Mentors of iWeekend 18-19 Nov. 2011
Bill Zhou, founder and CEO of ifindu.com. With over 10 years experience in the internet industry, Bill started his career when interviewing for the Ministry of Economic and Trade where he met Jack Ma (Alibaba founder). Bill become the first person to communicate with Yahoo headquarters and later served as Sales Director in Yahoo and Senior Account Manager in Sina. In 2005 he founded his current SNS service, ifindu.com, a platform to publish events and connect people by their hobbies.
Gonz Ferrero is an angel investor and associate partner of DFR Asia, a Shanghai-based media company for the 21st century that harnesses and accelerates dynamic young companies in media and entertainment to lead in tomorrow’s markets. Prior to landing in the middle kingdom, Gonz launched, managed, and invested in a variety of start-ups across Europe and Asia. Before seeing the entrepreneurial light, Gonz spent too many years in various positions in the investment banking and hedge fund world. He is a graduate of Washington and Lee University in the U.S. and INSEAD in Singapore, and believes music has the answer to everything.
Ming is from New Business Development for Google China. Ming works on various initiatives like Chrome and Commerce. Before Google, Ming was founder of Socialwok, a Facebook for business on Google Apps and worked in product management, business development, sales and marketing.Ming earned a Master’s degree in Biomedical engineering from the University of Michigan. Before his masters, Ming worked as a research engineer for the Data storage institute engineer for the Data Storage institute of Singapore, a government research agency. Ming did his undergraduate studies in Applied Engineering Physics at Cornell University.
Yixin Yang is the earliest employee of TangoMe Inc. He is the general manager of Tango China at present. TangoMe Inc. was founded in silicon valley in September, 2009. Tango is a cross-platform video call service for iPhone, Android, Windows Phone and Windows with already 25 million users and still growing.Yixin Yang graduated from the Computer Science department of Tsinghua University. Before joining Tango, Yixin Yang worked in several IT companies such as Sohu, Netease Youdao, Sympeer and Amlogic, and participated the foundation of startups several times.
Managing Director of Incubator, Papaya Mobile Inc.
BS & Master graduated from Tsinghua University, Liang is a serial entrepreneur and occupied all the bolow position before joining Papaya Mobile:
CTO of Youhao interactive Inc.
CTO and Cofounder of Clickstones Tech.
CTO of Eryiju Tech.
Kernel developer of PXP Stream team of Sogou.
Founder and Chairman of Yuanfen Flow Incubator
From 2003 to 2005 David was Microsoft China’s General Counsel, heading up the Law and Corporate Affairs Group. In addition to managing all of Microsoft’s commercial and IPR related work, he was also in charge of the company’s government relations as well as their corporate social responsibility efforts in China. In 2005, David took on a position Steve Ballmer created called the “Piracy Czar” (aka General Manager, Genuine Software Initiative). David was Microsoft’s spokesman and “evangelist” for innovation and IPR protection and played a role in the Chinese government’s policy decision to encourage innovation. David left Microsoft in 2008 to pursue his entrepreneurial ambitions. He converted his loft in Beijing’s 798 Art District into a new media art gallery: Yuanfen. With this additional experience as owner, manager, curator and “gallerist,” David has converged his experiences and skills to further evolve the Yuanfen platform into Yuanfen~Flow, a business incubator focused on launching globally minded companies in China. David believes that great entrepreneurs and great artists share a lot in common: they are driven to actualize their creative visions; they seek a means of sustaining and increasing the impact of their creations; and there are motivated by passion to truly innovate. Yuanfen~Flow strives to become a community where creative solutions are born and nurtured.
Steven Chiu, Climate2Action
Bill Zhou, ifindu.com
Stephen Wang, Alive.cn
Si Shen, Papaya Mobile
Frank Yu, Kwestr.com
John Woo, Innovation Works
David Liu, Jiepang.com
Paul Lepa, Redstores.com
Allen Lu, Senscape.com
Curt Shi, Imprint Investment Partner