Advisory Board

Tim Chang Managing Director, Mayfield Fund

Tim Chang is a proven investor and tri-lingual technology executive who has been named to the Forbes Midas List of Top Tech Investors. He invests in early-stage companies that leverage the drivers of mobile, social, and SaaS/adtech and is an advocate of behavioral insights, gamification, & quantified self. Some of his notable investments include ngMoco (acquired by DeNA), Playdom (acquired by Disney), and Iridigm (acquired by Qualcomm). He holds an MBA from Stanford University, an MS and BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan and plays guitar in two bands.

Ken Gullicksen Chief Strategy Officer, Evernote

Ken Gullicksen joined Evernote in 2011 and currently serves as the Chief Strategy Officer. Mr. Gullicksen was previously a General Partner at Morgenthaler Ventures from 2000 – 2010. Ken led the first institutional investment round in Evernote in 2009 and served on the board of directors until he joined full time as an employee. Since joining the Evernote team as an employee in 2011, Mr. Gullicksen has been instrumental in corporate development and acquisition strategy, leading five acquisitions for the company, the roll-out of Evernote Business and the roll-out of its China-based service, Yinxiang Biji. Ken continues to serve as Executive Director of Evernote China. In addition he is responsible for all capital markets activities at Evernote and has raised over $215m for the company from a number of institutional, strategic and prominent individual investors. Ken began his career as an engineer at Sun Microsystems before shifting focus to business strategy, market development, and engineering management at companies including Nortel Networks, Hitachi-Raychem Display Systems, and Sun Microsystems. Ken holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a BS in electrical engineering from San Jose State University.

Jack Jia Founder, Trusper

Jack Jia is an accomplished entrepreneur who has founded and led several successful technology companies. He is currently a founder and CEO of Trusper, a mobile marketplace for lifestyle tips with 20 million users.

Jack was the founding CEO of Baynote, Inc., a leading recommendation software company. Before founding Baynote, Jack was the founding CTO at Interwoven (NASDAQ: IWOV, now part of HP), a leading software company that pioneered content management space and valued at $7 billion. Prior to Interwoven, he was a founder and CEO of V-max America. Earlier in this career, Jack led Unix kernel development at Sun, SGI, Stratus, and NASA.

Jack holds an MBA from Santa Clara University, an MSEE from NYU-Poly, and a BSEE/MSCE from Beijing Jiaotong University.
Jack has received many honors during his business career including the 2012 Top 10 Chinese Business Leaders – the highest business recognition in China. He is also a board member and former president of Hua Yuan Science and Technology Association (HYSTA).

Vaughan Smith VP, Facebook

Vaughan Smith is VP, Corporate Development at Facebook, focused on strategic projects. He was previously VP Corporate Development responsible for Acquisitions, Business Development & Mobile Partnerships. Before joining Facebook in 2008, Dr. Smith was EVP Corporate Development at Move respnsible for Strategy, M&A, Online Marketing, Analytics & Partnerships. Prior to joining Move, he was VP Corporate Development at eBay and CEO of LiquidWit. Dr. Smith has a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Canterbury University.

Hans Tung Managing Partner, GGV

Hans joined GGV Capital in 2013 as a Managing Partner to focus on mobile Internet, cross border ecommerce, online education, and gaming industry investments. Hans led GGV’s investment and serves on the board of Wish, a fast growing cross border mobile commerce company, Curse, a popular gaming platform, FlightCar, the world’s first peer to peer car sharing company at airports, and Totspot, a mobile marketplace. He is also actively involved with GGV portfolio companies Flipboard and Yodo1. Hans’ prior work experience spans venture capital, internet start-ups, and tech investment banking over 18 years. He led investments in or served on the boards of start-ups that have since become category leaders, including Xiaomi (where he was involved in attracting Hugo Barra, the former Head of Android Product Management at Google), Mafengwo Travel, Vancl.com, eHi Car Rental, Domob Mobile, 51fanli and Forgame (HKSE: 0484), which went public on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in October 2013. He joined GGV from Qiming Venture Partners where he focused on investment in China from 2007 to 2013. Previously he was with Bessemer Venture Partners for three years, where he helped global players such as Skype to expand into China. Hans was also a founding member of Taipei-based Crimson Asia Capital and HelloAsia, a pan-Asian focused consumer Internet start-up based in Silicon Valley. He started his career at Merrill Lynch as an investment banker focused on the technology sector. He received his B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University. Hans was one of six venture capitalists from China named to the 2014 Forbes Midas List. He was also recognized by The Founder and CBN News magazines as a Top 10 most entrepreneur-friendly VC in China. Hans is frequently recognized as an industry thought leader in the Mobile Internet, Ecommerce, Social Networking and Gaming sectors.

Sonny Vu CEO, Misfit Wearables

Founder of Misfit Wearables, makers of highly wearable computing products, including Shine, an elegant activity monitor (Red Dot, GOOD, A’ Design Awards). Founder of AgaMatrix, makers of the world’s 1st iPhone-connected hardware medical device (Red Dot, GOOD Design Awards), shipped 15+ FDA-cleared devices, 1B+ biosensors, 3M+ glucose meters. Worked at Microsoft Research on machine learning / linguistic tech. Studied math (BS, UIUC) and linguistics (PhD, MIT) under Noam Chomsky. Knows some interesting languages and is a patron of great product design. Longing to make 10x solutions to humanity’s greatest problems. Best contacted via Twitter: @SonnyVu