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.
In 2011, Chu was elected Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, which advocates for the needs and concerns of the Asian American and Pacific Islander community across the nation.
Chu founded and co-chairs the Congressional Creative Rights Caucus, which advocates for the copyright protections of those in the creative industries, such as music, film and visual arts. She also serves in leadership of the House Democratic Caucus as a Member of the Steering and Policy Committee.
Chu was first elected to the Board of Education for Garvey School District in 1985. From there, she was elected to the Monterey Park City Council, where she served as Mayor three times. She then was elected to the State Assembly and then California’s elected tax board, known as the State Board of Equalization. In 2009, she became the first Chinese American woman elected to Congress in history.
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.
Mr.Ma founded the first Chinese enterprise in China in 1997. He received a MBA degree from DePaul University, Chicago in 2000. In 2002. Mr. Ma founded the first American enterprise in US and took up US-China investment and related services. In 2004, Ma invested in Pingline, Inc., a technology promotional product supplier, headquartered in Chicago, and pushed the company reached from zero revenue to millions. Inc., US top business magazine, named the company as the 5000 Fastest Growing Companies in 2007 and 2009, consecutively. Mr. Ma began to help China’s company go public and achieve success in the U.S. market. In 2008, Mr. Ma represented Mashington Group to attend China Risk Investment Forum and began to enter the venture capital investment market. The company entered the angel investment market in 2011. In 2012, Ma cooperated with China “1000 Plan”, a recruitment program of global experts, to was in charge of the program collaboration and expanding in Middle West of the U.S. “Ma’s Angel” and his company have invested around 20 Sino-America corporations, and he sits on the boards of directors of about 10 companies.
Vincent Ma has years of rich experiences as well as abundant resources in TMT (Technology, Media, Telecom) industries. He is the judge of several start-up competitions in US and China, as well as the mentor of incubators in Silicon Valley. He is interested in projects in three major categories: first is electronic commerce logistics, games and animation, second is high-tech projects with core technology, third is innovative new media projects.
Ira Ehrenpreis is Founder and Managing Partner of DBL Partners, a leading impact investing venture capital firm, currently investing out of a $400M fund.
Ira is a recognized leader in the venture capital industry, having served on the Board, Executive Committee, and as Annual Meeting Chairman of the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA). Ira currently serves as the President of the Western Association of Venture Capitalists (WAVC) and as the Co-Chairman of the VCNetwork, the largest and most active California venture capital organization.
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.
In the energy innovation sector, Ira is the Founder and Chairman of one of the most prominent annual industry events, the World Energy Innovation Forum (WEIF), which convenes the who’s-who in the industry to discuss the important energy issues and opportunities of our time. In addition, Ira has served on several industry Boards, including the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Advisory Committee (ERAC), the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Advisory Council, the Clean-Tech Investor Summit (Chairman in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013), the Renewable Energy Finance Forum (REFF) West (Co-Chairman in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014), the Renewable Energy Finance Forum (REFF) Wall Street (Co-Chairman in 2015), the Cleantech Venture Network (Past Chairman of Advisory Board), ACORE (American Council on Renewable Energy), the Energy Investors Forum (Past Conference Chairman), and the Silicon Valley Technology Innovation & Entrepreneurship Forum (SVIEF) (Chairman in 2014 and 2015).
Ira has invested in a wide range of companies, including SpaceX, and serves on the board of Tesla Motors (NASDAQ: TSLA) and numerous other companies.
Ira is an active leader at Stanford University, where he has served on the Board of Visitors of Stanford Law School and is currently an advisory board member of the Stanford Global Climate and Energy Project (GCEP) and the Stanford Precourt Institute for Energy (PIE) Advisory Council. Ira has also been a guest lecturer, including helping to teach a course on Venture Capital. In addition, Ira served for many years on the Advisory Board of the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs (FWE).
Ira received his JD/MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and Stanford Law School, where he was an Associate Editor of Stanford Law Review. He holds a B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles, graduating Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude.
Operations Director, Shanghai Media Group US News Center;
Former Senior Engineer/ Correspondents/ Producer for Phoenix TV;
Former Senior Consultant Verizon’s Digital Media Division
Prof. Shoucheng Zhang joined the faculty at Stanford in 1993, and is now the JG Jackson and CJ Wood professor of physics. He also holds joint appointment in the department of applied physics and electrical engineering. He is a member of the US National Academy of Science, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a foreign member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He discovered a new state of matter called topological insulator in which electrons can conduct along the edge without dissipation, enabling a new generation of electronic devices with much lower power consumption. For this ground breaking work he received numerous international awards, including the Buckley Prize, the Dirac Medal and Prize, the Europhysics Prize, the Physics Frontiers Prize and the Benjamin Franklin Medal, one of the most prestigious science prizes in the world, whose previous laureates include Albert Einstein, Madame Curie, Stephen Hawking, Thomas Edison and Alexander Bell.
Prof. Zhang is the founding chairman of Danhua Capital. He has made numerous angel investments into Stanford based startups including VMWare. He founded Danhua Capital in 2013 to focus investments in startups from Stanford and Silicon Valley. Danhua’s LPs include Baidu, Alibaba, Ctrip, Lenovo and Sina, which are leading internet companies from China. Danhua’s investments focus on mobile internet, big data, AR/VR, genomics and precision medicine, sharing economy and robotics.
Job Position: Advantronics, Inc., CTO
Silicon Valley Chinese Engineers Association (SCEA), President
Education: California State University, Los Angeles, MSEE
Career: Advantronics, Inc., CTO KC Technology, Inc, Sr. Design Engineer Institute of Electronics, Chinese Academy of Science, Sr. R&D Engineer
Professional Direction and Emphasis:
I have spent many years in the field of bioelectronics research and development of devices for diagnostic evaluation and clinical therapy. We are currently working on minimally invasive cardiovascular disease diagnosis and therapies. More specifically, we are working on refining fluoroscopic devices for minimally invasive cardiac interventions as well as a new generation of devices for intravascular ultrasonography. ?We are also working on a new generation of image processing equipment and software for graphical navigation for the localization of intravascular lesions. On the basis of our extensive research on minimally invasive intravascular therapies, we are working on new robotic assistive devices for minimally invasive therapies. In the field of wireless communications, I have mainly worked on digital telecommunication research and development of equipment for digital telecommunication, synthetic aperture radar research, and development of radar equipment. I hold multiple national patents. I have published many manuscripts and presented my research at many research conferences.
Awards: National Science and Technology Progress Awards, a 1st prize and a 2nd prize Science and Technology Progress Awards, double 1st prizes
Iris Lei is the Founder/Executive President of Silicon Valley Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum(SVIEF). SVIEF is an international conference designed to foster innovation and promote business partnerships between the U.S. and China.
Iris Lei is also the CEO/ Founder of 99people, Inc. 99people provides business matchmaking and investment consulting services between China and US.
Ms. Iris Lei has been actively contributing business services as a bridge for over 10 years. She successfully led the China Business Exchange Group, including leading Silicon Valley VCs and entrepreneurs, to visit China many times. Recently Iris Lei brought Apple’s co-founder Steve Wozniak to visit China for the first time successfully, and attracted more than 50 media coverage.
Before founding her own company, Ms. Iris used to work as a web developer at Keane, Inc., a public IT consulting company.
Iris received her M.S. degree from Marshall Business School of University of Southern California (USC), and her B.A. degree from Wuhan University in China
George is one of the principals of Manex Consulting. He is also one of the founders of SVIEF. He graduated from UC Berkeley with a BS Engineering Physics. George worked at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (LBL) doing IC Design for 6 years and has more than 10 years of business development experience in high-tech, manufacturing and clean tech. He is also the VP for Berkeley Chinese Alumni International Association (BCAIA).
George has done projects with many high tech manufacturing companies like Tesla, Philips Lumileds, Space System Loral, Sun Power and etc. He was also the president of CNetwork, one of the biggest Chinese network in the bay area. He is on the advisory board for Camp Biz Smart, which is an entrepreneur academy for teens. It is named as one of the “most unique” summer education programs by CNN.
It was established to promote business collaboration between China and U.S in the high-tech field. It is a public non-profit organization that was registered in the State of California, with the special purpose to support the leading high-tech communication platform- Silicon Valley Technology Innovation & Entrepreneurship Forum (SVIEF). This alliance was formed by a group of high-tech professionals and entrepreneurs, and its mission is to promote high-tech innovation, talents and projects exchange as well as to foster communication and collaboration in high-tech, education and cultural fields. UCTIA currently organizes and supports large scale high-tech annual conferences, start-up contests, professional seminars and business matchmaking. It also hosts corporate and government delegations from both China and U.S.
It is launched on the foundation of SVIEF and is designed to provide an advanced networking experience for executives and entrepreneurs in high-tech industry to connect US and China. The club leads the industry, and offers industry events and workshops on monthly basis, to provide networking, capital, branding, and technology to its members. The club provides the individual membership and enterprise membership, both in standard level and premium level. For Individual members, the club monthly provides various events, business exchange and SVIEF service. For enterprise members, the club provides high-quality business networking, workshops, SVIEF service and advanced business investigations, along with the exclusive professional venture capital service.
All the membership is exclusively available to C level executives in high-tech companies, entrepreneurs, investors, and executives that are approved by the club committee, with their own project, start-up companies, or small business, to guarantee that the members can access connections to the most influential business leaders from top 500 companies between US and China. And with the resource from the club, we hope to leverage the some of the best practices and networks from accelerators, VC firms, and top tech companies in the spirit of Silicon Valley innovation, to create the most optimal platform for the development and success of entrepreneurs.
Zhongguancun Inno Way is the first street themed with innovation and startups in China. It is located in the west of Zhongguancun, surrounded by many famous universities, institutions and corporations like Perking University, Tsinghua University, Chinese Academy of Sciences and Chinese international technique transferring center.
Inno Way had formed a service ecosystem for startups by the end of 2014, where 48 institutions could provide service for startups. These institutions had held over 1500 online and offline activities with more than 15,000 participants. And 1000 start-ups had been incubated into these institutions, including 100 groups of returnees. There were more than 2,500 Angel investors and organizations cooperating with these service companies. 480 startup teams had got financing support with an average of RMB 5 million by 2015. Among them, startups like Lagou, MomentCam got financing support of millions of dollars.
Institutions in Inno Way:
Cheku Cafe, 3W Coffee, 36Kr, Binggo Cafe, Legendstar, The Founder, Feimalv, Yan Ji You, Peking University Camp, AAMA, Angelcrunch, Lagou.com, IC Cafe, ChinaVenture.com, Tsinghua University Camp, JD.Com, SinoSprinkle(Beijing) Science & Technology Incubator, Beijing Zhongguancun Finance Group, ect.