January 28, 2015 by Hugh Gallagher
Say hello to Om Nom – the loveable green character pictured above. Om Nom is coming to Rise in July, well kind of coming to Rise…. Om Nom is the baby of ZeptoLab, a gaming company whose CEO Misha Lyalin will be one of the many great speakers at Rise – and not just Misha & Om Nom, today we’re delighted to announce 6 more great characters, innovators & thinkers joining us in Hong Kong.
Richard Robinson – Yolu Co, Co-Founder & President
Rich is knee-deep in entrepreneurship in the China market.
He is co-founder and president of Yolu, based in Beijing, Yolu is a mobile apps creator for business professionals. Richard’s also the Chairman and Co-founder of Kooky Panda which is venture-backed and creates socially-connected mobile games in their secret underground labs in the Middle Kingdom.
Other things he does? There are a lot – Comedy show production, an SMS focused games company, 3D gaming and much much more.
Gloria Ai – iAsk Studio, CEO & Founder
Gloria Ai is founder of iAsk Media Studio, a multimedia studio producing â€œiAskâ€ China’s creative business talk shows series which give any Chinese viewer the opportunity to converse with prominent politicians, business leaders and scholars from China and around the world.
Gloria is also an independent business host in China. She hosted many top finance and business forums such as Boao Asia Forum in 2014. She was a lead anchor for China Business Network and CCTV.
Tim Lee, Hong Kong born after 80s serial Entrepreneur . Founder of QFPay and Miaomiao Weidian, former IBM Consultant, has extensive experience in mobile internet and financial sector. In 2014, Tim was named by â€œFast Companyâ€ magazine as â€œ2014 Chinese Business 100 Most Creative Peopleâ€.
In 2011, with mobile internet enthusiasm and conviction he founded QFPay . After three years, under his leadership QFPay has grown from a 10 person team to nearly 200, providing an extensive range of value-added services for micro-merchants.
Branko is CEO of Nordeus,Â one of the leading and award winning European game development companies. As CEO Branko has led Nordeus to some top awards, including: ‘The 15 fastest growing European hi-tech companies’ for 2012 and 2013, & also ‘The best employer in South Eastern Euorpe’ for 2012, 2013 and 2014.
Misha Lyalin is a serial start up specialist. Having founded 6 companies before, he is working on a new venture in Russia, creating a biggest coalition loyalty bonus program for telecommunications, finance and retail sector. The program started in November 2007 and in summer of 2008 had over 5 million members, with over 20 million planed in 2 years.
Previously he founded Svyaznoy Zagruzka (zagruzka.com) â€“ one of the top 10 Russian mobile content providers.
Jenny Lee – GGV Capital, Managing Partner
A Managing Partner at GGV Capital, Jenny joined the firm in 2005 and was instrumental in setting up the GGV presence in China. Jenny led GGVâ€™s investments in hiSoft (NASDAQ: PACT), 21Vianet (NASDAQ: VNET), SinoSun (SHE: 300333), YY (NASDAQ: YY) and successfully helped them go public.
Jenny also serves on the board of other innovative private companies, including Ali Animation, Chukong Technologies, China Talent Group (CTG), Social Touch, Yingying, Yodo1, Zepp, 7k7k, and UCWeb until it was acquired by Alibaba.