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Ashton Kutcher
Actor 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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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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Steve Caldwell
Co - Founder & CEO, Strap


Steve Caldwell is co-founder and CEO of Strap, the world's only analytics engine designed to draw actionable insights from human data, empowering brand owners, retailers, and organizations to develop and execute highly effective programs. His thoughts on human data have been published in Fast Company, Wired, TechCrunch, Marketing Profs and more and he has spoken at numerous conferences and panels 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. He's a successful entrepreneur and sold his first company, crosstek, in 2014.

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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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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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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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Yin Lu
Head of International Market Development, Khan Academy


Yin Lu is head of International Market Development at Khan Academy. Formerly the head of Marketing and Global Initiatives at Coursera, she led the partnership with the US Department of State to create the Global Learning Hubs initiative in over 50 countries while localizing the Coursera platform into 20 languages. Prior to education technology, Yin lead teams at Google and Microsoft to build scalable programs and products reaching audiences of 300 Million+. She sits on the board of several nonprofits including KA Lite, Tech Impact and serves as a TechWomen mentor with the US Department of State.

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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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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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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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