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Wednesday, October 23


The Rise of the Hardware Startup
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Volker Heistermann

Managing Director, Yushan Ventures
Prior to founding Yushan Ventures, Volker was VP at Rutberg & Co., a boutique investment bank. Previously, Volker was at Google, focused on the German search engine market. Prior to Google he was Manager of Market Intelligence at IDG. | | As angel investor, entrepreneur, and manager at Fortune 100 company AT&T, Volker has been involved in the mobile and wireless space during his 15 years in Silicon Valley and most recently in Taiwan... Read More →

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Chris Bruce

Founder & CEO, Sproutling
Chris Bruce is the Founder and CEO of Sproutling, a startup raising parenting IQ through seamless technology that delivers smart insights about children. Chris is a parent, entrepreneur, and kid at heart committed to making family life more fun. Prior to Sproutling, he built the mobile platforms for One Medical Group and WellnessFX. Chris started Sproutling as a meaningful endeavor to focus on taking the worry out of parenting, so that families... Read More →
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Sridhar Iyengar

Founder, Misfit Wearables
Sridhar is the founder of Misfit Wearables, makers of highly wearable computing products, including the award-winning Shine, an elegant activity monitor. He also founded and served as CTO of AgaMatrix, a blood glucose monitoring company that made the world’s first hardware medical device to connect directly to the iPhone, winning both the Red Dot and GOOD Design Awards. He built AgaMatrix from a two-person start-up to shipping 15... Read More →
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Zach Supalla

Founder and CEO, Spark
Zach Supalla is an entrepreneur, a Maker, and a designer. He is the founder and CEO of Spark, a start-up that's making it easier to build internet-connected hardware. Zach juggles hardware design, front-end software development, and leading his team through the trials and tribulations of a hardware start-up. | | Zach is a graduate of HAXLR8R, the only incubator for hardware start-ups that will teach you to order bubble tea in perfect... Read More →
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George Yu

CEO, Variable, Inc
Dr. George Yu is the founder and CEO of Variable, Inc, developer of the NODE modular wireless sensor platform. His fascination with comprehending the world around him began in childhood when he disassembled his toys and keenly observed nature. Born in China, Dr. Yu emigrated to Houston, Texas at age 11 and his fascination with technology took him to NASA as an intern during high school. Upon graduating Georgia Tech with a Ph.D. in electrical... Read More →

Wednesday October 23, 2013 10:20am - 10:50am
Stage E


Panel - Sell or Not Sell: The 1 Billion Dollar Dilemma
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Jack Jia

Founder, Trusper/Baynote/Interwoven; Partner, GSR Ventures; Angel Investor, GSR Ventures
Jack Jia focuses on investments in the Internet, wireless, and software sectors. | Prior to GSR, Jack is the founder, Chairman and CEO of Baynote, Inc., a software innovator that develops recommendation and search technology for the adaptive web.  | Prior to Baynote, Jack was Senior Vice President and founding CTO of Interwoven Inc. (NASDAQ IWOV, now Autonomy). He also holds more than twenty technology patents. | Jack is a board member and... Read More →

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Jeff Fluhr

CEO & Co-Founder, Spreecast
Jeff is a co-founder and CEO of Spreecast, the social video platform that connects people through video conversation. He is also a co-founder of StubHub, where he served as CEO from inception until its acquisition by eBay in 2007. Jeff sits on the board of or is an advisor to several consumer-oriented internet and mobile companies. He has been the recipient of several awards including the Joseph Wharton Award for Young Leadership, San Francisco... Read More →
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Mark Johnson

CEO, Zite
Mark Johnson is CEO of Zite, the application that makes you smarter and helps you find interesting content about your personal passions. Mark was an advisor to Zite for almost two years prior to taking the CEO role and was instrumental in the pivot from Worio to Zite. He brings a strong product and technology background with experience at several successful search startups: Powerset (natural language search, acquired by Microsoft), Kosmix... Read More →
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Jenny Lee

Partner, GGV Capital
A Partner at GGV Capital, Jenny joined the firm in 2005 and was instrumental in setting up the GGV presence in China. Jenny’s areas of focus are on SAAS/Business Services and Internet/Digital Media companies. Jenny led GGV’s investments in hiSoft (NASDAQ: PACT), 21Vianet (NASDAQ: VNET), SinoSun (SHE: 300333), YY (NASDAQ: YY) and successfully helped them go public in the last three years.  Jenny... Read More →
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Aydin Senkut

Felicis Ventures
Aydin founded Felicis Ventures in 2006, and now invests in companies across mobile, e-commerce, enterprise, education and health. His investments include Rovio, Shopify, Inkling, Practice Fusion and Clearslide. He has been named one of Businessweek’s top 25 tech angels, and a top up-and-coming VC by Forbes’ Midas List.  | | Aydin was Google’s first Product Manager, helping to launch its first 10 international sites in... Read More →

Wednesday October 23, 2013 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Stage E


Panel: Startups Going Global, Challenging Giants
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Mark Milian

Tech Writer/Editor, Bloomberg
Mark Milian was named writer and editor for Bloomberg News in March 2012. Based in Bloomberg's San Francisco bureau, he's an editor for Bloomberg Global Tech, and also covers large technology companies and startups for Bloomberg Businessweek. | | Prior to joining Bloomberg, Milian served as tech writer for CNN since 2010. From 2008 to 2010, he was a staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, and reviewed consumer electronics and software for the... Read More →

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Sid Bhatt

CEO, Aarki
Sid is defining his vision to bring joyful mobile ad experiences that bridge the gap between brands, consumers, and premium publishers globally. Under his leadership, Aarki has set the benchmark for innovation in rich media mobile advertising with its diverse ad platform and rich media technology. Prior to Aarki, Sid was in Business Development at Mint.com, which delivered users their financial life, all in one place. Outside of the start up... Read More →
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Wei Deng

COO, Weeby and Game Closure
Wei Deng graduated from Yale College and Yale Law School with a JD and practiced law at one of the world's best law firms. She then spent a year in investment banking, overseeing large deals. She joined Game Closure as a product manager last February, and has since moved into the COO role, handling all of operations, and at times being involved in strategy, product and business development. She's currently the COO of... Read More →
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David Tang

Managing Partner, Nokia Growth Partners
David brings has more than 20 years of global and Chinese operational experience in the IT industry. David has managed businesses of various sizes up to yearly revenue of US$7 billion and is well known in the Chinese venture community as an advisor to leading mobile businesses such as UCWeb and Ganji. Prior to joining NGP, David was the Corporate Senior Vice President and President of AMD Greater China. From... Read More →

Wednesday October 23, 2013 2:50pm - 3:30pm
Stage E