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.
Shail RajputVice President
Shail brings rich industry experience including teaching, software development, consulting and management to CSPA. He is currently Director, Product & Test Engineering at Western Digital, managing mass-production test software development for SSDs and Storage Appliances covering Consumer, Enterprise and Data Center segments. Prior to WD, he held various technical/management roles at SanDisk, TierLogic, Invarium, Cadence, Mentor Graphics, and HCL America among others. As a software consultant, Shail has provided services to Wave Computing, Boeing, Plexus, Indian Railways, and World Bank. Shail earned his Bachelors in Computer Science and Engineering with Distinction from Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University and his Masters in Electrical Engineering from Oregon Graduate Institute (acquired by OHSU.) He is a Stanford GSB LEAD and also holds the Stanford Certified Project Manager and the Certified Software Development Professional (SWEBOK master-level) credentials from the IEEE Computer Society.
Dave NielsenAI Program Manager
AI Program Manager
Dave Nielsen is a Sr. Developer Advocate at Intel. Dave was also a Developer Advocate at Redis Labs. Prior to that, he was principal consultant at Platform D where he helped companies such as Salesforce, Glam, Nirvanix, Wetpaint, Cloud.com, HP, Metamarkets and Couchbase create and run their own developer communities. Prior to Platform D, Dave was at Strikeiron and PayPal where he was their first Technical Evangelist and went on to help grow the PayPal Developer Network to over 350,000 developers. Dave gained modest notoriety when he proposed to his wife in his book PayPal Hacks. Dave is also the co-creator of the CloudCamp, a grassroots community for sharing of information about Cloud Computing.