OUR SHARERS ARE GOING TO ROCK THE STAGE!
Our sharers are successful serial entrepreneurs, top-notch investors, tech visionaries, and other startups. They brought years of experience to share with you all, the fun, the excitement, the ups and downs, the challenges of being an entrepreneur. Share yours with them as they share theirs with you!
This year, J.A.D.E has reached out to expertise in the Silicon valley and brought them to you. Hear them share the inner secrets of growing a startup in the Valley!
HONG KONG SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY PARKS CORPORATION
Albert Wong joined Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation (HKSTP) on February 1, 2016 as the Chief Corporate Development Officer. He was appointed the CEO on August 1, 2016.
Albert holds an Engineering Degree from the University of Hong Kong, and an MBA from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Albert has over thirty years of commercial experience with various multinationals, including Schlumberger, Caterpillar, Emerson Electric and General Electric. Before joining the HKSTP, Albert was the CEO of ATAL Engineering in Hong Kong. Prior to that, Albert spent fifteen years with GE in the US headquarters, Asia-Pacific and China, in which he was responsible for M&A, Business Development, Product Management, and Business Operations. Albert’s last positions at GE were China CEO of GE Oil & Gas; Asia CEO of GE Industrial Solutions.
Albert is committed to building an ecosystem in Hong Kong to drive development in Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship. He firmly believes that the future of Hong Kong rides on the success of this ecosystem.
THE LOCAL DISRUPTORS
CO-FOUNDER & VICE-CHAIRMAN
CMGE GROUP LIMITED
Hendrick Sin is a co-founder and the Vice Chairman of CMGE Group Limited, the largest publisher on all platforms of mobile games in China. CMGE was listed on the NASDAQ market in United States from September 2012 to August 2015, and it was China’s first mobile game company listed in an overseas stock exchange. Mr. Sin is also the founding and managing partner of China Prosperity Capital Fund, a private equity investment company with a primary investment focus on PRC mobile internet businesses. Prior to founding CMGE, Mr. Sin had acquired 12 years of experience in investment banking and had advised on a wide range of notable IPO and M&A transactions involving projects in China/Hong Kong and throughout Asia. Mr. Sin has 20 years of experience in management, finance and investment banking and throughout his career, he had worked very closely with PRC enterprises and individuals.
Mr. Sin received a Master’s degree in Engineering Economics and Operations Research from Stanford University, USA. He also holds three Bachelor of Science degrees in Computer Science/Mathematics, Economics and Industrial Management (with college honors) from Carnegie Mellon University. He is a vice-president of Shenzhen Overseas Friendship Association and a vice-director of its professional committee, a vice-president of Federation of Shenzhen Associations, a founding and executive vice-president of HKinnovision, a vice-president of Youth Council, an executive council member of the Internet Professional Association, a director of Pacific Basin Economic Council (PBEC) and he serves on the board of trustees of Cushing Academy, USA.
Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Beyond Ventures
Founder and CEO, DYXnet Group
Lap Man is Co-founder & Managing Partner of BeyondVentures, a Hong Kong-based venture capital fund established by several serial Hong Kong entrepreneurs together with eGarden Ventures, a technology/media/telecoms-focused venture capital company with an 18-year investment track record in mainland China. The fund is also supported by leading investment company Hony Capital, which manages more than US$10 billion in assets.
He is also Founder and CEO of DYXnet Group, Greater China’s leading carrier-neutral network service provider, which launched in 1999. The company now runs somenetwork POPs (points-of-presence) and serves geographies that include Greater China, Singapore and Vietnam. Before founding DYXnet Group, Man was one of the minds behind LinkAGE Online, which became Hong Kong’s largest corporate Internet service provider before being acquired by PSINet in 1998.
Man was honoured in the “Capital Leaders of Excellence” awards scheme in 2009 and appeared two years later in the “Excellence in Achievement of World Chinese Youth Entrepreneurs” rankings organised by the World Federation of Chinese EntrepreneursOrganization. He was a winner in the 2012 “Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards” and later named one of the “Top 10 Most Innovative High Technology Innovators in Asia” by RHA Media. Man was also awarded a “Who’s Who Chinese Business Leader Honor Certificate” by the Asian College of Knowledge Management, then won the EY Entrepreneur of the Year China award in 2016. Man graduated from the Chinese University of Hong Kong with a Bachelor’s Degree in Japanese Studies and became interested in the Internet during an exchange program at Japan’s Sophia University in 1993.
Co-Founder & CEO, iClick Interactive (NASDAQ: ICLK)
Sammy Hsieh possesses more than 15 years of experience in online marketing, with a focus on sales and business strategy formulation and a proven track record of scaling Internet start-ups.
Sammy co-founded iClick Interactive in 2009 with a vision to redefine the digital marketplace with data, insights and innovation. Setting sights on the China market, they set up offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Guangzhou subsequently, and built a first-of-its-kind R&D centre in China to engage in advanced data mining and algorithmic technology development to empower iClick Interactive’s digital marketing capabilities. Currently, iClick Interactive has seven regional offices in Asia as well as business presence in London and New York, serving 150 multinational clients and 2,500 medium-sized clients.
Prior to founding iClick Interactive, Sammy had held senior positions in a number of prominent technology companies. He was Director of Search Marketing at Yahoo Hong Kong during 2000- 2008, during which he oversaw the business’ operations including sales, marketing, business development and product management. He then joined Efficient Frontier, a leading digital performance marketing company as General Manager for APAC, introducing world-leading advertising optimization technology to Asia. Sammy had also held senior positions at the LVMH Group and British American Tobacco earlier in his career, in which he focused on the companies’ sales and marketing initiatives for the Hong Kong and China markets. Sammy holds a Bachelor Degree in Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
CEO, Asia Miles Limited
Founder and Lead Curator, Design Thinking in Action (Asia)
One of the most pioneering CEOs in Hong Kong who has grown Asia Miles to 9 million members with 700 program partners worldwide in just 6 years, Stephen S.Y. Wong has been Chief Executive Officer of Asia Miles Limited since July 2011. He is responsible for managing Asia’s leading travel and lifestyle rewards programme which has a portfolio of over 9 million members and more than 700 business partners worldwide.
Driving the loyalty marketing strategy of worldwide members, charting the eCommerce and digital technology development, formulating partnership strategy to create business synergy as well as determining database marketing strategy to enhance membership and revenue development – all come under Stephen’s remit.
Stephen joined Cathay Pacific Airways in 1998 and has been with the airline group in a various management positions in Hong Kong, USA, Singapore, Japan and Vietnam. Prior to taking up his current role, Stephen was Vice President Sales, Americas. He took charge of passenger sales strategies and distribution management across the region.
A Sloan Fellow of the Stanford Graduate School of Business with an MSc in Management and a certificate in Public Management and Social Innovation, Stephen also holds a BA in Marketing from Michigan State University. A sought after speaker on customer loyalty, customer relationship management, the value of Design Thinking and innovation, Stephen frequently presents at various academic seminars and business conferences in Asia and around the world.
Dr. Marietta Wu, M.D., Ph.D
Dr. Marietta Wu’s experience ranges from clinical medicine and medical research to finance and entrepreneurship. She is currently Managing Director of Quan Capital, a premier life sciences venture fund backed by Zai Lab. She is a co-founder of Zai Lab and served as COO of the company. Prior to founding Zai Lab, she was Managing Director at Burrill & Company, leading Burrill’s investments and operation in Greater China, focusing on venture capital investing in China and Taiwan related life sciences opportunities. She serves on the board of Jing Medicine Technology and Qiagen (Suzhou) Translational Medicine Company, and was a board member of JHL Biotech(TWEM: 6540), Taiwan Liposome Company (GTSM: 4152) and General Biologics Corporation (TWEM: 4117). She also served as acting COO of Waterstone, a specialty pharmaceutical company with key operations in China. Over the past decade, she has been active in cross border ventures and value creation in the life sciences industry. Dr. Wu is a frequent speaker and author on China and Taiwan life sciences topics, and a founding member of the China Healthcare Investment Conference.
Prior to her focus in healthcare investments, Dr. Wu was Director of Strategy at Edwards Lifesciences. She also held various financial and business development positions at Eli Lilly & Company. Dr. Wu received her medical degree from Shanghai Jiaotong University School of Medicine (formerly Shanghai Second Medical University), a Ph.D. in Medical Sciences from Medical College of Ohio, and an MBA from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business.
Co-founder & CEO, Ampd Energy
Brandon is one of the founders of Ampd Energy, a Hong Kong-based manufacturer of advanced energy storage systems for critical commercial, enterprise and industrial applications. Today, Ampd Energy’s products are used by data centres, hospitals, telecommunications networks and public infrastructure across Asia and.
When Brandon Ng and his business partners set out from Beijing, China, to pitch their high-performance electric motorcycle product to law enforcement agencies in Indonesia, it didn’t occur to them that a chance incident would transform their business into one of the most promising enterprises globally. Raised in Brunei, the 29-year-old CEO and co-founder of the Hong Kong-based energy start-up, Ampd Energy, recently joined the elite ranks of Forbes’ 30 Under 30 Asia list in the Industry, Manufacturing and Energy category, making him the first local to receive the prestigious award.
Ampd Energy’s launch product, branded ‘Ampd Silo’ – which uses advanced, rechargeable lithium-ion batteries to provide uninterrupted back-up power supply – also placed first runner-up in the prestigious Engadget Best Startup Award during the recent Consumer Electrics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. The product also won a CES Innovation Award in the ‘Tech for a Better World’ category, in recognition of the innovative technology and its ability to serve the world. Brandon lives and breathes the energy sector and earned his Masters degree in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College London in 2009. Brandon is a also a 2017 GIC Future Maker.
CO-FOUNDER & CEO, FLOSHIP
“Making an impact, one entrepreneur at a time.”
Targeting businesses in Asia, Clickful is an end-to-end platform for online advertising in Asia. The platform uses AI to automatically design, set up and optimise ad campaigns to mitigate lost in budget. It is also localised for the markets in Asia. Instead of the piecemeal approach to performing online advertising, Clickful combines world-class designs with bleeding edge technology to deliver real results for our customers.
Raymond is co-founder & CEO of Clickful and also a Venture Partner at XGD Ventures. He is an entrepreneur-in-residence at Mind Fund. Former Co-founder & CEO of Shopline and a 500 Startups & Zeroth.AI alumni. He is also a mentor at Founder Institute. Raymond has won Designer – Winner Best User Experience at Startup Weekend. He has a total of 15 year career that spans across managing product & technology at Fortune 500 companies. He has worked in both New York and Hong Kong which gives him a more global perspective on growing startups.
Managing Director, China-ASEAN Fund
Patrick is currently Managing Director and Head of Portfolio Supervision & Risk Management for China-ASEAN Fund. He has substantial experience in scaling up excellence and turning around fledging companies in the Southeast Asia region. Previously, he held senior executive position at Natixis, covering Asia (ex Japan). His experience also span across the globe working in PwC London and Hong Kong before where he held senior audit and advisory positions. Patrick is a CFA charter holder, a CPA and a FCCA and holds a LLB (Hons) from London University Law Schools and a BA (Hons) from University of Leeds (UK) and a member of the Hong Kong Institute of Directors.
China-ASEAN Fund (CAF) is a private equity fund that invests throughout Southeast Asia. The uniqueness of the CAF is its strong investment power, rich industry experiences, deep understanding of the region and the target investment field. CAF srives to provide guidance in enhancing portfolio company’s environmental & social (E&S) performance. CAF firmly believes that the goal of creating positive E&S impact goes hand in hand with the goal of generating an economic return.
The Valley Knowledge Sharers
Product Experts – Tech Visionary – Artificial Intelligence – Biotech Scientist – Investors
Partner, XSeed Capital
Co-President, Stanford Angels & Entrepreneurs
Alan Chiu is a Partner at XSeed Capital, with a strong background in enterprise software startups. Alan’s investment areas include mobile enterprise applications, data analytics platforms, enterprise infrastructure, and fintech startups. He serves on the Board of Directors of Breakaway and previously served on the board of StackStorm (acquired by Brocade – NASDAQ:BRCD). He has provided support to other portfolio companies including Lex Machina (acquired by LexisNexis of the RELX Group NYSE:RELX), AtScale, Dispatcher, Teapot (acquired by Stripe), Pixlee, SIPX (acquired by ProQuest), Zooz, BrainofT, Mines.io and Inklo.
Alan is currently Co-President for Stanford Angels & Entrepreneurs, an alumni association that seeks to strengthen Stanford’s startup community by fostering relationships among entrepreneurs and alumni investors.
Most recently, Alan was Vice President of Product and Co-Founder at XSeed portfolio company, Listo, a financial services provider focused on the underbanked Hispanic market in the US. Prior to that, he was Director of Product Management at Bycast (acquired by NetApp), an object storage software company with a global customer base that included some of the largest digital content repositories in the world. At Bycast, Alan and his team drove the product roadmap, managed OEM relationships with IBM and HP, and developed strategies to enter new vertical markets. Before Bycast, Alan served as an engineering manager at a network security start-up, and helped develop the market-leading digital prepress workflow system at Creo, which was acquired by Kodak for $1B in cash.
Alan holds a BASc in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of British Columbia, as well as an MS in Management from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he was a Sloan Fellow focused on entrepreneurship, venture capital, and mergers and acquisitions.
Founder and Principal, Lions Peak LLC
Co-Founder, Global Social Benefit Incubator, Santa Clara University
Co-Founder, Encore Venture Accelerator
Member, Band of Angels
Pat has served in senior management, information technology, manufacturing, distribution, product management, and business development roles with Hewlett Packard, Advance Micro Devices, PSB, Ariba, and SpinCircuit, where he was President and CEO.
Pat’s experience includes early stage business planning and the rapid scaling of technology-based ventures. PSB was a B2B e-commerce outsourcing start up, Ariba was a pioneer, and leader in B2B e-Commerce and SpinCircuit was a pioneer in the electronics design and manufacturing space through its use of early web services technology. SpinCircuit was selected a Laureate in the Computerworld Honors Program: A Search for New Heroes–2001. He has served on the Board of Advisors to the Leavey School of Business and the Center for Logistics Management at the University of Nevada Reno and numerous early stage companies. In addition, Pat has served as the Executive Director of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at SCU.
Pat holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics and a MBA in Operations Management and Information Systems from Santa Clara University, where he is an adjunct member of the faculty in Entrepreneurship.
Pat’s groundbreaking work includes conceptualizing and co-founding the Global Social Benefit Incubator, GSBI, at Santa Clara University. The GSBI provides business plan training, mentoring, and incubation to award winning Social Entrepreneurs from around the world.
His work has included equally innovative initiatives with Ashoka, the Skoll Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Acumen Fund, SCU and Civic Ventures. Most recently he has co-developed a Venture Development Program for the Deggendorf Institute of Technology (DIT) in Germany that works with very early stage ventures.
SRIDHAR IYENGAR, PH.D
Founder & CEO, Elemental Machines
Founder & Former CTO, Misfit
Founder & Former CTO, AgaMatrix
Sridhar is the founder and CEO of Elemental Machines, makers of smart IoT products for the life sciences industry. He previously was a founder of Misfit who developed elegant wearable products, which was acquired by Fossil in 2015 for $260M. Sridhar also founded AgaMatrix, a blood glucose monitoring company that made the world’s first medical device connecting directly to the iPhone and shipped 15+ FDA-cleared medical products, 2B+ biosensors, 6M+ glucose meters, with partnerships with Apple, Sanofi, and Walgreens. Sridhar holds over 30 US and international patents and received his Ph.D. from Cambridge University as a Marshall Scholar. He has been known to run 13.1 miles on occasion and has sometimes been spotted on stage behind a wall of drums.
MANAGING PARTNER, MIGHTY CAPITAL
FOUNDER, PRODUCTS THAT COUNT
SC Moatti is a Silicon Valley investor, entrepreneur & visionary.
She is the managing partner of Mighty Capital, a Silicon Valley venture capital firm, and Products That Count, one of the largest communities of product managers, leaders and entrepreneurs in the world. Previously, she built products that billions of people use at Facebook, Nokia and Electronic Arts. She also serves on boards of both public and private companies, including mobile technology giant Opera Software (OPERA:Oslo).
An award-winning bestselling author, Moatti frequently gives keynotes on investing and innovation at prestigious conferences globally, including the Mobile World Congress, the SuperReturn Conference, and the Commonwealth Club; and has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, the Harvard Business Review, and on NPR. She lectures at Stanford Graduate School of Business, where she earned her MBA and has a Master of Science in electrical engineering.
Andrew Chen, one of Uber’s top executives, called SC “a genius at making mobile products people love.”
HOBERT WAI, PH.D
Partner, Black Tiger Capital
Hobert is a partner at Black Tiger Capital focusing on the lifescience and healthcare sectors. He co-founded Black Tiger to invest and partner with innovators to vitalize novel ideas into feasible entrepreneurship. He is also a member of Healthtech Capital.
Prior to Black Tiger, he was the associate director at Becton Dickinson (BD) in which he was instrumental in driving the clinical business to achieve $1 billion revenue primarily through new oncology and HIV diagnostic product development. Through his leadership as program lead, Hobert led multiple teams of scientists and business managers to develop and launch novel system solutions to address the infectious disease and oncology unmet medical needs in both developed and developing markets. Hobert is an expert in agile development, design control, FDA and ISO regulations. He has hands on product registration experience with all continents excluding Antartica with regulatory agencies including FDA, CFDA, EU, and others. Before BD, Hobert worked at Bio-Rad on medical device quality systems and at Beckman Coulter on automated clinical assay, speciality chemistry, cellomics, proteomics, genomics, and laboratory automation systems.
Hobert launched 5 in vitro diagnostic (IVD) platforms, 10 IVD assay kits, 22 Analyte Specific Reagents, 8 Research Use Only (RUO) platforms, and 15 RUO assay kits. Dr. Wai’s effort in collaborative science advancement also resulted in numerous peer-reviewed scientific publications and patent insurance.
Hobert received an A.B. in Molecular Cell Biology from the University of California, Berkeley, Ph.D. in Biological Chemistry from the University of California, Irvine, and a M.B.A. from The Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania (graduating 2018).
SOHILA ZADRAN, PH.D
Founder, Igantia Therapeutics
Lecturer, Stanford University
Sohila Zadran, PhD completed her undergraduate studies in Molecular Cell Biology and Neurobiology at the University of California, Berkeley in 2007 and her doctoral studies in Neuroscience and Neuro-engineering at the age of 23 under National Academy of Sciences member, Dr. Richard Thompson. She subsequently completed her post-doctoral fellowship in Systems Neuroscience, Bioinformatics, Computational Modeling at the California Institute of Technology as a National Institute of Health fellow.
By the age of 25, Sohila published over a dozen first author publications in leading scientific journals in the field of genomics, cancer biology, neurobiology, systems biology, cancer stem cells and computational modeling of cell state transitions. Sohila teaches a course on Artificial Intelligence and Neural Networks at Stanford University.
By the age of 30, Sohila founded three biotech and digital health companies, one of which was in partnerships with the California Institute of Quantitative Biology (qb3), the Johnson and Johnson Innovation Centers (Janssen Labs) and one in partnership with the Fogarty Institute of Innovation. One of her companies have since exited. Sohila currently serves as an advisor to several biotech, digital health and blockchain companies including Lifespeed and several Silicon Valley accelerators including UC Berkeley’s accelerator Skydeck and qb3 Sohila has also advised leading Venture Capital firms, including Founder’s Fund, Pacific Capital Hong Kong, BCG Digital Ventures and Khosla Ventures on biotech,healthcare and artificial intelligence.