To call Jack McCauley a builder is an understatement. The inventor has had a fascination with machines and engineering since early childhood, even earning $1,000 in savings bonds from Tinker Toys as a 9-year-old in honor of his earliest inventions. That tinkering instinct has served Jack well through a storied career spanning several disciplines and industries in the technology arena. Jack’s technical genius has permeated consumers’ everyday lives and some creations are synonymous with popular entertainment. He’s best known for inventing the first scrolling feature of the computer mouse and for engineering the controllers for the revolutionary Guitar Hero video game series which ignited the multi-billion dollar music rhythm games genre. Jack later joined forces with Palmer Luckey as Co-Founder and Chief Engineer at Oculus VR to create the Oculus Rift, a consumer virtual reality head-mounted display. Jack is credited with designing the DK1 and DK2 for developers. In addition, he was one of the originators of the universal serial bus (USB) port standard for computer peripherals. As an expert in microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), Jack pioneered use of MEMS technology in gaming. His ingenuity has been recognized with industry accolades including the prestigious Red Dot design. Currently the Founder and President of McCauley Labs, an incubator that brings clients’ ideas to the mass market, Jack applies his innate ability to recognize the potential of new concepts and seamlessly adapts designs to cultural preferences and practices. He built McCauley Labs on the principle of mentoring for success to guide and empower innovators to realize their vision. Jack teaches Design Innovation at U.C. Berkeley’s recently unveiled Jacobs Hall. He’s proud to be able to inspire new generations of engineering students at his alma mater.
Rick Rasmussen is an Industry Fellow and Member of Faculty at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the Director of Startup Programs for the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology where he is responsible for creation of new programs centering on Entrepreneurship and Corporate Innovation Mr. Rasmussen serves as Head of Chief Mentors for the European Innovation Academy and will be hosting over 300 students in Lisbon He is Managing Director of Concordia Ventures, a strategic management firm that assists over 20 governments and economic development agencies worldwide Mr. Rasmussen is a Silicon Valley native that has been part of five IPOs, three billion dollar exits, assisted over a dozen accelerators and mentored over 1000 companies. He is active member of the Sand Hill Angels investment group. Mr. Rasmussen has an EECS degree from UC Berkeley as well as a dual MBA degree from UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business and Columbia's Graduate School of Business in New York City.
Henry Fan is the Co-founder and managing partner at Crossvine Capital, a private equity fund investing in Silicon Valley technology and real estate ventures, and with $75M under management within Blue Flame Fund. Henry is also a venture partner of an early stage VC fund called Struck Capital, which has completed 18 SPV’s, co-managing with other local venture capital firms, with investment in companies in Internet, Mobile, VR/AR, AI, FinTech, Cloud and Clean Tech areas. And recently one of the investment went IPO in the US. Now Henry is a managing director of Cagan Capital, with a $200M venture capital fund investing in late-stage Silicon Valley technology companies. Henry has over 18 years of experiences in high-tech industries at senior management roles including senior director and VP of product management, marketing and business development in several Fortune 500 technology companies including Cisco, Trend Micro, Netgear and SanDisk Corp. He has led the sales, marketing, strategic customer engagement and OEM/ODM, and has managed business line of over $500M annual revenue as well completed 4 acquisition deals. Also, Henry was one of the initial marketing executives at a start-up and drove its acquisition by Alcatel. Henry graduated magna cum laude in computer engineering from University of British Columbia and an MBA from Duke University Fuqua School of Business.
Rana is an Entrepreneur, executive and an Investor. Rana founded a leading enterprise SaaS startup TiZE and is a member of councils for Forbes and YEC - both invitation-only communities for innovative entrepreneurs and executives. Rana is a columnist at TechCrunch and Forbes and advises several startups. Rana was recently listed among Top 10 Entrepreneurs to follow in 2017 by Huffington Post. In his role as Founder and CEO of TiZE, Rana raised the initial round and led the company through its formative traction. Prior to TiZE, Rana was recruited to be a part of the core turnaround team for Cricut Inc. At Cricut, Rana led the initiative to build a first of its kind, innovative products for the DIY community and affected the turnaround of Cricut’s EBITDA position from bankruptcy to profitability within a span of 2 years. Previously, Rana held leadership positions at Logitech S.A. and Kronos Inc. where Rana was responsible for the development of best-in-class products achieving billions of dollars in revenue and contributed towards several award-winning engineering innovations. Rana has earned a variety of personal and product awards through his career and has been featured in TechCrunch, Forbes, Inc magazine, Huffington Post, Fast Company, NBC, Fox and CBS.
Stefan Hofmeyer is a veteran of Silicon Valley and San Francisco start-up business environments since the mid 1990s. He is Partner at international services firm Global PMI Partners, Chairman and Founder of corporate development firm Broad Reach LLC, and Board Member of ProBalanceTV, an emerging healthcare internet portal for active lifestyles. As author and keynote speaker, Stefan most recently contributed to the book Cross-border Mergers and Acquisitions, published by Wiley & Sons, scheduled to be released in Chinese language Fall of 2017. Stefan has previously keynoted the 2016 Outbound M&A Conference in Beijing and the 2012 APEC Meeting on Smart Cities and Intelligent Industry in Langfang, China. Stefan’s academic background includes completion of the Harvard Business School LPSF Program and the Stanford University Advanced Project Management Program. He holds an MBA from the Graziadio School at Pepperdine University and BSE in Industrial Engineering from the University of Iowa.
Mr. Langtao Hu has participated in a number of successful investments, including Blue Don, Ciwen, Ocelltech and more. He has served in a number of listed companies. He was board member of Blue Don, the chairman of Ciwen’s Board of advisors, the advisor for Zhongqingbaowang Networks, and board member of Ocelltech. He has extensive knowledge in managing a company, investments and shares and capital operation, and profound resources in high tech and the information industry.
As one of “Top 100 Technology Investors in China” in 2014 and 2015, he made prospectively quite a few well known investments, two of which have returns of thousands times. He is a domain expert in computer, telecom, and VLSI and was a successful entrepreneur in Internet and cell phone industry. He is founder of Redstone Capital, one of “Top 60 Best Technology VC Firms in China” in 2014 and “Top 100 Internet + Technology VC Firms in China” in 2015. Redstone is a high return boutique fund known for providing industry resources and deep help to the invested. He is a member of ZhongGuanCun Angel Investor 100 Club and a mentor of ZhongGuanCun Angel Investor Camp. He is EVP of Entrepreneur Association of WRSA, board member of Education Foundation of Univ. of Chinese Academy of Sciences, EMBA adjunct professor/entrepreneurship mentor at Columbia, Beijing Univ., BUPT, Microsoft, China Telecom, SVIEF et.al.. He was CEO of China’s earliest CDMA cell-phone company, chairman of TD Industry Alliance, and received “50 Outstanding Asian American Entrepreneurs” award. He co-founded a cloud service company and sold it to Paul Allen’s public company, represented Bell Labs to contribute to world telecom standards, and was invited by Prof. T.D. Lee to Columbia Super Computer project while working on distributed computing and AI at Chinese Academy of Sciences. He was president of CAST-USA and Senior Technology Advisor to United Nations. He received Ph.D. and MS from Columbia, CE MS from Univ. of Chinese Academy of Sciences, and CS BS from Beijing Jiaotong Univ.
Arun Karamcheti heads Partnerships and Business Development at Nod Labs, a startup developing gesture control and motion tracking products with the power, precision, and ergonomic design required for true interaction and immersion in AR / VR. Most recently, Arun was the Co-Founder at REEnewal Corporation, a new initiative in the recovery of rare earth elements from electronic waste. Prior to REEnewal, Arun worked at Applied Materials, Novellus, Intermolecular and Photon Dynamics. Arun has a PhD in Materials Science and authored over 30 scientific articles. He loves tennis and watching his two kids grow.
Michael Gold is the CEO and co-founder of Holojam inc., a company that's bringing multiplayer mixed reality entertainment to commercial venues, and his expertise in marketing and innovation has been featured in publications including Entrepreneur, Forbes, Mashable, and Techcrunch. Previously, he co-founded and led technology for Clubster, a startup that scaled to hundreds of thousands of active users, and he has led technology for experiential technology products for brands including Starbucks, Target, and LG. He has also helped advance the adoption of new technology in the media and entertainment space by organizing large conferences that have attracted worldwide industry leaders.