#Asia Tech giants China and Silicon Valley walk into a room…


We’ve got great leaders and tech giants who are coming to Singapore this June, so we’d thought of giving you a sneak peek.

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A showdown or a meeting of the minds? We’ll see.


We’re entering June next week and we can’t contain our excitement for our Echelon Asia Summit event happening on June 15-16! We have a great line up of exhibitors, startups, and investors – but also speakers! In particular, we’re honoured to have the likes of these six speakers from China and Silicon Valley gracing our three stages. Check out who they are, and stay tuned for more Echelon Asia speaker updates!

Sabeen Ali, AngelHack

Sabeen Ali is the Founder, President and CEO of San Francisco-based AngelHack, the world’s largest and most diverse global hacker community. AngelHack, a female-owned, female-majority company helps drive open innovation of tech products, platforms and brands with extraordinary smarts, scale and speed via tech education, marketing and hackathons. Prior to AngelHack, Sabeen founded (and then sold) her own leadership training and organisational development company, Team Building ROI. She has consulted for Kaiser Permanente, Yahoo!, Peet’s Coffee, and Cisco and holds a M.S. in Organisation Development from the University of San Francisco.

Christina Hsiang, Startups Greater Asia

Christina is the founding director of Startups Greater Asia, an organisation connecting the startup and venture community in Silicon Valley with that of Greater Asia. Christina is also a Mandarin- and Russian-speaking Corporate Attorney at Carr & Ferrell LLP, a full-service law firm deeply committed to providing strategic and responsive corporate, venture capital, patent, and intellectual property law services.

Having had hands-on experience working at an early-stage startup developing robotic car technology, Christina now advises entrepreneurs on effectively resolving a broad array of startup legal and operations issues.  Christina passionately identifies opportunities to help the growing network of cross-border investors and entrepreneurs collaborate and cross-pollinate, and has been a speaker and writer about the topics of startup legal strategies and growth issues, cross-border venture investment landscape, cross-border startup challenges and success stories, building hardware startups, and the future of connected mobility.

Hiroshi Saijou, Yamaha Motor Ventures and Laboratory Silicon Valley Inc.

Hiroshi Saijou is the CEO and Managing Director of Yamaha Motor Ventures and Laboratory Silicon Valley Inc, a company that identifies and pursues technologies, products, services, and business models that create exciting emotions in people and move societies to aid the sustainable growth of Yamaha Motor Group.  Previously, Saijou held the position of division manager in Yamaha Motor Corporation in the USA, and was the Manager of SMT Solution Engineering and Manager of New Business Development at Yamaha Motor Company for 20 years. He received his education at Kyushu University.

Harry Wang, Linear Venture 

Harry Wang is the founding partner of Linear Venture, a US$50 M fund that covers startups in angel rounds up to series A rounds. Its invested into over 30 companies so far, and also served as an advisor to various tech companies like Dianping.com, a daily deals website company now valued at US$4 billion, and Baixing.com, an online classifieds website similar to Craigslist.

Previously, Harry joined Facebook in early 2007 as one of the first Chinese engineers when Facebook was about 130 employees, and would later become the first mainland Chinese engineering manager in early 2010. At Facebook, Harry was responsible in launching the first version of the platform, while building the backend of the social ads in late 2007. He built a FriendFeed like structure from scratch, as well as the weekly birthday reminder emails. He later moved to monetisation, worked on the virtual giftshop, built Facebook’s payment security system and tools, and founded and managed the team to control payments fraud and customer service issues.

Peter Cheng, Integral Investment Group

Peter Cheng joined the Integral Group in May 2015 as Managing Partner from Tencent where he served as General Manager of Advertising Platform & Products in the Online Media Group (OMG) since January 2013. From 2008 to 2012, he was co-founder and COO of AdChina and served on its Board of Directors; it would later be acquired by Alibaba. Prior to joining AdChina, he was VP of Product Management of Adify Corporation, now part of Cox Digital Solutions, a provider of digital advertising solutions in the United States.

Prior to joining Adify, Cheng held senior management positions in eBay from 2002 to 2006 including Head of Product Management responsible for eBay’s global internet marketing products and initiatives. Before joining eBay, Cheng served as a group product manager at Vividence Corporation, which was acquired by Keynote Systems, from 2000 to 2002. Cheng also served as a product manager at Oracle Corporation from 1997 to 2000, as a senior marketing analyst of FedEx Corporation from 1996 to 1997.

William Bao Bean, Managing Director, MOX; Partner, SOSV

William is the Managing Director of Mobile Only Accelerator (MOX) SOSV’s “Mobile-Only Accelerator” located in Taipei and a Partner at SOSV, a US$250m accelerator focused venture capital fund, and the Managing Director of Chinaccelerator, East Asia’s first startup accelerator. William joined SOSV from SingTel Innov8 Ventures where he was Managing Director supporting China investments. While at Innov8 he led investments in Yodo1 (mobile games), Gmobi (Android platform), Lekan (children’s video platform), and Massive Impact (mobile advertising). Previously, William was a Partner at Softbank China & India Holdings, a venture capital firm backed by Softbank and Cisco.

While at SoftBank he led investments in Silk Road Telecom (SRT) – in mobile enterprise cloud SaaS, Playspan – a payment platform acquired by Visa, Punch Entertainment – a mobile game developer acquired by DeNA, and Peacesoft – a Vietnam eCommerce and payment platform backed by eBay and MOL Group. William spent 11 years as an equity research analyst most recently with Deutsche Bank where he was responsible for Internet and Telecom Equipment in Asia and China technology, media and telecom. Previously he covered Digital Media at Bank of America Securities in San Francisco and PC/Enterprise Hardware at Bear Stearns in New York. William is an active angel investor with 39 investments between 2004 and 2014.

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