Our trials, mistakes and successes have honed our judgment and ability to recognize true potential in a founder. As a team, we guide, support and equip founders with the necessary tools for success, helping them achieve their business goals. We embrace our founders as partners and consistently champion them through their ups and downs.
Seamon Chan is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Palm Drive Capital, a New York-based venture capital firm that invests in early-stage tech companies. Seamon graduated from Stanford University and is completing the Owner/President Management program at Harvard Business School. He was one of the founders of the Stanford Chinese Entrepreneurs Organization (Stanford CEO) and NYC Chinese Entrepreneurs Organization (NYCCEO). Seamon is also a young leader of Committee 100 and a member of the Milken Institute Young Leaders Circle and the Economic Club of New York.
Yipeng Li is a senior executive in the Chinese consumer industry, primarily responsible for investment, capital markets, and innovative businesses. He used to be the co-founder of "Senior Help" and "Brothers Help" as the first Chinese campus P2P social service platform. Yipeng Li is a cross-border investor and has worked in Jiuding Investment and a family office in Singapore in the telecommunications, consumer, and aviation finance leasing industries. He has a keen insight into the Asian market.
Lee Lin is a co-founder of RentHop.com and RealtyHop.com. RentHop.com is in Y Combinator (YC)'s 2009 Summer Program and appeared in the Harvard Business School case study titled "Killing Craigslist." Lee is an angel investor who focuses on pre-Series A and pre-seed investment. He graduated from MIT and is an alumnus of Harvard. Before his entrepreneur journey, Lee worked at top quantitative hedge funds (D.E. Shaw and Two Sigma Investments) and Microsoft.
Kun Zhang (Quin) is a tenure-track professor of management at Peking University HSBC Business School in Shenzhen, China. His research interests revolve around technology innovation, startup value appropriation, and digitization strategies. Kun obtained his doctorate in strategy and entrepreneurship from the University of Colorado Boulder. He also holds a master's degree in management science from the London School of Economics in the U.K., where he focused on optimization and decision sciences for management. He is also an active angel investor in high-tech and bio-pharmaceutical industries.
Ruizhi is a serial entrepreneur with 10 years of hands-on experience in product development, user experience study, business strategy, and market research. He was the founding engineer at 3DM systems and developed products worth $140 million. Ruizhi has a strong technical background in Computer Vision Research, Robotics, Software Engineering, and IoT Hardware. Furthermore, he is the co-inventor of 4 granted US patents. Ruizhi holds an MBA degree from Georgia Tech.
Jie is a tech startup ecosystem builder with extensive experience in business development, event production and deal sourcing. He has advised over 20 startups, facilitated over five acceleration programs and spearheaded international expansion for multiple startups. Jie was a founding team member of Accathon Capital and currently serves as a Mentor at CUNY Startups, the accelerator program of America’s most extensive urban education system, and Operations Advisor at National Realty Club, one of the oldest real estate organizations. Jie was also a trained physicist and co-authored multiple publications in quantum-optics and astronomy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tianyi (Tony) is Corporate Venture Capital Manager at PTT Global Chemical, a $15 billion Thai petrochemical company. Tony is responsible for sourcing, evaluating, and executing deals for investment and partnership in emerging technologies in North America. He also participates in managing portfolio companies and initiation of new corporate strategies.
Prior to joining PTTGC, Tony was Lead Analyst at Lux Research, where he advised Global-1000 corporations, VCs, and government agencies on strategies in a range of deeptech innovations. Tony holds Ph.D. in Physics from Boston College and B.S. in Physics from Peking University in Beijing.
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.
Elizabeth Tobey has run marketing, communications, support, and community teams for tech companies and startups in both New York City and San Francisco. Starting in the video game industry, she was at the forefront of the community and social media explosion and helped shape early strategies that redefined how companies marketed to and engaged their customers. She expanded the Tumblr Support team to incorporate community engagement and outreach, embedding the department with both product and marketing teams for a holistic go-to-market strategy. At Medium, she was the first marketing hire and defined what engaged readers and writers looked like on the platform and built out content and engagement strategies that balanced storytelling with data science. She is now leading marketing at a startup building research collaboration software for academia and the corporate market. She has successfully brought the company through its Series A funding, redefined its target audience and core messaging, and is currently working on expanding into biopharma and fintech for 2020.
Stephen Stanczak is the Principal at Ondyr Marketing, a digital marketing firm based in NYC. Stephen's focus is on SEO, PPC, and Google Analytics, with a specialization on schema markup. Stephen has deep marketing experience including work on several digital marketing campaigns for companies such as Microsoft, General Electric and various SMBs. Stephen holds marketing degrees from Temple and Cornell University. He has spoken and mentored at Techstars, Baruch College, Techhub NYC, SEMrush Live, New York Marketing Association, and Grand Central Tech.
Prannoy Nambiar is the Director of Product & Growth at Careerlist, a platform that creates more opportunities for employers, recruiters, and talent, alike. He is a product leader with an inclination towards early-stage tech startups centered around the workforce and education. His most recent experience has included developing a go-to-market strategy, establishing a product vision, creating and implementing a product roadmap, drafting product requirements, and conducting user research and segmentation for marketplace platforms.
Hannah is a translational cancer biologist. She is passionate about transforming clinical cancer care and is using her cancer expertise in her role as Chief Product and People Officer with Cambridge Cancer Genomics (CCG.ai). CCG is a YC backed healthtech startup building tools to enable oncologists to make the best therapeutic decisions for their patients. They have raised over $8 million in funding.
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.
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.
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.
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.