More on the DEMO Asia 2012 Experts

February 16, 2012 by DEMO Asia team

Here’s a list of the bios on the speakers and DEMO sages of DEMO Asia 2012. Stay tuned, as we’ll be updating the list!


Based in Palo Alto, California, Jean-Francois “Jeff” Clavier is the Founder and Managing Partner of SoftTech VC, one of the most active seed stage investors in Web 2.0 startups. Since 2004, Jeff has invested in close to 100 consumer internet startups (Fund I, Fund II, Fund III) in areas like social media, monetization, search, gaming or B2B/B2C web services.
In September 2007, after successfully investing as a business angel, Jeff announced the formation of SoftTech VC II, L.P. a $15M seed fund backed by a mix of institutional and private investors to invest in 60+ consumer Internet companies over 3 years.
Prior to founding SoftTech VC, Jeff spent more than 16 years in the enterprise software world as an entrepreneur, senior executive and venture capitalist. Throughout his career, he was exposed to global markets leading development teams in Europe and on Wall Street, designing products sold internationally and investing in software infrastructure startups across the U.S. and Europe.
In 2000, Jeff became President of RVC Capital, the firm managing the Reuters Greenhouse Fund with $600M invested in 82 companies, including Yahoo!, Verisign, and Infoseek. He joined the venture arm of Reuters from the company’s product development division, where he was leading a 250+ staff in Paris, London and New York, and was responsible for the Risk Management and Desktop products. Jeff joined Reuters through the acquisition of Effix Systems, a Paris-based startup company he helped develop in 1989 while still in school.
Jeff was born, raised and educated in France, earning a MS in Computer Science and a research degree in Distributed Computing.

Robert Kim is responsible for industry development in the consumer infocomm space which currently includes start-ups/entrepreneurship, online gaming and digital media.
Robert has extensive experience in the digital media and the venture start-up space across various platforms including online, mobile and TV.  Prior experiences include: Head of Digital Media for MTV Asia (Media); VP of International Business Development for Neomtel (Mobile Software); Founder of Spectrum Venture (Start-up), Engagement Manager for McKinsey & Co. (Consulting) and Operations Specialist for AlliedSignal, now Honeywell (Aerospace).
Robert has an MBA from University of Chicago, Booth School of Business and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

Philip Lim was appointed the Chief Executive Officer in December 2009. Within a short time, he has led the company in a comprehensive review of its roles and responsibilities, resulting in a significant improvement in performance outcomes and its impact in the technology transfer ecosystem in Singapore.
Philip brings his wide and varied management experience to Exploit Technologies. Prior to joining the company, Philip was the General Manager of the Food Distribution Division at the Singapore Food Industries (SFI) since 2007. Under Philip’s leadership, the division enjoyed an annual revenue of well over S$100 million.
Philip received a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the National University of Singapore in 2008, and was awarded the Chua Joon Eng Gold Medal for academic excellence. He also holds a Master of Science from Cranfield Institute of Technology in the UK and attended the Harvard Business School’s Programme for Management Development in 2001. Philip graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (Hons) from the National University of Singapore.

Adeo Ressi is Founding Member of, an online community of 12,000 CEOs to research, rate, and review funding sources worldwide. Adeo also runs the Founder Institute, a mentoring program that helps entrepreneurs launch hundreds of world-class companies each year. The Institute is the eighth start-up that Adeo has founded or built, four of which were acquired and three of which are still operating. He also serves on the Board of the X PRIZE foundation, a non-profit chartered to inspire human achievements through competition.

Michael Yap is the Deputy CEO at Media Development Authority (MDA), Singapore. Concurrently, he is the Executive Director of the national Interactive Digital Media (IDM) Programme Office. Prior, he was the Managing Director of the world’s leading enterprise software company. He was responsible for the company’s activities in Singapore and business development across the Asia Pacific region.
Michael was the CEO of National Computer Board (NCB), the national authority responsible for Singapore’s overall IT policies and implementations, and a pre-cursor to the present-day Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA). At the NCB, Michael spearheaded various national programs to establish Singapore as an icon for info-communications adoption and innovation in the region.
Michael was also on the board of directors of various public listed companies in Singapore and Malaysia. He had served as a board member of public organisations, and is currently a member of the Board of Trustees, Singapore Institute of Technology. He is Professor (Adjunct) at NUS and NTU.
He has been recognized for his contributions including the World Economic Forum as one of the “Top 100 Future Global Leaders” and BusinessWeek as one of “50 Stars of Asia”.


As General Manager of Cloud Computing Platform, Zane is responsible for strategic initiatives, business development and thought leadership in Asia. Prior to this role, Zane was responsible for worldwide product management and marketing for SQL Azure, Appfabric Azure, Codename Dallas, BizTalk, Windows Appfabric and Data Modeling Tools. Prior to that, Zane was GM of virtualization business and marketing at Microsoft Corp., Zane Adam and his team was responsible for working across Microsoft business groups and operations groups to formulate business strategy and product offerings\marketing for customers and partners. Prior to this role, Zane was Senior Director in the Windows Server division where he managed the enterprise infrastructure marketing teams for Windows Server, Windows Compute Cluster Server, Microsoft Virtual Server, Windows Server Hyper-V and Windows Storage Server. Zane has been with Microsoft for twelve years. Before holding this position, Zane worked in Europe as business and marketing officer for Microsoft’s Eastern European HQ. In that role he managed marketing strategy and execution for 16 Eastern European countries that include the Czech Republic, Poland and Russia. Zane started his career at the company as a consultant with Microsoft Consulting Services.

Michel Birnbaum is a Partner at iGlobe Partners and brings to iGlobe over 25 years of operational and advisory experience to technology companies on a global basis, with his background in Investment Banking, Venture Capital/Private Equity and industry. He has managed close to 30 IPOs, follow-on debt/equity financings as well as M&A and Private Placement transactions. He has held Board position for a number of IT companies as well as served as advisor to senior management.
From 2006 to 2008 as Managing Director of International Investment Banking at Landsbanki Kepler (National Bank of Iceland), Michel was responsible for the TMT and Renewable Energy Group. He led the first European buyout of a solar energy company, Azur Space Solar Power. He has served as a C-level advisor to Cleantech companies on strategy, product development, business and financial planning matters.
Between late 2003 to early 2006, he was associated with Keystone Financial Partners / Bryan Garnier (London / Paris) as Senior Advisor of Investment Banking. Prior to that, he was founder/managing partner of Dakota Partners, a VC/advisory firm focused on applications of next generation materials and an expert in the European Commissions’ Research Framework programs. In July 2000, he was named CEO/Board Director of e-capital investments plc, an investment company listed on the London Stock Exchange and responsible for direct investments in semiconductor applications, advanced materials and processes and wireless technology. He led the strategic restructuring of the group and its subsequent successful merger.
Michel was Executive SVP of the European Capital Markets at Hambrecht & Quist from 1996-1997 and became the Managing Director of Technology Investment Banking and Exchange Relations. He managed 23 technology IPOs as lead or Co-Manager on both the European markets and NASDAQ. Between 1987 to 1995, Michel worked for Fleet/Nash Weiss in the United States initially as a Senior Technology Trader and later as Manager. He began his career as a Project Engineer at Massachusetts-based GE Military Engine Group where he was responsible for the Apache/Blackhawk helicopters engine evaluation and qualification programs.
Michel holds a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the Polytechnic Institute of New York University, attended General Electric’s Advanced Engineering program. He earned his MBA from London Business School (Merit Honours).

Simone Brunozzi is a truly passionate technologist. After being an entrepreneur, a professor, a CTO, and after writing two technical books and two novels, he joined in March 2008 in the role of Amazon Web Services Technology Evangelist for Europe, to raise awareness about Cloud Computing and help developers build applications.
In January 2010 he relocated to Singapore, becoming the first AWS Technology Evangelist for the APAC region. In 2010 he received the “2010 Cloud Evangelist of the Year” award.
Since 2008, Simone has been a very popular speaker in Europe, United States, Asia, Oceania and Africa, speaking at more than 400 events (and collecting a huge amount of airline miles). Simone is regularly invited as a speaker to conferences all around the world.

Dr. Jeffrey Chi is a Managing Director of the General Partner and a member of the Investment Committee. Based in Shanghai, he oversees investments in China, sits on the boards of Cambridge Real Estate (REIT IPO, July 2006), Mobinex and California University of Technology. He is also responsible for the supervision of Saybot, iPartment and United Eagle Airlines. The performance of Vickers Meta Fund, which includes some of the above investments, is looking promising after the estimated 14x return on the investment in Cambridge Real Estate.
Dr. Chi’s experience covers a variety of industries including information technology, healthcare and media. Formerly a corporate finance specialist with and Executive Director at Pegasus Capital, Dr. Chi has managed engagements for large and small clients in both the public and private sectors. Prior to Pegasus Capital, Dr. Chi was a senior consultant with the Monitor Group, a top tier strategy consulting firm co-founded by business guru Michael Porter. While with Monitor, Dr. Chi delivered strategic solutions to a diverse client base, including government agencies and large multi-national companies. As an experienced practitioner in system dynamics modeling, Dr. Chi was also responsible for pioneering Monitor’s system dynamics practice in Asia.
Dr. Chi’s operational background includes seven years on the management team of an engineering and construction group. As its Managing Director, he led the group into the Enterprise 50 in 1997, a ranking of the top 50 privately held enterprises in Singapore. Dr. Chi oversaw operations in Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan and Indonesia, established the group’s construction business and successfully combined it with the original engineering business enabling the firm to become a provider of integrated solutions to its clients. From 1994-1995, he managed the firm’s joint venture with a major Chinese construction group. After being appointed Group Managing Director in 1996, he successfully tripled the firm’s revenues within a short time span of three years.
Dr. Chi is also active in promoting entrepreneurship. He frequently speaks at public events including ones hosted by INSEAD, Fudan University and Zhejiang University. He is a co-founder of the MIT Enterprise Forum, Shanghai Chapter, a not-for-profit alumni organization promoting technology entrepreneurship.

Michelle recently joined Google in 2011 as Director of Strategic Business Development for Asia. She is based in Singapore. Michelle is responsible for Google’s business development and partnership activities in Asia. This includes PC syndication, mobile syndication, distribution and content acquisition across Japan, China, Korea, India, Australia, Singapore and the rest of Asia Pacific.
Michelle was Managing Director and Senior Advisor of Providence Equity Partners, the world’s leading private equity firm focused on media, entertainment, communications and technology, from 2007 to 2010. Michelle began her career in Asia at STAR, a media and entertainment company based in Hong Kong wholly owned by News Corporation, where she held a number of key executive positions since 2000, culminating as CEO from 2003 to 2007. Before this, she was Director of Legal and Business Development at FOXTEL in Australia. She began her career within media at BSkyB in the UK. Earlier in her career, she was a lawyer at Allen, Allen & Hemsley in Australia and Singapore.
Michelle also serves as the Chair of Plan International Hong Kong, which is a global aid agency working on behalf of children in developing countries. She was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and the Veuve Clicquot Hong Kong Businesswoman of the Year in 2005. Michelle is also a non-executive director of Metro International S.A. – the largest international newspaper in the world.

Rebeca Hwang is a Co-founder and CEO of YouNoodle, a startup based in San Francisco focused on building a meaningful platform for entrepreneurs around the world. Rebeca comes from a Chemical Engineering and Civil & Environmental Engineering background and received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from MIT. Having participated and won entrepreneurship competitions at MIT, Rebeca continued her involvement with similar programs when she moved to Stanford to pursue her PhD in Environment and Resources. Rebeca was lead organizer of the Social E-Challenge Competition at Stanford, Co-founded Clean Tech Open (CTO), which is now one of the largest cleantech competitions in the US, and sat on judge panels for numerous competitions including the World Bank Competition.
In addition to YouNoodle, Rebeca lectures “High Tech Entrepreneurship” at Stanford University and has been a speaker for the Ministry of Education in Denmark, University of Zaragoza in Spain, University of Porto in Portugal, University EAFIT in Colombia, EnterPrize Puerto Rico, IEEE Egypt, Tech de Monterey in Mexico, IIT India, and Global Startup Workshop in Buenos Aires, Norway, Spain, South Africa, and Iceland.

Arnon Kohavi is an investor and entrepreneur in emerging technologies. He is also a former senior executive at two publicly traded wireless companies: DSPC and Vyyo. At DSPC, Arnon served as EVP for business development & M&A, and was instrumental to the company’s IPO and follow-on offerings on Nasdaq, as well as to the sale of the Company to Intel Corp for $1.6 billion, the highest acquisition at the time of an Israel- related company. At Vyyo, where he also served as EVP, he led the company’s $150 million IPO and follow-on offerings as well investments in and acquiring early stage companies.
After leaving the corporate world, Arnon became an entrepreneur, mostly interested in consumer-related mobile and Internet applications. In 2006, Arnon founded and was the CEO of WeFi, a WiFi software company that combines easy Internet connection with social features. WeFi raised close to $20 million from leading Venture Capital firms in Silicon Valley and Israel. Arnon has started several other companies in the Internet space including Mapplr and utvee.
As a successful angel investor, Arnon invested, among others, in Comfy Interactive, which went public on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, and Neat Group that was later sold to Cendant Corporation.
Arnon is on the advisory board of Mobifusion and he is a former fellow at the Stanford University Digital Vision Program, where he deployed wireless technology in developing countries for education and income-generating opportunities. He has an MBA degree from Anderson School at UCLA and a BA from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
Arnon has traveled to over 50 countries and is particularly interested in helping to create a vibrant eco-system of innovation in developing countries. His current venture focuses on developing the first early-stage venture capital firm in Asia and Latin America.

Dr. Kurup is the Chief Executive Officer of Telekom Research & Development Sdn Bhd since 15 October, 2011.
He received his BEng. (Hons) in Electrical and Electronics Engineering and MSc. in Microwaves and Optoelectronics from University College London. He received his PhD. in Engineering from Monash University, Melbourne. Dr. Kurup has 15+ years of industry and academic experience in the Telecommunication & IT industries, with strong technical fundamentals in engineering leadership & market driven product development.
He served as the Chief Technology Officer at Extol MSC, where he designed and developed innovative IT security solutions based on Artificial Intelligence and Encryption technologies. He also led the R&D team to successful CMMI certification and formulated the Extol-Google Enterprise Partnership. Prior to Extol, Dr. Kurup was the Head of the MIMOS Next Generation Internet Lab, leading 4 R&D units in designing Real-time Mobility, Enterprise Gateway, Personal Area Networks & IP Security technology platforms. His team successfully developed and deployed the 1st Malaysian mobile P2P IPv6TV and VoIPv6 service. He also participated in formulating the Malaysian Communications R&D Roadmap and cluster formation with industry and academic partnerships.
Prior to joining MIMOS, he was the Head of the Next Generation Network Group at NTT MSC to research, develop and deploy IPv6. His team designed the Network Operation Centre and maintained high-speed network connectivity for Malaysian universities and Asia Pacific Advance Network (APAN) members. He was a Steering Committee member of the national Testbed Environment for Multimedia ATM Network (TEMAN) initiative. He started his career as an RF Engineer at Qualcomm Systems for supporting CDMA satellite data and fixed cellular networks.
Dr. Kurup has filed several patents, published conference papers, presented at various international events and contributed to the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), the worldwide organization for Internet standardization. He was appointed to the International Islamic University Computer Science Department Board of Studies and co-supervises PhD an MSc students previously.

Vinnie Lauria co-founded Lefora, a forum hosting service for communities on the web.  Mr. Lauria automated community building systems to grow the platform to support over 100,000 communities before it was acquired by CrowdGather, Inc. in 2010. Mr. Lauria also started the SiliconValley NewTech meetup for new startups to demo and launch their technologies each month to the 8,000 member group.  Mr. Lauria has spent the past year mentoring startups across Asia, working with the Founder Institute, JFDI TechStars, and regional Governments.  Mr. Lauria has organized Silicon Valley themed events in Asia, including the multiday hackathon, with over 200 attendees from 7 countries.  Earlier in his career, Mr. Lauria spent four years within IBM, helping to shape how they were approaching social software for the enterprise.

Antonny is the CEO of MerahPutih Incubator (MPI), the first digital incubator company in Indonesia that focuses on investing and incubating e-commerce, social media, gaming and mobile related startups. Since its official launch in middle of 2010, MPI has been incubating 8 companies, all of them leaders in their categories in the market. Antonny is also involved as senior partner in several major digital & marketing establishments in Indonesia, such as Kaskus Networks and Merah Cipta Media (MCM) group. Kaskus is the largest Indonesian community website, with more than 4 million registered users and 900million+ page views per month. MCM is a leading group in Branding, marketing and online media services company.

Dr. Lim has been active in the IT startup space as founder, early employee, mentor and investor, spanning the US and Asia. He was a senior sales and business development executive at Encentuate (acquired by IBM) and Reputation Technologies (acquired by Security Sources). He was also a consultant with the Boston Consulting Group where he worked with senior executives in the telecommunications, automotive and financial services industries. Dr. Lim graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with the bachelor, master’s and doctorate degrees, all in electrical engineering with focus on nanophotonics.

Erwan Macé is a member of Google’s Developer Relations team and focuses on supporting and engaging with developers in South-East Asia, a region he adopted as his second home when he first moved to Singapore (from Paris, France) at the age of 14. Prior to joining Google, Erwan was the founder and CEO of Bitsmedia (Singapore) and the CTO of Vivendi Mobile Entertainment (Paris, France). He has also worked at Alcatel-Lucent, Akamai, Spray-Lycos as well as Soundbuzz and he holds two Master’s degrees in Information Systems Engineering and in Management Sciences.

Dr. Ni is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of Zero2IPO Group. Since 1999, he has built up Zero2IPO into the most influential venture capital & private equity investment service provider in China. Dr. Ni is known as the most informed VC/PE insider in China and honored as a representative of the younger generation in China’s venture capital sector.
Dr. Ni is currently involved in the investment and financing for over 50 companies in China. Qihoo 360 (NYSE: QIHU), Bona Film (NASDAQ: BONA), MecoxLane (NASDAQ: MCOX), L-Mobile (acquired by Telstra), (acquired by, (acquired by CBSi),, Moonbasa, Sanfo, iKang Guobin,, China Special Article Logistics, China Express, Beijing Galloping Horse Film & TV Production and are among the companies in which he has made direct investments.
Dr. Ni is a member of the ACFIC (All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce) Economic Committee, a Torch Entrepreneurial Mentor of the Ministry of Science and Technology, and a member of CDB (China Development Bank) Advisory Committee. He is also the Co-founder and Secretary General of the Limited Partners Association of China (LPACN). Additionally, he serves as the Director of Tsinghua Entrepreneur and Executive Club (TEEC) and Executive Member of Asia America Multi-Technology Association (AAMA). As one of the authorities in China’s private equity market, Dr. Ni is often invited to speak at VC/PE conferences and forums all over the world. In 2010, He was awarded as the “Top 10 CEOs in China 2010” by China Times and CEO Clubs China.

Guy Proulx founded Transpacific IP in 2004, as an IP management and consulting company.  The company has built a substantial patent portfolio that includes a broad range of technologies. Concurrently, Transpacific IP has expanded throughout Asia with offices in Singapore, Taipei, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Beijing, Shanghai, Chongqing and Shenyang.  The company is privately owned and funded.
Guy is also on the Board of Directors at the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS), a Supervisor of the Master Postgraduate Program, at the Peking University Intellectual Property School, Chairman of the International IP Institute at Sichuan University, Director at the China National Institute For Digital Copyright Research Centre and is a Vice Chairman (Workshops/ Plenaries) at the Licensing Executives Society International (LESI).
Prior to founding Transpacific IP, Guy was involved in all facets of business startup activities including company formation, business capitalization (equity/debt), strategic planning, and general management. He has also worked with management on strategic IP issues including patent portfolio development strategy, maximizing licensing opportunities, and the acquisition of patents. Additionally, he has provided management assessment expertise and due diligence assistance (including patent review) for private equity investors and acquisition groups.  Guy received a B.S. degree in Nuclear Engineering at Rensselear Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York.  He received further training as a nuclear trained and qualified officer in the United States Nuclear Navy.

Ed leads developer outreach for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 7 across the Asia Pacific region. He has worked in Microsoft for 9 years on various aspects of developer engagement and marketing. Prior to this, Ed spent 10 years as a developer in various software companies and enterprises in the United Kingdom.

Chris Shipley is co-founder and CEO of Guidewire Group, a global software and services company creating the business development platform for the Innovation Ecosystem.  A leading technology analyst for more than 25 years, Chris is passionate about entrepreneurship as the driver of economic growth and job creation. She has built a career on identifying emerging market opportunities and the innovative startups poised to capitalize on them, and as executive producer of the DEMO conference from 1996 to 2009, helped more than 1500 companies, including WebEx, VMWare,, TiVo, Xfire, Ribbit, and Ironport, make their market debut.  In June 2010, SVForum presented Chris with its prestigious Visionary Award for her work with young companies. She sits on the board of CSR-management software company Versaic, and is an advisor to a number of early stage companies.

As Managing Director for Microsoft Singapore, Jessica is responsible for developing and driving growth strategies for the Microsoft’s business in Singapore, as well as deepening relationships with partners, customers and employees.
Jessica joined Microsoft in 2003 as General Manager for the Enterprise and Partner Group in Asia Pacific and Greater China Region. She was responsible for driving Microsoft’s business with large customers in the region as well as partnerships with key Industry Solution Vendors, Service Providers and Business Partners as they relate to the Enterprise customers. In this role, she nearly doubled the business in three years.
Jessica has nearly 20 years in the IT Industry, including 14 years with IBM, serving in various leadership positions in sales, services and strategic business development roles in Singapore and the Asia Pacific Region.
In May 2006, Jessica was elected as Member of Parliament in Singapore for the East Coast Group Representation Constituency (GRC). She is Chairman for the East Coast Town Council. Jessica is also Chairman for the Finance and Trade & Industry Government Parliamentary Committee (GPC) as well as Member of the Manpower GPC.

Albert Tay is the Director of Fusion Middleware, Oracle Asia Pacific. Mr. Tay is responsible for driving the sales and strategy of SOA/BPM/Modernization/Cloud Computing products and solutions across the Asia Pacific region.
Mr. Tay brings to Oracle a broad base of experience in Financial Services and enterprise business transformation space. Over the last 18 years, he has developed expertise in key focus areas such as the creation of new growth engines, management of partner and skills ecosystem initiatives, and strategic business planning.
With 18 years of experience in Information Technology, business strategy and complex IT architectures and infrastructures, Mr. Tay has worked with major corporations in evaluating and adapting emerging IT technologies into existing corporate frameworks and business transformation. He is also a regular speaker atindustry conferences and technical symposiums on topics such as SOA, BPM, Modernization, Cloud Computing, open systems & software and on-demand.

Marc is a Dutch Internet entrepreneur living in Shanghai. He is among others co-founder of leading online video site (NASDAQ:TUDO) and co-founder of customized online fashion site Next to that he is an angel investor in and advisor to Chinese Internet start-ups, and he is an advisor to Spil Games for which he set up and led the Asian operations from 2006-2011.
After graduating with a Master’s degree in Business Economics from Maastricht University in 1995, Marc started his career at Mercedes-Benz headquarters in Stuttgart (Germany). Late 1999 Marc moved to Beijing where he became a financial controller for DaimlerChrysler Northeast Asia. In 2002 Marc decided to quit his job, study Chinese and become an entrepreneur.

Danny Wilson is the founder of Pixelmetrix Corporation, a Singapore-based company that specializes in the design and production of the management and telemetry systems for digital broadcasters.  Pixelmetrix award-winning products are deployed globally at numerous terrestrial, satellite, cable and IPTV operators.
Wilson began his management career at Hewlett-Packard, Canada, as the Business Manager of HP’s Communication Measurement System, which accelerated the development and deployment of ATM technology worldwide.
He later went on with HP to Kobe, Japan, where he established and managed HP’s Asia Business Centre – leading the development of the world’s first multi-port network monitoring system, which was implemented throughout Japan, by NTT.
His contributions to several broadcast publications include IPTV and End-to-End Monitoring editorials, as well as a glossary of IPTV jargon. With the advent of Over-the-Top (OTT) TV, he also published a white paper on QoE/QoS Metrics for OTT Television to address the fundamental understanding and practices for managing delivery quality.
A frequent speaker at broadcast technology conferences and educational conventions in North America, Europe, Middle East and Asia Pacific, he is currently a member of the IPTV workgroup in Singapore.  Previously, he was the Editor for the Performance Monitoring/Quality of Service workgroup of the ITU-T/IPTV-FG.


Steven is the CEO and co-founder of mig33, a global mobile consumer internet company, and Executive Chairman of Third Party Platform Pty Ltd, an Australian Financial Services provider.
Steven is well experienced in developing and delivering successful Internet services for consumers, having first founded Australia’s first online stock brokerage company Sanford Securities Limited, prior to co-founding mig33.
Steven was awarded an inaugural WA Business News “40 under 40” Award in 2002, and he was a finalist in Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Awards in Australia’s Western Region. Steven is recognized as an authority on contemporary IT issues, with extensive private and public board experience, has served as a keynote speaker and panelists conferences throughout US, Australia and Asia, and has appeared on CNBC and Bloomberg TV. Steven received both a Bachelor of Commerce and an MBA from the University of Western Australia.

Mario is Co-Founder and COO of Circos Brand Karma. An established leader in web product management and social media, he leads the company’s worldwide operations and product team, helping travel and hospitality brands harness the power of new media.
Prior to starting Brand Karma, Mario worked in product management at Microsoft. Focused on reaching the international audience of student technologists, Mario created massively scalable programs to connect Microsoft with its next-generation customers. While at Microsoft, he created, launched and marketed one of its first social networking sites in 15 languages. He was a member of several marketing leadership teams at Microsoft, including its Marketing Leadership Recruit program.
Before Microsoft, Mario did research in computer science at Northwestern University’s Intelligent Information Laboratory (InfoLab). While at the InfoLab, he developed a technology for improving classroom presentations called PocketClassmate. He currently has patents pending for his research in collaborative software.
Mario is a sought-after consultant, guiding the product and social media strategies of leading e-commerce and hospitality companies. He delivers keynote addresses and technical demonstrations to audiences around the world, including Fortune 500 executives, academic research societies, and international conference attendees.
Mario is a graduate of Northwestern University and holds a degree in Computer Science and Economics.

Jerry Kuo is the co-founder of, a Taiwanese company that won many awards in the USA for innovation and business. Atlaspost was recently sold to Groupon, and Jerry is now Taiwan CEO of this fast-expanding company.


Matt launched VentureBeat in September of 2006, with the realization that no one else was covering the entrepreneurial and tech innovation scene with the velocity or depth that he was. Prior to founding VentureBeat, he covered venture capital for the San Jose Mercury News from 2001 to 2006. In 2002, Matt was awarded “Journalist of the Year” by the Northern California Society of Professional Journalists. Prior to working at the Merc, he was a correspondent for the Wall Street Journal in Bonn, Germany from 1995 to 1998, and a writer for the Washington Post in 1994. Matt holds a PhD in Government and an MA in German and European Studies from Georgetown University. In addition to VentureBeat, Matt is also the Executive Producer of DEMO, the leading launchpad event for emerging technologies.
Matt will be the moderator for DEMO Asia Sage Panels and Interviewer for all One-on-Ones.