January 26, 2015 by Hugh Gallagher
Founders, CEO’s, CTO’s, Investors – this week’s Rise speakers are a mixed, and incredibly talented group. From some of the most exciting young entrepreneurs, to founders who have raised the biggest rounds in their industries, Rise is bringing together the best from the East with the best from the West for an event that is sure to shake up the status quo in the Asian tech world.
After years of experience as an analyst, including stints at IBM and Spruson & Ferguson, Juliana is now Principal for Business Innovation at Zensorium, a Japanese company funded by multinational corporation Nitto, which specialises in wearable lifestyle devices.
Having been educated in the US with time spent working in Asia, Ryanâ€™s background in Asian languages and engineering has led him neatly to the position of Co-Founder and CEO of Waygo. His companyâ€™s mobile app is a real-time translator for Asian languages that works with smartphone cameras.
Nelson Zhang – Wearhaus – Founder & CTO
Nelson Zhang is an incredible individual – CTO at headsets supplier Wearhaus, and previously worked at LeapMotion…. and all this by the age of 20. Yes that’s right, Nelson is 20 years of age – and one of Forbes China 30 Under 30. Very, very bright future ahead.
Brian Wong – Seacliff Partners – MD
Brian manages his own angel investments through Seacliff Partners – Â focusing on e-commerce, digital media and consumer-focused start-ups in the Greater China region. He’s served as CEO of alive.cn, an online network that connects celebrities and sponsors.
Prior to this, Brian was VP of Global Supplier Development at Alibaba.com and during his nearly a-decade tenure at the company played a myriad of other roles including Chief Web Producer, the head of International Marketing, Senior Director of Strategic Business Development, and VP of Global Sales.
Andy Zhong – Funplus – Co-Founder
Andy co-founded FunPlus – a mobile & social gaming company in 2010. In 2014 FunPlus raised $74 Million in a massive Series B Round – the largest mobile gaming round in nearly a decade.
The round has gone towards creating more games, and hiring upwards of 100 new staff as FunPlus continues to expand and redefine the mobile gaming market.
Yat Siu – Outblaze – CEO & Founder
Yat Siu is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Outblaze a messaging communications company that services over 40 million users today based out of Hong Kong.
Yat has previously worked for Atari Germany, served as Director and Head of East Coast Operations for Lexicor, established Hong Kong Cybercity (the first free web page and e-mail provider in Asia, later renamed Freenation), as well as AT&T Solutions System Integration practice.