2010 Conference

SVCW conference 2010 - Speakers

Craig Farrell

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Craig Farrell

Chief Technology Officer, Global Telecom Industry at IBM.

Craig Farrell is currently VP, Chief Technology Officer, Global Telecom Industry at IBM. Craig joined IBM in 2006 as part of IBM's acquisition of Micromuse where he served as the Chief Technology Officer responsible for all aspects of product roadmaps and strategy. Prior to joining Micromuse Craig was the CEO, President, and Chief Technology Officer of NETWORK HARMONi. NETWORK HARMONi evolved from NDG Software, a software utility company that Craig helped to found in Australia. Prior to forming NDG Software, he was on the faculty of the Department of Computer Science at Curtin University in Perth, Australia, and was also an adjunct fellow at the Australian Telecommunications Research Institute (ATRI). His research interests have included computer communications, network management and operating systems. From 1985 to 1989 he worked for AT&T as a systems engineer responsible for Unix systems development and support in the Asia Pacific Region.

Craig is a board advisor to the Telecommunications Management Forum, a global organization with over 600 corporate members including IBM and is responsible for developing global standards for the telecommunication industry. Craig currently has several patents pending and his other publications include Internet RFCs and numerous journal and conference papers. He holds a BSc (Hons) in Computer Science from the University of Western Australia and a Ph.D. Computer Science from Curtin University.


Prof. Linzhen Xie
  • Standing Member of Communication Science & Technology Commission of China
  • Committee of Ministry Industry and Information Technology (MIIT ) of China
  • Vice President of China Mobile Communication Association (CMCA)
  • Chief Scientist & Executive Board Member of CECT-ChinaComm
Prof. Linzhen Xie serves as the Standing Member of Communication Science & Technology Commission, Ministry of Industry & Information Technology (MIIT) of China, Vice President of China Mobile Communication Association (CMCA), Chairman of Chinese Mobile Phone Business Summit Forum, Chief Scientist & Executive Board Member of CECT-ChinaComm. From 1998 – 2002, he was Deputy Director - General of the Electronic and Information Product Department, Ministry of Information Industry, China. From 1994 – 1998, he was the Deputy Director – General of the Communication and System Equipment Department, Ministry of Electronic Industry, China. Prof. Xie has more than 140 international publications.

Yu Lin

Dr. Lin Yu, CEO and Co-founder of NetQin Mobile Inc.

Dr. Lin Yu (PhD of State Key Laboratory of Networking and Switching Technology, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, named BUPT hereafter) is the CEO and Co-founder of NetQin Mobile Inc. (named NetQin hereafter), assumes the leadership role of the company. Dr. Lin founded NetQin with two partners in Oct 2005, and under his leadership,

NetQin has grown up to be the leading mobile security service provider in China with over 64.8% market share of China mobile security market, according to 2010 H1 China Mobile Security Market Whitepaper by Frost & Sullivan. The company was recently named Technology Pioneer 2011 by the World Economic Forum.

Jack Xu

Jack Xu – Corporate Vice President, Cisco

Jack Xu is a corporate vice president at Cisco, where he is currently responsible for Cisco unified communications product development. He is also a member of Cisco China Strategy Board. Prior to joining Cisco in 2008, Jack served as eBay's vice president of engineering & research and was an eBay fellow. During his tenure at eBay, Jack created eBay’s global development strategy, led the development of its proprietary search technology, and oversaw eBay research lab. He was the founding chairman of eBay China Development Center. Prior to that, Jack was the Chief Technology Officer at Netease (Nasdaq: NTES), where he was responsible for its technology, operations, marketing, research and product development. From 1996 to 2000, he held senior management positions at Excite.

Jack graduated from Sun Yat-Sen University with BA and MS degrees. While working towards his PhD at University of California at Berkeley, he was a research associate at UC Berkeley. Jack currently holds visiting professorships in school of software engineering, school of communications and design, and dept of information management at Sun Yat-Sen University. He is a board member of Hua Yuan Science and Technology Association, a premier non-profit organization for promoting entrepreneurship.

Richard B. Dasher, Ph.D

  • Executive Director, Center for integrated system, Stanford University
  • Director, US-Asia Technology Management Center, Stanford University

At Stanford University, Dr. Dasher has been Director of the US-Asia Technology Management Center since 1994 and has served concurrently as Executive Director of the Center for Integrated Systems since 1998. He holds Consulting Professor appointments at Stanford in the Departments of Electrical Engineering (technology management), Asian Languages and Cultures (Japanese business), and at the Asia-Pacific Research Center for his work with the Stanford Program on Regions of Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

From 2004, Dr. Dasher became the first non-Japanese person ever asked to join the governance of a Japanese national university, serving a term as a Board Director of Tohoku University. He continued as a member of the Management Council and as Senior Advisor to the President of Tohoku University until 2010. Dr. Dasher is on the Program Committee of the World Premier International Research Center Initiative (WPI) of MEXT, and he is also active on selection and review committees for government funding programs on innovation in Canada, Germany, and Hong Kong. From 2001 – 03, he was on the International Planning Committee advising the Japanese Minister of State for Science and Technology Policy in regard to the formation of the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology.

Dr. Hamid Ahmadi

  • Vice President of Strategy and Technology Planning Huawei Technologies US R&D groups

Dr. Ahmadi, an IEEE Fellow, has over 25 years of research, development and management experience with solid technology background in the areas of wireless and IP networking, telecommunications, high performance switching and routing, network security and systems software in both enterprise IT and telecommunications industries. He functioned in a variety of roles with strong drive for innovation and technical solution creation.

Currently, He is Vice President of Strategy and Technology Planning for Huawei Technologies US R&D groups. In this capacity, his organization is responsible for researching, planning and driving the strategy and direction of key next generation technologies that would translate into current and future business opportunities. He also serves on the advisory board of several start-ups as well as Science Advisory Board of I2R of A*STAR, which fosters world-class scientific research and talent for a vibrant knowledge-based Singapore. He has maintained affiliation as visiting scholar with the Center for Networked Systems, University of California at San Diego since June 2009.
Dr. Ahmadi, a corporate vice president, served most recently as Motorola’s first Chief Architect and Senior Fellow where he led strategic hardware and software architecture planning across all Motorola businesses and R&D. In addition he led Motorola’s Wireless Infrastructure, Software and Solutions Systems Technology Research Group.

William Ruh



William Ruh

Vice President, Solutions Technology Group, Cisco Systems, Inc.


Bill Ruh brings more than 25 years of industry experience and an expertise in distributed systems and IT architecture to Cisco. He is the Vice President responsible for development of solutions. His team is responsible for vertical solutions such as Sports and Entertainment (StadiumVision), Health Care (HealthPresence), Service Exchange (Virtual Service Exchange), Energy (SmartGrid), Education and IA (Intelligent Automation).


Prior to joining Cisco, Mr. Ruh was a Senior Vice President and CTO at Software AG with responsibility for services and solutions. He has served in executive capacities at entrepreneurial companies, The Advisory Board and Concept Five Technologies. Early in his career he worked at the MITRE Corporation as well as IBM in a variety of technical roles.


An expert on enterprise applications and integration, he has authored four books on the topic, Enterprise Integration: The essential guide to integration solutions from Addison Wesley, July 2004, Enterprise Application Integration, released in 2000 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc., IIOP Complete: Middleware Interoperability and Standards, released in September 1999 by Addison-Wesley and Inside CORBA: Distributed Object Standards and Applications, released in 1997.


He currently sits on the Advisory Boards for the University of Virginia Systems Engineering Department, Claremont Graduate University School of Community and Global Health, and the Board of Directors for Akrometrix Corporation.

Aloke Gupta


Alok Gupta

Senior Energy Analyst, Energy Division, California Public Utilities Commission(CPUC)

Aloke Gupta is a Senior Energy Analyst with the Energy Division at the CPUC. He focuses on the intersection of regulatory energy policy with emerging technologies for electric power, including Smart Grid, AMI / HAN, Demand Response, Energy Storage & Renewables Integration. Before this role, he had an extensive career in semiconductor, networking and telecom industries, having worked at large companies (AT&T, Lucent, Agere) as well as VC-funded startups, where he held senior management positions in product management, marketing, and business development. He led interdisciplinary teams in launching new technology products and developing new markets and managed multi-product P&Ls. He has MSEE / MBA degrees from Stanford and Lehigh Universities.



Ravi Amble

Director & Principal Investor at MarketForceOne, Inc.

Co-founder & Director at SoluGence, Inc.

Ravi Amble started his career in the area of Engineering and Presentation Graphics at a hi-tech company that developed software for Finite Element Analysis in Troy, Michigan.

Ravi advanced his career in the Information Technology Industry as an accomplished senior level technology executive directly responsible for the exponential growth of two successful Information Technology solutions and services companies.

Under Ravi's leadership as the Co-founder and COO of Rapidigm, an IT Services company, Rapidigm Inc. received the recognition as one of America’s 500 fastest growing privately held companies for 2 years in a row and was successfully acquired by Fujitsu America in 2006. Under his leadership, Rapidigm, Inc. grew to $350 MM in annual revenue in five and a half years.

Today, Ravi Amble is a Serial Entrepreneur and actively involved with his successfully growing eco-system of software-appliance companies that provide for highly effective Telemedicine Solutions, Continuous Data Protection and Business Continuity Solutions, Application-Centric Unified Storage Solutions and Enterprise B2B Lead Generation Solutions. He also runs a technology driven high-end consulting company that provides for Application-Oriented Storage, Infrastructure, Backup and Recovery solutions and Services that augments the product solutions companies in his eco-system and rapidly growing in the Storage and Infrastructure space.

Ravi's strengths are in the areas of business technology, innovative business models and value creation in addition to setting the strategic vision and direction for successful growth of market share, revenue and profitability.

Adrienne White

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Adrienne White

Product Manager, IBM’s Solution for Collaborative Care

Managing Consultant Business Analytics and Optimization, Global Business Services, IBM

Adrienne White is the Product Manager for IBM’s recently launched ambulatory Solution for Collaborative Care. She has a 22 year career in healthcare, with time shared between Healthcare Information Technology and the Clinical Laboratory. Ms. White founded and facilitates IBM’s Patient Centered Medical Home Community, and hosts a monthly teleconference with national healthcare leaders and IBM technical, consulting and Research experts around topics of healthcare transformation. She is a member of the Continua Alliance and actively contributes to the work of the Patient Centered Primary Care Collaborative, a Washington DC based advocacy group driving Patient Centered Medical Home primary and accountable care agendas.

Adrienne works closely with the IBM Emerging Standards and Software Group designing remote monitoring solutions built on IBM’s Connected Home Health integration platform. She consults with government leaders, clinicians and medical device manufacturers from the US, Asia, Europe and South America on efforts to design collaborative care frameworks that apply work flow, messaging and advanced analytics technology to remotely monitored medical device data.

Prior to IBM, Adrienne was a healthcare system IT Director, leading clinical and IT teams in the selection and implementation of Pharmacy technology, PACs, Surgical, Radiology and Scheduling systems. She has logged hundreds of Physician training hours, and led Physician Portal design, testing, adoption strategy and training efforts. Previous to her work in HIT Adrienne spent 12 years working in the clinical laboratory space, including hospital, ambulatory, genetic and biotech settings. In 2006 and 2007 Adrienne served on the HITSP EHR Technical Committee, assisting the ONC in development of the Laboratory messaging use cases. Adrienne has a Biology degree from Georgia State University and her MBA from Thomas University.


Andew Clark

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Andrew L. Clark

Director of Corporate Strategy

Venture Capital Group, IBM Corporation

Drew Clark, a champion for innovation across IBM and its global ecosystem, is the lead strategist for IBM's global venture capital group. Drew is also a top strategist for many of IBM’s key business imperatives including Energy & Environment (Cleantech) and Cloud Computing, where he works closely with the global venture capital community across multiple IBM brands and industry units to help drive new business opportunities.

A serial “intrapreneur", Drew has led a range of internal startup initiatives, including a key role in formation of IBM's Internet Division. Later, Drew led IBM's search, knowledge-management, social media and Web 2.0 initiatives.

Mr. Clark joined IBM in 1982 and spent the early part of his career in software design and programming language development as a designer of compilers for traditional and specialized systems such as vector and parallel processors. He has held numerous technical and management positions in several of IBM's product divisions, and has helped lead several of IBM's most innovative development initiatives – including creation of IBM’s Internet unit and later Web 2.0 and Cloud Computing units.

He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from Western Carolina University in 1978 and has completed coursework toward a PhD in Theoretical Plasma Physics at the University of Texas Austin

Geng Lin

Geng Lin

Chief Technology Officer of IBM Alliance, Cisco Systems

Dr. Geng Lin is the Chief Technology Officer of IBM Alliance at Cisco Systems where he is responsible for the technology strategy and development of the joint Cisco-IBM solution portfolio world wide. The Cisco-IBM Alliance is one of the most successful alliances in the IT industry and delivers multi-billion dollar business revenues to Cisco and IBM annually. Its broad solution portfolio covers a variety of areas including data center virtualization and cloud computing, video and rich media collaboration, and solutions for vertical industries such as smart energy.

Prior to Cisco, Dr. Lin served as Vice President of Software Engineering at Netopia Inc, a Motorola company. Netopia, a leader in IP broadband services and rich media applications, was acquired by Motorola in 2007.

Dr. Lin has more than 16 years of industry experience in communications networking and Internet-based so11ftware solutions. He received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from Peking University and Ph.D. degree from University of British Columbia, all in Computer Science.

Tom Chiu

Tom Chiu, Sand Hill Angels

Tom Chiu has over 20 years of experience in various high tech industries including mobile software, consumer electronics, wireless, patent sales/license, semiconductors, and embedded systems. Tom is the founder of IPforAsia, an intellectual property marketplace to bridge between Greater China and large U.S. corporations such as HP. Tom is also the Director of Business Development for NXP Software.

Tom has worked in Shanghai from 2003-2007 as a founding member of Philips Software. He was responsible for mobile middleware business development and sales in Greater China. Prior to the expatriate assignment, Tom was the lead of Philips Connected Home initiative. The project later became the blueprint of Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA). Tom also represented Philips in WiFi Alliance as secondary board member and Chair of DLNA China Task Force. He has held various director positions at Sina.com, Philips and NXP. Tom has a BS degree in Computer Science and a MBA in Product Marketing. He also received NYSE Series 7 Stock and Dealer license in 1988.

Tom has been an active investor for over 10 years. He serves on several advisory boards and has a passion to work with startups in mobile space. Tom has published a book in Taiwan. All proceeds were donated to World Vision NPO for Children Schooling Sponsorship.

patrick Mork

Patrick Mork, Chief Marketing Officer, GetJar

Patrick joined GetJar in 2008 as chief marketing officer and member of the executive team. His primary role at GetJar is to develop the company’s overall marketing, branding, content and communications strategy.

Patrick has been in the mobile content space since 2004 first at mobile games publisher I-play then subsequently at glu mobile. Prior to joining GetJar, Patrick was Marketing Director Europe at glu where he built up the company’s marketing team and was a key part of the European management team that helped take the company public on the NASDAQ in March 2007.

With 15 years of marketing experience at leading companies such as PepsiCo and Diamondcluster, Patrick has worked in large multinationals and venture-backed start-ups in marketing, sales and general management.

Patrick holds on MBA from INSEAD and a BS from Georgetown University.

Henry H. Wong

Henry H. Wong, Diamond TechVentures, LLC.

Wong resided in China, Canada & Silicon Valley for the past 30 years. From a Serial Entrepreneur to a Venture Capitalist, Wong is in a unique position where he fully utilizes his operational experience, investment talent and his heritage to invest in & build companies with a global vision.

Diamond TechVentures LLC was originally started as an investment vehicle for the Wong’s Family Trust Fund. Wong enjoyed successful investment exits from the sales of Packet Island to Broadsoft, STEP Communications to Dolby Lab, and NextG to a PE Group. Then the IPO of New Oriental Education & Technology Group (NYSE: EDU) and the merger of LGC Wireless with ADC Telecom (NASDAQ: ADCT). http://www.diamondtechventures.com/Aboutusnew.html

Concurrently while operating his family trust, Wong is a Venture Partner for Garage Technology Ventures, where he uses his cross Pacific operating experience to help the portfolio companies to be successful. Garage reviews 10,000 deals a year, this is the place where Wong obtains some of his deal flow. http://www.garage.com/about/team.shtml

Founded by the famed Apple Evangelist, Guy Kawasaki, Garage Technology Ventures assigns Wong to sit on the board of multiple portfolio companies, both as a Board Member, Observer and Advisor. These companies are namely Packet Island (acquired by Broadsoft 12/09), STEP Communications (acquired by Dolby Lab 11/09), dLight Design Systems (just received a $500K Haiti Order), ThermoCeramics, QuMu Media Publisher, RAZZ and any activities that have to interface with engineering and manufacturing outsource in China & Asia Pacific.

In his prior cross Pacific Venture Capital career, Wong was Managing Director of Crystal Ventures Fund III, and active with portfolio companies including LGC Wireless, an intelligent wireless repeater company, Infinera (Nasdaq: INFN), a Digital Optical Networking company and Exavio, a Video-on-Demand company. He initiated the investment of US$5M into Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (NYSE: SMI), the biggest China Shanghai Pudong Silicon Foundry, which went IPO in 2004.

Wong is a Super Angel who has the passion in helping startups to be successful by either serving on the board or helping as an Advisor. Wong is also a Limited Partner Investor in several VC Funds, including Garage, Gabriel Venture Partners & ONSET Ventures.

Wong has been extremely successful in investing in his own ideas, then taking companies from start-up status to maturity. The profits speak for themselves. A seasoned angel investor and entrepreneur, Wong has succeeded as the founder, chairman & CEO of SS8 Networks Inc., a world class startup with major R&D operations in Beijing and Ottawa; which in 2002 merged with the Enhanced Service Division of ADC Telecom (Nasdaq: ADCT). Wong was the co-founder of IP Communications, a VoIP Gateway startup which was acquired by RampNet, now a division of Nokia (NASDAQ NOK). He was also the co-founder, chairman, president & CEO of XaQti Corporation, which merged with Vitesse Semiconductor (a S&P 500, Nasdaq VTSS), and was the co-founder of CNet Technology Inc., now a multi-million dollar public network hardware company in Taiwan . In 1988 he founded Combinet (ISDN Systems), which was sold to Cisco Systems (NASDAQ CSCO) in a pooling of interest stock swap valued at $165 million. His success, experience and leadership are invaluable in his role as an Angel Investor and Serial Entrepreneur in Silicon Valley.

In 2002, Wong was nominated, interviewed and was the finalist to the “Entrepreneur of the Year Award”; which is an event sponsored by Ernst & Young, CNN, CNN-fn, Nasdaq, USA Today, Kauffman Center and AMEX. This is a prestigious recognition in America and is very well respected in the industry (nominated again in 2003).

Wong is very involved with the Cross-Pacific high tech trade. In 1999, Wong set up the SS8 China Headquarters in Beijing; even before WTO was established. In Crystal Ventures, he invested in SMIC in Shanghai, the 2nd largest silicon foundry in the world. Now he is helping companies from both shores to advance in their sales revenue and company infrastructure setup. Ultimately, an exit plan of IPO or M&A.

Wong is a Volunteer Advisor to 6 Asian non-profit organizations, and is active in the local Asian American community.

In education, Mr. Wong received a B.Sc. degree in Business Administration (Major in Finance and Minor in Marketing) from University of Utah 1980, and a MBA in Telecom Management from Golden Gate University 1983. He is also a Mentor in the Stanford Graduate School of Business GSB S-356 MBA Program, and a Team Mentor in the Technology Venture Formation course MS&E 273 at Stanford's School of Engineering.

Eric Chan

Eric Chan, Management Consultant, Mobileslate

Mr. Chan is the Management Consultant of Mobileslate and brings over 13 years of experience of building and selling enterprise and mobile technology. He is a recognized thought leader in the Mobile Technology space frequently speaking at Conferences and Industry Events and has been quoted and contributed to several publications including: Forbes.com, GigaOM, Media Magazine, and Wireless Week. Since 2007, he has helped small and large organizations deploy mobile software and services. Some of his clients include: Intel, Lexar, Tanla Mobile, Wells Fargo Bank, and Xerox PARC.

Prior to Mobileslate, he founded Caboodle Networks, where he filed two patents in semantic search technology; the company was eventually sold to Mobile Content Networks. He has held Technology Marketing and Business Development roles at Inktomi, Keynote Systems, Pixo, Sun Microsystems and Wells Fargo Bank.

Eric is also an Adjunct Professor in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University, and in the past have been the Education Director for the Robotics Academy at NASA Ames. He holds a Masters in Software Engineering and eBusiness Technology and a Bachelors in Business Administration, both from Carnegie Mellon University.

Sheldon Shi

Sheldon Shi, co-founder and CEO of GeoWok, Inc

Sheldon Shi is the co-founder and CEO of GeoWok, Inc, which is focused on developing location based social games including Mayor War, a popular virtual warfare game based on real locations. Sheldon is a software veteran and active entrepreneur with more than a decade of experience in mobile, internet applications and enterprise software in the U.S. and China. Prior to GeoWok, Sheldon was the Chief Technology Officer of a venture-backed location-based online advertising startup in Beijing, China. Sheldon Shi received his Ph.D. degree in Physics from the University of Chicago, and his bachelor's degree from Peking University, China.

Ashok Kaul

Ashok Kaul, Vice President, Healthcare Convergence, Wireless Life Sciences Alliance (WLSA), St Jude Medical

Ashok has over 25 years of global marketing, sales and product development experience in healthcare with both larger, Fortune 100 companies such as GE Medical, Abbott Labs, Medtronic MiniMed, and St. Jude Medical, as well as with start-up companies. He has specific expertise and experience in international markets, with a successful career in sales, marketing, business, and product development.

Wenjing Chu

Wenjing Chu, VP of Business Development, Neusoft America, Inc.

Wenjing brings over 18 years of experience and passion in leading technological innovation and solution delivery to Neusoft America as its VP of business development. Prior to joining Neusoft, he was a Senior Product Manager in Nokia’s software and services division specialized in OEM partnerships. Over the years, he had led technology and product teams in such industry innovators as Airespace (Wireless), Pipelinks (Internet), and Sentient Networks (QoS), all were acquired by Cisco Systems and grew into substantial businesses for Cisco. He also served as Director of Software at Turin Networks (now Force10) and NextHop Technologies, a pioneer in Internet routing (GateD).

Wenjing received his B.Sc. from China’s prestigious Peking University and his M.Sc. in Computer Science, including Ph.D. course work, from University of British Columbia.

Ojas Rege

Ojas Rege, Vice President of Products, MobileIron

Ojas' team is responsible for product management and marketing at MobileIron. MobileIron is a software company focused on solving the security and management problems CIOs face as enterprise data moves to the smartphone. The company was selected as both a Gartner Cool Vendor and Network World Startup to Watch for 2010. Before MobileIron, Ojas was Vice President of Global Mobile Products at Yahoo!, responsible for Yahoo's mobile search, email, messaging, and content services. He started in mobile in 2000 as Vice President of Product Marketing at AvantGo, one of the first software developers for Palm and PocketPC handhelds. Before AvantGo, Ojas managed the online video gaming team at Acclaim Entertainment, spent several years with Boston Consulting Group, and started his career in 1988 as a product line manager at Oracle. Ojas is also a Board Member for Pact, a non-profit in Oakland California that provides adoption services for children of color and their parents.

Ojas has a Computer Engineering degree from M.I.T. and an MBA from Stanford. You can reach him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or @orege on twitter.

Vish Mishra

Vish Mishra, Venture Director, Clearstone Venture Partners

Vish joined Clearstone in March 2002 with over 30 years of leadership and management experience in the high tech industry including software, Internet, networking and telecommunications. He is a founder and served as a board member of Telera, a cutting edge voice web infrastructure company which was sold to Alcatel for $140 million in 2002. Vish was also co-founder of Excelan (1983), which was funded with $7.3 million in venture capital, went public in 1987, sold for $225 million in 1989 and went on to contribute $1 billion to Novell’s revenue in subsequent years.

Vish prides himself in being a mentor capitalist who sits or has sat on boards of many venture-backed companies such as Abeama, Cofix, Onjibe, PostMedia Group, Quantros, Ramp Networks (sold to Nokia), SloMedia, Verano, and Xalted IP Networks. His prior experience includes founding VP of Operations of Excelan and VP Novell and EVP of iPlanet (a unit of Sun Microsystems and AOL), and CEO of four start-ups: Info-Objects, Mindworks, IntelliMatch and Ace Software.

Vish holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from the Institute of Technology at Benares Hindu University, an MS in Electrical Engineering from North Dakota State University and MBA work from the University of Minnesota. He is a very active Director and Charter Member of TiE who has dedicated himself to the growth of the organization since its inception.

Vish's focus at Clearstone is deal flow, syndicate networking, portfolio company support and executive coaching. His vast network in Silicon Valley, extended globally through TiE, is an invaluable asset to entrepreneurs and to us. Vish serves on the board of Novariant (formerly IntegriNautics).

Gregory Kennedy

Gregory Kennedy, InMob, Global Marketing

Gregory Kennedy has over 10 years experience in digital media on both advertising and publishing side. Prior to joining InMobi Gregory was responsible for marketing at CUPR, a behavioral targeting advertising platform start-up. CUPR was deployed across Latin America and had partner Mercado Libre (Ebay Latin America) as a client.

Before switching over to the business side Gregory was global creative director for LiveJournal, a highly regarded social media / blogging platform and open source pioneer. While at LiveJournal he lead design teams in both the San Francisco and Moscow offices. Gregory was born in New York City and spent his early career on Madison avenue working with many agencies and clients. This included two years at Carat / Isobar where he was responsible for leading creative on the Kodak account globally. Gregory started his career with a bleeding edge silicon alley firm Oven Digital, where he pioneered the use of rich media and streaming video.

Gregory was educated at LaGuardia High School of Music Art and Performing Arts, and the School of Visual Arts both in New York City. Gregory also holds a certificate in marketing from U.C. Berkeley. He is married, lives in the SOMA district of San Francisco and loves to drink coffee.

Alastair Goldfisher

Alastair Goldfisher, managing editor, Thomson Reuters

Alastair Goldfisher is managing editor at Thomson Reuters, where he reports and edits for the monthly Venture Capital Journal and the online affiliate publication peHUB.com. Alastair primarily covers venture capital and startups, reporting on such topics as fundraising, investments trends and other news related to the VC industry.

Alastair has worked in business journalism as an editor and a reporter since 1994 and has been at Thomson Reuters since 2003.

Before joining Thomson Reuters, he was the founding editor of California CEO and a reporter with the San Jose Business Journal.

Tapan Mehta

Tapan Mehta

Senior Manager, Global Healthcare Solutions Marketing, Cisco

Tapan Mehta is a Senior Manager in Cisco’s Global Healthcare marketing team where he leads the development and marketing effort for healthcare solutions spanning multiple different areas such as clinical workflow improvement, telemedicine, patient care and safety, and regulatory requirements. Tapan is passionate about helping the Healthcare industry transform its processes and workflows with the ultimate goal of improving the quality of patient care. He partners with healthcare industry leaders to assist them in using technology to improve patient outcomes and staff satisfaction, decrease healthcare costs, and promote industry transformation.

With over 15 years of experience in areas of strategic marketing, product planning, business development, product management, product marketing and sales, Tapan has developed a broad set of skills that enable him to execute and deliver on complex business problems. He has developed and managed a broad range of advanced infrastructure technologies including wireless, security, virtualization, and video. Tapan has authored over dozen articles/papers in industry-leading publications and has spoken at several conferences such as HIMSS and AAMI.

Prior to joining Cisco, Tapan worked at Intel Corporation and Altera Corporation in various management capacities. Tapan is a graduate of the University of Michigan.

Anne Louise

Anne Louise

Anne-Louise has been working with Sprint for the past 8 years, in various roles in business sales and most recently business development. She represents the “eyes and ears” of Sprint’s Product and Technology organizations in Silicon Valley. Her role is to identify, vet and negotiate potential partnership opportunities that can enhance Sprint services. She works closely with the VC community, startups and developer groups in the Bay Area. Prior to Sprint, she worked for 5 years at Nortel Networks in their Enterprise and Professional Mobile Radio division. Anne-Louise graduated from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques of Paris and Pantheon-Assas University in Paris and spent a year in Mannheim University, Germany.

Jessica Zhang

Jessica Zhang

Co-Chair, Mobile SIG & Mobile App Competition Judging Panel, SVCWireless

Jessica is a seasoned marketing, partnership development and product evangelist with over 15 years of experience in Silicon Valley and China. She has been instrumental to flagship product launches and marketing campaigns at Synopsys and Cadence, where she has worked extensively with key players such as Apple, Qualcomm, Cisco, Microsoft, Nokia, Samsung, Motorola, MediaTek, Huawei and China Mobile in the global industry supply chain. Earlier in her career, Jessica had co-founded Internet community and smart handheld solution startups, and worked as a senior associate for the Woodside Capital Partners focusing on capital raising and strategic consulting for emerging growth companies in the digital media, Cleantech, semiconductor and life science.

Jessica has advised and invested in startup ventures in the social games, mobile video, design software and Software-as-a-service space. She headed the Strategic Partnership team at UCGEC (US-China Green Energy Council) and SCEA (Silicon Valley Chinese Engineers Association), where she orchestrated collaborations between Silicon Valley and China-based businesses for market entry and global expansion.

Jessica is an elected member of the Youth Committee of the Federation of Overseas Chinese (中国侨联海外青年委员会理事), the Vice President of the Jiangsu Provincial Federation of Overseas Chinese (江苏省海外青年华侨总会副会长), and was a judge of the California Future Business Leaders Association (FBLA) public speech contest. She holds an MS in Computer Engineering and an MBA from the Haas School of Business, University of California at Berkeley.


Lily Toy, Senior associate, K&L Gates LLP Corporate Group

Lily Toy is a senior corporate associate in the Palo Alto office of K&L Gates, an international law firm with 33 offices in the U.S., Asia, Europe and Middle East. Ms. Toy focuses her practice on emerging companies at every stage of the pipeline -- from start-up to liquidity. She works most closely with cleantech, hi-tech, internet and life sciences companies.

Combining her experience representing Chinese companies with her fluency in Mandarin and Cantonese, Ms. Toy has worked closely with investors and companies on domestic, in-bound and out-bound transactions, as well as on-shore and off-shore structures in both technology and non-tech sectors. She regularly interacts with her more than 60 colleagues permanently based in Asia -- in Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, Taipei and Singapore -- which gives the U.S. and Chinese clients she works with continued hands-on local representation with new enhanced international capabilities and perspective.

Ms. Toy earned her J.D. from Cornell Law School in 2004, and her B.A. with honors in Economics and Legal Studies from the University of California, Berkeley in 2001. During law school, Ms. Toy was a judicial extern for the Honorable Alan Jaroslovsky of the United States Bankruptcy Court.

In addition to being a member of the Silicon Valley Chinese Wireless Association, she is also active in CINA (Chinese Information and Networking Association) and HYSTA (Hua Yuan Science and Technology Association).

Ms. Toy is a member of the State Bar of California.

Dongmin Chen, CSO, Memsic Inc.

Dongmin Chen, CSO, Memsic Inc.

Dr. Chen is the Chief Strategy Officer of Memsic, Inc. He is responsible for company’s business strategy and technology/product roadmap. Prior to join Memsic, Inc. he was a co-founder and CTO of Miradia Inc.where he led the pioneering effort in the development of a new platform MEMS-CMOS integration technology which enables, for the first time, the production of Complex micro mirror arrays for display applications in a CMOS foundry. He also pioneered MEMS wafer level hermetic packaging and wafer level MEMS lubrication process. He is a co-inventor of more than 90 issued and pending US and international patents. He is responsible for company’s IP strategy and IP portfolio development.

Before founding Miradia Inc, Dr. Chen was a senior Rowland Fellow at Harvard University for 15 years where he headed the laboratory for nanoscale quantum physics research. He is currently an adjunct professor and co-director of Beijing National lab for Condensed Matter Physics engaging in research in spintronics, quantum computing and future nonvolatile memory. He co-authored more than 100 publications in peer reviewed scientific journals. He is an associate editor and board member of Applied Physics Letter and Review of Scientific Instrument, and a senior associate editor of the Chinese Science Bulletin

Dr. Chen is the Vice President of Chinese American Semiconductor Professional Association.

Douglas Goldstein, eFuturist

Douglas Goldstein, eFuturist

As an eFuturist, Douglas Goldstein delivers the latest intelligence and insights on how emerging technology and entertainment can improve our lives and Healthstyles. Douglas is a leading expert in improving health and performance through mobile, social media, video games and virtual worlds. As a consultant and author, Douglas Goldstein guides organizations in dynamic change that improves productivity and performance. As a speaker, he catalyzes insights and motivates participants to use ‘i-Leadership’ and 'Distinctive Innovation' to create a better future today. Douglas is the CEO of iConecto, Inc. which is a leading experiential media and mobile firm focused on Health@Everywhere solutions.

John Mar, Director of Software Engineering, Control4 Energy

John Mar, Director of Software Engineering, Control4 Energy

John Mar is the Director of Software Engineering at Control4. Control4 Energy, a leader in affordable IP-based home control systems. John directs the development of Control4’s energy management and home area network application platforms for Smart Grid. He applies his extensive experience with Java EE based applications to engineer solutions that enable electric utilities to engage their customers in active energy management. John’s team delivers robust data management systems on flexible, secure networks to enhance Smart Grid enterprise applications. These solutions leverage WiFi networks to extend utility Smart Grid capabilities and benefits to end-use consumers. John possesses wide-ranging knowledge of Java, XML and WebServices languages and database platforms and is an effective and accomplished engineering manager. Prior to joining Control4 John developed Smart Grid data management and consumer energy applications at eMeter Corporation. He has been in the software industry since 1989 and has a B.S. In Computers and Information Science, with a concentration in Artificial Intelligence, from the University of Massachusetts.

Gregg Malkary, Managing Director, SPYGLASS Consulting Group

Gregg Malkary is the founder and Managing Director of the Spyglass Consulting Group. He has more than 20 years experience in the high technology industry working with Fortune 2000 companies to help them use information technology for competitive advantage. Malkary has domain expertise in mobile computing, wireless and broadband technologies with direct experience in the healthcare, hospitality, manufacturing, communications and entertainment markets. Prior to founding Spyglass Consulting Group in August 2002, Malkary was an Associate Partner at Outlook Ventures, a venture capital firm that focuses on early stage investments in enterprise software and communications companies. Previously, Malkary was the Director of Strategic Planning for Exodus Communications where he was responsible for identifying, evaluating and executing growth initiatives for Exodus in the managed web-hosting marketplace. Malkary has also held consulting and senior management roles in business development, strategic planning and product marketing for public and private technology companies including IBM, Hewlett Packard, Accenture, Silicon Graphics, SkyTel Communications and Liberate Technologies. Malkary frequently speaks at regional and national conferences focused on mobile computing, wireless technologies and healthcare-related issues. He has been written about and quoted in numerous industry publications including the Wall Street Journal, CIO, Business 2.0, MIT Technology Review, Network World, and eWeek. Malkary is an honors graduate of Brown University having earned a MS and BA in Computer Science. He was awarded the prestigious North American Philips Corporation Fellowship for his graduate research work in graphical simulation environments.

Mrinal Desai, Co-founder, Cross Loop

Mrinal Desai is a serial entrepreneur. Prior to the current venture he is getting ready
to launch, Mrinal was the co-founder of CrossLoop, for which he raised $9M from
El Dorado and Venrock. Mrinal grew the user base single-handedly to over 3M
users through grass roots marketing, social media and press coverage in The Wall
Street Journal, The New York Times, Forbes, Inc., TechCrunch, VentureBeat etc.

Before that, Mrinal was the first business development manager at LinkedIn and
launched all their premium products into Fortune 500 companies like Google, ebay,
Vivendi Universal, Expedia and The Standard Insurance to name a few. He also helped
grow the user base from 1.5M users to 6.5M in less than 2 years. In the past he has
sold and marketed enterprise solutions and managed partners like Silicon Graphics,
EADS Matra Datavision, HP, Alias and EDS while at a subsidiary of the $20 Billion
TATA conglomerate based in India.

Mrinal has been recognized by Advertising Age as one of the Top 25 Media People to
Follow on Twitter, one of the Top 100 Technology Experts on Twitter by TechRepublic
(a CBS co.) and as The Most Media-Connected Executive in Technology by Forbes. He
also writes guest columns on TechCrunch and Advertising Age. "

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