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About SVIEF

About SVIEF-Star

9

Summits

100+

Speakers

200+

Exhibitors

10000+

Attendees

SVIEF Honorary Chairwoman

Judy Chu

Congressmember, United States

2019 SVIEF Chairman

Yaqin Zhang

President, Baidu

Steve Westly

Managing Partner, Westly Group

Steve Westly

Founder & Managing Partner, The Westly Group/ 2019 SVIEF Chairman

Mr. Westly is the Founder & Managing Partner of The Westly Group. He and his partners have built one of the larger sustainability venture firms in the US with over $400 million under management. The Westly Group focuses on capital efficient, high growth companies in the sustainability, sharing economy, and the Internet of Things spaces. The firm has blue chip investors including Citibank, Duke Energy, RWE, SK Telecom. The company has invested in 33 portfolio companies, three of which have gone public on NASDAQ, including Tesla Motors. The Net IRR on the investments Mr. Westly has led is 40%.

Prior to founding The Westly Group, Steve Westly served as the Controller and Chief Fiscal Officer of the state of California – the world’s fifth largest economy. As Controller, he chaired the State Lands Commission and served on 63 other boards and commissions, including CalPERS and CalSTRS, the nation’s two largest public pension funds, which together invest more than $350 billion.

In the 2008 election cycle Steve served as a California co-chair of the Obama for America campaign. He also served on the Secretary of Energy’s Advisory Board as a representative for the venture capital industry.

Before running for office, Steve helped guide the online auction company eBay through its period of most rapid growth, serving as the Senior Vice President of Marketing, Business Development, M&A and International. Steve helped bring eBay to Europe and Asia and developed the marketing and acquisition strategies that paved the path for the firm’s exponential growth. Steve helped take eBay public in 1998. Steve also served as an executive at a number of other technology firms including Netcom, WhoWhere?, Bridgemere Capital, and SPRINT.

Steve began his career in Washington, D.C., where he worked first on Capitol Hill and later in the Office of Conservation and Solar at the U.S. Department of Energy. Steve returned to California to become special assistant to the President of the California Public Utilities Commission. While there, he published two books on alternative energy and the utilities.

Steve holds a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and an MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, where he served as a lecturer for five years. Steve and his wife, Anita, run the Westly Foundation, which provides education and health care services for children and underserved communities throughout California. They have two children in high school.

SVIEF Chairman

Yi Cui

Professor, Stanford University

Tim Draper

Founder, Draper Associates

Tim Draper

Founder, Draper Associates / Founder, DFJ Capital / Founder, Draper Venture Network / Chairman, SVIEF

Tim Draper founded Draper Associates, DFJ and the Draper Venture Network, a global network of venture capital funds. The firm’s investments include Skype, Hotmail, Tesla, Baidu, Theranos, Athenahealth, Solar City, Box, TwitchTV, SpaceX, Cruise Automation and Parametric Technology and many others.

He created viral marketing, a marketing method for exponentially spreading an electronic service from customer to customer, instrumental to the successes of Hotmail and Skype and other applications, particularly effective for mail and communications applications. Arguably, social media, crowdsourcing and growth hacking are all outgrowths of viral marketing.

Steve Mann

Chairman, MannLab

Xiang Qian

Medical Director, Stanford Health Care

Jun Wu

Founding Partner, Amino Capital

Raymond Yang

Co-Founder & Managing Partner, WestSummit Capital

Shoubin Yang

Founder, Spright Industrial Capital Group

Shoubin Yang

Founder of Spright Industrial Capital Group
Founding Partner of FH Capital
President of Chinese Angel Association
Vice President of Shenzhen Tech. Entrepreneurship Association
Initiator and Executive Vic Chairman of Maimai Future Club

2015 Top 10 Chinese New Edge Investors
2016 Top 10 Chinese Investors
2017 Chinese Top Notch Investors
2018 Top 10 People of Chinese Investment


Shoubin Yang is famous for his eye-catching print shirts, humorous personality, and incredible social networking. He is the initiator/committee president of reality show “Celebri-ties of Chinese Entrepreneurship and Investment”. His talk show style online live hit the history record of 5,210,000 real time audiences, who used to share his insights and wisdom at the same time. Among the entrepreneurship and investment insiders, people like to call him “Bro Bin”.

With years of experience of entrepreneurship and investment, Mr. Yang has thoughtful insights and professional visions on business mode, enterprise strategy, Branding and Marketing, etc..

His invested projects include 240 Companies, such as Kai Shu Stories, Singulato, Kidsmile, On the Way Travel Management, Qingteng, Fei Xiong TV, EQXIU, Bear Read, XStudy, 23mofang, Yingke, Innjia, Easy Flower, Analysys, KDJZ, Coffee 0.8, Youlipai, IPO3.com, Doohan eBike, Baman Beef Rice Noodle, Taidu.com, Sanhao.com, 1919.cn, MicroLanguage, etc.. Many of them were valuated by millions at the beginning, and now by billions or even go through IPO process.

Who will speak at 2019 SVIEF 2019 SVIEF Speakers

Steve Westly

Managing Partner, Westly Group

Steve Westly

Founder & Managing Partner, The Westly Group/ 2019 SVIEF Chairman

Mr. Westly is the Founder & Managing Partner of The Westly Group. He and his partners have built one of the larger sustainability venture firms in the US with over $400 million under management. The Westly Group focuses on capital efficient, high growth companies in the sustainability, sharing economy, and the Internet of Things spaces. The firm has blue chip investors including Citibank, Duke Energy, RWE, SK Telecom. The company has invested in 33 portfolio companies, three of which have gone public on NASDAQ, including Tesla Motors. The Net IRR on the investments Mr. Westly has led is 40%.

Prior to founding The Westly Group, Steve Westly served as the Controller and Chief Fiscal Officer of the state of California – the world’s fifth largest economy. As Controller, he chaired the State Lands Commission and served on 63 other boards and commissions, including CalPERS and CalSTRS, the nation’s two largest public pension funds, which together invest more than $350 billion.

In the 2008 election cycle Steve served as a California co-chair of the Obama for America campaign. He also served on the Secretary of Energy’s Advisory Board as a representative for the venture capital industry.

Before running for office, Steve helped guide the online auction company eBay through its period of most rapid growth, serving as the Senior Vice President of Marketing, Business Development, M&A and International. Steve helped bring eBay to Europe and Asia and developed the marketing and acquisition strategies that paved the path for the firm’s exponential growth. Steve helped take eBay public in 1998. Steve also served as an executive at a number of other technology firms including Netcom, WhoWhere?, Bridgemere Capital, and SPRINT.

Steve began his career in Washington, D.C., where he worked first on Capitol Hill and later in the Office of Conservation and Solar at the U.S. Department of Energy. Steve returned to California to become special assistant to the President of the California Public Utilities Commission. While there, he published two books on alternative energy and the utilities.

Steve holds a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and an MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, where he served as a lecturer for five years. Steve and his wife, Anita, run the Westly Foundation, which provides education and health care services for children and underserved communities throughout California. They have two children in high school.

Xiang Qian

Medical Director, Stanford Health Care

Jun Wu

Founding Partner, Amino Capital

Shoubin Yang

Founder, Spright Industrial Capital Group

Shoubin Yang

Founder of Spright Industrial Capital Group
Founding Partner of FH Capital
President of Chinese Angel Association
Vice President of Shenzhen Tech. Entrepreneurship Association
Initiator and Executive Vic Chairman of Maimai Future Club

2015 Top 10 Chinese New Edge Investors
2016 Top 10 Chinese Investors
2017 Chinese Top Notch Investors
2018 Top 10 People of Chinese Investment


Shoubin Yang is famous for his eye-catching print shirts, humorous personality, and incredible social networking. He is the initiator/committee president of reality show “Celebri-ties of Chinese Entrepreneurship and Investment”. His talk show style online live hit the history record of 5,210,000 real time audiences, who used to share his insights and wisdom at the same time. Among the entrepreneurship and investment insiders, people like to call him “Bro Bin”.

With years of experience of entrepreneurship and investment, Mr. Yang has thoughtful insights and professional visions on business mode, enterprise strategy, Branding and Marketing, etc..

His invested projects include 240 Companies, such as Kai Shu Stories, Singulato, Kidsmile, On the Way Travel Management, Qingteng, Fei Xiong TV, EQXIU, Bear Read, XStudy, 23mofang, Yingke, Innjia, Easy Flower, Analysys, KDJZ, Coffee 0.8, Youlipai, IPO3.com, Doohan eBike, Baman Beef Rice Noodle, Taidu.com, Sanhao.com, 1919.cn, MicroLanguage, etc.. Many of them were valuated by millions at the beginning, and now by billions or even go through IPO process.

Dong-Su Kim

CEO, LG Technology Ventures

Dong-Su Kim

LG Technology Ventures, CEO

Dong-Su Kim, Ph.D. is the CEO of LG Technology Ventures. He has over twenty five years of investment, strategy, planning, and technology experience. LG Technology Ventures was established in 2018 as the venture capital investment arm of the LG Group of South Korea. As the founding CEO, Dong-Su established the fund structure, hired key people, and initiated investment operations. Currently, LG Technology Ventures is managing over $400 million of fund assets and invests in early-stage information technology, automotive, manufacturing, life-sciences, energy, and advanced materials companies. Portfolio companies include AmazeVR, Lygos, May Mobility, and Ridecell.

Previously, Dong-Su was Vice President and GM of Samsung Ventures America where he managed offices in Menlo Park, Boston, London, and Tel Aviv. He also led investments of over thirty companies in diverse sectors including semiconductors, equipment, materials, and storage systems.

Dong-Su has M.A. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University, and B.S. with Honors in Applied Physics from California Institute of Technology.

Ranjan Sinha

VP, IBM Chief Data Office

Ranjan Sinha

VP, IBM Chief Data Office

Ranjan Sinha is the Vice President of Data Platform Engineering & DevOps at IBM Chief Data Office. He is a digital transformational leader and innovator in data platforms, data engineering, and data science with a strong track record of accomplishments leading projects in both industry and academia. He is a seasoned technical leader building high performance, large-scale internet and enterprise platforms and solutions from inception to production. He has led multiple business impacting projects across several domains, including enterprise data lake, AI services, recommendations, personalization, infrastructure availability, real-time security, and identity linking. He was a research academic at the University of Melbourne and holds a PhD in computer science from RMIT University. He has published over 30 refereed works, won the sort benchmark for JouleSort and PennySort, and was amongst Wall Street Journal’s top-12 Asia-Pacific young inventors. He frequently speaks on data platform, data sciences, scaling analytics, and enterprise transformation.

Stratos Davlos

VP of AI, IBM Watson Data and AI

Stratos Davlos

VP of AI, IBM Watson Data and AI

Stratos Nguyen Davlos, Vice President - AI Watson, leads the brightest minds in the cognitive technology community to create industrial strength, ubiquitous AI Watson products, by combining IBM’s extensive research and engineering capabilities. He is co-located at IBM’s world-class Silicon Valley research facility, IBM Research - Almaden in San Jose, California and the state-of-the-art Watson West Experience Center in San Francisco. Prior to joining IBM, Mr. Davlos was the CTO and Sr. Vice President of Platform Engineering and Data Science at Reliance Jio. His AI-focused career spans many years of executive technology management and development at Apple, Kaidara, eGain, Inference Corporation and National Energy Services. Mr. Davlos received a BS in Mechanical Engineering and an MSc in Artificial Intelligence from Cranfield University, UK. He holds numerous patents and has received many honors and awards. Mr. Davlos joined IBM’s pre-eminent Watson AI team in July 2018.

Harry Li

Professor, San Jose State University

Harry Li

Professor, San Jose State University

Hua Harry Li, Ph.D. research expertise in Artificial Intelligence, Computer Vision, Full Stack Embedded Systems, IoT, self-driving robotic systems, and VLSI vision chips, pioneered fuzzy intelligent control, book: “Fuzzy Logic and Intelligent System” (ISBN 0-7923-9575-1), extensive research papers in IEEE Transactions, international conferences, recipient of an Industrial Neural Network Award in the World Congress Neural Network Conference. Guest Editor of IEEE Transactions on CPMT (ISSN1083-4400), invited contributor to the Encyclopedia of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (ISBN 0-471-13946-7), book: “Vision Chips: Implementing Vision Algorithms with Analog VLSI Circuits” (ISBN 0-8186-6492-4 IEEE CS Press), listed in Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, (ISBN 0-8379-5756-7), Who is Who in America (ISBN 0-8379-0194-4). Lead the development of the Embedded Systems Program at San Jose State University.

Nuno Martins

Affiliated Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Nuno R. B. Martins, PhD

Affiliated Researcher, Center for Research and Education on Aging (CREA)
University of California - Berkeley Affiliated Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Nuno is a polymath, a researcher, an entrepreneur, a public speaker, and a life and health extension advocate. As a polymath, Nuno usually likes to make use of different subject areas, drawing ideas and concepts from different bodies of knowledge to solve specific problems. As an illustrative example, some of his published papers involve several fields of research, including: neuroscience, nanotechnology, nanomedicine, nanorobotics, computer science, and others. Several educational experiences have supported and nurtured Nuno’s polymath approach to problems.

As a researcher, Nuno is interested in technological developments with potential to solve humanity’s most challenging problems in healthcare, education, work, humanity’s existential risks, among others. Nuno is currently focused on developing technologies which will hopefully have a significant impact on human healthy life extension. Nuno’s research work was featured in the world’s media, including: Fox News Channel, New York Post, The SUN, Daily Mail, Irish Times, Science Daily, The Times of India, National Geography Poland, among other worldwide media. Nuno is currently an affiliated researcher at the center for research and education on aging at the University of California Berkeley, in the United States, as well as an affiliated researcher at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, LBNL, in the United States. Nuno’s most recently published paper, published in the journal Frontiers in Neuroscience, has more views than 99% of all Frontiers articles, and is currently the second most viewed paper on Frontiers of Neuroscience, section Neural Technology. The journal Frontiers in Neuroscience is the world’s most cited journal in the field of neuroscience. Nuno’s scientific work has involved collaborations with worldwide universities, including the University of California San Diego, University of Miami, Duke University, Moscow State Medical University, Purdue University, Monash University, Institute for Molecular Manufacturing, among others.

In business, Nuno created his own company to fund his education. Along the way, several academic awards and grants contributed to his necessary funding strategy. Nuno is a board member of the board of directors of several organisations and companies. One of those organisations has contributed with more than 100 million in funding for scientific research during the last decades.

On healthy life-extension related topics, Nuno is a board member of the board of directors of life extension related organisations and companies. Early in his life, motivated to take control of his own health Nuno decided to make several courses related to healthcare, body training and nutrition.

As a public speaker, Nuno has participated in several conferences and meetings, providing talks in conferences alongside with several celebrities, such as: the visionary billionaire Peter Nygard, the inspiring Suzanne Somers, the world famous futurist Ray Kurzweil, and Artificial Intelligence pioneer Ben Goertzel, among many other celebrities…

Paul Lasserre

VP, Product Management, Artificial Intelligence, Genesys

Paul Lasserre

VP, Product Management, Artificial Intelligence, Genesys

Paul Lasserre leads the overall AI strategy, product investments and go-to-market for Genesys. Genesys is the world #1 customer experience platform that helps every year over 10,000 brands connect to billions across channels. Paul previously held various positions focusing on portfolio growth in emerging technology and markets after the first chapter of his career chasing pirates and patrolling onboard nuclear submarines in the French Navy.

Paul holds an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and a Master in Mechanical Engineering from the French Naval Academy.

Jason Geng

FOUNDER AND CEO, DATA APPLICATION LAB

Jason Geng

FOUNDER AND CEO, DATA APPLICATION LAB

Jason is the Founder and CEO of Data Application Lab (DataAppLab.com), which provide AI, big data and data science trainings and enterprise consulting service.

Jason is guest lecture of University of Southern California. His classes cover data science, business analytics, SQL and No-SQL database.

As the founder of International Data Engineering and Scientist Association (ideassn.org), Jason organized SoCal Data Science Conference 2016, 2017, 2018; 2017 Dallas Data Science Conference and 2017 Chicago Data Science Conference.

Hillary Mickell

Dean and Regional CEO of Northeastern University, SF Bay Area

Hillary Mickell

Dean and Regional CEO of Northeastern University, SF Bay Area

Hillary Mickell is the Dean and Regional CEO of Northeastern University, SF Bay Area. She is an accomplished business leader, tech entrepreneur, angel investor and board member with a background in strategic partnerships, brand development and digital marketing. Hillary has held management positions at Microsoft, Netscape, Yahoo! and was a founding executive at Shutterfly. She co-founded Silicon Valley startup FOODILY, acquired by IAC in 2015. As Vice President, Business Development and Partnerships at Udacity, she led a team building C-level relationships and creating innovative programs with industry partners globally connecting online learning to jobs. She has led companies from inception to hyper growth and is an active advisor to early stage startups.

Hillary serves on non-profit boards including The Nature Conservancy and H.O.P.E. for Haiti. Passionately engaged in community development through her work with H.O.P.E., Hillary frequently travels to Borgne, Haiti where she contributes to community development, education and women’s health initiatives. She is a co-author of The Elephant in the Valley, and frequent public speaker on both building high performance, diverse teams as well as business strategy.

Anna N Schlegel

Vice President, Global Portfolio-to-Market Lifecycle, NetApp

Anna N Schlegel

Vice President, Global Portfolio-to-Market Lifecycle, NetApp

Anna N Schlegel is Vice President of the Global Portfolio-to-Market Lifecycle organization at NetApp. In her role, she oversees a variety of teams, including: Enterprise Globalization, Enterprise Content Strategy, Global Portfolio to Market, and Product Lifecyle. Anna has worked in the tech industry in the Silicon Valley for over 20 years, leading teams at Cisco, VMWare, Xerox, and Verisign.

Anna serves as the Executive Sponsor of NetApp’s Women in Technology organization, where she focuses on developing female leaders in the tech industry. She is also the co-founder of Women in Localization, the leading professional organization for women in the Localization industry with over 5000 members worldwide.

Anna speaks 6 languages, is a native of Catalunya, and lives with her family in Santa Clara, California.

Muddu Sudhakar

Entrepreneur, Executive & Investor

Muddu Sudhakar

Entrepreneur, Executive & Investor

Muddu Sudhakar is a successful Entrepreneur, Executive and Investor. Muddu has deep Product, technology and GTM experience and knowledge on enterprise markets such as Cloud, SaaS, AI/Machine learning, IoT, Cyber Security, Big Data, Storage and chip/Semiconductors. Muddu has strong operating experience with startups as CEOs (Caspida, Cetas, Kazeon, Sanera, Rio Design) and in public companies as SVP & GM role at likes of ServiceNow, Splunk, VMware, EMC. Muddu has founded 5 startups and all of them are successful acquired and provided 10x returns for shareholders & investors. He loves to mentor, coach, interact and collaborate with both early-stage or late-stage startups and entrepreneurs as an advisor, board member, and investor.

Sudhakar holds a Ph.D. and MS in Computer Science from the University of California, Los Angeles and a BS in Electronics & Communications Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. He is widely published in industry journals and conference proceedings and has more than 40 patents.

Ranger Wang

Founder, Skywood Capital

Ranger Wang

Founder, Skywood Capital

Mr. Wang Pu (Ranger Wang) is an expert in cross-border angel investment. He is the founder of Skywood Capital, advisor of the RocketSpace (who incubated Uber), Former Co-Founder and Vice Chairman of Plug and Play Tech Center ( Xi’an ) and Founder of the AMS Foundation. Mr. Wang was awarded Angel Investor of the Year 2017 at Silicon Valley。Mr.Wang is the Board member of the China Super Volleyball League and he also acts as board member for several startups in both the U.S and China. Mr.Wang holds a Master's degree in E-commerce from Bond University in Australia.

Tao Wang

Partner, SAIC Capital

Tao Wang

Partner, SAIC Capital

Tao is a partner with SAIC Capital where he leads the technology investment in the automotive and AI areas. Tao actively helps his portfolio companies to grow via his extensive entrepreneurship experience and SAIC’s vast network. These companies enter into the largest automotive market in the world and expand rapidly through partnership formed with SAIC and its affiliates.

Andrew Tang

Partner, Draper Dragon Fund & Draper Associates

Andrew Tang

Partner, Draper Dragon Fund & Draper Associates

Andrew Tang is a partner at Draper DragonFund and Draper Associates, investing in early stage technology companies and assisting with their business development, particularly international market entry strategy and partnerships. He also serves as CEO of Draper University, which is an incubator and entrepreneurship education program located in Silicon Valley. In his spare time, he teaches finance and fundraising classes to student entrepreneurs.

Tang has over 15 years of operating, research and development, investment banking and investing experience in the high-tech space. He cofounded Draper DragonFund in 2006 to focus on cross-border investing. He has led and managed investments in companies such as Verse Payment, Yeepay, Jin Jing Electric Motors, Alto Beam, Vicarious Artificial Intelligence, Broadbus (MOT), to name a few. Prior to starting his fund, he was a partner and member of the investment committee at ABB Technologies Ventures and Infineon Ventures. Prior to that, he was an investment banker with Credit Suisse First Boston’s technology group in Palo Alto, where he worked on the Magma IPO (SNPS) and Cyras (CIEN) acquisition. Before joining Credit Suisse, Tang was a senior engineer and marketing manager at Intel and was responsible for chip design and market enabling for Pentium and Itanium processors.

Tang grew up in Taiwan and moved to Arlington, Texas, at age 13. He completed his undergraduate degree in electrical and computer engineering at The University of Texas at Austin, earned a master’s degree in electrical engineering and computer science from MIT, and received an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He holds a U.S. patent in silicon germanium thin film materials.

Naveen Jain

Founder & CEO, Viome

Naveen Jain

Founder & CEO, Viome

Naveen Jain is an entrepreneur and philanthropist driven to solve the world’s biggest challenges through innovation. He is the founder of several successful companies including Moon Express, BlueDot, Viome, Intelius, Talent Wise and InfoSpace.

Amongst his companies, Moon Express is the only company to have permission from the US government to leave earth orbit and land on the moon. It’s developing technologies to harvest planetary resources on the moon for the benefit of humanity. While Viome is focused on disrupting healthcare by “making illness optional”. They do this by recommending personalized diet & nutrition and by identifying predictive biomarkers of diseases based on deep analysis of microbiome, metabolome and meta genomics.

Naveen Jain is on the board of Singularity University, an interdisciplinary university with the mission to educate and inspire leaders to address humanity’s grand challenges through innovative technologies.

Danye Wang

Co-Founder, Unicareer LLC

Danye Wang

Co-Founder, Unicareer LLC

Danye (Denise) Wang is the Co-Founder of UniCareer, a leading education technology platform that offers end-to-end career solutions dedicated to international talents, and is backed by leading investors including the New Oriental Group. Ms. Wang also founded UniGlobe Capital, a cross-border advisory firm connecting top Asian fund managers and US investors. The firm also has a Venture Capital arm focusing on early stage investments. Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, Ms. Wang had 10 years of asset management experiences in New York, Hong Kong, and London, and was most recently the Vice President and Senior Relationship Manager at BlackRock. She covered the firm's multi-billion relationships with sovereign wealth funds, central banks, pension funds, insurance companies and endowments from North America, EMEA and APAC across BlackRock's product spectrum. In 2013, Ms. Wang launched BlackRock Educational Academy, and built it to be one of the largest multi-module institutional training programs in the financial industry. Ms. Wang earned a BA degree in Economics from Yale University, currently serves on the Global Investment Committee at CFA NY, an advisor to Asian Financial Society, and is an invited speaker at Cornell, Columbia, Yale, Berkeley, UCLA, UVA, Northwestern, CFA Institute, Ascend, China Young Development Program and AAAIM.

Jonathan Nelson

Managing Director, HACK Fund;
CEO, Hackers/Founders

Jonathan Nelson

Managing Director, HACK Fund; CEO, Hackers/Founders

CEO and Co-founder of Hackers/Founders, a global tech founders co-operative. Jonathan helped achieve $600M portfolio market cap in the first 5 years. Member of SEC Advisory Committee for Capital Formation for Small and Emerging Business. Board member of Wilson Center for Public Policy, Latin America. Jonathan’s vision includes moving economies, reducing poverty, and improving life for tech founders around the world.

David Le

VP and Associate General Counsel, Lyft

David Le

VP and Associate General Counsel, Lyft

David Le is VP & Associate General Counsel at Lyft where he oversees M&A and strategic transactions, corporate structuring, board governance and equity while also spearheading a number of strategic transactions and commercial partnerships. In his time at Lyft, David led the company’s IPO as well as prior fundraising rounds with investors including Fidelity, General Motors, Alphabet, KKR, Alliance Bernstein, Alibaba and Rakuten while also helping launch strategic partnerships with Hertz, Jaguar Land Rover and Alphabet’s Waymo.

Before joining Lyft, David led mergers, acquisitions and other strategic transactions at Electronic Arts as well as guiding technology startups at all stages.

Kevin Liu

Head of North America, SAP Co-Innovation Labs

Kevin Liu

Head of North America, SAP Co-Innovation Labs

Kevin Liu is Head of North America of the Global SAP Co-Innovation Lab Network (COIL) where he focuses on driving co-innovation projects for SAP and its ecosystem. Spending his last 10+ years running the co-innovation lab in Silicon Valley, Kevin specializes on helping partners and customers turn innovative ideas into tangible results that drive multi-million-dollar revenue every year.

Before COIL, Kevin played many architect roles in leading large-scale business application design and development; his expertise covers the entire enterprise application stack, including managing infrastructure (server, network, storage, security), virtualization platform, data, and enterprise solutions on premise, in the cloud, or with a hybrid deployment.

Kevin is an enthusiastic promoter of open standards. He was one of the pioneers of SOA and XML web services technologies which laid the foundation of decade of standardization in software industry.

Jack McCauley

Co-founder, Oculus VR

Jack McCauley

Founder & President, McCauley Labs; Co-founder, Oculus VR

To call Jack McCauley a builder is an understatement. The inventor has had a fascination with machines and engineering since early childhood, even earning $1,000 in savings bonds from Tinker Toys as a 9-year-old in honor of his earliest inventions. That tinkering instinct has served Jack well through a storied career spanning several disciplines and industries in the technology arena. Jack’s technical genius has permeated consumers’ everyday lives and some creations are synonymous with popular entertainment. He’s best known for inventing the first scrolling feature of the computer mouse and for engineering the controllers for the revolutionary Guitar Hero video game series which ignited the multi-billion dollar music rhythm games genre. Jack later joined forces with Palmer Luckey as Co-Founder and Chief Engineer at Oculus VR to create the Oculus Rift, a consumer virtual reality head-mounted display. Jack is credited with designing the DK1 and DK2 for developers. In addition, he was one of the originators of the universal serial bus (USB) port standard for computer peripherals. As an expert in microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), Jack pioneered use of MEMS technology in gaming. His ingenuity has been recognized with industry accolades including the prestigious Red Dot design. Currently the Founder and President of McCauley Labs, an incubator that brings clients’ ideas to the mass market, Jack applies his innate ability to recognize the potential of new concepts and seamlessly adapts designs to cultural preferences and practices. He built McCauley Labs on the principle of mentoring for success to guide and empower innovators to realize their vision. Jack teaches Design Innovation at U.C. Berkeley’s recently unveiled Jacobs Hall. He’s proud to be able to inspire new generations of engineering students at his alma mater.

Renu Bhatia

VP, NVIDIA

Renu Bhatia

VP, NVIDIA

Renu has held leadership roles in business development, partnerships and marketing through a very dynamic tenure that has contributed to the growth of NVIDIA’s data center business and previously Marvell’s Data Communication business.

At NVIDIA, she has been building successful partnerships with the top Cloud Providers for AI applications. Prior to NVIDIA, Renu was VP of Sales and Strategic partnerships at Marvell and contributed heavily to the growth of Marvell’s Data Communications Business. She built strong sales and business teams globally and created strategic partnerships with top Enterprises and Service Providers.

Renu has been recognized by the Silicon Valley Business Journal as ‘Top 100 Women of Influence in technology and receives the TWIN award by YWCA. In addition, Renu serves on the board of Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose. She has received BSEE from University of Maryland and MBA from Santa Clara University

Yu Dong

AI Technical PM Lead, Facebook

Yu Dong (Robert)

AI Technical PM Lead, Facebook

Robert is Facebook’s AI Technical PM lead working on AI/ML Platform (FBLearner) that enables more personalized and smarter FB products. Before joining Facebook, Robert was senior software engineer manager at Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Cisco System. He holds a Ph.D degree of Computer Engineering, and MBA from University of California, Berkeley. As an AI evangelist, Robert is passionate about launching AI-based products & platforms that could lead to business breakthrough and shake up business models.

Rana Gujral

Behavioral Signals, CEO

Rana Gujral

Behavioral Signals, CEO

Rana Gujral is an entrepreneur, speaker, investor and the CEO of Behavioral Signals, an enterprise software company that delivers a robust and fast-evolving emotion AI engine that introduces emotional intelligence into speech recognition technology. Rana has been awarded the ‘Entrepreneur of the Month’ by CIO Magazine, the ‘US China Pioneer’ Award by IEIE and listed in "Top 10 Entrepreneurs to follow in 2017" by Huffington Post. He was also recently listed in Inc. Magazine as an “AI Entrepreneur to Watch”. He has spoken at conferences such as the World Government Summit and AI Everything in Dubai, the Silicon Valley Smart Future Summit, and IEIE in New York. You can find his writing in publications such as Inc., TechCrunch, and Forbes.

Yong Liu

Huya, Vice President

Yong Liu

Huya, Vice President

Dr. Yong Liu is VP Corporate Development at Huya (NYSE: HUYA), the largest game live streaming company in China. He was VP of New Economy and Technology at Fosun Group and member of Fosun Big Data & AI Executive Committee, Blockchain Executive Committee, and Auto Industry Executive Committee. He was formerly a partner of WI Harper, a SF based early to expansion stage venture capital firm. Previously he was head of Lenovo and Baidu open innovation efforts in the US for strategic investment and partnerships, and an advisor to Legend Star and Cybernaut’s SV operation. He is currently board member of University of San Francisco CBSI.

Alex Foard

Director of Global Programs, Bay Area Council

Alex Foard

Director of Global Programs, Bay Area Council

Alex has been with the Bay Area Council for the last three years. He was recruited to manage of the Council’s offices in Hangzhou and Nanjing after a year and a half as the economic analyst for the Bay Area Council Economic Institute.

Alex graduated from the University of Missouri – Columbia with majors in econometrics and international relations. His professional history in China began in 2008 at Shui On Land during the development of the Wuhan Tian Di live/work project in the Hubei Province. Since then he has spent eight years living part-time in China and San Francisco working in Chinese government relations, Bay Area public policy, and econometric reporting. Today he draws on this mix of experience to help local governments in China develop policies that will transition them from manufacturing to innovation driven economies.

Andries Verschelden

Partner & Leader Blockchain Practice, Armanino LLP

Andries Verschelden

Partner & Leader Blockchain Practice, Armanino LLP

Andries leads the Blockchain practice and brings a passion for growth to his clients. He works with a variety of crypto and blockchain projects and exchanges, helping them navigate accounting, audit, tax and risk best practices as they grow. He also helps non-crypto industry clients transform their business through blockchain technology enablement. Prior to joining Armanino, Andries was CEO at The Brenner Group, a boutique Silicon Valley financial services firm. Before that, he was a partner at Moore Stephens Belgium. He started his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers. He grew up in Belgium, and lived and worked in New York and Shanghai before moving to California.

Allan Zhang

CEO, DxChain

Allan Zhang

CEO, DxChain

DxChain Founder Allan Zhang is a serial entrepreneur. He previously ran Trustlook, an information security company based on big data, and was the inital engineer of Palo Alto network. DxChain is a public chain that aims to provide decentralized storage and computation services and build a data exchange marketplace.

Jianxiong Xiao

Founder and CEO, AutoX

Jianxiong Xiao

Founder and CEO, AutoX

Jianxiong Xiao (a.k.a., Professor X) is the Founder and CEO of AutoX Inc., a high-tech company working on self-driving vehicles, who is also the No.1 Chinese expert in Autonomous Driving. Being the former star professor at Princeton University, Dr. X founded the Computer Vision and Robotics Lab from 2013 to 2016.

Dr. Xiao has over ten years of research and engineering experience in Computer Vision, Autonomous Driving, and Robotics. In particular, he is the founder of 3D deep learning, a pioneer to develop deep learning available for Lidars, still ranks first in the world in the field of “autonomous driving” and “3D computer vision”. He was named to be one of the 35 Innovators Under 35 by MIT Technology Review in 2017, making AutoX the only self-driving company in the history of MIT TR35.

Sandi Yu

Co-founder, Swapsy

Sandi Yu

Co-founder, Swapsy

Co-founder of Swapsy, an online platform where verified users exchange currencies directly with their own e-wallets. Prior to Swapsy, Sandi was a founding manager of the CDS team and Vice President at HSBC Singapore. She led the team specializing in compliance and client due diligence function overseeing Asia, US and UK markets. She also had years of experiences with Merrill Lynch and other financial institutions in both Singapore and Hong Kong. Sandi holds a degree of Master of Science from Columbia University.

Wally Wang

Director, Fosun RZ Capital

Wally Wang

Director, Fosun RZ Capital

Before Fosun, Wally founded an AI cybersecurity startup: TurboData backed by top VC. Before that, Wally headed a world leading AI startup: DataVisor’s Asia expansion. He also helped wearable tech brand Misfit entered Asia and successfully got acquired at $260 million. Wally started his career as a data scientist and also worked a stint at Microsoft Bing Ads. He was a Venture Partner at China Growth Capital invested in Silicon Valley including AppZen and Qventus. Wally holds BEng from Tsinghua University and studied his PhD at NYU Stern Business School. He was also a visiting scholar at Carnegie Mellon University.

Xia Nie

Head of Business and Strategic Partnership AI Research Lab, Silicon Valley, ENN Group

Xia Nie

Head of Business and Strategic Partnership AI Research Lab, Silicon Valley, ENN Group

Xia Nie is a cross-border strategic business leader with clear understanding of tech industry in both US and China.

In 2017, she joined ENN Group, one of the largest conglomerates in clean and smart energy sector in China with revenue over $20Billion and growing 130% year-over-year. She has built an open collaboration network to strengthen the company’s liaisons to the innovation ecosystem in North America, including driving cooperation with MIT Energy Initiative and Google Cloud AI on building artificial intelligent platform for modern energy system.

Before ENN Group, Ms. Nie has been an established journalist at Central China’s Hubei TV station from 2011 to 2016, focusing on industrial economic issues, start-ups, and the hi-tech industry. With her prolific work, she has won one of China's highest national News Awards and two of the highest provincial News Awards.

David Chen

CEO, Summit Bridge Group, Inc

David Chen

CEO, Summit Bridge Group, Inc

Dr. Chen started his career in 1984 with General Motors Research Laboratory in Michigan, developing AI computer software for manufacturing automation. From 1994 to 2011, he helped GM to run critical operations in China. In 2011, Dr. Chen joined Microsoft. He served as Vice President of Microsoft, responsible for legal and public policy for Great China Region. Dr. Chen has been instrumental to develop new business initiatives for Microsoft in China including public cloud services, Xbox, AI, MA deals, Skype and Bing search.

Dr. Chen founded the Summit Bridge Group in 2018, leveraging his rich experiences, to help MNCs to expand and grow business in China. Dr. Chen earned his Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Michigan, master degrees in mathematics and electrical engineering from Purdue University, and a master degree of management from Stanford University. He earned his bachelor degree in mathematics from East China Normal University.

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The 9th SVIEF will be held on Sep 7th-8th, 2019 at Santa Clara Convention Center. It is designed to be an intense, informative and interactive event which focuses on the theme " Beyond the Next Revolution ", and features 100+ high-profile speakers and 150+ tech exhibitors. In the meantime, the 9th SVIEF STAR Startup Competition Finale will take place on the same day, bringing together most outstanding startups from the fields of AI, Blockchain, Cloud Computing, Clean Tech, Advanced Manufacturing, Smart Tech, etc.

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2019 9th SVIEF Opening Summit (Hall D)

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12:00 - 01:00 PM

Registration

01:00 - 01:05 PM

SVIEF 8-year Review (Video)

01:05 - 01:15 PM

Opening Remark

01:15 - 01:25 PM Keynote Speech

Keynote Speech

01:25 - 01:30 PM Welcome Speech

Welcome Speech

01:30 - 01:40 PM

Startup Demo: Hologram

01:40 - 02:00 PM Keynote Speech

Keynote Speech: Human Brain/Cloud Interface

Nuno R. B. Martins, PhD; Affiliated Researcher, Center for Research and Education on Aging (CREA); University of California - Berkeley, Affiliated Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

02:00 - 02:10 PM

SVIEF Academy Opening Ceremony

02:10 - 03:00 PM Global Innovation Leader's Dialogue

Global Innovation Leader's Dialogue

AI+ Venture Investment Summit (Hall D)

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03:00 - 03:15 PM Keynote

Keynote:The age of interconnected intelligence Entrepreneurship and Investment

Shoubin Yang, Investment Founder of Spright Industrial Capital Group/Founding Partner of FH Capital/2019 SVIEF Chairman

03:15 - 03:30 PM Keynote

Keynote:Developing Business Strategy In the Era of Big Data

Ranjan Sinha, VP of Data Engineering, Cognitive Service, IBM

03:30 - 04:00 PM Panel

Panel: Challenges to Blockchain Revolution into the next stage

Moderator:Andries Verschelden,Partner & Leader Blockchain Practice, Armanino LLP
speaker:
Frank Fu, CEO of HBUS
Allan Zhang, CEO, DxChain

04:00 - 04:30 PM Fireside Chat

Fireside Chat: A Global Vision for Trends and collaboration between Corporation Innovation

Moderator: Renu Bhatia, Vice President, NVIDIA
Panelists: Anna N Schlegel, Vice President, Global Portfolio-to-Market Lifecyle @ NetApp

04:30 - 05:00 PM Fireside Chat

Fireside Chat: Working with Corporate Venture Capital

Panelists: Dongsu Kim, CEO, LG Tech Ventures; SVP, LG Group

Global AI Tech Summit (Hall C)

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03:00 - 03:20 PM Keynote

Keynote

03:20 - 03:40 PM Keynote

Keynote

03:40 - 04:00 PM Keynote

Keynote:Computer Vision and Intelligent Control Technology

Harry Li, Professor of Computer Engineering, San Jose State University, will talk about Computer Vision and Intelligent Control Technology

04:00 - 04:20 PM Keynote

Keynote: Consumer robotics——AI in your daily life

04:20 - 04:50 PM Fireside Chat

Fireside Chat:The Future of Self-driving

SVIEF Tech Night (Hall D)

Valid Tickets for Admission: VIP Executive Training Pass, VIP Pass, All Access Pass+SVIEF Tech Night Pass

06:30 - 07:00 PM

Registration

07:00 - 07:15 PM

Opening Performance + SVIEF 8-year review

07:15 - 07:25 PM

Opening Remark

07:25 - 07:45 PM

2019 SVIEF “Apollo“ Scientific Award

07:45 - 08:00 PM Keynote

Keynote

08:00 - 09:15 PM

2019 SVIEF Award Ceremony

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Global Venture Investment Summit & 9th SVIEF STAR Startup Competition (Hall D)

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09:00 - 10:00 AM

Registration

10:00 - 10:15 AMKeynote

Keynote:2020 Venture Investment Outlook

10:15 - 10:30 AM Keynote

Keynote:The age of interconnected intelligence Entrepreneurship and Investment

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

SVIEF-STAR Investment Discussion & Startup Competition (Group 1)

12:00 - 01:30 PM

Lunch Break

01:30 - 02:00 PM Keynote

Keynote: How the Race to Sustainability is Leading to the End of the Age of Carbon Fuels

Speaker: Steve Westly, Founder & Managing Partner, the Westly Group; 2019 SVIEF Chairman

02:00 - 02:30 PM Panel

Panel Discussion: March into the Era of Connectivity with Smart Devices

Panelists: Ranger Wang, founder of Skywood Capital, advisor of the RocketSpace

02:30 - 04:05 PM

SVIEF-STAR Investment Discussion & Startup Competition (Group 2)

04:05 - 04:25 PM Fireside Chat

Fireside Chat:Unicorn Case Study-Lyft

Moderator: Hillary Mickell, Dean and Regional CEO of Northeastern University, SF Bay Area
Speaker: David Le, VP and GM, Lyft

04:25 - 04:40 PM Keynote

Keynote: Hacking venture capital so is works in the rest of the world

Jonathan Nelson, CEO and Founder, Hack Found

04:40 - 05:00 PM Award Ceremony

2019 SVIEF STAR Award Ceremony

Global AI Tech Summit (Hall C)

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09:30 - 10:00 AM

Registration

10:00 - 10:20 AM Keynote

Keynote: The state of AI 2019

Stratos Davlos, VP of AI, IBM Watson Data and AI, will make introduction to AI Analysis Tools and Platforms

10:20 - 11:00 AM Panel

Panel:AI+Education

11:00 - 11:20 AM Keynote

Keynote: Progress on certain ML application areas in Facebook

Yu Dong, AI Technical PM Lead & AI Evangelist at Facebook

11:20 - 11:40 AM Keynote

Keynote: How to build effective AI Startups in the Enterprise market?

Muddu Sudhaker, CEO, Stealth Mode Startup Company

11:40 AM - 12:00 PM Keynote

Keynote: How AI is reinventing customer engagement

Paul Lasserre, Artificial Intelligence, VP, Product Management, Artificial Intelligence at Genesys

12:00 - 1:30 PM

Lunch Break

01:30 - 01:45 PM Keynote

Keynote:AI+Healthcare

01:45 - 02:15 PM Fireside Chat

Fireside Chat: The Big Data Era

Moderator: Jason Geng, CEO, Data Application Lab

02:15 - 02:30 PM Panel

Keynote: Top 10 Career Tips in AI and FinTech

Danye Wang, Co-Founder, Unicareer LLC

02:30 - 03:00 PM Fireside Chat

Fireside Chat: AI+Healthcare

03:00 - 03:30 PM Keynote

Keynote: Using Voice to Predict Customer Behavior

Rana Gujral, CEO of Behavioral Signals, Speaker, and Investor

03:30 - 04:00 PM Panel

Panel: AI Application Scenarios and Solutions

04:00 - 05:00 PM Panel

Panel: Career Development

AI Tech Camp Training (Meeting Room 1-2)

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10:00 AM - 06:00 PM

Topics to be Covered Include:
• AI Tools & Platforms
• Corporate AI Solutions Case Study
• Target Identification from Still Image
• Interpretation of Large-scale unsupervised language model GPT2
• Image Segmentation Methods
• Neural Relationship Extraction Model
• Bayesian Probability Model

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