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.
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.
Lauren Lee is an entrepreneur with a particular interest in hospitality and Consumer Packaged Goods. In addition to her position at Lair East Labs, she is Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer of Away Bar, a Shanghai-based company bringing together ice cream and premium spirits from around the world.
Prior to starting her business, Lauren worked in corporate marketing and communications at a growth-stage healthtech firm, assisting executives on the product and business development teams in initiating deals with health systems and large pharmaceutical and biotech firms. She graduated Cum Laude with a bachelor’s in East Asian Studies, concentrating on China, from Yale University, where she founded a dinner and cocktail pop-up partnering with Michelin-starred chefs in New York and New Haven.
Han is a California based early-stage investor and entrepreneur with specializations in fintech, e-commerce and audio AI. Han holds an MBA degree from Columbia Business School. Before MBA, Han started his career as a TMT investment banker with JP Morgan in Hong Kong. He later shifted into the digital banking space as a project lead with DBS Digital Bank in Singapore. Han was also the co-founder and CEO of LGW, Singapore’s first e-commerce marketplace for skills-building education.
Minhao is currently the Strategy Manager at Didi Chuxing Technology Co. Minhao began his career as an engineer, designing buildings and bridges in the United States. As an entrepreneur, he leveraged engineering and digital technologies to optimize the food supply chain system in China from farm to fork. He holds a patent for his food production center. During his time as an MBA student, he helped food and agriculture startups in Southeast Asia and Africa in fundraising. Minhao has a strong passion for green and sustainable investing. He boasts extensive experience in investment and product management in Lighthouse Capital and Amazon.
Minhao holds an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School, a M.S. in Civil Engineering from Syracuse University and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Tongji University. In his spare time, Minhao enjoys reading, traveling, and car racing. As a car racer, he spent months at Shanghai International Circuit and Ningbo International Speedway. He is also a photographer used to develop his own films.