Long is an MBA Candidate at The Wharton School with extensive interdisciplinary knowledge of technologies and entrepreneurship, technology commercialization, project financing, financial modeling, and due diligence. Prior to starting his MBA at Wharton, he led the AI Accelerator summer program of 2018 at JD.com. As the CTO of Syntech Bioenergy, a $15 million search fund company, he raised $8M.
Charles Qu is an NYS CPA, a skilled tax professional with more than a decade of experience in federal and state income taxation. Charles comes with a strong technical background in partnership, S corps, and C corporate taxation. He has rich experience in managing client relations at all levels, working directly with clients to understand their business objectives and providing them with cost-effective solutions. Charles currently works as a Partner at STAR TAX & ACCOUNTING INC (www.NYStarTax.com), aiming to provide high-quality tax and accounting services to Individuals and Small Businesses. Charles previously worked at AIG Tax Department and EY.
Ryo is currently the President of ASCENDING, an AWS Certified Advanced Consulting Partner. Ryo spent his last 15 years in the IT and cloud consulting industry and has set a deep root in the enterprise software market. In the last few years, Ryo and his team have built several cloud solutions for enterprises and fortune 500 companies. Ryo is committed to using his experience to help startups in various aspects, from finding the right technical solution to testing product-market fit, from building a strong technical team to optimizing sales practice in the B2B enterprise software market.
Yubo focuses his practice on strategic client counseling, including patent planning, development, prosecution, and post-grant proceedings, with an emphasis on electrical engineering, computer software, and biomedical devices. His experience covers prosecuting and appealing applications in the US, China, Europe, Japan, Australia, and India, and other areas such as post-grant proceedings, portfolio management, licensing, diligence, and opinion work.
Yubo has helped design, develop, and monetize patent portfolios for Fortune 500 companies such as Foxconn, Haier, and numerous tech startups based in the U.S. and the Greater China region. Yubo is also an active angel investor who provides funding to early-stage startups. He helps founders mitigate risks, raise capital, and achieve business goals through leveraging the power of IP.
Yubo holds a B.S. in Physics from Xiamen University, China, and an MSEE from Stanford University. He was also in the Engineer Program at Stanford and completed coursework at Stanford Graduate School of Business. Before becoming an IP practitioner, Yubo worked as an R.F. Engineer at Stanford Linear Accelerator Center and a semiconductor process engineer at National Semiconductor.
Zhen focuses on helping startups with R&D tax credit claims. Zhen has over 11 years of R&D tax credit experience in the US, including extensive IRS and State tax audits. Zhen has developed a SaaS-based approach for claiming R&D credits for startups with a compressive service offering at no upfront cost.
Zhen also serves as an advisor to some established incubators such as Idealab, Wavemaker lab, and UCI Wayfinder Innovation. Before establishing Technology Credit, Zhen was Ernst & Young (EY) US R&D tax credit leader in the Southern California markets and EY Greater China’s R&D leader. Zhen is a licensed CPA with a Master’s degree and Bachelor’s degree in Tax and Accounting from Brigham Young University.
Sheng Xu, CFA, FRM, CAIA, is a VP at BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager. Sheng has over ten years of diversified experience in fintech products and investment strategies across various business functions. She closely partners with BlackRock’s senior leadership and C-level executives to drive strategic projects for BlackRock’s investments and trading platform by combining strategy, business process, firm navigation, and technology expertise.
Sheng is a community contributor and influencer and serves a leadership role at BlackRock’s Women Initiative Network. She currently co-chairs BlackRock’s VP Network (SF). She is also a PADI Divemaster and enjoys traveling on the continents and in the oceans.
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.
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.
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.
Jiake Liu is the Co-Founder and CEO of Outer, a Santa Monica-based outdoor living brand with a proprietary retail platform that’s turning customers’ homes into crowdsourced showrooms. He’s successfully raised from top-tier VC funds such as Sequoia Capital, Capital Today.
Jiake is also an avid angel investor and advisor for early-stage startups in Los Angeles. Jiake was born in China, grew up in Alabama, and resides in Los Angeles. He has a Computer Engineering degree from the University of Alabama in Huntsville and previously worked as an engineer in the telecom and video game industries.