Tim Chang, Principal, Norwest Venture Partners
Tim brings a combination of operational, technical and international business experience to Norwest Venture Partners. Tim focuses on investments in mobile, gaming, digital media, and also leads NVP's investment practice in China and Asia-Pacific. Tim led NVP's investments in and joined the boards of directors of ngmoco, Lumos Labs, Brite Semiconductor and 3jam. He also led NVP's investment in Playdom, a leader in social gaming, and PCH International, a turnkey global supply chain services firm based in Shenzhen. Tim is a board observer working closely with Borqs, deCarta, Double Fusion and Veveo.
Prior to joining NVP in 2006, Tim was a principal at Gabriel Venture Partners where he was actively involved in over a dozen wireless-related deals and led Gabriel's investments in Iridigm Display Corporation (acquired by Qualcomm), Sequoia Communications, Sandbridge, and Kajeet. He also contributed to the boards of Placeware (acquired by Microsoft) and Arula Systems (acquired by Raritan), TestQuest, NextG Networks, and IPWireless. Tim built Gabriel's wireless sector practice and helped establish business development capabilities through strong, strategic relationships across the wireless value chain, particularly in Asia-Pacific.
Vish Mishra, Clearstone
Vish Mishra is a venture capitalist with Clearstone Venture Partners since 2002. Clearstone is an early-stage technology fund with over $650M in committed capital with offices in Santa Monica, Menlo Park, California and Mumbai India. A Silicon Valley veteran, Vish has over 30 years of leadership and management experience in the technology industry covering computers, internet, communications and software. He has served as a founder of Telera (sold to Alcatel) and co-founder of Excelan (sold to Novell), generating over $1B in revenues. Vish has also served as a CEO and director of several startup companies.
Vish is very involved with Clearstone's India strategy and investments. He has spoken at numerous industry and academic gatherings on topics of entrepreneurship, investing and business-building. Through Clearstone's two dozen investments with global operations, Vish brings direct knowledge about global investing and business trends.
Vish’s personal philosophy is Investing in good people is the best way to assure success. So, look for people who bring smarts, passion, commitment and integrity to their new venture, along with market knowledge technology expertise.
Vish holds a BSEE from the Institute of Technology at Benares Hindu University, India and MSEE from North Dakota University. Vish's community involvement includes TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs), a global network of entrepreneurs and professionals dedicated to the advancement of entrepreneurship. Vish is TiE Silicon Valley’s incoming president. Vish serves as an advisor to Silicon Valley Center for Entrepreneurship at College of Business, San Jose State University. Vish also serves a director of India Community Center in Silicon Valley, the largest facility-based Indo-American center in the U.S.
Isabel Ge Mahe, Vice President of iPhone Wireless Technology, Apple, Inc.
Isabel Ge Mahe is currently Vice President of iPhone Wireless Technology at Apple, Inc. Prior to that she was Vice President of Wireless Technology at Palm, Inc, where she built the wireless technology group at Palm from ground up and was instrumental in the design and successful launch of many generations of Palm smart phones.
She was born in P.R. China, moved to Canada as a teenager and came to US in 2000. She holds a BSEE and MSEE from Simon Fraser University as well as MBA from UC Berkeley.
George Koo, Director of Chinese Services Group, Deloitte & Touche LLP
For the last 20 years, George has been working with high tech companies across the Pacific. He advises clients on strategic issues preparatory to establishing a local presence and assists in cross-cultural communications and negotiations.
Prior to founding International Strategic Alliances in Mountain View and Bear Stearns China Trade Advisors (New York), he was Vice President and co-director of Chase Pacific Trade Advisors of Chase Manhattan Bank.
He received his S.B. and S.M. degrees in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sc.D. from Stevens Institute of Technology and a M.B.A. from Santa Clara University.
He is a former Chairman of Asian American Multi-technology Association and has been chairman of several past conferences on Asian financing and alliances sponsored by the AAMA and held in Silicon Valley.
Dr. Koo is a frequent speaker in various public forums on how American business can succeed in Asia. He writes for Pacific News Service on issues relating to Asia. He is also a vice chairman of the Committee of 100, a national organization of prominent Chinese Americans, and he served as the chairman of their national conference held in May 2002 in San Jose.
Bob Fu-Yuan Lin, Co-Founder & General Partner, Acorn Campus and Acorn Angels
Bob is the co-founder of Acorn Campus and Acorn Angels, two of the most reputable investment organizations in Asian American community. In addition to having extensive angels and corporate investment expertise with multiple IPOs, he also has more than 20 years of international business start-up, marketing, and management experiences. He is very well known for being the first launching investor of Avanti (IPO ‘95), AltiGen (IPO ‘97) and LightLogic (Sold to Intel for $400M ’01). He is an early investor in Vertex Network (Sold to Mitel for $200M ’99). He is also the co-founder of Pine Photonics (sold to Hitachi/Opnext ’03). With Acorn, Bob was also an investor of AFOP (IPO ’00) and Rapidstream (M&A, ’02).
Bob is the co-owner and board director of several medium-size manufacturing companies in Asia with a combined number of employees near 4,000. Bob also serves as the Chairman of Mobile Radius, a wireless platform company in California, and on the board of Pine Photonics and Luxnet in Fremont, California, as well as Atonics, a SoC Semiconductor company in Taiwan, plus EPIN Wireless System in Beijing.
Bob is also the author of an inspiring book “Pursuit of Success & Happiness” and has been asked to write several more books for the next few years. In the past, he had been the lead guitarist and pianist of the rock band “Southern Breed” in Taiwan.
Bob has been very active in generous community services. He was the Chairman twice in Chinese Association of International Trade (CAIT), Board member of Monte Jade Association, Board member of Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce. He has also served both as the Commissioner and the Chairman of Santa Clara County – HsinChu County Commission. Bob has a MSEE degree from University of California at Santa Barbara. He has been very active in community services.
Jason Ma, Co-Founder & former CEO, IvyMax, Inc. 飛達學院
Jason Ma is co-founder, senior academic advisor, and former CEO at IvyMax, Inc., a leading education software and in-center service provider for comprehensive college planning and test prep. Mr. Ma is passionate in helping bring out the best in students as whole persons and in guiding them and their parents in the highly competitive and complex world of college prep. Among his colleagues and associates at IvyMax, he brings an uncanny ability to inspire and influence people.
Globally well connected, Mr. Ma brings 25 years of seasoned operating and international experience in 24 countries in the education, e-learning, Internet, wireless, media, e-payment and networking sectors. He is a senior advisor at Silicon Valley-China Wireless Technology Association (since 2001), a member of the Forbes CEO Network, and founder and CEO of Congruent Partners. He is a recognized thought leader for CNBC Asia, CNET, Sing Tao Media, and for both Wall Street and mainstreet investment firms. He has been continually invited to be a VIP delegate to the highly influential Forbes Global CEO Conference since 2005. Mr. Ma also sparkles as a periodically invited guest speaker at the Global China Business Meeting in Europe (yearly since 2006), as well as at Stanford University, UC Berkeley, INSEAD and the National University of Singapore.
Mr. Ma earned a B.S. degree in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research at UC Berkeley and attended Santa Clara University's evening graduate business school. On a personal note, Mr. Ma enjoys good people, playing with his family, great food, fine wine, reading, international relations, music, singing, movies, musicals, travels, staying fit, and laughing with friends and strangers!
Dr. Jan Uddenfeldt, Senior Vice President and Senior Technology Advisor to CEO, Ericsson Group
Dr. Jan Uddenfeldt has been with Ericsson since 1978, and became head of the Research at Ericsson Radio Systems in 1985. In 1990, he became Vice President of Research and Development, responsible for Ericsson’s cellular radio products.
In 1998, he was appointed Chief Technology Officer for the Ericsson Group with responsibility for Ericsson′s worldwide activities in Research and Development.
Since 2004, Dr Uddenfeldt has held the position as Senior Vice President and Senior Advisor, Technology to the Group CEO. In his current position, he is responsible for Technology Strategies and he is chairing, e.g., the Ericsson Research Board and the Ericsson Standardization Board. He is also responsible for handling Technology Alignment with leading operators worldwide.
From August 2008, Dr Uddenfeldt relocated to San Jose, California while maintaining his position as Senior Vice President and Senior Advisor, Technology to the Group CEO. He is responsible for technology strategies and alignment with leading operators in USA, China and Japan. He is also responsible for establishing research and technology cooperation with leading Internet companies in USA to establish converged mobile and fixed internet.
Additionally, Dr. Uddenfeldt is a member of the Board of the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm and Vice Chairman of the Board of the Swedish Royal Academy of Engineering Sciences.
Dr. Uddenfeldt is one of the inventors and industry drivers for 2G wireless GSM technology, as well as mobile broadband 3G ((HSPA) technology.
He has established technology co-operations with major telecom operators in USA, China, Japan and Europe, such as, AT&T, ChinaMobile, NTT DoCoMo, Vodafone, T-Mobile, etc.
Dr. Uddenfeldt received his Ph.D. from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm in 1978 and received an honorary Doctor’s degree from the University of Lund in 1996.
Dr. Uddenfeldt is a Fellow of IEEE, and a member of the Royal Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA). He has been awarded several prestigious prizes for his achievements; the German Edward Rhein Foundation Technology Prize for the innovation of GSM in 1997 and the Swedish KTH Prize in 2000 for GSM and 3G. In 2005, he received the Gold Medal from the Swedish Royal Academy of Engineering Sciences for his contribution to the cellular industry.
Dr Guolin Wang,
Executive Vice President and Head of Huawei American R&D center