Congressmember, United States
Judy Chu was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in July 2009. She represents the 27th Congressional District, which includes Pasadena and the west San Gabriel Valley of southern California.
Rep. Chu currently serves on the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, which has jurisdiction over legislation pertaining to taxes, revenues, Social Security, and Medicare. In that Committee, Rep. Chu is a member of the Subcommittees on Health and Human Resources, giving her oversight over healthcare reform and crucial safety net programs.
Ya-Qin Zhang currently serves as president, in charge of intelligent driving and other emerging businesses, and plans to retire in October 2019 after five years with the company. In the past five years, he has served in different capacities including autonomous driving, cloud computing, technology infrastructure, and international business. Dr. Zhang was a corporate vice president of Microsoft, Chairman of its Asia-Pacific R&D, Mobile and embedded products and Managing Director of Microsoft Asia for over 15 years. He has published over 500 papers and 11 books with 60 granted US patents. Ya-Qin Zhang currently serves on the board of directors of Chinasoft International Ltd (HKEX: 354), AsiaInfo Technologies Ltd (HKEX: 1675), and Tarena International, Inc. (NASDAQ: TEDU). Dr. Zhang is inducted into the fellowship of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS), the Australia Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Dr. Zhang received his bachelor's and master's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Science and Technology of China, and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from George Washington University.
Managing Partner, Westly Group
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.
Professor, Stanford University
Yi Cui is a highly proliferate materials scientist and has published ~330 research papers, filed more than 40 patent applications and give ~300 plenary/keynote/invited talks. His works have generated a very large impact and he is among top most cited scientists in the world (Google Scholar, H-index 123). In 2014, he was ranked NO.1 in Materials Science by Thomson Reuters as The World's Most Influential Scientific Mind.
Founder, Draper Associates
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.
Prof. Steve Mann, PhD (MIT), P.Eng. (Ontario), is widely regarded as "The Father of Wearable Computing" [IEEE ISSCC 2000]. His work as an artist, scientist, designer, and inventor made Toronto the world's epicenter of wearable technologies back in the 1980s. In 1992 Mann took this invention from Toronto to Massachusetts Institute of Technology, founding the MIT Media Lab's Wearable Computing project as its first member. In the words of the Lab's founding Director, Nicholas Negroponte: "Steve Mann is the perfect example of someone... who persisted in his vision and ended up founding a new discipline.".
Medical Director, Stanford Health Care
Dr Xiang Qian is a Pain Medicine Faculty and Physician at Stanford University. He is specialized in treating various pain conditions utilizing the combination of medicine, interventional procedure, physical therapy, and others. He is the co-director of Stanford Neuro Interventional Facial Pain Program and leads the only CT-guided interventional program in west coast of the US.
Founding Partner, Amino Capital
Dr Jun Wu, Founding Partner of Amino Capital, Distinguished Visiting Professor of Shanghai Jiaotong University, Ex Senior Staff Research Scientist of Google, Ex-VP of Tencent, and member of Board of Director, CITIC Press.
As a renowned expert in speech recognition, natural language processing and web search, Dr. Jun Wu started his career at Google as an engineer and then a research scientist in 2002. Shortly after he joined Google, Dr. Wu received Google Engineering Award for his achievement on anti-SPAM. He was the author of Google Chinese/Japanese/Korean search algorithms and the inventor of many Google technologies, and was highly appraised by Eric Schmidt and Sergey Brin for his contribution in Google.
Co-Founder & Managing Partner, WestSummit Capital
Raymond is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of WestSummit Capital, a leading global technology growth capital firm focused on helping high growth technology companies access the China market.
Raymond has more than 25 years of investment and entrepreneurial experience in the US and China technology sector. Prior, Raymond was Founding Partner of Taishan Invest, the leading institutional angel fund in China. Earlier, he was also Managing Partner at Navi Capital Partners and a Venture Partner at Northern Light Venture Capital.