Bess HoPresident of CSPA
Bess is a hands-on investor and adviser to early-stage and VC funded startups. She is actively involved in solving critical matters in her portfolio including market product validation, customer development, business model, partnership development, fundraising and M&A activities. She is known to be creative in turning around struggling businesses for profit or exit. She started her career as an both R&D Scientist and Engineer leading to her experience in AI business intelligence and data analytics domains in early internet days. Bess earned her graduate degree in Food Science & Technology from University of California at Davis.
Bess was Executive Director and VP of Speakers at Association of Internet Professional Silicon Valley Chapter, Founder of Silicon Valley Web Builder, Paypal External Counsel, Samsung Mobility Star. Not only Bess received numerous industrial recognitions and special newspaper coverage in business section of major US and China newspapers her advised and invested startup won a long list of awards and honors that results in raising over $60M.
Bess is positioning CSPA as a cross-border mobile-first and people-first organization. With her dedicated efforts CSPA is considered as Top 20 China Organization in US by Wharton School of Business. Under her leadership CSPA would become the fastest growing Chinese organization in the Mobile-first Millennial era.
Professor Henry WongChairman of the Board
Professor Henry Wong has been a prolific and successful venture investor, serial entrepreneur, and Stanford University Mentor in Silicon Valley during the last 37 years.
After working for four Fortune 100 corporations, Henry channeled his entrepreneurial spirit to go and “change the world."
Frustrated with existing sloppy edge technologies, Henry founded, seed-funded, and exited five successful startups, including SS8 Networks (ADC Telecom), IP Communications (Nokia), XaQti Semiconductor (Vitesse), CNet Technology (IPO), and Combinet (Cisco). He is always the founder, chairman, first president, and CEO. Professor Henry has the successful experience in selling his startup Combiner to Cisco for US$165M in 1995 money valuation.
Realizing that “money makes the world go round,” Henry founded Diamond TechVentures, a Trans Pacific Venture Investment firm. In parallel, he was also the venture partner to Guy Kawasaki’s Garage Technology Ventures, and before that, Crystal Ventures.
With the fast growth in Silicon Valley and the ever-changing landscape of technological advancement, a different ecosystem is needed to accommodate growth and accelerate prosperity. To address this, Henry founded an Innovation Center, where he coined the term, “Find it, Fix it & Fund it.” Pre-qualified startups or companies that Henry continues to start are incubated inside this accelerator under a secured environment, where the filing of new patentable technologies are done on-site.
The Singapore government’s SPRING agency funded Henry’s iStartUP program to train Singapore entrepreneurs. The Hong Kong government honored Henry as one of the “Game Changer” returnees with the Home Coming Tipping Point award. The IT Minister Choi Yanghee of the Korean government recognizes Henry’s continuous contribution to their Knowledge Innovation Center (KIC), and named him an advisor to South Korea.
Henry holds a Business degree from the University of Utah, an MBA in Telecom
Management from Golden Gate University. He is a MBA Professor in Sofia University,
and is a Mentor in Stanford University. He was a 2002 finalist for the Ernst & Young “Entrepreneur of the Year Award.” Henry is a frequent Keynote Speaker, Panel Discussion contributor and a Business Plan Competition Judge.
Franklin UrteagaBoard of Directors
Franklin Urteaga knows a winner when he sees one because he’s been there and done it before. An experienced entrepreneur and execution specialist with a strong track record of scaling start-up companies from formation to exit, he knows what it takes to make an idea succeed. Franklin identifies winning ideas, winning teams, and knows how to scale those into winning investments. His startup successes include launching and selling two nationally recognized companies (JDate, ChristianMingle, etc.) valued at $300+ Million. Mr. Urteaga also had the privilege of serving as a White House Aide to 2 U.S. Presidents, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. He leverages his extensive relationships with the U.S. Congress, Federal Agencies, and his national network of CEO, Chairman, and President relationships to quickly grow his companies to become successful.
Rocky ChanBoard of Directors
Rocky is the partner and CFO of Mind Fund Group, a VC firm based in Hong Kong but invested globally. Backed by Digital Garage (a Japanese internet and incubator powerhouse listed in Tokyo Stock exchange) and partnered with top incubators worldwide, Rocky and his team lead the investments on fintech, blockchain, AI/Machine learning, chatbox, etc. Recent successful exit includes the acquisition of Flipagram by China’s Toutiao.
Prior to joining Mind Fund, Rocky was the head and investment director of Baidu Family Office. He was credited with many successful investment deals for startups, VC, PE, hedge funds and private banks. In addition, he was responsible for the private jet legal issue, some top universities’ philanthropy work, family office management and business negotiation with Baidu’s board of directors.
Rocky has over 15 years of investment experience between Silicon Valley and the Greater China. He is based in Silicon Valley but travels to Hong Kong and China often.
Curtis MoBoard Member
Partner, DLA Piper
Curtis Mo is recognized as a leading corporate and securities lawyer in Silicon Valley.
Curtis has represented emerging growth companies, major public companies, investment banks, venture capital funds and private equity funds in hundreds of public offerings, mergers and acquisitions, buyouts, venture capital financings and other complex transactions. He has extensive experience in corporate governance matters and regularly acts as general outside counsel to public and private companies at all stages of development, particularly in the technology, life sciences, clean energy technology and consumer sectors.
Andy WongBoard Member
Sand Hill Consulting
Andy Wong is a senior technology executive with over twenty years of experience in growing businesses including both startups and multi-billion dollar international enterprises. Mr. Wong has served on the board of directors of five business entities in addition to other board observer and advisor capacities. His engagements have spanned across corporate venture capital, investment banking, mergers and acquisitions, strategic business development, general management, and operations in the following industries – medical devices, electronics, semiconductors, telecommunication, and optics. As a Senior Partner at Sand Hill Consulting, Mr. Wong advises both the buy side and sell side on strategic initiatives, including business planning, fundraising, private equity, venture capital, and mergers and acquisitions.
Prior to joining Sand Hill, Mr. Wong was the Head of Business Development at Hoya Holdings, which is a US$5 Billion international conglomerate. In this capacity, he was responsible for deal sourcing, investment proposals, due diligence, investment funding, mergers and acquisitions, and portfolio management. Since joining Hoya in 1998, Mr. Wong held various senior management positions such as the President of Hoya Xponent, Senior Vice President of Strategic Corporate Development, President of Qstream Technology, and Chief Operating Officer of Hoya Corporation USA. Earlier in his career, Mr. Wong co-foundered and was Chief Operating Officer of STI.
Mr. Wong speaks fluent Cantonese and basic Mandarin. He has an international footprint with extensive experience in cross-border operations in China, Japan, Thailand, Canada, and the EU. He attended San Jose State University and there received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration.
Keng LimBoard Member
CEO of NextLabs
Founder of Kiva General Partner
Keng Lim is the founder and CEO of NextLabs, Inc. - a leading provider of policy-driven information risk mitigation and data-centric security software. Keng is a serial entrepreneur who has built reputable companies including Kiva Software, Netscape, Escalate, and Sygate over the last 20 years. He has been recognized as one of the industry's "most influential people on the Internet" for the creation and advancement of the Application Server product and his contribution in the Web, SaaS, and information security software arena.
Prior to NextLabs, Keng launched Sygate Technologies, a leading provider of endpoint security and intrusion prevention software, he served as Chairman until its acquisition by Symantec in 2005. Keng also founded Escalate in 1999, and grew it into a leading multi-channel order management and ecommerce cloud application provider. Red Prairie acquired Escalate in February 2011. Prior to Escalate, Keng joined Netscape in 1997 as Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Application Server & Web Infrastructure Products Division through acquisition of Kiva Software which he founded in 1994. He drove a large part of Netscape’s core infrastructure software and played a key role in transforming Netscape from a browser company into an internet infrastructure software company. Keng served as Chairman and CEO of Kiva Software – an application server pioneer till it’s acquisition by Netscape. At Kiva Software, he was credited as one of the inventors of the Java application server.
Keng is a holder of over 50 patents in the internet and information security-related area. Keng holds a master’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).