to his customers.

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Seval Oz
CEO, Continental Intelligent Transportation Systems, LLC


Seval Oz is the CEO of Continental Intelligent Transportation Systems, LLC and Executive Vice President of the Business Unit ITS, headquartered in Silicon Valley. She has been in this position since August 2014. In this role, Oz is responsible for leading Continental’s ITS team in the direction of developing world-class engineering services. Additionally, she is responsible for all new activities and business connected with ITS endeavors worldwide.

Oz is an expert in vehicle networking and automation. She brings with her a wealth of experience in the area of personal mobility and innovation. Prior to joining Continental, Oz served as Senior Business Development Manager at Google, Inc., where she was integral in the business development and marketing efforts surrounding the launch of the self-driving car.

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James Sietstra
President, Seven Bridges Genomics Inc.


James Sietstra President, Seven Bridges Genomics Inc. James Sietstra is the president of Seven Bridges Genomics, the cloud-powered platform for population-scale bioinformatics. Researchers use it to conduct interactive and automated analysis reproducibly and at scale. Seven Bridges is used by biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies and national governments. Seven Bridges is the only bioinformatics company to operate at national scale in both the US and UK.

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Sebastian Thrun
Founder of Google X, Chief Executive Officer, Udacity


Sebastian Thrun is the CEO of Udacity, a former Google Fellow and VP, and a Research Professor at Stanford University. He has published over 370 scientific papers and 11 books, and he is a member of the National Academy of Engineering in the US. Sebastian works on revolutionizing all of transportation, education, homes, and medical care. Fast Company named Thrun creative person in business, and Foreign Policy touted the fifth most him Global Thinker #4. At Stanford, Sebastian led the Thrun Lab in creating Google Streetview. Then, at Google, Sebastian founded Google X. He leveraged X to launch projects like the self-driving cars, Google Glass, indoor navigation, Google Brain, Project Wing and Project Loon. At Udacity, his vision is to democratize higher education. Udacity stands for "we are audacious, for you, the student". His team created the notion of "nanodegrees" which empower people from all traits and ages to find employent in the tech industry.

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Hongbo Xu
Founder & CEO, InnoHub


Hongbo is the founder and CEO of InnoHub. The mission of InnoHub is to establish the world largest startup accelerator network based on Internet. We want InnoHub to be a place to bring best talents and passions fused together, a place connecting people, creativity and entrepreneurship globally. Headquartered in Guangzhou, InnoHub has already established operations in 10 major cities in China, including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Hangzhou, Wuhan etc, covered a population of 200 million and 90% of Chinese mobile internet market. Furthermore, InnoHub has established operations in Silicon Valley, Europe, Auckland, Sydney and Singapore.

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Charles Zhang
CEO, Sohu Inc


Charles Zhang is one of the Internet pioneers in China, founded sohu.com in 1997. Sohu.com serves millions of Chinese users with news, video, search (sogou) and gaming services with annual revenue over US$2 billion. Charles Zhang has a B.S. from Tsinghua University in Beijing and a Ph.D. in physics from MIT.

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Modar (JR) Alaoui
Founder and CEO, Eyeris


Modar is a tech entrepreneur and expert in Artificially Intelligent vision technologies, Deep Learning and Ambient Intelligence. He is currently founder and CEO at Eyeris, the worldwide leading Deep Learning-based emotion recognition software. The company's flagship product EmoVu reads facial micro-expressions in real-time and uses Convolutional Neural Networks (CNN's) as a Deep Learning architecture to train and deploy its algorithm into a myriad of today's commercial applications. Modar combines a decade of experience between Human Machine Interaction (HMI) and Audience Behavioral Measurement. He is a frequent speaker and keynoter on "Ambient Intelligence" as the next frontier in AI, a winner of several technology and innovation awards and has been featured in many major publications for his work.

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Ben Bateman
Director for Hardware, Design, and Technology ,Indiegogo


Ben Bateman is the Director for Hardware, Design, and Technology at Indiegogo. He specializes in campaign strategy and tactics, and has been a key player in building Indiegogo's hardware category. He is passionate about making hardware entrepreneurship more accessible, and over the past two years has worked with some of Indiegogo's largest campaigns including the Ubuntu Edge, JIBO, Skully, Axent Wear, and many more.

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Guy Bendov
CEO, Side-Kick Games


Guy Bendov is a co-founder and the CEO of Side-kick Games, a developer and publisher of cutting edge games. Since 2010 Side-kick worked with Square ENIX, DeNA, Intel, Disney, Oculus, Samsung and other leading entertainment companies and provided cutting edge games for Mobile, VR and motion platforms.Guy is an interactive entertainment serial entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience. Prior to Side-kick, Guy founded Double Fusion, a leader in the in-game advertising space, Cellular Magic and Click! Online, a casual games studio. In 2007, Guy founded GameIS, the Israeli games association.

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Josh Burns
Mobile gaming industry consultant


Josh is a consultant working with game developers & game publishers to support key business areas with a focus on Asia strategy & partnerships for Western companies as well as Western market strategy for Asian companies. Previously he worked at 6waves, leading the US product team for one of the largest publishers of games for Facebook, iOS & Android where he managed & launched over 100 apps including those from top developers like Kabam, Nexon & Atari as well as games based on IP from Eminem, Disney, Dungeons & Dragons, Starz & BBC.

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Steve Caldwell
Co-Founder & CEO, Strap


Steve Caldwell is a leader in the emerging field of human data analytics, empowering brands, retailers and organizations with actionable insights that significantly improve marketing and engagement programs. As Co-Founder and CEO of Strap, Steve leads a dedicated startup team in building out human data analytics products that add 'you are what you do' to the existing mix of customer data sources today. Steve regularly lends his expertise on human data to trade publications in the marketing and analytics space, and has been published in Fast Company, Wired, TechCrunch, and Marketing Profs. Steve has spoken at numerous conferences and panels on the topics of human data, wearables and the IoT including SXSW, CES, Loyalty Expo, Appnation's IoT Influencer Summit and Launch Festival. Steve has been building web, mobile and big data streaming applications in some way, shape or form for over 15 years, with a recent emphasis on wearables, big data, and sensor applications. Steve is a successful entrepreneur and sold his first company, crosstek, in 2014.

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Mike Calise
CEO, Blink/CarCharging


Car Charging Group, Inc. (OTCQB: CCGI) (“CarCharging”), the largest owner, operator, and provider of electric vehicle (EV) charging services Mr. Calise is an executive with more than a decade of cleantech experience managing the hardware, software, and service divisions for various technology companies from early stage through business plan execution. Prior to CarCharging, Mr. Calise served as the Head of North America EV Solutions at Schneider Electric. Mr. Calise was the founder of EVadvise, an independent firm focused on mass scale electric vehicle infrastructure. Mr. Calise also served as the president of the publicly traded United Kingdom based company, ClearSpeed

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Kelvin Chan
Managing Director, East West Bank


Mr. Chan, Managing Director, has over 18 years of technology lending experience. He joined East West Bank in 2006 as the Founding Manager for the Bank’s Technology Banking Group. Under his leadership and the Bank’s “Bridge Capabilities” in offering cross border financing, Mr. Chan has successfully built a well diversified technology loan portfolio from ground zero with profitability achievement at the first year of operations. Prior to joining East West Bank, he was the founding member of the Technology Banking Group of United Commercial Bank. His career also included lending positions at Silicon Valley Bank, Sumitomo Bank Ltd. and Wells Fargo Bank. Mr. Chan received his BA in Business Administration from UC Berkeley Haas School of Business.

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Graciela Chichilnisky
Chief Executive Officer, Global Thermostat


Graciela Chichilnisky has worked extensively on the Kyoto Protocol, creating and designing the carbon market that became international law in 2005 and wrote the wording for the carbon market into the Kyoto Protocol at the COP in Kyoto in December 1997. The Washington Post calls her an "A-List Star" and Time Magazine calls her a "Hero of the Environment" . U.S. Congressman, Jay Inslee wrote that her work is "revolutionary for the international community" . A world-renowned economist, she is the creator of the formal theory of Sustainable Development and acted as Lead US Author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which received the Nobel Prize in 2007. Her pioneering work uses innovative market mechanisms to create Green Capitalism. She acts as a special adviser to several UN organizations and heads of state.

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Andrew Chiu
CEO, Verliant Energy


Andrew Chiu has a successful track record with new business ventures and has successfully brought a number of emerging technologies through to commercialization, ranging from industries in communications, renewable energy and green technology.

Andrew has helped Verliant build its platform of scientific R&D resources and research partnerships to commercialize our waste-to-resource processes.

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Yukai Chou
Founder & Chief, Octalysis Group


Yu-kai Chou is an Author and International Keynote Speaker on Gamification. He is the Original Creator of the gamification framework: Octalysis, and the author of Actionable Gamification: Beyond Points, Badges, and Leaderboards. He is the Founder of The Octalysis Group and has been a regular speaker/lecturer on gamification worldwide, including at organizations like Stanford University, Accenture, TEDx, SxSW, Gamified India, Huawei, the Innovation Center in Denmark, Kingdom of Bahrain, and many more.

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Yi Cui
Associate Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Stanford University


Yi Cui went to University of Science and Technology of China, where he received a Bachelor's degree in Chemistry in 1998. He attended graduate school from 1998 to 2002 at Harvard University, where he worked under supervision of Professor Charles M. Lieber. His Ph.D thesis concerned semiconductor nanowires for nanotechnology including synthesis, nanoelectroncis and nanosensor applications. After that, he went on to work as a Miller Postdoctoral Fellow with Professor Paul Alivisatos at University of California, Berkeley. His postdoctoral work was mainly on electronics and assembly using colloidal nanocrystals. In 2005 he became an Assistant Professor in Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Stanford University. In 2010 he was promoted to an Associate Professor with tenure and named as David Filo and Jerry Yang Faculty Scholar. In 2011, he started a joint appointment in Photon Science Faculty, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. His current research is on nanomaterials for energy storage, photovotalics, topological insulators, biology and environment. He is a highly proliferate materials scientist and has published ~270 research papers and give ~300 plenary/keynote/invited talks. His works have generated a very large impact and he is among top most cited scientists in the world (Google Scholar Search, Total citations: ~54,000 times, ~200 times per paper, H-index 98).

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Japheth Dillman
Co-Founder & Chief Creative Officer, Yetizen


Japheth Dillman began making games over 25 years ago, taking collegiate courses in programming at the wee tender age of 10 in order to learn to program his own games. You can blame the Atari 2600 he received for his sixth birthday for sparking and igniting the fire; he was hooked. Starting out on his Tandy 500 and Apple IIIe he was making adventure games (using ASCI art) and MUDs (text based multi-user dungeon) games.

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Shawn Drost
Co-founder, Hack Reactor


Shawn Drost is Co-founder of Hack Reactor, the leader in immersive education for computer programming, where he manages the Remote Beta program and the Last Mile's Code.7370 curriculum at San Quentin State Prison. Prior to Hack Reactor, Shawn was a software engineer, most recently at OkCupid, and a founder of several non-profit and for-profit initiatives.

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​Jami Edelheit
Director, TEDxOnBoard; Founder, Future Xi Technologies


Jami Edelheit is the Director of TEDxOnBoard and the Founder of Future Xi Technologies. She is passionate about identifying technologies and services that can improve the world and impact a billion people. Jami specializes in Chinese – American strategic partnerships. She bridges the gap by sharing new perspectives, capital, resources, and innovations with her clients. Jami identifies thought leaders and investors for future technologies in various industries including: Health, Mobile, O2O, Fintech, VR, AI, Robotics, Genetics and Green Technologies. She creates innovative experiences for her Chinese clients when they visit the US. She uses her expertise to arrange experts from the US, Canada and Israel to speak globally. She is currently working on an interview series that discuss future innovations with thought leaders and investors from US, Canada, China and Israel. Jami believes in the possibility that ordinary people with passion can use exponential technologies to achieve extraordinary impact for all mankind. This means these global exponential entrepreneurs and those who fund them - have an incredible opportunity to impact billions of lives. She is the Director of TEDxCincinnati Main Stage and founded TEDxSemesterAtSea.

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Charles Fan
SVP/GM, Storage and Availability Business Unit, VMware


Charles Fan is Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Storage and Availability Business Unit at VMware, leading the strategy and execution around software-defined storage.Prior to this role, Charles led the cloud data management business at VMware. Before VMware, Charles worked at EMC and was the founder and leader of EMC China R&D Center. Charles joined EMC via the acquisition of Rainfinity. He was a co-founder and CTO of Rainfinity and led the creation of Rainfinity's industry leading file virtualization and high availability products.

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Xin Fu
Director of Data Science, LinkedIn


Xin Fu is a Director of Data Science at LinkedIn. He and his team are responsible for driving product innovation through creative use of data, ranging from inferential analysis and online experimentation, to creation of analytics platforms and data products. Xin holds a PhD in Human-Computer Interaction and a MS in Statistics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to joining LinkedIn, Xin worked at Google and Microsoft. He has authored over 50 refereed papers and journal articles in the areas of information organization and retrieval, Web search interface, and online user behavioral measurement.

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Isabel Gan
Head of China Strategy , Mattel


Isabel Gan is the strategic leader and in charge of investment and acquisition of Mattel in China. Prior to Mattel, She led the development program of Cummins in Asian-Pacific region, mainly focus on investment collaboration and acquisition. Isabel is now focus on helping Mattel to build e-commerce platform and the relationship on high-tech industry. Isabel received her MBA degree in Kellogg School of Management and her bachelor degree on diplomacy in Beijing Foreign Studies University。

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Dongliang Ge
Director of Bioinformatics, Gilead Sciences, Inc


Dr. Dongliang Ge is Director of Bioinformatics at Gilead Sciences, where he provides leadership to the bioinformatics group and provides strategic input to bioinformatics infrastructure and process. Prior to Gilead, he was appointed as Assistant Professor of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics at Duke University School of Medicine. He received his PhD of Biostatistics and Genetic Epidemiology from Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences in 2004.

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Deena Ghazarian
Senior Vice President, Global Sales and Finance, Monster Cable Products


Deena Ghazarian is Senior Vice President of Global Sales and Finance for Monster Cable Products, Inc. She is a critical leader, She is also part of the Monster Executive Committee。 Deena has proven to be a person with the strategic vision and insight as well as the passion for the Consumer Electronics industry. Before joining the consumer electronics industry, Deena worked in the world of fashion for almost 10 years with Macy’sBeyond Monster, Deena is one of the biggest supporters of Women in CE and a founding board member. Deena is a proud graduate of Claremont McKenna College with a triple Bachelor of Arts degree in politics, philosophy, and economics.

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D.Yogi Goswami
Distinguished Professor and Director, Clean Energy Research Center, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida


Dr. D.Yogi Goswami is a Distinguished University Professor and Director of the Clean Energy Research Center at the University of South Florida. He has made pioneering contributions in the areas of Solar Energy and Indoor Air Detoxification and Disinfection. Professor Goswami is the Editor-in-Chief of the Solar Energy journal, and Progress in Solar Energy. He has published as an author or editor 18 books and more than 350 refereed technical papers. He also holds 16 patents, some of which have been successfully commercialized. Dr. Goswami has developed successful industrial ventures based on his inventions and other innovations and has served on the boards of many companies.

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Gabriel Grisham
Head of Growth, NihaoPay


Gabriel spent almost a decade living and working in China assisting US companies with market entry strategies and M&A. As Head of Growth for NihaoPay, Gabriel’s primary focus is on communicating the immense opportunity that Chinese consumers present to businesses and brands worldwide. Leading the strategic positioning for the company, he divides his time between Business Development, Marketing, and Branding.

Gabriel received his MBA from Thunderbird and his BA from Duke University.

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Jacek Grebski
Partner, SWARM


Jacek Grebski is a founding partner at SWARM, an agency whose focus is to build incredible products for emerging technologies. Since its inception in 2012, SWARM has worked on mobile, wearable, second screen, connected devices and IoT products. Jacek holds an MBA from the ESADE Business School in Barcelona, Spain and a B.S. from Tulane University in New Orleans.

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William Grosso
CEO, Scientific Revenue


William Grosso has been helping games become more profitable for almost a decade. A seasoned technology veteran, Bill has two decades of experience in building innovative, customer-centric products and delivering high performance software. Bill is also well known as an expert in both big data and predictive analytics. He has spoken at many industry events, most recently at the Wolfram Data Summit and nucl.ai, where he keynoted the Advanced Analytics and Data Science track.

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​Jiawei Gu
Design & Research Lead, Baidu Research


Jiawei Gu is a Design & Research Lead, leading the Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) team at Institute of Deep Learning (IDL), Baidu Research. Currently he is responsible for directing a team to design, prototype and create novel digital experience, industrial design and nature user interface (NUI) for intelligent paradigms (including wearable device, intelligent transportation, home automation, robotics, IoT) utilizing technologies of artificial intelligence, deep learning and big data, project includes BaiduEye, DuLight,DuBike,Face-It App. Previously he worked in Microsoft Research, mainly focus on tangible and embodied I/O interfaces and solutions for next generation Microsoft products, including Windows Surface, Xbox Kinect and Windows 10, meanwhile he has been awarded 22 US invention patents and more than 120 domestic patents, acting as corporation instructor of Stanford ME310 Global New Product Design Innovation Program. His experience and interest lies at the intersection between user-centered design and applied research.

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Tianfang Guo
senior Security ResearcherTrustlook


10 years experience in security and hacking. Expert in mobile security vulnerability research. He was a key research engineer at Palo Alto Networks.

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Quentin Hardy
Deputy Technology Editor, The New York Times;
Technology and Business Expert


Award-winning journalist, popular speaker and frequent television commentator, Quentin Hardy delivers analysis on technology, economics and global business with fearlessness, intelligence and wit. Pragmatic and audience-focused, Hardy offers timely, real-world insights you can use right away, uncovering the lessons to be found at the nexus of technology and future growth.

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Michael K.Harris
CEO, Applion Mobile


Mr. Harris is CEO of Applion Mobile, a company he co-founded to help medically underserved populations utilize cloud-based software to effectively manage chronic medical conditions using wearables and other sensors that communicate with Applion’s SAAS LifeCycle health management solution. Michael K.Harris has spent the past 25 years in sales and marketing for high tech consumer products. He has been involved in bringing to market highly successful products in consumer IT, cloud software solutions and audio/video products. He has a great deal of experience working with consumer electronics companies from the U.S., China, Japan, Korea and the EU. Prior to his career in sales and marketing Mr. Harris was heavily involved in program management, customer engineering and applications engineering for multiple startups and established companies in the consumer electronics space.

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Anli He
CEO & Co-Founder, uSens


Anli has extensive technical and business experience in both software and hardware fields, as a senior design and sales engineer at Schlumberger Technologies, AT&T, TeraSystems and Intel Corp. She holds BE degree in Computer Engineering from Wuhan University, MS of Computer Science from Syracuse University and MBA from Duke University.

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Barbara Hecker
VP of Academic Affairs, Sofia University


Barbara is an entrepreneur with a passion for teaching. She’s been a Department Chair, Chief Academic Officer and professor of Computer Science and Software Engineering at various state and private colleges for over 20 years. She has also founded several successful Silicon Valley start-up companies. She has earned master’s degrees in Software Engineering, Information Systems, and Telecommunications. She has also earned a Juris Doctorate and a PhD in Computer Science. In all of her academic roles, she strives to provide superior graduate education, research and innovation. Outside of academia, Barbara’s interests and hobbies are in programming and software development. She is an innovative app developer and designer. In the meantime, she enjoys learning and sharing her experiences with others.

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ED Hemphill
Co-Founder & CEO, Wigwag Inc.


Ed Hemphill is the CEO and Co-Founder of WigWag, an Austin-based tech startup. WigWag delivers a powerful platform to make connected devices more manageable, secure and automatic. Built on our open-source runtime deviceJS, the platform removes Internet of Things (IoT) device and protocol complexities, providing a unified language to rapidly scale IoT applications and devices.

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Jingyan Hong
Senior Executive Product Manager, Tenpay


Hong Jingyan (Jovian) had served Bank of Communications. In 2012 She joined Tenpay served as senior product manager. Currently she is responsible for Tenpay, planning and operation all the works. She is responsible for the participation of across border payments business and focus on merchant as Asia aviation, and JD, and iherb, and Silla duty-free shop

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Bo Hu
Founder & Chairman, CIMING Medical Checkup Group


Dr. Bo Hu is the founder & Chairman of CIMING Medical Checkup Group, the Secretary-General of Chinese Hospital Asso.of Clinical Technology organization (MTA), Chairman of China Medical Docter Asso.(China-HMO), Zhongguancun Medical innovation Alliance & Medicine Angel Fund organizer And the Secretary-General of DAVOS.GGC in Beijing, the Founder of Silicon Valley Chinese Medical Service & Innovations Center.

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​Yu Hu
Executive Vice President , IFLYTEK Co.,LTD


Yu Hu was graduated from University of Science and Technology of China and received his PhD in signal and information processing works. He is the State Council special allowance expert. He is also the executive director of the National Engineering Lab for speech and language processing and part-time professor of University of Science and Technology of China. He is chief expert of Ministry of science and technology in 863 key project of artificial intelligence. Since 1999, YuHu co-founded IFLYTEK Co.,LTD . From 2009 till now, Yu Hu is VP in IFLYTEK Co., LTD. He is in charge of speech recognition, speech synthesis, speech analysis, and speech evaluation. He was the project leader who help IFLYTEK Co.,LTD has achieved fruitful results.

Yu Hu won the national information industry a significant technological invention award, national science and technology progress award, twice, and has won the “Anhui provincial and ministerial level, Hefei city science and technology award”. He has published 60 papers at the major international conferences on domestic and foreign journals.

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Kahn Jekarl
Founder & CEO, Flow State Media


Kahn is the Founder & CEO of Flow State Media, a mobile gaming startup focused on real-time multiplayer mobile games composed of MIT, Zynga & Activision alumni. He has raised over $1M across two fundraising rounds from investors such as SparkLabs Global, Strong Ventures, and former Nexon & Rockstar Games executives. The team has over 75 years of game development experience working on massive franchises such as Call of Duty, Zynga Poker, FarmVille, Mafia Warsand Rock Band.

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Krystian Ji
President, Founder, Kryssen Capital


Dr Krystian Ji is an Oxford-based mathematician and venture capitalist. He founded Kryssen Capital, an investment firm that focuses on startups providing data-intensive innovations at the cutting edge of sciences and technologies. He currently serves on the Boards of companies across various sectors, including biomedical data analysis companies like Seven Bridges Genomics, quantitative financial services like Domeyard, and several Artificial Intelligence labs and incubators. Also for years he had been instrumental in developing Automated Reasoning systems for the Australian Defence.

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Andra Keay
Managing Director, Silicon valley Robotics


Andra Keay is the Managing Director of Silicon Valley Robotics, the industry group supporting the innovation and commercialization of robotics technologies. Andra is also founder of Robot Launch, global robotics startup competition, and cofounder of Robot Garden, a new robotics hackerspace. Andra is Director of Industry & Startup Relations at Robohub.org, the global site for news and views on robotics, and has just launched an AngelList syndicate for seed stage robotics startups.

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Alexandra Kinloch
Director, The Inside Academy


Alexandra Kinloch is a serial award-winning entrepreneur and business coach. She is the Director of The Inside Academy, has worked with large Silicon Valley firms as an innovation consultant and has run a successful tech startup. With over 10 years of business experience, a Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation and a Certificate in Professional Coaching, she is highly skilled at taking an idea and making it a reality. She was named in the 'Top Australian Female Entrepreneurs Under 40' in both 2014 and 2015 and now uses her experience as a qualified coach to help entrepreneurs create businesses they love.

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Meng Lai
Partner, MagStone Law, LLP


Ms. Lai is a seasoned corporate attorney, with over a decade of experience representing U.S. domestic and international public and private companies and financial institutions in connection with a variety of M&A, venture financing and capital market transactions. She is a founding partner of MagStone Law, LLP, a modern and global law firm known for its expertise in advising China and U.S. global cross-border transactions. Prior to founding MagStone Law, Ms. Lai worked for the most renowned wall -street law firms Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP and Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in their New York, Hong Kong and Menlo Park offices.

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Stephen Lake
Co-founder & CEO, Thalmic Labs


Stephen Lake is a biomedical engineer, inventor, and entrepreneur in emerging technologies. He is the co-founder and CEO of Thalmic Labs, the company behind the groundbreaking Myo armband, which measures the electrical activity in your muscles to wirelessly control computers, phones and other digital technologies with gestures. A visionary for the future of interaction between humans and machines, Stephen aims to make wearable computing interfaces seamlessly blend the real and digital worlds.

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Xiaofeng Li
General Manager(USA) , Huami ( A company of Xiaomi Ecosystem)


Dr. Xiao-Feng Li is the General Manager of Huami Inc., Silicon Valley office. In 2014, Huami received a joint investment from Xiaomi and Shunwei Capital Partners, to become the exclusive company within the Xiaomi Ecosystem to focus on smart wearable devices. Xiao-Feng is helping setup Huami's global strategy in both technology and marketing. He has been an active contributor in system software from operating system to compiler and language design. Xiao-Feng built up a software lab in Intel, who was the first Intel team working on HTML5 and Android optimizations for X86 processors. Before leaving Intel, Xiao-Feng was the architect responsible for power, performance and memory of Android on X86 devices. Xiao-Feng is a member of Apache Software Foundation, was the lead of the Java Virtual Machine in Apache Harmony project. Xiao-Feng published more than 20 academic papers and holds 10 issued US patents.

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George Lichter
Co-CEO, Teaching Channel


Mr. Lichter is currently Co-CEO at the Teaching Channel; Special Advisor on Ed-Tech and Learning Ecosystems to Airbnb and IDEO; and Strategic Advisor to Stanford University Office of the Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning and Graduate School of Education. Mr. Lichter has held CEO and key senior management roles at public companies and start-ups in the Ed-tech, sharing economy, media, games, fitness and entertainment sectors. Recent projects include the development of disruptive programming and businesses, including courses and underlying technology platforms featuring high-profile professors, such as the award winning Innovator’s Accelerator with Clayton Christensen.

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Holly Liu
Chief Development Officer, Kabam


Holly Liu is co-founder the mobile gaming company, Kabam, a world leader in AAA mobile games. Her work has contributed to record revenue growth for Kabam year over year from $0 to $400 million in 2014, which has led to Kabam's valuation of $1 billion in 2014. She led the design for Kabam's award-winning Kingdoms of Camelot franchise, which has grossed more than $250 million in less than four years. She was also the founding mobile designer for extension Kingdoms of Camelot: Battle for the North, which was the top grossing app on iOS in 2012.

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Rui Ma
Partner, 500 Startups


Rui Ma is a Venture Partner at 500 Startups, a leading accelerator and seed investment fund in technology companies, where she is in charge of all investment activity in the Greater China region. Prior to 500, she worked for nearly a decade in private equity and mergers & acquisitions roles at the Raine Group, Morgan Stanley and Merrill Lynch in both Silicon Valley and China. She is based in Beijing and has been living and working in China since 2007. Rui holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley.

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Arthur Madrid
Co-Founder & CEO, Pixowl Games


PixOwl leads the industry by providing entertaining social games for kids through innovation and creativity, featuring high profile properties such as Garfield, The Sandbox, Peanuts and Alvin. My work was awarded by the nomination for 2 consecutive years of The Sandbox in App Store Best Games of 2012 and 2013. Prior to Pixowl Games, Arthur founded Wixi.com, a Web 2.0 social network startup for sharing media files, which received multiple prizes as "most innovative startup of the year" internationally.

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Rich Mahoney
Director, SRI International


Rich Mahoney, PhD, is the Director of Robotics at SRI International in Menlo Park, California. He also serves as the founding President of Silicon Valley Robotics, the robotics cluster for the Greater San Francisco Bay area. At SRI, he manages a team of scientists and engineers who conduct leading edge R&D for DARPA, other government agencies, and Fortune 50 commercial clients, and an active portfolio of ventures and licenses. Rich served on the board of Redwood Robotics, a joint venture with Meka and Willow Garage, until it was acquired by Google, and spun out Grabit, Inc. with a successful Series A round in 2013. Before joining SRI, Rich was the General Manager for Motorika USA, Inc., an early stage medical device company commercializing robotic therapy solutions. Rich earned a Ph.D. in Engineering from the University of Cambridge, while attending on a Fulbright Scholarship, and a BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University in Philadelphia.

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Daniel Marks
COO, Lyricle, Inc.


Daniel is the COO of Lyricle, Inc., a pop-culture trivia game studio, whose first game is a music lyric challenge called Lyricle (Lyric Quiz). Daniel has founded or worked with a number of digital content/distribution startups. In his pre-startup life, Daniel ran international entertainment licensing businesses for Japanese owned media companies for 7+ years.

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Mikhael Naayem
CEO & Co-Founder, Fuel Powered


An entrepreneur at heart, Mik started his career in private equity where he got a taste for building successful companies. Mik jotted the idea for Fuel Powered down on a napkin at the age of 24, and had received funding to begin work the next year. Mik's insatiable appetite for tackling huge problems has been squarely focused on the mobile and technology space where he has led the charge at Fuel Powered.

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Erin Park
International Business Development, FL Mobile


Erin Park is international business development at FL Mobile, premium mobile game publisher, headquartered in Beijing, China. FL Mobile has been providing partnering with top class game companies like Ubisoft, Rovio, Gumi, Perfect worlds and many more. She’s been with FL Mobile since September 2014. Her role is licensing best mobile games from talented studios for China market, building partnerships for distributions and advising for investment strategies.

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Jiantao Pan
CEO & GM, Changhong Research Labs, Inc.


Jiantao Pan helps entrepreneurs and startup companies to succeed as my full time job. He focuses on innovations in wearables, smart home, sensors, life science, health, security, and many other areas. Jiantao is building a system to help entrepreneurs in the US to have easy access to industrial design, part acquisition, ASIC design, small batch manufacturing, large scale manufacturing, and sales & distribution in China, and to help entrepreneurs in China to have access to the best startup training and acceleration programs in US.

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Cheng Peng
chairman and CEO, Suzhou Jusheng Solar


Cheng Peng, entrepreneur in solar energy. Cheng returned to China from Silicon Valley in early 2012, founded Jusheng Solar in Zhangjiagang city, Suzhou, Jiangsu province, as chairman and CEO. The company is focused on solar tracking mounting systems, i.e. solar trackers, which can help to boost solar PV modules to produce 10~40% more power. Jusheng solar is now in the process of to be listed on China’s “New third board” (China’s NASDAQ in design). Cheng used to serve as the president then chairman of board of Peking University Alumni Association of Northern California (PKUAANC), and is also board member of PKU Physics School, board member and deputy general secretary of PKU College of Engineering.

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Vitor Prado
Founder, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Prado Capital Group


Vitor Prado is the Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of Prado Capital Group. He is an attorney, entrepreneur, and investor.

Vitor worked at Cavi (Non-Regulated Fund) in São Paulo where he evaluated and closed commercial real estate private equity transactions in the countryside of São Paulo, around strategic airports. He was also an M&A corporate finance professional at PricewaterhouseCoopers structuring international multi-million dollar M&A transactions in the automotive, aerospace, information technology, general services, healthcare, education, food and agriculture, clean technology, banks and financials, and public services;

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Anand Pradhan
Vice President , Innovation and Operational Excellence , Old Navy / Gap Inc.


Global executive offering a solid background of over 20 years experience who develops and positively influences global high performance teams towards continuous improvements, innovation and creativity in industries like Consumer Electronics Technology, Medical Imaging Products, Multi Industry Electronics Manufacturing & Supply Chain and Fashion Retail. Areas of expertise include: Innovation & Strategy, Business Excellence, Financial Improvements, Lean & Six Sigma, Start Ups and Manufacturing & Supply Chain, etc

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Amy Puliafito
Director, Communications Misfit


Amy Puliafito is Director of Communications at Misfit. Misfit invents and manufactures elegantly designed wearable and smart home products, including the Misfit Shine and Misfit Flash Fitness and Sleep Monitors, Misfit Beddit Sleep System (a thin-film sleep sensor), and Misfit Bolt Smart Bulb. Amy is responsible for crafting and communicating Misfit's story, managing Misfit's hardware and software product launches, and coordinating company announcements. In 2014 alone, Misfit has been featured in the New York Times, TechCrunch, Re/Code, CNET, USAToday, Fortune, Self, Fitness, VOGUE, Glamour, Good Housekeeping, Men's Journal, and more. Prior to Misfit, Amy was the fourth employee at Rock Health, the first seed fund exclusively for health technology companies, where she was part of an industry-leading team that helped develop next generation health care startups.

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Xiang Qian
Clinical Assistant Professor,
Associate Medical Director of International Medical Services,
Stanford Hospital


Dr Xiang Qian is the Clinical Assistant Professor in Anesthesiology, Perioperative and and Pain Medicine at Stanford University. He is specialized in treating various pain conditions utilizing the combination of medicine, interventional procedure, physical therapy, and others. He co-leads a CT-guided interventional program at Stanford to treat trigeminal neuralgia and other pain conditions.

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Richard Qiu
VP of Business Development, Udemy


Richard Qiu has decades of business development, sales and partnership experience. He currently drives key content, distribution and strategic partnerships between Udemy and organizations around the world, as well as leads initiatives to open new markets and accelerate major business opportunities globally as Vice President of Business Development at Udemy.Richard previously led business development, sales and partnerships for TRUSTe, 4INFO and BeVocal. He earned his MBA from the University of Chicago.

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Sophia Qiu
Program Coordinator,
China/Asia Pacific Nature, Health, and the Built Environment,
Harvard University


Dr. Yang (Sophia) Qiu works primarily with the Center’s Nature, Health, and the Built Environment team to advance the understanding of the interaction between physical space and population health. Her most recent work has focused on environmental pollution and human–environment interaction in the urban setting.

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Saravan Rajendran
Vice President and General Manager, Cloud Networking and Services Group
Cloud and Virtualization Group
Cisco


Saravan Rajendran is Vice President and General Manager of the Cloud Networking and Services Group within Cisco's Cloud and Virtualization Group. He is responsible for the company's hybrid cloud solution, Cisco Intercloud Fabric, in addition to Cisco's Virtual and Cloud Networking solutions, including the multi-hypervisor Nexus 1000V product line, Nexus 1010 & 1100 series, and projects for virtual and cloud network services. In this role, Rajendran works actively across Cisco and with its partners in the development and execution of Cisco's strategies for Intercloud, Cloud Networking, Virtualization and Software Defined Networking (SDN)/Network Function Virtualization (NFV).

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Alexander Reben
President & CEO, BlabDroid


Alexander Reben is best known for his robots and machine art, including the film-making "BlabDroids". He has been called "The Willy Wonka of robots" for his experimentation and style of building. The BlabDroids are making the worlds first documentary entirely shot and directed by robots. They have traveled the world asking difficult and meaningful questions in order to learn what makes us human. His current work involves using science and technology to probe deeply into synthetic psychology and artificial philosophy.

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James D.Robinson IV
Founding Partner & Managing Director, RRE Ventures


James D. Robinson IV, ​​Founding Partner and Managing Director​​,​RRE Ventrures​James is a ​​Founding Partner and Managing Director, ​​RRE Ventures, a top tech investment firm. He has been active in the technology community as an investor, entrepreneur, and futurist.

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Scott Robinson
Director & Founder, Plug and Play FinTech


Scott Robinson is the founder and director of Plug and Play FinTech, the financial and security focused innovation platform in partnership with Citi, Deutsche Bank, USAA, Capital One, US Bank, Sumitomo, Intuit, Assurant and a number of other global institutions.

Scott has worked with Plug and Play, a global startup accelerator and investor headquartered in Silicon Valley, for the past two years managing a number of FinTech and Bitcoin related initiatives. In 2015, Scott and his team have accelerated over 50 financial technology and security startups.

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Alfredo Rudas
Co- Founder & VP, Kick9


Alfredo Rudas is the Co-Founder and VP at Kick9, a leading global publisher of mobile digital content. Kick9's underlying technology enables developers to self-publish their titles cross continent with emphasis on Greater China and North America. His career included previous positions at Bandai Namco, Lakoo Games Limited, and DragonsMeet. During his tenure he leveraged competitive analysis, business development, and user acquisition budgets in excess of $1 million per product launch.

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George Stepancich
CEO & Founder, Invisionate, LLC


George Stepancich is the CEO and founder of Invisionate,LLC. Prior to starting the Company, Mr.Stepancich has spent the last 10 years running GoldLantern, LLC, a Consumer Electronics Company. Formerly he was the chief architect of vision and strategy for a start up venture funded by Goldman Sachs.

Prior to that Stepancich was Director of Business Development for the Telecom division of Siemens AG that generated $2 billion in sales. Mr. Stepancich joined Siemens from NETCOM a successful Internet Service Provider which was acquired for $256 million.

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Ion Stoica
Professor, EECS Department at University of California at Berkeley
CEO, Databricks


Ion Stoica is a Professor in the EECS Department at University of California at Berkeley, where he does research on cloud computing and networked computer systems. Currently he is on leave serving as a CEO of Databricks, which he co-founded in 2013 to commercialize technologies for Big Data processing, technologies which have been developed at AMPLab (UC Berkeley) over the past five years. In 2006, he also co-founded Conviva, a startup to commercialize technologies for large scale video distribution. He is an ACM Fellow and has received numerous awards, including the SIGCOMM Test of Time Award (2011), and the ACM doctoral dissertation award (2001).

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Benjamin Sutherland
Founder & CEO, Present Creative


Benjamin Sutherland is CEO and Co-Founder of Present Creative, a game-development and external development studio with clients ranging from Casual Mobile to Real Money Gambling to gamified education. He is a games-industry veteran and a powerhouse of ability with hands on talents ranging from animation, illustration, UI/UX, game design and art direction.

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​Luke Tang
General Manager, TechCode Accelerator (US)


Luke Tang is General Manager of TechCode Accelerator (US). Devoted to becoming the top brand of global entrepreneurship ecosystems, and with incubators in Silicon Valley, Berlin, Tel Aviv, Seoul, Beijing, Shanghai, and Shenzhen, TechCode has broken down geographic barriers and the inequalities of "innovation factors potential", to provide innovators with a global support network geared towards efficient sharing of resources and access to essential value-added services.

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David Ting
General Manager, NetEase North America


David is the General Manager of NetEase North America, where he has formed a team dedicated to bring NetEase products to the west and form strategic partnerships with developers and mobile game service providers. NetEase, Inc. (NTES) is a leading Internet technology and online gaming company headquartered in China. With a breadth of experience in content creation and sharing, NetEase develops and operates some of China's most popular online games, e-mail services, advertising services, mobile applications and games, and web portals. With this year's hit of Fantasy Westward Journey, NetEase is now one of the top grossing mobile developer/publisher worldwide.

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Hans Tung
Managing Partner, GGV


Hans joined GGV Capital in 2013 as a Managing Partner to focus on mobile Internet, cross border ecommerce, online education, and gaming industry investments. Hans led GGV's investment and serves on the board of Wish, a fast growing cross border mobile commerce company, Curse, a popular gaming platform, FlightCar, the world's first peer to peer car sharing company at airports, and Totspot, a mobile marketplace. He is also actively involved with GGV portfolio companies Flipboard and Yodo1. Hans'prior work experience spans venture capital, internet start-ups, and tech investment banking over 18 years. He led investments in or served on the boards of start-ups that have since become category leaders, including Xiaomi (where he was involved in attracting Hugo Barra, the former Head of Android Product Management at Google), Mafengwo Travel, Vancl.com, eHi Car Rental, Domob Mobile, 51fanli and Forgame (HKSE: 0484), which went public on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in October 2013.

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Minli Virdone
Chief Of Staff, Khan Academy


Minli Virdone is the Chief of Staff at Khan Academy, a not-for-profit organization with the mission of providing a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere. Khan Academy reaches over 13 million people around the world every month, and provides thousands of free lessons from basic Math to Computer Science, Biology and Art History. She was an Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company's Silicon Valley office, where she provided strategic, operational and organization transformation advice to Fortune 100 high-technology and financial services companies and large not-for-profit organizations.

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Sonny Vu
Founder, Misfit


Founder of Misfit, makers of award-winning wearable and smart home products, including Shine and Flash, elegant activity and sleep monitors, and Bolt, a smart color-changing bulb. Founder of AgaMatrix, makers of the world's first iPhone-connected hardware medical device, and 15+ other FDA-cleared products. Previously: Microsoft Research machine learning / linguistic tech, UIUC math BS, MIT linguistics PhD work w/ Noam Chomsky. Knows some interesting languages and is a patron of good design. Longing to make 10x solutions for big problems and building a company that matters.

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Kent Wakeford
COO, Kabam


Kent Wakeford is Chief Operating Officer for Kabam, a world leader in AAA mobile free-to-play games. Kent joined Kabam full-time in February 2011 after serving as a company advisor since February 2009. He has been instrumental in shaping the company's game portfolio, adding talented development teams, and navigating all legal areas for the company. Currently, he is responsible for the legal department, mergers and acquisitions, corporate strategy and governance, partnerships for third party game development, and licensed intellectual property.

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Margaret Wallace
CEO, Playmatics


Margaret Wallace is Chief Executive Officer of Playmatics, award-winning creators of digital and real-world gaming and interactive experiences. She was named one of Forbes "12 Women in Gaming to Watch" and in 2014, she was highlighted by Fortune as one of "10 Powerful Women in Video Games." An entrepreneur with a strong focus on innovation, brands and original IP, she has built and expanded Playmatics across multiple sectors to combine games with film, digital media and television.

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Sean Walsh
Advisor, Bitbank
Co-Founder, Block.co


Mr. Walsh is the founder of Redwood City Ventures, a Silicon Valley based advisory and investment firm targeting the Bitcoin ecosystem. His firm stimulates collaboration between the Chinese and American Bitcoin industries, and seeks to accelerate global Bitcoin adoption.

In early 2015, Walsh left the award-winning private equity firm Bertram Capital to focus solely on Bitcoin. At Bertram, Walsh was responsible for Ecommerce, Online Marketing, Product Marketing, Growth Hacking, and Mobile Applications across more than a dozen operating companies in Bertram's $1 Billion portfolio. In early 2011, he co-founded a division called Bertram Labs which was later recognized for disrupting the trillion-dollar private equity middle market.

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Jennifer Wang
Co-founder & CMO,
Dealmoon.com


Jennifer graduated from UC Berkeley with a B.A. degree for Computer Science. Before co-founding Dealmoon.com in 2009, she was a VP at an International Financial Index company MSCI, Inc. During the past 6 years, Dealmoon.com has become the largest shopping advisory site for Chinese Americans, and have more than 5 million fans on its weibo network. Jennifer also co-founded Fashionmoon.com in 2014.

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Joyce Wang
Media Consultant, Furniture China


Specialist in multinational trade media and China home product market. Launched Furniture Today China as Editor in Chief in 2010.

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Lejing Wang
Co- founder, Shenzhen Qianhai Frontt Capital Management Ltd


Intelligent automotive industry fund was founded by Frontech, top artificial intelligent group and automotive industry group in China. The fund focuses on worldwide outstanding intelligent automobile related projects and the requirements from industrial leaders, and its goal is to establish automotive industry cluster in China.

LJ joined the Fortune Link in 2005, and he was responsible for the management of Orient bank and venture capital investment fund. Orient bank and venture capital investment fund was co-founded by Fortune Link and China Merchants Bank. It was the first bank and venture capital cooperation equity investment fund in China which created a new mode of cooperation between the equity investment enterprises and commercial banks.

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Bo(Yuanbo) Wang
CEO&co-founder NihaoPay,


Bo(Yuanbo) Wang is CEO&Co-founder of NihaoPay, He formerly owned and operated a cross border eCommerce service company. He graduated from USC with C.S. Degree where he is now a part time lecturer.

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Joseph Wei
Managing Director, Lab360 Hardware Incubator


Joseph Wei is the Managing Director of Lab360. Lab360 is supported by Qihoo 360 (NYSE:QIHU), one of the leading Internet companies in China. Joseph is an experienced entrepreneur and a mentor. Prior to Lab360, he founded SJW Consulting Inc., a technology and business strategy consulting and advisory firm. He has led several new businesses that pioneered innovative products, and, generated over $500 million in revenue when he held executive positions at Inventec (top 5 ODM from Taiwan), Silicon Graphics Inc. (SGI), NEC and DEC (acquired by Compaq/HP). He is recognized for his expertise in wearables, IoT, Cloud computing, and is a frequent speaker and author on these topics. He is a senior member of IEEE, the world’s largest technical professional association with over 400,000 members, the Chair of the IEEE Section and the Vice Chair of the Consumer Electronics Society for the Santa Clara Valley (Silicon Valley). He is also an advisor to several startups, as well as a mentor to AngelHack HACKcelerator and RoyseLaw AgTech Incubator.

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Jon Wei
Chief Counselor, IvyMax Academy


Mr. Wei is Senior Counselor at IvyMax Academy. He is responsible for overseeing IvyMax’s full-time teaching and counseling staff. Mr. Wei started his career in the high tech sector working for Kaiser Permanente and Oracle. He also started counseling friends’ kids in his spare time to get them ready for college applications more than ten years ago. In 2004 he joined IvyMax Academy fulltime to help students to get into top-tier colleges.

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Steve Westley
Founder & Managing Partner, The Westly Group


Steve Westly is the founder and managing partner of The Westly Group, one of the country's premier clean technology-focused venture capital firms. Prior to founding The Westly Group, Steve served as the Controller and Chief Fiscal Officer of the state of California – the world’s seventh largest economy. As Controller, he chaired the State Lands Commission and served on 63 other boards and commissions, including CalPERS and CalSTRS, the nation’s two largest public pension funds, which together invest more than $350 billion.

During the 2008 election cycle, Steve served as a California co-chair of the Obama for America campaign. He also served on the Secretary of Energy’s Advisory Board during President Obama’s first term and chaired the Subcommittee on Building Energy Efficiency.

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Wei Yan
CEO, VisualThreat


VisualThreat is a leading connected-car security vendor based in Silicon Valley. He previously worked in McAfee, Trend Micro and Symantec joint venture as security architect and research scientist, and has deep understandings of anti-malware, mobile threat intelligence and auto security. Dr. Yan is also an active referee and serves as Editorial Board member of peer-reviewed professional journals and technique committee member of more than 40 international security conferences. He is the author of leading industry and academic conferences. He has a PhD in computer engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology

 

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Allen Yang
President & partner, Bay Line E-commerce Co, Ltd.


Allen is the president of Bay Line E-commerce. Bay Line E-commerce (currently merged with Blue Focus Communication Group) is a leading one-stop e-commerce solution company to brands such as Procter & Gamble, Microsoft, Dell, Amazon, Kindle, Sainsbury's, King Power, FC Bayern Club, Red Bull, Inditex group and so on. Allen has been a serial entrepreneur. He was the founder and CEO of Jiapin.com, founder and CEO of Lemonquest's Great China operation, and a senior Global Business Development Manager at Red Herring. Allen has rich cross-border experiences in the US, Europe and China. Allen was elected as "one of the Top 25 Chinese influencing Fashion industry" by Forbes in 2012. He holds a MBA degree from Eastern Kentucky University, the USA.

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Paul Yang
CEO​,​​US-EX INC


Paul Yang CEO and co-founder of US-EX INC.US-EX since 2005 .They are working on the Express and warehouse service between USA and Asia,One of the biggest Chinese-American own Express company in USA。 They have over 20 cities service center and 100 stores in USA. They co-operation with STO for logistic more than 2 years in USA and will launch the cross board e-commerce www.YHTmall.com very soon.

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Stanley Yang
CEO, NeuroSky, Inc.


As Chief Executive Officer of NeuroSky, Inc., Stanley Yang leads the strategic vision and management of the company. NeuroSky, Inc. is at the forefront of body and mind monitoring and analysis. Its body and mind wearable biosensor technologies and interpretive algorithms are at the core of innovative health and wellness wearable products. NeuroSky, Inc. makes it possible for consumers to easily capture critical biodata, and effectively understand and manage their health.

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Jigang Yi
Board Director, Beijing Jinghua Experimental School
Distinguished Investor


Mr.Yi is currently the Vice-president and one of the main shareholders in Guizhou Dongjiu Co., LTD and also the president of Jiyi Capital Co., Ltd who specializes in investment banking and PE funding. Mr. Yi has started his career in investment banking and PE funding since the middle of 90s, used to provided remarkable financing and investment services to many enterprises among Beijing, Sichuan, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Shandong, etc. Currently, he also undertakes the work of Entrepreneur Mentor in Peking University.

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Chen Yu
President & Co-Founder, YeePay


Chen Yu is President and Cofounder of YeePay - a leading e-payment service provider in China. Chen is responsible for marketing and business development at YeePay. He has over 15 years of experience in software, Internet and eCommerce. Before founding YeePay, Chen spent 7 years at Oracle where he was responsible for Product Management, Marketing and Strategic Alliances for Oracle Middleware and Internet solutions. Chen is also an "Internet Evangelist", he uses his experience to actively promote the Internet in China. Recently Chen was an advisor for China Central Television's 10-Episode Feature Documentary "The Internet Age", in which he interviewed Vint Cerf, Jerry Yang, Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg and many other Internet icons. Chen received his MS from Illinois Institute of Technology and BS from Beijing University, both in Computer Science.

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​Jinfeng Zhou
Secretary General, China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation (CBCGDF)


Dr Zhou Jinfeng is the incumbent Secretary General of China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation (CBCGDF) since November 2014. He was also the 9th, 10th and 11th member of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) and he used to serve as a member of Proposal Committee in the CPPCC and the 9th and 10th Vice Chair of The National Association of Vocational Education of China.

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​Luming Zhou
Secretary General,Committee of 100 Radical Innovation China


Mr Luming Zhou is the Secretary General of the Committee of 100 Radical Innovation China, the president of Shenzhen Space Technology Ltd, and CEO of the Shenzhen Overseas Startup Base of CAST (China Association of Science and Technology) from 2014 after his retirement as a governor in charge of the development of science and technology of Shenzhen. From 1992 to 2001, Luming led to authorize series of major legislation, decision researches when he work as the former director of planning and law office of Shenzhen Technology Bureau. He then spent 4 years finished his EMBA and received master degree from Tsinghua University. From 2004 to 2008, Luming was the deputy director of Shenzhen Technology Bureau.

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Mary Zhou
CMO, Lepow International


Mary Zhou is the co-founder and COO of Lemore Lab, a marketing platform dedicated to narrowing the gap of Chinese and U.S. marketing She helped build Lepow's U.S. company from the ground up; within two years, it was selling 10,000 units each month. She also was in charge of the HiSmart crowdfunding and raised over $280,000 on Indiegogo. Her passion for marketing comes from her love of product design and branding. She hopes to help Chinese companies find their footing in the U.S. market.

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William Zhou
CEO, Chalk.com


William Zhou is the CEO of Chalk.com, an education software company focused in K-12. Zhou has been passionate about entrepreneurship from a young age, founding his first company in high school. He launched his first Internet business in 2010, which he sold at the age 18. To pursue the bigger challenge of changing education, Zhou founded Chalk.com to create a productivity suite for K-12 teachers. Forbes recently named Zhou top 30 under 30. Today, Chalk.com is used in over 20,000 schools and Chalk.com is empowering teachers to focus on what matters most - their students. He has spoken at Bloomberg Next Big Thing, DLD, TM Forum, and EdTech Europe.

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Tin Hang Liu
co-founder & CEO, OSVehicle


Tin Hang Liu is co-founder and now the CEO of OSVehicle a startup that developed an open source hardware platform for electric vehicles and an ecosystem for startups entrepreneurs, designers, engineers, makers, fabbers, manufacturers and investors.

He was born in Italy, is an entrepreneur who has run his family's company called Italchina.it that works on remarkable transportation projects with clients like Giugiaro, Cagiva, Ducati, MV Agusta, AGV.

In 2008 he moved to Silicon Valley He worked with top clients like Benetton Group Worldwide (United Colors of Benetton, Sisley, Playlife), Fox (Fox, National Geographic, History Channel), Kimberly Clark (Scottex, Teresita, Kleenex).

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Eric Gundersen
CEO, Mapbox


As CEO of Mapbox, Eric coordinates product and business development. Eric has been with the team since the start and helped grow Mapbox out of the need for a better mapping platform. The platform is now powering maps on Foursquare, Pinterst, MapQuest, Github, and thousands more. Having just closed $52.55 million Series B financing this June, Eric is continuing to build up the team and product. Mapbox has over 120 people worldwide, with main offices in Washington DC and San Francisco.

Eric got his start in the mapping building open source tools for international development agencies. He holds a master’s degree in international development from American University in Washington, DC, and has dual bachelor’s degrees in economics and international relations.​

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