Created on Tuesday, 16 June 2015 20:26
The Wearable Future: Challenges and Opportunities
Tuesday, June 16, 2015 from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM (PDT)
InnoSpring Inc., Suite 107
2901 Tasman Dr
Santa Clara, CA
6:30 pm Check in Networking (light dinner provided)
7:15 pm Introduction
7:30 pm Dr. Eddy Lee, Head of Investments, Fenox Venture Capital
8:00 pm >Xu Zou, CEO of ZingBox
8:30 pm Julia Hu, Lark
9:00 pm Greg Jones, Director of Business Development
9:30 pm Adjourn
Wearables are the next big thing. They will dramatically alter the landscape of society and business as we know it. Yet, despite the seemingly limitless opportunity of this emergent technology space, wearable devices have not yet kicked off with mainstream users and are limited mostly to early adopters, while businesses and technologists are struggling to make sense of it. About 20% of American adults own a wearable device, but issues such as price, privacy, security, lack of actionable data, and inconsistent data from such devices continue to thwart greater adoption. One-third of American consumers who have owned a wearable product stopped using it within six months, half of those with an activity tracker no longer use it.
What makes creating successful wearable products so difficult? How to keep users attached? What about health risks to the people wearing devices? How to address the security & privacy concerns? What's the general trend for incorporating the wearable devices into IoT ecosystem? Our speakers will provide an overview of the current wearable landscape and their insights from the above perspectives.
Xu Zou, Entrepreneur
Xu Zou is Stanford Electrical Engineering and Wharton school alumnus. He founded Zingbox as CEO (building security equipment) to address limitations of existing security solutions mostly including antivirus, anti-malware and anti-spyware software.
Before Zingbox, Xu led Aerohive Network's technology innovations and manages multiple product lines, ranging from embedded LTE routers, virtual VPN appliances, to cloud based mobile device management SaaS solutions.
Before joining Aerohive, Xu was Senior director of Aruba networks, where he managed Aruba's outdoor product lines and helped launch company's first cloud enabled wireless access point.
Before that, Xu was founding member and VP of Software of Azalea Networks, a pioneer of wireless meshing networking. Azalea networks was acquired by Aruba networks in 2010.
Xu holds an Executive MBA from Wharton Business School.
Eddy Lee, venture capital
Eddy Lee, PhD in Bioengineering, is the Head of Investments at Fenox Venture Capital and a Consulting Assistant Professor at Stanford's School of Medicine In addition to supporting product development, operations, and M&A exits of portfolio companies, Eddy helps startups enter international markets, such as Japan, Indonesia and Singapore.
During his research career at Stanford, Singapore and Australia, he devised medical imaging technology for visualizing stem cell migration and therapy. While at Marvell and Lucent, he designed semiconductor circuits for high speed communications.
Julia Hu, entrepreneur
CEO and Co-founder of Lark, a VC-backed mobile health company that interprets the world's sensor data to personally coach you to live happier and healthier.
Its products and services include lark for Apple (Named "Best HealthKit App" by Macworld), lark activity tracker (preinstalled on all Samsung S5 phones) and LARK Up Sleep monitor and LARK Pro Sleep Coach (sold globally in all Apple Retail stores).
Julia has a MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management and MS Engineering of Stanford University.
Greg speaks on behalf of Sonny Vu, CEO of MisFit. Greg is the Director of International Business at Misfit where he works with design, engineering, and other Misfit teams to build the international business of highly wearable and innovative computing products.