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Jon Chu

Jon Chu is a tech executive who loves to scale companies, build products and experiences that tells a great story. He is currently the Chief Product Officer at PrivCo, a private company data and services company.

He began his career at Goldman Sachs and led many technology initiatives at Bridgewater Associates. In the last decade, he led the transformation and strategies for large consulting and media companies before co-founding his own company. Outside of work, Jon is involved with multiple ventures focusing on entrepreneurial mentorship to minorities.

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Napassorn Esharoe

“I’ve always worked on the operation end of a startup and found the fellowship program a fruitful experience. Although the learning curve was steep, the amount of experience and valuable insights were really helpful especially the weekly deal sourcing discussion. It’s amazing how much I’ve learned this past few months!”

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Zachary Martz

Zachary is the Founder of ZAMARTZ Consulting and Director of Enterprise Project Management at Eileen Fisher. He is a hybrid leader, creative, and technologist with an extensive background in retail and digital design. He has spearheaded projects at Club Monaco, Ralph Lauren, Grey Healthcare Group, and The Wall Street Journal. Currently, Zachary is evolving the project management office of Eileen Fisher Enterprise, managing its multi-million dollar projects, and building intelligently designed and high performing digital products as a brand consultant.

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Ji Zhao

Dr. Ji Zhao is currently serving his second term as president of MIT Chinese Entrepreneurs Organization(MIT CEO), a non-profit organization registered under the MIT Association of Student Activities. Under his leadership, MIT CEO has become the leading venture club among Asian entrepreneurs on the east coast and one of the most vibrant venture communities in North America, connecting 50+ VCs and other resources/professional consulting, 200+ entrepreneurs, and more than 10,000 followers who are passionate in entrepreneurship. He has successfully initialized the Coast to Coast Venture Webinar Series, one of the most influential venture webinars during the COVID period, with an average of 400 attendees each webinar. He co-organized the first US Virtual Pitch Competition, one of the largest pitch competitions in the States during the pandemic, with more than 120 teams participated. He launched MIT CEO entrepreneurship classes and mentorship programs, helping entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs-to-be at all stages.

Dr. Ji Zhao is also a battery expert, with two patents, more than ten research papers, and launching a tech venture.

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Jennifer Q. Chen

Jenn Chen is currently the Chief Revenue Officer at Connatix, a video platform serving publishers across content and advertising. She manages sales, accounts, and marketing functions. She began her career in banking at Lehman, joined early-stage e-commerce startup thereafter, and has spent the last decade in advertising and marketing in various commercial growth leadership roles. Outside of work, Jenn is the co-founder of a non-profit Givology.org that provides education grants to grassroots, international students and organizations.

She’s also a mother of two little boys and lives in LIC, Queens.

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Elvina Bulatova

Elvina is an experienced and award-winning communications and content marketing professional with hands-on expertise in public relations, journalism, blogging, SEO, and copywriting. She helped Mikhailov & Partners, an established, award-winning European PR company and strategic partner of Burson Marsteller (now Burson Cohn & Wolfe), to plan and execute international campaigns by producing client-focused proposals, strategies, press releases, managing media relations, and providing SEO recommendations. She consulted clients on producing newsworthy content that reflects best international PR practices and executed special projects with Euronews and the New York Times.

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Charles Lee

Charles is a machine learning graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania with a previous background in biomedicine and education. He is also a management consultant for large multinational clients through the Wharton School and for early-stage ventures through the Penn Graduate Consulting Group. Charles’s interest in venture capital started with his participation in a venture capital team at the Wharton School, but his passion for startups really took off as an undergraduate.

Entrepreneurship is absolutely something he can go on and on about.

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Norman Ye

“I love my experience with LEL, as it introduced new possibilities and interests to me. Working with a fantastic cohort allowed me to see what founders, investors, and mentors are thinking during an investment process. Seeing first-hand how a mission drives the founding team to contribute to the betterment of the society is extremely inspiring.”

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Charles Lee

“I loved being able to work more directly with portfolio companies, focusing on verticals outside of DeepTech and EdTech, and gaining more experience with evaluating Pre-Seed and Seed stage companies. Perhaps the most memorable aspect of this internship, however, was the genuine nature of the Investment Team. I will always remember and appreciate how open the Investment Team was to hearing my concerns.”

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William Wang

“Working with Lair East Labs has been an amazing experience! Even though we were completely virtual, the opportunity to work with and learn from the partners and mentors was extremely valuable. I worked on projects that were meaningful and useful to LEL and its portfolio companies, and learned about so many different industries and technologies.”