2019 SVIEF-Star Judges

Alan Chen

Fouding Partner, Essence Associates

Alan Chen

Fouding Partner, Essence Associates

Dr. Chen is the Founding Partner of Essence Associates LLC, which provides cross-border business consulting and investment advisory services to technology companies in North America, Europe, and China. Prior to this job, Dr. Chen was CEO of Perfect World Entertainment Inc., the subsidiary of Perfect World in North America and Europe. During the tenure of seven years, Dr. Chen grew the business from ground up and made Perfect World number one in oversea online game business among Chinese competitions. He also served The 9 Ltd. as CTO before joining Perfect World. Prior to entering the video game business, Dr. Chen had held a number of executive positions at multinational corporations, including VP of Enterprise Server & Storage at HP China, VP of Professional Services at Lucent Technologies China, and GM of Packet Solutions at Nortel China and Nortel Canada. Dr. Chen received the B.Eng. and M.Eng. degrees from Beijing University of Posts & Telecommunications; the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from The University of Ottawa, Canada; as well as a Certificate for Venture Capital Executive Program from UC Berkeley.

Andrew Tang

Partner, Draper Dragon Fund & Draper Associates

Andrew Tang

Partner, Draper Dragon Fund & Draper Associates

Andrew Tang is a partner at Draper DragonFund and Draper Associates, investing in early stage technology companies and assisting with their business development, particularly international market entry strategy and partnerships. He also serves as CEO of Draper University, which is an incubator and entrepreneurship education program located in Silicon Valley. In his spare time, he teaches finance and fundraising classes to student entrepreneurs.

Tang has over 15 years of operating, research and development, investment banking and investing experience in the high-tech space. He cofounded Draper DragonFund in 2006 to focus on cross-border investing. He has led and managed investments in companies such as Verse Payment, Yeepay, Jin Jing Electric Motors, Alto Beam, Vicarious Artificial Intelligence, Broadbus (MOT), to name a few. Prior to starting his fund, he was a partner and member of the investment committee at ABB Technologies Ventures and Infineon Ventures. Prior to that, he was an investment banker with Credit Suisse First Boston's technology group in Palo Alto, where he worked on the Magma IPO (SNPS) and Cyras (CIEN) acquisition. Before joining Credit Suisse, Tang was a senior engineer and marketing manager at Intel and was responsible for chip design and market enabling for Pentium and ltanium processors.

Arisa Hu

Co-Founder, Beijing Cixi Technology

Arisa Hu

Co-Founder, Beijing Cixi Technology

Arisa (Yihan) Hu Co-Founder, Beijing Cixi Technology Co., Ltd; Lifetime Member, Zhenghe Island Entrepreneur Club; Executive Committee Member, Global Shaper Yihan Hu received her Bachelor's Degree in International Relations at George Washington University. Master of Prevention Medicine from Stanford University's School of Medicine and Master of Biomedical engineer from UC Berkeley. Yihan has worked for the Yihan Hu Co-Founder, Beijing Cixi Technology Co., Ltd; Lifetime Member, Zhenghe Island Entrepreneur Club; Executive Committee Member, Global Shaper Yihan Hu received her Bachelor's Degree in International Relations at George Wash-ington University. She is currently a Master student at Stanford University's School of Medicine. Yihan is currently focused in healthcare service and biomedical industry investment. Yihan has previously worked for the Institutional Reform Division of the National Com-mission of Health and Family Planning and the Equity Investment Division of Morgan Stanley Fund.

Aviram Jenik

Partner, 408 ventures

Aviram Jenik

Partner, 408 ventures

From the early days of computer viruses Mr. Jenik was involved in the fields of encryption, security vulnerabilities detection and research. He worked as a programmer, team leader and project manager in several start-ups before co-founding the SecuriTeam.com security portal in 1998 and then Beyond Security in 1999. He co-authored books on vulnerability assessment and blackbox testing (fuzzing). Aviram and his team has been involved in cyber warefare from the early 2000's, including an active role in helping defend Estonia in what was later dubbed "the first cyber war". In the mid 2000's, Mr. Jenik participated in Israel's defense strategy against a long series of 'cyber attacks' against civilian and government sites and networks. After the acquisition of his first company by Microsoft, Mr. Jenik has began to advise and actively invest in Israeli and American startups. In 2010, having been exposed to the vibrant Asian startup ecosystem, he has invested in 20 Asian-based early stage startups. Today Aviram Jenik is the CEO of Beyond Security, one of the leading vendors in the Security Testing field, an angel investor and a venture partner.

Brian Kang

Managing Director, Sparklabs Ventures

Brian Kang

Managing Director, Sparklabs Ventures

Brian Kang is the Managing Director & Co-Founder of Sparklabs Ventures, a venture capital launched by the Sparklabs, a leading accelerator and investment company that creates opportunities for startups around the world to access the human and financial resources. Brian has over 20 years of professional experience as an investment professional, a former CEO of a NASDAQ-listed company and a startup entrepreneur. Prior, Brian was a founding team member of Samsung Venture Investment, Samsung's first venture investment arm. Afterward, he joined as a Managing Director of the Korea Venture Fund which later became "Korea Fund of Funds". The Korea Venture Fund not only generated competitive investment outcomes but also served as a stepping stone to Korea's largest venture fund of funds, KVF. In 2008, Brian served CEO & Chairman of the Board at Gravity (NASDAQ: GRVY), a Softbank-affiliated gaming company. Brian received his MS from NYU and also completed the Stanford University's Graduate School of Business's Executive Management Program.

Chenxi Wang

Founder & General Partner, Rain Capital

Chenxi Wang

Founder & General Partner, Rain Capital

Dr. Chenxi Wang is the founder and General Partner of Rain Capital, a Cyber focused venture fund. A well­known strategist, speaker, and technologist in the Cybersecurity industry, Dr. Wang also serves on the board at MDU Resources Group, a publicly traded company on NYSE and for the Wasp global foundation. Dr. Wang is a contributor to Forbes, where she writes about innovation and cybersecurity. She also serves as a strategic advisor to various startup companies. Previously, Chenxi was Chief Strategy Officer at Twistlock (acquired by Palo Alto Networks), VP of strategy at Intel, and VP of Research at Forrester. Chenxi was named by SC Magazine Women of Influence, and led the securitu program for Grace Hopper Conference. Chenxi's career began as a faculty member at Carnegie Mellon University. Chenxi has keynoted events worldwide and been featured by top media outlets. Chenxi holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Virginia.

Connie Sheng

Founding Managing Director, Nautilus Venture Partners

Connie Sheng

Founding Managing Director, Nautilus Venture Partners

Connie Sheng is the founding managing partner of Nautilus Venture Partners, a Silicon Valley venture capital fund focusing on investments in the areas of Al, Big data, Smart Machines and IDT. Connie currently sits on the board of DriveScale, Tetravue, lnsyte, and a few other companies. Nautilus Venture Partners has also invested in Maluumba (acquired by MSFT 2017), Voke (acquired by Intel 2016). Previously, Connie was the managing director of Global Investments at Foxconn since 2007 and involved in many investments including a few high profile ones like lnvensense (IPO 2012), Gopro (IPO 2014), Aptina (acquired by On-Semiconductor), and so on. Connie was a co-founder/SVP of Blootech Inc., a wireless technology startup company.

David Lane

Managing Director, 1Flourish Capital

David Lane

Managing Director, 1Flourish Capital

David has over 30 years experience as an institutional venture capital investor and has co-managed over $3 billion of capital. David's current firm, 1Flourish Capital, is a VC fund that invests in and supports pre­seed and seed stage entrepreneurs who are fully committed to principled executive leadership/company culture and see this as the key factor to developing a high performing and successful company. 1Flourish's vision is that by helping entrepreneurial companies flourish, the culture at large will flourish. David founded Diamondhead Ventures and previously invested Harvard University's endowment as well as sold IT systems for IBM. He received his MBA from the Harvard Business School and a BSEE from the University of Southern California.

Fangfang Zhu

Vice President, WI HARPER

Fangfang Zhu

Vice President, WI HARPER

Dr. Fangfang Zhu is a Vice President at WI Harper Group focusing on healthcare industry globally. Dr. Zhu has an outstanding background in academics and a deep understanding in technologies in Healthcare field. Her Ph.D mentor is Prof. Hongkui Deng, the Director of Stem Cell Institute in Peking University and she performed her postdoctoral training with the supervision of Prof. Irving Weissman, the Director of Stem Cell Institute in Stanford University. She was a Siebel Scholar in Stanford University. Dr. Zhu published several papers in top peer-reviewed journals with more than 1300 citations, such as Cell Stem Cell, Nucleic Acids Research, Cancer Discovery and Diabetologia. She has 2 patents and is applying the third one. One of them was licensed to two companies. Dr. Zhu also has hands-on experience working in startups. She was the Founding Member and VP of Marketing of Silicon Valley Institute of International Education and also helped found Silicon Valley 1898 Group Inc. Dr. Zhu has extensive connections with the local communities in San Francisco Bay Area. She is Chairman of Peking University Alumni Association of Northern California and served as Director of Board of Zhejiang Commerce Chamber, USA and Director of Board of Northern California Chinese Coalition. Dr. Fangfang Zhu received her B.S degree in Biotechnology from Lanzhou University in 2006 and received her Ph.D. degree in Cell Biology from Peking University in 2011. And Dr. Zhu performed her postdoctoral training at Stanford University in Prof. Irving Weissman's laboratory.

Gayathri Radhakrishnan

Venture Capital Product Management, Micron Technology

Gayathri Radhakrishnan

Venture Capital Product Management, Micron Technology

Gayathri Radhakrishnan is currently part of the investment team at Micron Ventures, investing from $100M Al fund. She invests in startups that are leveraging Al/ML to solve critical problems in the areas of Manufacturing, Healthcare, Automotive and AgTech. Prior to that, she brings 20 years of multi-disciplinary experience across product management, product marketing, corporate strategy, M&A and venture investments in large Fortune 500 companies such as Dell and Corning and in startups. She has also worked as an early stage investor at Earlybird Venture Capital, a premier European venture capital fund based in Germany. She has a Masters in EE from The Ohio State University and MBA from INSEAD in France. She is also a Kauffman Fellow.

Geoffrey Liu

President, Wanda Americas

Geoffrey Liu

President, Wanda Americas

Mr. Geoffrey Liu, is the President of Wanda Americas. Mr. Liu has held a variety of leadership roles in Dalian Wanda Group, including general manager of the Investment and Securities Department, senior assistant to the President and general manager of the Investment Management Centre, Chief Financial Officer and Senior vice president of Dalian Wanda Group. Mr. Liu has been a director of AMC Entertainment Holdings, Wanda Hotel Management Co. Ltd. and Dalian Wanda Commercial Properties Co. Ltd. Before joining Dalian Wanda Group in 2002, Mr. Liu worked in China Construction Bank. Mr. Liu graduated with a bachelor's degree in Engineering from Chongqing University, a master's degree in Economics and a Ph.D. in Management from Xiamen University.

Greg Berkin

Managing Director, Concours Ventures

Greg Berkin

Managing Director, Concours Ventures

Gregory Berkin is the Managing Director of Concours Ventures, a Silicon Valley boutique angel capital group focused on mobile, geospatial and internet applications and devices. Greg is serial entrepreneur who founded several successful start-ups in Silicon Valley and New York. Mr. Berkin has been an Apple software developer for over 30 years having founded one of the first educational software development and publishing firms for the Apple Macintosh Computer in 1984.

Helen Heseri

Co-founder, SSR Capital

Helen Heseri

Co-founder, SSR Capital

Helen Heseri, Co-founder of SSR Capital.

Henry Shi

Chairman/Founding Partner, Redstone Venture Capital

Henry Shi

Chairman/Founding Partner, Redstone Venture Capital

Henry Shi is the Chairman and founding partner of Redstone Venture Capital, he has reviewed the top 100 Chinese technology investors and the annual investors of SVIEF. He is also a successful entrepreneur in the Internet and mobile phone industry; a senior expert in the fields of computers, communications, and chips. Redstone Venture Capital has also been named top 100 of China Science and Technology's best investment institution. As a member of the Zhongguancun Angel Investors 100-member Association and an angel investment training camp, he was invited as guest professor/sdvisor in many universities.

Hong Xue

Managing Director, VXP Capital

Hong Xue

Managing Director, VXP Capital

As a Silicon Valley-based venture capitalist, Mr. Hong Xue invests in innovative global technology companies with focuses on Big Data and Cloud Technologies, Artificial Intelligence, FinTech and Blockchain, Internet of Things and HealthTech. Some of his portfolio companies include CyberFend (acquired by Akamai), Virtriod (acquired by Magic Leap), NeuroVasc (acquired), ObEN, ScaleFlux, Kateeva, CaiCloud, Citcon, Directly, Skymind, LeanFM, Oculii, VisualThreat, Sentieon, Apostel etc. Hong Xue serves as entrepreneurship advisor and mentor at Stanford University, Carnegie Mellon University, Singularity University SU Labs and multiple start-up companies in Silicon Valley. Mr. Hong Xue is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University and Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

Ivy Liang

Partner, Newgen Venture Partners

Ivy Liang

Partner, Newgen Venture Partners

Ivy Liang, CFA. Managing partner of Newgen Venture Partners. Newgen Venture Partners was awarded Top10 most potential institute investors in 2018 by 36 Kr. US investment portfolio includes MemVerge, Junzi Kitchen, Kheiron Medical, N1Life, etc. Chinese investment portfolio includes Tanming Tech., "Were Wolf", WePie, Mvoicer, etc.

Lokendra Jain

Partner and Managing Director, Marrs Blue Water Fund

Lokendra Jain

Partner and Managing Director, Marrs Blue Water Fund

Lokendra Jain is a Partner and Managing Director of Marrs Blue Water Fund (a Private Equity fund with targeted AUM of 500 mn USO to 1 B USO), where he has been leading the fund formation, strategy, capital raise, investor relationship, origination and execution of transactions in Water utility, Water Infra, Water Treatment, Water Rights, E&C, Power/Energy Utility, Oil & Gas Tank Farms, Water Rights, Real Asset/Real Estate or adjacency sectors (mainly in North America but some companies business expansion goes globally e.g. Water Treatment (an anchor investment made in a company), Oil & Gas Tank Farm, EPC etc.) are main investment focus areas. He has helped secure 325 mn USO term sheet (in negotiation & closing stage) and working capital (several million USO).

Marco Demiroz

Co-founder & General Partner, The VR Fund

Marco Demiroz

Co-founder & General Partner, The VR Fund

Marco is the co-founder and a general partner of The Venture Reality Fund, leading early stage venture fund focusing on Artificial Intelligence ("Al"), lmmersive and Spatial ("XR") Computing. He has extensive experience in executive roles with leading technology companies and in global investments. Previously he was a Managing Director with Evolution Media Capital ("Evolution"), an investment fund under TPG Capital and associated with the Creative Artists Agency ("CAA"). Marco actively advises numerous media and technology startups in Al and XR sectors and has been collaborating with the Women in XR ("WXR") Fund to ensure balanced gender representation.

Marisa Alma McGinnis

Managing Director, Golden Seeds

Marisa Alma McGinnis

Managing Director, Golden Seeds

Managing Director, Golden Seeds (www.goldenseeds.com). LP, Blumberg Capital Management Fund Ill (www.blumbergcapital.com). WABA (Women Angels of the Bay Area) member. Undergraduate Degree in Microbiology. Attorney, licensed in the State of California. Real estate broker, licensed in the State of CA. Previously, CEO of Stratford Healthcare Systems. Marisa Alma McGinnis ia an investor in approximately 25 startups, including Trulioo, located in Vancouver, BC, Canada and Wundercar Mobility located in Berlin. My last two investments this year were Tempo Automation, located in San Francisco, and Airbnb. My exits include Cyvera purchased by Palo Alto Systems and Zooz.

Miao Hong

General Partner, Silicon Valley Future Captial

Miao Hong

General Partner, Silicon Valley Future Captial

The Founding Partner of Silicon Valley Future Capital, focus on investment in the domains of Artificial Intelligence, life science and precision medicine. He was managing partner of CLI Ventures, Senior VP of CheerLand Investment Group, the Executive President of CL Institute of Innovation, and the Chairman of Zen Water Capital in Silicon Valley. Miao is a mentor and scientific advisor of a few VC firms and start­ups companies. Miao has over 20 years industry experience in technology and management in high-tech companies. He is an angel investor in Silicon Valley and successfully invested many startup companies. His interesting in research and investment focus on Al, block-chain, quantum computing, machine learning, big data, autonomous vehicle, data security, life science, biotechnology precision medicine, genomics sequencing, bioinformatics, big data in medicine, cancer screening and early detection, targeted therapy and immunotherapy, medical devices, digital health and health management.

Mike Xu

Managing Director, Fosun Capital

Mike Xu

Managing Director, Fosun Capital

Mr. Mike Xu is the Co-executive Chief Representative of Fosun Silicon Valley Offce and Managing Director of Fosun Capital. With expertise in the fields of TMT global private equity investment and industrial M&A, he has long served as the executive member of Fosun's loT, Al & Big Data, Integrated Marketing, Robotics and Industrial Automation Committees. For now, he has invested in Espressif Systems, the world's leading fabless loT semiconductor company, and serves as Board Director. He also invested in CCi Intelligence, China; leading business social networking Big Data & Al company, and in Delhivery, India; largest e-commerce logistics company, through a Sino-US consortium. To promote industry development synergies, he led the establishment of "China Future City Lab" between Fosun and MIT, and the strategic cooperation of corporate venture accelerator between Fosun and Plug & Play. He was selected as "The Most Viewed Financial Investors on Linkedln in China for 2017." Mike has nearly 20 years of combined investment and industrial experience in the US and China technology sector. Prior to Fosun in a chronological order, he served as Division General Manager of Microsoft Global Technology Engineering Center, Co-Founder & VP of Wicresoft, Nielsen GBS Research Operation Head of Greater China and Vice President of Bertelsmann arvato China.

Ranger Wang

Founding Partner of Skywood Capital, Advisor of RocketSpace

Ranger Wang

Founding Partner of Skywood Capital , Advisor of RocketSpace

Mr. Wang Pu (Ranger Wang) is an expert in cross-border angel investment. He is the founder of Skywood Capital, advisor of the RocketSpace (who incubated Uber), Former Co-Founder and Vice Chairman of Plug and Play Tech Center ( Xi'an ) and Founder of the AMS Foundation. Mr. Wang was awarded Angel Investor of the Year 2017 at Silicon Valley. Mr.Wang is the Board member of the China Super Volleyball League and he also acts as board member for several startups in both the U.S and China. Mr.Wang holds a Master's degree in E-commerce from Bond University in Australia.

Wally Wang

Director, Fosun RZ Capital

Wally Wang

Director, Fosun RZ Capital

Before Fosun, Wally founded an Al cybersecurity startup: TurboData backed by top VC. Before that, Wally headed a world leading Al startup: DataVisor's Asia expansion. He also helped wearable tech brand Misfit entered Asia and successfully got acquired at $260 million. Wally started his career as a data scientist and also worked a stint at Microsoft Bing Ads. He was a Venture Partner at China Growth Capital invested in Silicon Valley including AppZen and Qventus. Wally holds BEng from Tsinghua University and studied his PhD at NYU Stern Business School. He was also a visiting scholar at Carnegie Mellon University.

Scott Armanini

Managing Partner, Expo Ventures

Scott Armanini

Managing Partner, Expo Ventures

Scott Armanini is Managing Partner of Expo Ventures, one of twenty funds from Alumni Ventures Group that enable alumni of leading universities to invest -- alongside the best venture capital firms -- in a balanced portfolio of alumni-led startups. Expo Ventures is for alumni of USC to invest in startups led by fellow Trojans. Our sibling funds cover all of the Ivy League universities as well as MIT, Northwestern, Stanford, UC Berkeley, UCLA and the University of Texas, Austin.

Scott Russell

CEO & Founder, SoftTech Crossover Ventures Corp

Scott Russell

CEO & Founder, SoftTech Crossover Ventures Corp

Over 30 years of private equity, technology operating and international experience. Over his career, Scott has successfully helped raise seven venture funds and invest over $2.5BN in technology startups. In 1996, he co-founded SOFTBANK Technology Ventures (aka Mobius). A General Partner & MD, Scott invested in over 40 software, financial services & Internet companies. Notable investments include Supportsoft (NASDAQ: SPRT); E*Loan (EELN); Buy.com (BUYX); Prio (acquired by lnfospace); lnvesmart (acquired by StanCorp Financial); Personalogic (AOL). Scott's other portfolio involvement included E*Trade (NASDAQ: ET), Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN), lntertrust (acquired by Sony), Multex (Reuters) & Zip2 (Compaq).

Shirley Lin

Co-founder & Chief Business Development, DOGlgames

Shirley Lin

Co-founder & Chief Business Development, DOGlgames

Shirley is a seasoned international business development executive focusing on blockchain games, mobile gaming and AdTech sectors, primarily on monetization, user acquisition and investment. She was a multi­time entrepreneur and advisor to startups and a frequent speaker/judge in various global conferences. In recent years, having served on the senior executive rank for international companies from Italy, France and China, she has insider knowledge and deep connections in Silicon Valley, China and Europe, where she specializes in cross border operations, building strategic partnership and M&A. Since late 2017, Shirley has been involved as key team member in two blockchain projects - DATA.eco and now as a co-founder at DOGlgames. She has been ranked recently as the Top 40 Blockchain Celebrity by Sina - a top internet media giant in China. She started her career as an aerospace developer on Space Shuttle Program in NASA in Houston, Texas and various Fortune 500 tech companies in Silicon Valley as Operating System Development Manager. She became an entrepreneur after departing from the corporate world and can never go back to that side since. She held a BA in History and a Master's degree in CS/Math/Stat.

Shu Cao

Managing Director, Heuristic Capital Partners

Shu Cao

Managing Director, Heuristic Capital Partners

Shu Cao, Managing Director of Heuristic Capital Partners, Former Director and Chief Engineer of Qihoo 360.

Tao Wang

Partner, SAIC Capital

Tao Wang

Partner, SAIC Capital

Tao is a partner with SAIC Capital where he leads the technology investment in the automotive and Al areas. Tao actively helps his portfolio companies to grow via his extensive entrepreneurship experience and SAIC's vast network. These companies enter into the largest automotive market in the world and expand rapidly through partnership formed with SAIC and its affiliates.

Wade Ren

General Partner, Adaptive Capital

Wade Ren

General Partner, Adaptive Capital

Dr. Ren is a managing partner at Adaptive Capital Management, LLC. He was previously on the faculty of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, UC Berkeley. He received his Ph.D from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Yong Liu

Vice President, Huya.com

Yong Liu

Vice President, Huya.com

Dr. Yong Liu is VP Corporate Development at Huya (NYSE: HUYA), the largest game live streaming company in China. He was VP of New Economy and Technology at Fosun Group and member of Fosun Big Data & Al Executive Committee, Blockchain Executive Committee, and Auto Industry Executive Committee. He was formerly a partner of WI Harper, a SF based early to expansion stage venture capital firm. Previously he was head of Lenovo and Baidu open innovation efforts in the US for strategic investment and partnerships, and an advisor to Legend Star and Cybernaut's SV operation. He is currently board member of University of San Francisco CBSI.