JUDGES  

Scott Armanini
Corporate Innovation Executive, Steve Blank’s innovation

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 (www.avanade.com), a game-changing $B 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.

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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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Alan Chen
MD, Emerging Business Investment, North America, Perfect World Co. Ltd.

Dr. Alan Chen has assumed Managing Director of Emerging Business Investment of Perfect World in North America since January 2015. In this role, Alan will be creating entrepreneur incubator programs, conducting venture investment and strategic M&A in North America. In the past 7 years prior to this role, Alan was Chief Publishing Office in charge of Perfect World’s game publishing and development in North America and Europe. Alan created Perfect World Entertainment Inc. and Perfect World Europe B.V. in the US and Europe in 2008 and 2010 respectively and assumed CEO of the two companies between June 2008 and January 2015. The two companies are fully owned subsidiaries of Perfect World. The two subsidiaries started their business with publishing Chinese MMORPG in NA & EU, and gradually shifting to publish western games by leveraging the successful acquisition and integration of Cryptic Studios. Cryptic Studios is the developer of very popular MMO games including Star-Trek Online, City of Heroes, and Dungeon & Dragon Neverwinter. With locally developed contents, the two subsidiaries could be able to compete in the mainstream online game market and continue to grow their business in the US and EU. The success of Perfect World in NA & EU won the company the reputation of number one in the international business growth among all online game companies in China in the past many years. Prior to joining Perfect World, Alan had held a number of executive positions at multinational companies, including CTO of The9 Ltd., VP of Hewlett-Packard China, VP of Lucent Technologies China, and GM of Data Line of Business of Nortel Networks China. Alan received a Bachelor degree and a Master’s degree in telecommunication engineering from Beijing University of Posts & telecommunications, and a Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from The University of Ottawa, Canada.

 
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David Chen
Founder of VanceInfo and former President & Vice Chairman

David Chen is the President of Pactera based in Beijing, Chain with offices in America, Europe and Asia Pacific, one of the largest China-based IT service firms. David was the Vice Chairman and Co-Founder of VanceInfo before VanceInfo and hiSoft merging as Pactera. David has held many leadership roles in large enterprise companies such as IBM/Crossworlds, KPMG Strategic Consulting Group, and Oracle. David is an active angel investor in early stage startup including Wingz.

 
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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 recently founded worthwhile, a technology backed cross-border M&A company. Also as a venture partner for Innolinks Venture, she invest in seed stage technology companies in Silicon Valley. She also co-funded Angelhere, an accelerator and angel fund in multiple cities in China. Before that, Diane also served as 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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Mingfeng Ding
General Manager, ZTE Holdings

Mingfeng Ding is the general manager in ZTE Holdings. He has wealthy expertise around telecommunications, software and Internet industries. He has over 20 years business management experience along with high market sense and industry background. During this period, He is the innovation lead to help the corporation turn to innovative field and break through on new energy, new material and so on. Under his lead, the revenue raised up within 5 years. This company now is growing up to a investment group and has 10 subsidiaries around telecommunication, investment, electric devices, and new energy & material industries.

 
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Saman Farid
US Representative, Legend Star

Saman is a passionate supporter of early stage startups. He has built three companies in spaces ranging from eCommerce to IP television to Logistics management, and faced the challenges of building, focusing and scaling a company. Two successful exits later, Saman is spearheading Legend Star's investments in Silicon Valley with the goal of providing resources, services and comprehensive support for entrepreneurs, empowering them to build the next generation of transformative companies. Saman has spent more than 15 years in China, has held positions at Honeywell, Verizon, Deloitte Consulting and Microsoft in roles ranging from R&D to operation optimization, has had his robotics research reported in Scientific American magazine, and has built clean energy projects in western China and inner Mongolia. He received his degree from the most competitive engineering program in the US at the Cooper Union and his MBA from Tsinghua/MIT.

 
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Mai Gang
Vice President, Angel Capital Association in Guangdong Province;
Executive Director, Tianjin angel investment Association and China Youth Association and of the Angel

He is the explorer of China business and investment expansion. In 2005, He is co-found the Entrepreneurship Factory withTim Draper, known as Chinese first incubator. Maigang entered the venture capital industry in 1997. He was doing the investment and entrepreneurship in Beijing, Shenzhen, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Silicon Valley investment and entrepreneurship. He founded Shanghai Pudong section create investment company. He was the fund Director of United States DFJ Dragon investment; maigang had founded a lot companies, including Chinese first of social website network (has was acquainted by Meetic); Chinese first of O2O company (was acquainted by Tencent); also common founded beand network, Thai Czech software, OKcoin, company and invested hundreds of early-stage start-ups, supported outstanding entrepreneurs to realize their dreams. Maigang currently serves as Vice President of Angel Capital Association in Guangdong Province, the Executive Director of Tianjin angel investment Association and China Youth Association and of the Angel.

 
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Wei Guo
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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Kevin Hague
VP Developer Community & Programs, HARMAN International

Silicon Valley based technologist, Kevin helps 3rd party developers create successful and immersive entertainment products using the latest Harman technologies. Building a community to support the development of innovative technologies and providing technical, marketing and moral support is core to Kevin’s mission. Kevin has experience co-founding three startups, and has held key leadership positions with leading tech companies such as Palm, HP and recently in the CTO office of Nokia.

 
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Steve Hoffman
Cofounder, Founders Space

Steve Hoffman is the Captain of Founders Space, Managing Director of FOUNDERS.VC, and angel investor. He has helped hundreds of startups scale their businesses, raise capital and go global. Founders Space is the fast-growing startup accelerator in San Francisco, with over 100 top VCs and investors participating. Hoffman was also a founding member of the Academy of Television’s Interactive Media Group, Chairman for the Producers Guild SF, and served on the Board of Governors for the New Media Council.

 
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Lilly Huang
Senior Director, Silicon Valley Bank

Lilly Huang uses her keen understanding of entrepreneurship and her diverse global experience to help technology companies solve critical financial and strategic challenges as they expand internationally. In her current role as Senior Director at Silicon Valley Bank (SVB), Lilly focuses on both inbound and outbound cross-border business between Asia and the US. She has helped many companies looking to expand their presence in the global market. Some of her current clients include ZTE and Alibaba, among others.

 
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Zhiyi Huang
Co-founder ,Sino-US Capital

Zhiyi Huang graduated from United Kingdom Lancaster University, Master of Science in information management. He used to work at Standard Chartered Bank, CITIC Bank international financial and Pangu retail banking headquarters as partner His career involving areas such as investment, funds management and domestic and international marketing, responsible for more equity investment fund's overall investments. Years of work experience, including angel investment, venture capital, equity investment, investment in the secondary market and other areas of investment experience. He also has enterprise on strategic planning, marketing, core competence, capital and risk control. He has led the relates to TMT, consumer goods/services, medical and biotechnology and many other projects in the area of investment. Mr. Huang has a wealth of industry and human resources in the mobile Internet industry.

 
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Meera Kaul
The Managing Partner, Germanium Ventures

She is a serial entrepreneur with a track record of 4 multi-million dollar exits .At Germanium, she manages a portfolio of investments valued at half a billion dollars across North America, Asia, Africa and Middle East with headquarters in Menlo Park, California with offices in Hong Kong, Nairobi and Dubai. Germanium has a very unique venture financing model for provisioning its investments through flexible financing models, scalable technical human resources, marketing services, channel strategy development & execution, warehousing and logistics in 6 locations worldwide as well as access to a marquee global customer base. Meera was voted one of the Top 50 women in telecom space; Entrepreneur of the year 2013 and 2015, apart from being the Executive of the Year over consecutive years. Besides being an accomplished technology geek, Meera has a degree in International Taxation and Financial Law from TJSL, and is also an Alumni of the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

 
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Richard Kerris
CMO, GET IT Mobile Inc.

Over 25 years’ experience in the technology sector, Kerris has held a number of executive positions at Apple, Lucasfilm, HP & Nokia. In the corporate world, Kerris was most recently a Nokia executive, where his role had him direct global teams charged with engaging developers to create great, locally relevant apps which both create a positive ROI for the developer, and support company missions to provide consumers with differentiated mobile products. Prior to Nokia, Richard was VP of Worldwide Developer Relations at webOS HP, where he managed the teams responsible for outreach and support for webOS products across the global HP Product line.

 
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Han Lai
Partner, BasicVC

Han Lai is Managing Partner at BasicVC and Co-Chairman at Blue Angel Startup & Investors Community (BASIC). Han has more than 20 years of experience in product innovation, customer intelligence, operational excellence, process management and enterprise transformation at PayPal, HSBC, Accenture and Strategy& (formerly Booz Allen). He holds an MBA from ALBA and B.Eng from Australia's UNSW. Han co-authored an award winning e-Commerce research paper at INSEAD, spoke at several text analytics conferences and filed a social media shopping technology patent at eBay/PayPal.

 
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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.

After graduating from the MIT Sloan School of Business, Lee co-founded Beyond, Inc., the developer of the award-winning BeyondMail product.  After Banyan Systems' acquisition of Beyond, Lee was named General Manager of Messaging Business Unit, growing it from $5 million to $32 million in revenue in 18 months, and earned four patents in messaging, workflow and privacy technologies.  He also launched Switchboard.com, the leading white and yellow pages directory.

 
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David Lee
Partner, BasicVC

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. In addition to being an Angel investor, David is Venture Partner with SK Telecom Ventures (the largest mobile carrier in Korea’s $100M corporate venture fund) where he leads their internet and mobile investments. Prior to that, he was co-founder of XG Ventures, a Google alumni angel fund, and led their investments into funds such as Y Combinator and SV Angel. David has over 15 years of operations e

 
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Mark Li
Head of LETV(US)

Mark Li is a seasoned technology executive and currently head of Letv, Inc.(US) and VP of Le Holdings responsible for its big data platform, applications and analytics for all Letv enterprises spanning businesses in content production, distribution, online streaming (SZ:300104) and smart devices. Before joining Letv in 2014, Mark has held executive and senior positions at Jingdong (NASDAQ:JD), China's largest online direct sales e-Commerce company, at Google for its Maps & Classified Search and Chrome product engineering and operations in Greater China and southeast Asia, and at Siebel Systems core technology division which was acquired by Oracle, and at Savi Technology which was acquired by Lockheed Martin, developing and delivering many well-known B2B/B2C technology products and services for over 19 years. Mark received his BS degree in Information Science from the University of Science and Technology of China and his MS degree in Computer Science from the University of Hawaii.

 
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Hebao Li
Founding Partner,
World Nobel Investment Fund LLC

Hebao Li is the first generation venture investor in China. He used to be the government officer in Beijing. Since 1998, with the help of Mr. Siwei Chang, He was co-founding the first generation investment agency, BVCC, in China. In the meantime, he invested and served as the general manager of CENSOFT, the director of Teda Venture Capital Corroration Ltd., the director of Rootnet Teahnology, the director of ChipsCreen, the director of InnoST and the director of Grirem Advanced Materials Co.,Ltd. He invested and managed almost 20 companies, which focused on Medicine, IT, Material, Energy, Environment as so on. Most of the companies are listed companies. Some of them are going to the second board (GEM), the main board and the American capital market, including BEILU Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd, and ChipsCreen etc. Recently, as the founding partner of World Nobel Investment Fund LLC, he is focus on investing the international biochemistry industry, health care industry and energy& environment protection companies.

 
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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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Shirley Lin
VP, YeahMobi

Shirley is the VP, Global Business Development at YeahMobi – a division of NDP Media. Based in San Francisco, she joined YeahMobi in May, 2014 and is responsible for the international expansion including US, Europe and Latin America. YeahMobi is a mobile advertizing network and user acquisition platform. Previously she served as VP, Business Development at iConsole.tv, building the next generation of Android game console as a multi-functional device designed for the high performance chips and deliver superior quality to the consumers.

 
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Yong Liu
Partner, WI Harper

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
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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Alireza Masrour
Managing Partner, Plug & Play Ventures

Alireza Masrour is Managing Partner at Plug & Play Ventures, a place where he led more than 100 investments out of over 20,000 stratup investment opportunity for the firm since 2008. Some of investments led by him are Skytree (Big Data Analytics which named top 10 BigData startups by CIO.com), HealthPocket which acquired by Health Insurance Innovations, Aarki (Ad Tech), FiscalNote (AI and Big Data) , Virool (Ad Tech)and Credit Sesame (FinTech), PasswordBox (Acquired by Intel), TrustGo (Acquired by Baidu), Matcha (Acquired by Apple) and ect. Plug & Play Ventures is the seed investor of Lending Club, DropBox, PayPal and SoundHound to name a few and it does, Seed, Angel and Series A investments.

 
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Matt
Director, Runway

Matt is the Director of Runway. He's also a Venture Partner at Expansive Ventures, an early stage VC fund built on the Founder Institute's global network. Previously, Matt was a Principal at Ardent Capital, a VC fund that invests in early stage technology companies across Southeast Asia and the founding Head of Business Development and CFO of Topicmarks, a natural language processing company that sold to Tagged, Inc in 2011. @mattpwalters

 
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Han Shen
Partner, Formation 8

Han Shen is a Partner at Formation 8, a Silicon Valley based venture capital firm with additional offices in China, South Korea, and Singapore. With $950m AUM, Formation 8 has supported visionary entrepreneurs who seek to transform industries in the global context. Select portfolio companies include Oculus (acquired by Facebook), RelateIQ (acquired by Salesforce.com), Illumio, Oscar, Radius, Wish, Grabit, and Lucid. At Formation 8, Han has led investments across multiple spaces including smart hardware, robotics, IoT, connected cars, and “-1 through 9”. Besides serving on the board of several fast-growing companies, Han has advised entrepreneurs in the Bay Area and lectured at Wharton and Stanford. Han holds his MBA from Wharton, Ph.D. from U Chicago, and a Private Pilot License issued by the FAA.

 
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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. He joined GGV from Qiming Venture Partners where he focused on investment in China from 2007 to 2013. Previously he was with Bessemer Venture Partners for three years, where he helped global players such as Skype to expand into China. Hans was also a founding member of Taipei-based Crimson Asia Capital and HelloAsia, a pan-Asian focused consumer Internet start-up based in Silicon Valley. He started his career at Merrill Lynch as an investment banker focused on the technology sector. He received his B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University. Hans has been ranked as a top VC on the Forbes Midas list the past three years (2013, 2014, and 2015). He was also recognized by The Founder and CBN News magazines as a Top 10 most entrepreneur-friendly VC in China. Hans is frequently recognized as an industry thought leader in the Mobile Internet, Ecommerce, Social Networking and Gaming sectors.

 
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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. 

Ying holds a BA degree in Economics from Shanghai Institute of Foreign Trade, and a MBA from the Anderson School of Management at University of California at Los Angeles.
 
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Ron Wessels 
Global Alliances Lead, SAP Startup Focus

Ron Wessels currently serves as a Senior Director for SAP as lead of Global Alliances for the SAP Startup Focus program. Most recently he served Cisco Systems as the AT&T Sr. Program Manager in the Service Provider Customer Experience 3.0 group. As the AT&T SPM, he defined and facilitated alignment of customer deliverables, product solutions and marketing tools including, mapping deliverables to Plans of Record and solution “best practices.” Mr. Wessels has served as a senior marketing, sales and operations executive for venture capital backed startups, including two Sequoia Capitol backed ventures.
 
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Howie Xu
Executive In Residence, Greylock Partners

Howie is an Executive In Residence at Greylock Partners. Prior, he was a senior engineering executive at Cisco, Big Switch Networks, and VMware. During his decade long tenure at VMware, Howie helped to scale the company from a start-up with ~10 developers/~nil revenue on server virtualization to an software giant with $4B in revenue and 14,000+ employees. He led the VMware's networking team that invented the disruptive network virtualization technology, which led to the creation of new markets including Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV).

 
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Hong Xue
Partner, Silicon Valley office of Cybernaut Investment

Hong has over 20 years experience across engineering, product management, market development, venture capital fund management. His technical expertise includes Mobility, Cloud Computing, Big Data, Wireless Telecommunications. His career includes technical management positions in Fortune 500 companies 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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Toni Xu
CEO, Narvalous Inc.

Narvalous is the North American distribution company senior Chinese game developers, co-founded with Jay Tang in 2010. Sinor technology and accumulated experience with game evelopment and release. Accurately determine the potential release of the game and provide effective solutions localized issue. The development of large-scale modern social gaming is "vCruise", and helped "Divine Comedy" become one of best Facebook Game in 2013. She was senior developer, GM at RockYou. 2001 graduate of Carnegie Mellon University in computer information management, received a master's degree and the Outstanding Graduate Award.

 
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Emma Yin
US Representative, Zhen Fund

Emma is the US representative of Zhen Fund, mainly in charge of the communicate with startups, investment and development in Silicon Valley. Prior to joining Zhen fund, Emma graduated at Stanford University, and served as core team member of Chinese Entrepreneur Organization at Stanford University. She also worked at Enterprise Strategy department of Suning US Institute, and the US PricewaterhouseCoopers.

 
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Lu Zhang
Founder and Managing Partner, NewGen Venture Partners

Previously, Ms. Zhang was the founder, CEO and technology owner of Acetone. Inc, a medical device startup working on diagnoses of Type II Diabetes. Acetone.Inc successfully exited in 2012. She was also a Venture Partner at Fenox Venture Capital and involved with more than 20 investment projects. Prior to her work in venture capital, she was the China Regional Program Manager of SIFE, where she led and guided teams from 40 universities across Northern China doing social innovative projects and startups. She was also the Project Consultant of UNIDO (United Nation Industry Development Organization) and Advisor for World Academy for the Future of Women.

 
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Tiemin Zhao
Venture Partner, IPV Capital

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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