Matthew Holt has spent 25 years in health care as a researcher, forecaster, and strategist. He learned from some of the best in forecasting, policy and survey organizations, like Institute for the Future and Harris Interactive. But these days he’s best known as the author of The Health Care Blog and as Co-Chairman of Health 2.0, which since 2007 has been the leading organization showcasing new health technologies in its conferences, market research, competitions, and tech pilots. For that he’s been mostly self-taught! Matthew has MS from Stanford and BS from Cambridge.
Felix (Fuyong) Zhao is currently the founder & chairman & CEO of Cassia Networks Inc. Felix is also the founder partner of zPark Venture. Before founding Cassia, Felix was the VP & GM of Sensys Networks. Before Sensys, Felix was Vice President, Mesh Technology of Aruba Networks, after the acquisition of Azalea by Aruba on Sep 2, 2010. Before the acquisition, Felix cofounded Azalea Networks in Silicon Valley of the US in April 2005 and was the CEO, CTO and the board director of Azalea Networks, Inc. Before founding Azalea, Felix worked for Cisco Systems and Cable & Wireless IDC. Felix received two bachelor degrees from Tsinghua University, one for Physics and one for Electrical Engineering. Felix has about 20 US patents granted or pending on IP routing, QoS, mobile internet, wireless communication, and Bluetooth etc.
Paul R. Brody
► Mr. Brody is Americas Strategy Leader, Technology Sector at EY. He is proficient in mobile finance strategy planning, technology of mobility and internet of things.
► 20 years of consulting and strategy experience in mobile and electronics. Prior to joining EY, he served as Vice President and Global Industry Leader of Electronics at IBM.
► Graduated from Princeton University and major in Economics and African Studies. Developed recommendations for a top global electronics company to help refine their emerging market strategy, the markets reviewed included Brazil, Mexico, Czech Republic, Poland, Romania, and Turkey.
► Developed an Sales & Operation strategy to help a Latin America electronics company manage the complexity of a sales and operations planning process across a dozen markets.
► Built the entire marketing program based on trade & barter for a mobile network operator in Nigeria
► Helped an African ore company establish mobile strategy and process operation management
► Developed a plan to build a $1B new business in the mobility market over the next 3 years for a global electronics company. Led the team that designed product, marketing, and organizational changes in this company required to achieve growth.
► Assisted a leading electronics company in developing business strategy for the emerging internet market. Led the team in considering marketing dynamics and competitive issues between electronics companies and telecom operators as well as the expected future evolution of the market. Built a financial model for participation in the market and provided the client with a technology and product.
Danny Wang has worked as investment manager with Legend Star (An VC arm of Lenovo). At Legend Star, he covered AI space including 10 industries, 33 segments and 230 companies in US, ranging from startups to well established companies like Baidu IDL. Prior to Legend Star, he graduated with MS in software engineering with 9 years experience in enterprise software service and product management. His most recent executive position was Sr. Architect at IRS where he drived IRS data center management solution. He is currently working on his EMBA at UC Berkeley, where he co-founded Cal StartUps, an entrepreneur club associated with Berkeley Chinese Alumni Association. Cal StartUps hosted many high profile events including the strategic VC panel in ReedSmith, Palo Alto. He moderated the 2015 ShenZhen venture capital forum with YC president Sam Altman, Co-founder of Paypal and Palantir Peter Tiel, DCM China managing director Ron Lu(卢榕）, AnglePlus managing director XiTai Sheng （盛希泰）.
Haoyuan Li is founder and CEO of Tachyon Nexus. He is also a computer science Ph.D. candidate in AMPLab at UC Berkeley, where he co-created Tachyon, an open source memory-centric distributed storage system. He is a founding committer of Apache Spark. Before Berkeley, he worked at Conviva and Google. Haoyuan has a M.S. from Cornell University and a B.S. from Peking University.
Sam Liang (梁松）is the CEO and Co-Founder of Alohar Mobile Inc (now an Alibaba company), based in Palo Alto, California. Alohar created a series of new technologies on mobile location and sensor context platform. Before founding Alohar Mobile, Sam was the platform architect and lead of Google Location Server for four years, which powers thousands of mobile applications on a spectrum of platforms, including Android and iOS. Sam also architected Google's location API and Google Latitude. Sam holds many patents in wireless and mobile technologies. Sam has a Ph.D in EE from Stanford University, specialized in Internet distributed systems. He also has a BS in CS from Peking University. Sam has been featured many times on Wall Street Journal, Forbes, CNet, TechCrunch, GigaOm, Venturebeat, etc, for Alohar's pioneer work on creating the infrastructure enabling a whole new category of context-aware mobile apps.
Ron Spector has had a career of 25 years as a lawyer, entrepreneur, venture capitalist, investment banker, advisor and CEO in digital media, e-commerce, mobile-wireless and internet applications and now is active as a Strategic Innovation Advisor to a range of enterprises. Ron was US head of Technology Investment Banking of Macquarie Group responsible for private equity transactions and mergers and acquisitions and Co-Investment Director for Macquarie Venture Capital, a $150 million early stage investment fund. During this period, Ron lead investments and exits in industry leading companies such as Looksmart [NASDAQ: LOOK], Telera (acquired by Alcatel SA), Onebox [NASDAQ:OPWV] and Altium [ASX:ALU]. Ron then focused on advisory and operational roles as CEO of Conferserv, an online video collaboration company (acquired by Advanced Media Design), Senior Vice-President of Corporate Development and Strategy for Mediazone, Inc. (a division of MIH/Naspers, [NASDAQ: NPSN]. Ron is Silicon Valley advisor to a number of corporate venture and innovation groups including Samsung MSCA, Wesfarmers Emerging Ventures, Federation Centres Ltd., Coles and Asia TV Limited (Zee TV). In this capacity he has advised and assisted in establishing strategic innovation programs and sourcing, screening and evaluating early stage investment opportunities and innovation initiatives. Ron has served on numerous board of directors and advisory boards and has built a strong network spanning the start-up word of Silicon Valley to senior level executives at the Fortune 500 around the world. Ron was Chairman of the Board of Meta Design and an advisor to Kicklabs accelerator and is a frequent panelist and speaker.
Steven Hoffman is a serial entrepreneur, angel investor, and the Cofounder of Founders Space. Founders Space has helped hundreds of startups scale their businesses, raise capital and go global. Founders Space is ranked a Top 10 Incubator in Inc. Magazine and Forbes Magazine. Hoffman is a founding member of the Academy of Television’s Interactive Media Group, was Chairman for the Producers Guild SF, and served on the Board of Governors for the New Media Council. Hoffman’s recent angel investments include Content Analytics, wise.io, AirPair, MeetingHero, BOXC, Red Clay, Mouth, Videopixie, CrowdCurity, Boostable, Suitey, Solano Labs, Pathful, Hipcamp, Tablelist, Mavrx and more. Prior to this, Hoffman was the Chief Product Officer at Playkast, an online video startup that merged with FunStar (backed by Accel Ventures & Qualcomm). Hoffman was COO of Zannel (Tap11), a ventured-funded startup backed by USVP, Alloy, and Palomar Ventures that was sold to AVOS (YouTube cofounders). Before that, Hoffman was the North American Studio Head for Infospace, where he ran the US mobile games publishing and development group. While in Los Angeles, Hoffman was CEO of Spiderdance, Hollywood's leading interactive television studio, whose customers included NBC, Viacom, Time Warner, TBS, GSN and A&E. Hoffman also consulted for R/GA Interactive, designing projects for Kodak, Disney, Intel, AdAge, and Children's Television Workshop. In Japan, Hoffman worked as a designer for Sega. Prior to Sega, he was a Hollywood development executive at Fries Entertainment, where he managed TV development. Hoffman graduated from the University of California with a BS in Electrical Computer Engineering and went on to earn a Masters in Film & Television from the University of Southern California.
Dr. Connie Ulasewicz is a Professor at San Francisco State University in Apparel Design & Merchandising where she engages with students on topics integrating with responsible fashion practices within, visual merchandising & promotion, social entrepreneurship, product development and the social psychology of clothing. She is the coauthor of the recently published book Sustainable Fashion: What's Next?. Her research interests include extending the life cycle of sewn products, transparency in supply chain management from fiber to finished product information to the consumer, product reuse, and consumer behavior of millennials – the largest generation in US history now entering their peak spending years.
Dr. Ulasewicz is a leader in the sustainable fashion movement and social entrepreneurship and has over 30 years of garment industry experience managing production, merchandising, and sales. She is a founding member of ESRAP, Educators for Social Responsibility in Apparel Products and PeoplewearSF a San Francisco Bay Area non-profit garment industry association and she is on the board of Global Action Through Fashion.
Francisco Sustainable Fashion Week International 2015: Where do Your Clothes Go
Fifth International Fiber Recycling Symposium 2015: Rethinking Waste as a Resource: An Exploratory Study
California Higher Education Sustainability Conference 2015: Mendables a partnership for reuse
The American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences - Western region biennial conference 2014: Young adult millennial consumer behavior : A defining generation
Mahbubul Alam Chief Technology Officer, Movimento Group
Mahbubul Alam joined Movimento as CTO in 2015 and is responsible for aligningautomotive and information technology with corporate strategy to enable Movimento tolead the automotive industry’s transition to software-defined vehicles. A 17-yearindustry veteran, Mahbubul works with Movimento customers to maximize the potentialof secure over-the-air (OTA) updates and enable new connected services for the vehicle. Previously, Mahbubul led Cisco Systems strategy in IoT and M2M at where he pioneeredand developed this business from the ground up through vision, strategy, platform, andexecution. He also helped initiate the company’s smart connected vehicle roadmap.Before joining Cisco, Mahbubul held technical leader positions at Siemens and worked asa technical advisor to the Dutch government. Mahbubul holds a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering from DelftUniversity of Technology, the Netherlands.
Rui Ma 马睿 Partner, Greater ChinaCompany/Organization: 500 Startups
Rui Ma is a Partner at 500 Startups, a leading accelerator and seed investment fund in technology companies, where she is in charge of all investment activity in the Greater China region. Prior to 500, she worked for nearly a decade in private equity and mergers & acquisitions roles at the Raine Group, Morgan Stanley and Merrill Lynch in both Silicon Valley and China. She is based in Beijing and has been living and working in China since 2007. Rui holds a B.S. inElectrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University ofCalifornia at Berkeley, a Masters in Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as well as an Executive MBA from INSEAD and Tsinghua University. She writes frequently about technology and is a regular contributor to Forbes.com, Techcrunch, TheNextWeb, and TechInAsia.
Wallace Wu, Vice President of Software Products and Asian Affairs.
Wallace leads the software product teams at Misfit where he works with commercial, design, and other cross-functional teams to deliver and maintain Misfit software products. Wallace also heads up Asia operations to develop and grow the Misfit team in local region. Prior to Misfit, Wallace worked at Microsoft and Sonic Solutions, his experience ranges from delivering professional IT services to developing consumer software products.
Sridhar Solur is the Managing Director and General Manager of the Wearables and IOT business in HP.
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