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Dr. Li Wei
CEO, Transfong Ventures
Dr. Li Wei has more than 15 years of experience in R&D, IP management, technology commercialization, start-up incubation and investment. He is currently the CEO of Transfong Ventures, a venture builder that helps deep tech companies launch the overseas businesses in Singapore and in China. Prior to the current role, Dr. Li had worked 10 years at Agency of Science, Technology and Research, Singapore (A*STAR), the largest public R&D organization in Singapore, for IP management, technology commercialization and industry R&D partnership. Before that, Dr. Li also had years of engineering and project management experience with SSMC, A Joint Venture of TSMC and NXP.
Dr. Li was Adjunct professor of Singapore University of Technology and Design, and trainer of Intellectual Property Office of Singapore and Nanyang Technology Universities for government officials and company management on technology commercialization, startup and innovation. He is also the Deputy Secretary of Singapore-China Association for Advancement of Science & Technology, Executive Member of Jiangsu Association and Huayuan Association in Singapore.
Dr. Li holds a Degree of Doctor of Philosophy and a Degree of Bachelor of Engineering in Microelectronics from Nanyang Technological University and Master of Business Administration from INSEAD.
Vice President of ByteDance
Tina Zhao, the Vice President of ByteDance, is leading global development of enterprise business (BytePlus) in ByteDance. Tina joined ByteDance in 2015 as a member of senior management team. . During the last few years, she has been actively engaged with several different roles, including Content Operation Department, Marketing& branding Department, Public Relations Department, Business Development, and Cloud Photo Department.
BytePlus is an enterprise business unit in ByteDance. The popularity of applications of ByteDance is attributed to the usage of cutting-edge technologies, such as Natural Language Processing, Machine Learning, Computer Vision, Speech & Audio, etc. From our perspective, the technologies generated from consumer side businesses, holds the key to a more prosperous and efficient business in future: empowering and accelerating the growth of other businesses.
Before joining ByteDance, Tina worked in Sina (Nasdaq: SINA) as the General Manager of Sina Mobile in 2015.
General Manager of Asia Pacific Region from Tuya Smart
Ross has years of experience in consumer electronics and smart hardware and software industry, with comprehensive understanding in global markets especially in Asia Pacific region from business expansion, product localization, and B2B services. He has successfully built key strategic partnerships with his team and managed to scale the AIoT smart home business in the Asia Pacific markets.
CTO of Thundersoft
Pengcheng Zou is the CTO of Thundersoft. Pengcheng hold bachelor degree of EE of Tsinghua University, and Master of Computer Science of University of Notre Dame. Pengcheng has involved in Open Source related business and technology development since his study in Univ. of Notre Dame, and works in NEC, Red Flag and currently Thundersoft on various Linux and Android related projects, including the 1st Mobile Linux platform (Midinux) on Intel Platform, Smartbook OS, Qualcomm Reference Design (QRD) and many Android and HTML5 related products.
Headquartered in Beijing and listed on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange (300496) with a market cap of RMB 40 Bn, ThunderSoft is a world leading provider of intelligent platform technology and solutions. The company’s global engineering team has built a deep understanding and expertise of hardware and software, with a focus on automotive, mobile, and IoT. ThunderSoft has 25 R&D centers and offices in China, and other 10 countries.
As TOP 10 early stage investment firm, FREES Fund focuses on sectors with unique technological innovation in China and globally.
Mr. Li has extensive experience in the venture capital and private equity investment industry and is well known in the investment community for his unique views on secular economic trends. He has made many successful investments in companies such as CreditEase (NYSE), LAIX (NYSE), 360 Finance (NASDAQ), Bilibili (NASDAQ), Three Squirrels (China SZSE), and Unity. Mr. Li has received numerous awards from authorized institutions and media such as China Venture, Zero2IPO Group, 36Kr, Forbes and etc.
Prior to FREES Fund, Mr. Li was general partner and member of the management committee at IDG Capital. He graduated from Peking University in China with a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and University of Rochester in the US with a MS in Chemistry Degree.
Venture Partner of Gaorong Capital, Former Chief Growth Officer of Kuaishou Technology
Xinhua Liu is currently Venture Partner of Gaorong Capital Investment, focusing on investments in DTC (directly to consumer) brands, social networks and marketplaces, and advising porfolios on product and growth strategies.
Mr. Liu has over 22 years of experience with high-tech and internet companies, in strategy, growth and operations roles and has been involved in several super apps’ product building and operations with hundreds of millions of daily active users.
Prior to joining Gaorong Capital, Xinhua Liu served as the Chief Growth Officer of Kuaishou Technology, one of the fast growing short video-based community in the world, where he was responsible for user growth, monetization and global product growth.
Before joining in Kuaishou, Mr. Liu served as President of International Operations at ByteDance and oversaw the launch of products including TopBuzz and Buzzvideo in the United States, Japan and Brazil.
Before joining in Bytedance, Mr. Liu was responsible for overall business products and monetization, global product and partnership growth, investment and legal affairs at Cheetah Mobile as Chief Marketing Officer. At Cheetah Mobile, Mr. Liu led the product development of Clean Master, one of the most popular system utility app on Google Play and led the Pre-A round of investment in Musical.ly, which was acquired by ByteDance and re-named as TikTok.
Genping joined Vertex in 2010. Based in Singapore, he covers Southeast Asia on industry sectors including internet/mobile and enabling technologies.
Genping has a diversified set of experience working with startups & multinational companies in various sectors including internet, electronics (batteries), telecom and investment banking. He started his career with a product manager role at Motorola Electronics Singapore.
Genping holds a Bachelor of Computer Engineering from Nanyang Technological University Singapore, and MBA from University of California – Los Angeles.
PhD in Optics from Xi’an Institute of Optics and Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Executive Dean of Shaanxi Institute of Optoelectronics Integrated Circuit Pilot Technology, Vice Chairman of Young Scientists Social Responsibility Alliance, Inventor of China’s “Key & Core Technology” concept. In recent years, Dr. Mi Lei and his team have focused on the national innovation-driven strategy, deeply promoted the transfer and transformation of scientific and technological achievements in both theory and practice. They founded the 1st Key & Core Tech focused angel fund in China. So far they are managing RMB 5.3 Bn in total from 8 funds under CASSTAR, and invested in more than 290 companies. In 2019, CASSTAR was selected as Top 10 Angel Fund in China.
Marco Lai has served as a director and the CEO of LIZHI (NASDAQ) since December 2010. Before founding LIZHI, Mr. Lai was a successful serial entrepreneur in China’s internet industry. He worked as the CEO for Shanghai Labox Information Technology from 2007 to 2010, and also founded Guangzhou Mowang Information Technology, and served as its president from 2003 to 2007. Before starting his business career, Mr. Lai was a radio host.
LIZHI is a leading online UGC audio community and interactive audio entertainment platform in China, with a mission to enable everyone to showcase their vocal talents.
Marketing and Partnership Director
Tencent Cloud APAC.
Tencent recently surpassed Alibaba in terms of market cap (USD 694 Bn) as #1 internet company from China. In the global market, Tencent Cloud ranked TOP 5 vendors worldwide in 2019. Tencent Cloud reported revenue of over US$2.4 Bn with more than one million paid clients in 2019. Having infrastructure in 26 geographic areas on five continents and operates 53 availability zones, Tencent Cloud has an exabyte-level storage capacity and deployed 1300 acceleration nodes globally.
Partner of ShengJing Group, China’s leading Fund of Fund
Partner & Managing Director at Chinaccelerator
Oscar, Partner & Managing Director of Chinaccelerator, is a “Full stack Innovator” with expertise ranging from Product Development to corporate strategy. He has experience as an entrepreneur, Management consultant and early stage investor.
Telecom MEng and Biomedical PhD dropout, began his career 14 years ago as an R&D engineer working in Reseach Center for Ericsson and Telefonica and after discovering Business Model Innovation transitioned to the world of startups. After several years working for a MedTech Startup moved to China in early 2008. Since his arrival to China has been involved in Innovation: product launches, go-to market strategies, Venture Capital financing and M&As for startups and multinationals.
Regular speaker in conferences worldwide about Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Learning facilitator in MBA programs about entrepreneurial.
Co-founder & CMO, WebEye
Leo Yang, co-founder and CMO of WebEye. Zhe started working at ACCESS in 2005; then he joined Opera ASA, responsible for its business development in China. With 16 years of work experience in the rapid developing mobile Internet industry, Zhe has greatly expanded his social network and accumulated client resources. In 2015, WebEye was established, and as a co-founder, Zhe became its Chief Marketing Officer (CMO). After three years, WebEye has built in-depth partnership with many mobile phone manufacturers / advertisers / advertising companies around the globe. It also expanded its business into related areas, including DSP, APP and game development, and has become Google’s top ten reseller. WebEye leverages AI technology and its self-designed data management platform to provide its partners with comprehensive digital marketing solutions. As a pioneer of China mobile internet industry, WebEye actively promotes China’s ‘The Belt and Road’ initiative and strives to become the best mobile advertising company in China.
Founder & CEO, DayDayUp
Yiqun Bo is the Founder and CEO of DayDayUp Tech Accelerator. Founded in 2015, DayDayUp is committed to connect Chinese and global innovators. Focusing on AI, IoT, Blockchain, Cloud Computing, 5G, and Mobile Internet, based on INNOEYE, which is global innovation discover engine, DayDayUp creates an ecosystem for corporates, startups and investors to connect with each other. So far, INNOEYE covers over 100,000 startups of 9 developed countries from North America, Europe and Asia Pacific.
Prior to founding DayDayUp, Bo Yiqun was one of the co-founders and President of the GWC from 2009 to 2015. He helped GWC to become a mobile internet business network which covers more than 20 countries with nearly 1,000 company members around the world and hold Global Mobile Internet Conference (GMIC) in 8 international cities.
Yiqun received his Master’s Degree in management from the University of Paris I in France. He speaks Chinese, English and French. At the age of forty, Yiqun realized that “Life is uncertain, so we should live in the moment”. So he is committed to creating a positive and happy life and to influence people around him.
Director, Startup and VC Ecosystem, Samsung Catalyst
Barrett Parkman is the Director of Startup and VC Ecosystem at Samsung Catalyst Fund, Samsung Electronics’ evergreen multi-stage venture capital fund that invests in the new data economy and strategic ideas for Samsung’s mobile, device solutions and consumer electronics groups. Investment spans across Automotive, Robotics, Digital Health, Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, Cloud Infrastructure, and Device-Level Solutions.
Prior to Samsung, Barrett was managing partner of the GWC Innovator Fund, an early-stage venture fund that made over 30 investments in data and AI startups in Silicon Valley, China, India, and Israel. He also founded a global startup program called G-Startup Worldwide, where he helped hundreds of startups raised billions of dollars in capital and some get acquired by Amazon, Google, Alibaba, and Apple. In addition, Barrett co-founded the Global Mobile Internet Conference (GMIC), where he led marketing and content to grow the event to become one of the largest tech conferences in the world.
General Partner at SOSV & Managing Director at Chinaccelerator & MOX
William Bao Bean is a General Partner at SOSV and the Managing Director of Chinaccelerator, China’s first startup accelerator based in Shanghai. A prominent practitioner, innovator and thought leader on tech investing in Asia, he founded MOX, SOSV’s Mobile-Only Accelerator, in partnership with GMobi, the largest mobile platform for Southest Asia and India. In addition to his work at SOSV, William is an active angel investor with 39 investments between 2004 and 2014.
William holds a BA from Bowdoin College and began his career as an equity research analyst, most recently with Deutsche Bank, where he was responsible for Internet and Telecom Equipment across Asia and China technology, media and telecom. In addition, he covered Digital Media & Telecom Equipment companies at Bank of America Securities in San Francisco and PCs & Enterprise Hardware at Bear Stearns in New York.
Prior to joining SOSV, William was the Managing Director at SingTel Innov8, where he led investments in Yodo1, Gmobi, Lekan, and Massive Impact, among others. Previously, William was a Partner at Softbank China & India Holdings, an early stage venture capital firm backed by Softbank of Japan and Cisco.
Managing Director & US/Europe head at Fosun RZ Capital
Mr Jonathan (Zhun) Qiu is Fosun RZ Capital’s Managing Director and US head. Previously, Jonathan helped found Sky9 Capital, and acted as its Managing Director. He focuses on Technology and Internet startups in both China and the US. Jonathan was Managing Director and Head of the Investment Committee of Decent Capital、 the co-founder of Circlemo（a professional mobile social network startup in China）. Prior to that, Jonathan was an early leader of Tencent’s Cloud Computing initiatives, and founded Tencent Networking Lab. Jonathan holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Peking University and a M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Southern California, USA. He was once also a Ph.D. candidate in USC’s Artificial Intelligence program.
Founding Partner, Follow[the]Seed
Rainmaker, venture capitalist and entrepreneur, Curt leads investment in TMT, sports, entertainment and gaming startups.
With over 10 years in the industry, Curt is an experienced investor and entrepreneur who is focussed on crossover opportunities in China, the US, and the South Pacific.
He works with portfolio companies to set up, access and compete in the world’s largest yet complex market.
Achievements: Since 1999, Curt has been actively participating in China’s TMT entrepreneurial community and as a typical entrepreneur-turned-investor, Curt has been successfully managing venture funds in China and Australia for more than a decade, with successful exits both on American and Australian capital markets. One of his recent successful cross-border investments was Catapult Sports, which is a leader in wearable sports analytics technology and was listed on Australian Securities Exchange (ASX:CAT) Dec 2014 (15x return in 18 months). For his professional performance, Curt was the 2016 winner of “CPA Australia – Australia China Alumni Award for Banking and Finance” by Australia China Alumni Association and a finalist for the “Innovation and Entrepreneurship Alumni Award” by Western Sydney University for 2017.
Expertise: Corporate development, deal engineering, venture capitalism, action sports lifestyle, cross border transactions.
Co-founder of Dianping，Founding Partner of Light-Up Capital
Edward Long, former Vice President of Operations and Vice President of Business Development for Linktone (Nasdaq: LTON), he has been with the company since its initial state as a startup to being listed on NASDAQ. In 2005, he joined as the Co-Founder of DianPing.com, and was in charge of Strategic Business Development, Public Relations, Legal and Government Relations, and is committed to promote the strategic cooperation of DianPing mobile application. In 2015, DianPing and Meituan officially merged to become the world’s largest lifestyle service platform, and was listed in Hong Kong in September 2018 (3690.HK).
In 2015, he and Li Jing, the other co-founder of DianPing founded Light-Up Capital to light up the dreams of entrepreneurs. Light-Up Capital is mainly focused on consumption upgrading and enterprise services, and its portfolios include Waterdrop, Coffee Box, DayDayUp, Tigerobo, etc. At the same time, he also serve as the Senior Consultant of MeituanDianping to provide strategic consulting services for the group.
Edward holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Science and Technology of China and MBA from Shanghai Jiaotong University. Other than being actively involved in the entrepreneurial scene, he also holds multiple social position. Edward is currently the Executive Committee of the Shanghai Federation of Industry and Commerce, the Standing Committee of the Changning District Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), the Vice Chairman of the Changning District Federation of Industry and Commerce, mentor at Dark Horse, etc.
CTO, Zhongke Chuangda Software Technology Co., Ltd.
Zou Pengcheng graduated from the Department of Automation of Tsinghua University and studied in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Notre Dame as a master student where he engaged in the research of parallel computing algorithms. In 1999, he worked as an intern at EPIC in the United States, where he worked on the design and development of medical information systems. In 2000, he returned to China to join NEC Software Research Institute of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. As the main project leader, he designed and developed the Linux version of the system management software ESMPRO, and participated in the design and construction of internal IT systems of several NEC R&D centers. From 2002 to 2008, he entered Hongqi Software Company and was responsible for the server research and development department. In May 2008, he entered Zhongke Chuangda Software Technology Co., Ltd. and is responsible for their mobile operating system research and development, and now serves as their senior vice president.
Joe Wu is a serial entrepreneur and the founding partner of MFund.
Joe left Baidu 91 Wireless in 2014 after he successfully facilitated the merger of Baidu and 91 Wireless in 2013. He served as the CEO and Executive Director of 91 Wireless, China’s most influential smartphone service platform from 2010. In 2013, the company was sold to Baidu for USD 1.9 Billion, making it the largest M&A case in the acquisition history of China’s Internet sector. Before his legendary achievement in 91 Wireless, in 2004, Joe was the CFO of NetDragon, a leading company specializing in online games and mobile internet related projects. He took the company to IPO in 2007 in Hong Kong. He is also a member of fourth class of the China Fellowship Program from Aspen Global Leadership Network. Joe graduated in 1994 from UC Berkeley and later on earned his Masters degree from Duke University in 2004.
He founded MFund in 2015 in the hope of helping the next generation new entrepreneurs.
Peakview Capital，Managing Partner
Peakview Capital together with their team of Investment Tutors and students have invested in more than 20 domestic top investment institutions, and have already gone abroad, to invest in the top growth fund IVP, top venture capital fund Menlo Venture, Silicon Valley’s most innovative incubator 500Startups, the largest angel investment and financing platform F50. They have also invested in Israel’s top investment institutions JVP, Viola, Vintage and so on.
Founding Partner, NEO Global Capital
Tony Gu is the founding partner of NGC Ventures.
Previously Tony was a partner of Longstand Capital (a PE fund in China) and Rhodium Capital (a Buyout Fund in Singapore).
Tony has more than 10 years of experiences investing across Education, Technology, Financial Services and Health Care industries. He focused on North Asia countries and large cross-border buyout deals where strategic integration and effective market entry were instrumental for deal success. Tony has done deals amounting to more than 1B US$ so far.
Companies Tony has invested: Alibaba Group, Shanda Game, JD Finance, etc..
Companies Tony has advised: Haitong Bank (2nd largest bank in Portugal), Quantum Inventions(leading AI company in Asia), Paradise Group (largest F&B group in Singapore), etc..
Tony holds a dual-EMBA degree from INSEAD and Tsinghua University. Tony also holds a Master’s degree in Computer Engineering from Nanyang Technological University.
Principal at Bain Capital Ventures
Kevin focuses on investments in business software, services and marketplaces. Additionally, he contributes to the fund’s emerging practices in autonomy, mobility, cryptocurrency, and gaming.
Kevin also supports the Bain Capital Ventures portfolio, with particular focus on industrial, autonomy, and intelligence/machine learning-enabled technology. He serves as a board member for Idelic, as well as a board observer for Ike, Vention and Homebase. Additionally, Kevin works closely with several seed-stage investments, including Lumina and Shelf Engine.
Originally from Edison, New Jersey, Kevin earned a Bachelor of Arts in economics-political science from Columbia University, where he led the Columbia Organization of Rising Entrepreneurs to win the Zvi Galil Award for positive impact on engineering student life. Kevin serves on the young alumni association, the Young Leaders Council, and is an advisor to student groups like Blockchain at Columbia.
Partner at HAX / SOSV, VC for 200+ deep tech startups. Speaker, Guest Writer at TC, VB & more. 18y in Asia
As Partner at HAX, Benjamin works with our startups on strategy, marketing, PR and fundraising. He is considered a global thought leader on hardware innovation and ecosystems, and represents HAX in many global events. He has been featured on Bloomberg TV, WSJ, The Economist, Nature, Wired and is a contributor to VentureBeat, TechCrunch and IEEE Spectrum.
Moving from France to Asia in 2000, Benjamin is a reformed mechanical engineer who turned to strategy and worked in Japan, South Korea and China. He now splits his time between Hong Kong, Shenzhen and the world. His experience covers several tech industries: telecom, mobile, gaming and hardware.
Prior to HAX, Benjamin was the founder of a strategy consultancy which researched Asia-based digital innovations, with clients such as Microsoft, Citi and Harvard Business School. He also founded Mobile Monday Beijing, a community of thousands of mobile industry professionals in China, running over 40 events.