House of An, Managing Director
Catherine An is the Founder and CEO of An Catering and Tiato, two acclaimed divisions of the House of An Restaurant Group. In addition to running her own division, she remains an instrumental role in her family’s other restaurant concepts, which includes: Crustacean, DàLat Rose, Anqi Bistro, and Thanh Long.
In 2006, Catherine fused her love of art and fashion into the launch of An Catering, capturing her experiences working for top fashion house Richard Tyler & premiere ad agency Ogilvy & Mather (Botswana). Under her direction, An Catering was named, “Caterer to the Stars“ in 2008 by the Los Angeles Times. For the first time through An Catering, executive Chef Helene An’s Secret Kitchen™dishes such as, the famous Garlic Noodles and Dungeonous Roast Crab were being offered off-site. The company also received one of the catering industry’s highest honors, BizBash Magazine’s “Style Award“ in 2008 and “Readers Choice Award“ in 2011and 2013. She brings allure to the business by catering to the “who’s who“ of notable retail houses, entertainment industry executives, and business moguls.
In 2010 Catherine’s entrepreneurial spirit led her to spearhead the development of a new gourmet fast-casual restaurant in Santa Monica, Tiato. Aside from being the go-to eatery for Silicon Beach top corporations and surrounding community, Tiato also doubles as an impressive indoor-outdoor event space. Staying true to her admiration for eco-conscious business practices, Tiato was designed using sustainable materials. The menu features Vietnamese-Californian fresh healthy fare, using herbs from the restaurant’s on-site garden. As a result, Tiato & An Catering recently received the “Sustainable Quality Award-Grand Prize“ in 2013 from the City of Santa Monica, Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce, and Sustainable Works. As a trailblazer in the hospitality industry, Catherine led her family to receive the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the year award in 2013.
When she’s not busy keeping her brands innovative, she enjoys staying active with charitable organizations (Rally for Kids with Cancer, Hollywood Hearts, West Coast Care, SPIN, Tree People, and the T.J. Martell Foundation) exploring nature, and hiking with her dog Drummer.
Bon Appétit, Editor
Christina Chaey is an associate editor at Bon Appétit, where she edits feature stories as well as the Home section of the print magazine.
She is also a recipe developer, a host of the brand’s popular “From the Test Kitchen” YouTube series, a regular guest on the Bon Appétit Foodcast, and a contributing writer for Bonappetit.com, Basically, and Healthyish.
Chaey joined Bon Appétit in 2014 as an assistant web editor producing and writing stories for Bonappetit.com. Her deepening passion for cooking eventually led her to purchase a pair of Dansko clogs and step into the kitchen at Untitled at the Whitney Museum of American Art, where she trained as a line cook under then-executive chef Suzanne Cupps. With a newly honed set of kitchen skills under her belt, she rejoined Bon Appétit in 2017 as associate editor.
Chaey was previously an editor at Fast Company magazine. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. When she’s not eating or cooking, you can probably find her on her road bike. She lives in Brooklyn.
The Blind Goat, Executive Chef
Christine Ha is the first-ever blind contestant and season 3 winner of the competitive amateur cooking television show “MasterChef” with Gordon Ramsay. She defeated over 30,000 home cooks across America to secure the coveted MasterChef title, a $250,000 cash prize, and a cookbook deal.
“The lady has an extraordinary palate, a palate of incredible finesse. She picks up hot ingredients, touches them, and she thinks about this image on the plate. She has the most disciplined execution on a plate that we’ve ever seen. But the palate is where it’s just extraordinary. And honestly, I know chefs with Michelin stars that don’t have palates like hers.” –Chef Gordon Ramsay, MasterChef judge
Ha holds a Master of Fine Arts from the nationally acclaimed Creative Writing Program at University of Houston, where she served as Fiction Editor for Gulf Coast literary journal, and a Bachelor of Business Administration from The University of Texas at Austin. She is currently working on her memoir and second cookbook.
Ha’s first cookbook, Recipes From My Home Kitchen: Asian and American Comfort Food, was a New York Times best-seller. She has been featured on NPR, the BBC, and CNN International, and travels around the globe to give keynote addresses and TEDx talks. Ha has also spoken about disability advocacy at the United Nations and served as a culinary envoy overseas for the American Embassy as part of cultural diplomacy programs in Jordan, Serbia, Bosnia/Herzegovina, and Croatia. She was a co-host on the Canadian cooking show “Four Senses” and a judge on “MasterChef” Vietnam.
Ha received the 2014 Helen Keller Personal Achievement Award from the American Foundation for the Blind, a recognition formerly bestowed upon Ray Charles, Patty Duke, and Stevie Wonder among others. Ha’s first restaurant, The Blind Goat, is now open in Houston.
SALT Partners Group, Founder, Managing Partner
In 2014, Hanson Li founded Salt Partners Group, a food, beverage, and restaurant group. Salt Partners
is the managing partner of:
- – Crenn Dining Group (Atelier Crenn 3-Michelin Star, Petit Crenn, Bar Crenn 1-Michelin Star,
- – Humphry Slocombe Ice Cream (Food Network Top 5 ice cream in the country, 4 retail stores and
product distributed nationwide)
- – High-Proof (beverage group that owns the bars Horsefeather and Last Rites in San Francisco)
- – Brown Sugar Kitchen (Chef Tanya Holland was 2017 Top Chef participant and has owned the iconic BSK in West Oakland for over 10 years)
- – B-Side (bar and restaurant at SFJAZZ, the largest jazz performance venue on the US west coast)
- – LocoL (fast food concept focused on underserved communities in the US)
Hanson was also the first investor/partner to Saison, a Michelin 3-Star restaurant in San Francisco and continue to be a partner at Saison Cellars. He’s also an investor and partner in Bacon Bacon, Michelin 1-star Maum in Palo Alto, and Sunday Boba Group (a JV between Chef Deuki Hong and The Boba Guys).
He’s an active advisor and investor of companies at the intersection of food and technology: PlateIQ, Territory Foods, Sufferfest Beer (sold to Sierra Nevada Brewing Company), Servy (sold to Resy, then AMEX), Pared, and Nomiku. He founded his first concept, Halcyon, in 2002 – now with 4 locations in Texas.
Before founding Salt Partners, Hanson was Managing Director at The Hina Group, a China focused investment bank and private equity firm. For 10 years, he advised companies in US and China as an investment banker and invested in Chinese growth companies as part of Hina’s private equity funds.
In 2004, Hanson earned an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business. He was named a Siebel Scholar in recognition as one of the top 5 outstanding graduates in his class and graduated as an Arjay Miller Scholar.
Prior to Stanford GSB, Hanson was a business manager at Capital One and Vice President at EqualFooting, a B2B/software company focused on small businesses.
In 1996, he earned a BA in Human Biology and MA in Sociology from Stanford University.
Originally from Hong Kong, Hanson grew up in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Rochester (NY), and Malaysia. He is fluent in both Mandarin Chinese and Cantonese. He currently serves as director on the board of Center of Asia America Media and previously on the boards of Chinese American Community Foundation, Association of Asian American Investment Manager (AAAIM), and the Asia America MultiTechnology Association (AAMA).
Asian Chamber of Commerce & Entrepreneurship, Board Director
Upon graduation from Babson College, a top global entrepreneurship school in Boston, MA, with a Diversity Leadership Scholarship, Ian gained experience in the entrepreneurship world working at several startups. In 2012, eager to apply his entrepreneurial studies to real life, he bought a food truck on eBay for $19,000 and launched his food business, Chicken & Rice Guys. From that initial investment, his business grew into an annual multi-million dollar revenue company with 7 food trucks, 3 restaurants, a full service food truck commissary and a full-service catering/popups. In the first 4 years of business, Chicken & Rice Guys was the 9th fastest growing private company and the 206th fastest growing private company in the USA. Currently, Chicken & Rice Guys continues to see year over year growth, and operates in multiple states with a pop-up in Houston and plans to expand to the neighboring New England states.
In addition to being a business leader, Ian values being a community leader. He is extremely passionate about using his resources, knowledge, and experience to help others. In 2019, he founded the Chicken & Rice Guys foundation to expand on his company’s mission to “Do Good With Food.” The foundation expands upon the charitable efforts of Chicken & Rice Guys, which through the years, has donated hundreds of thousand of dollars of in-kind donations and tens of thousands of pounds of food to various local Boston charities including homeless shelters, food pantries, and non-profits focused helping low-income and underprivileged communities.
Ian is also a board member/founder/advisor to various non-profits including the Culture Connection Project, Commonwealth Seminar, and the National Asian Chamber of Commerce of Entrepreneurship (ACE). At ACE, Ian helped found ACE NextGen, a group dedicated to cultivating millennial entrepreneurs. The organization started as a 100 person conference in Las Vegas in 2017 and continues to grow into a network of over a thousand millennial AAPI entrepreneurs across the United States.
Chicken & Rice Guys rise to fame includes numerous awards and publications in the media, most notably, 2017 Boston Business Journal’s Fast 50 (Private Businesses), Boston Business Journal’s Diversity in Leadership Award for Corporate Impact, Boston Eater’s Hottest Restaurants of 2015, Thrillist’s Best Food Trucks in Boston, Reader’s Digest Nationally Top Ranked Food Truck, 3x winner of Boston A-List’s Best Food Truck, and top rankings on Yelp.com.
Ian is also personally recognized as a Boston business leader by winning numerous awards including Boston Business Journal’s 40 Under 40, Mayor Walsh’s Spark Impact Awards, Smart CEO’s Future 50 award, and GetKonnected 25 Most Influential Millennials of Greater Boston.
Ian is frequently featured on the speaking circuit and media for his entrepreneurship. Notable appearances include sitting on a panel with Bizarre Food’s Andrew Zimmern & Top Chef’s Gail Simmons at Babson College’s Food Day, a guest on NBC’s Asia Focus, and features in the Babson College Magazine, Boston Globe and Boston Business Journal.
Lightspeed Ventures, Managing Director
Jeremy joined Lightspeed in 2006 as the firm’s first consumer specialist, focusing on massive-scale social media, commerce, new media, and financial services. Like many in the industry, he was drawn to venture capital for its forward-looking approach to business.
“I was an operator for a long time,” he says. “And as an operator, you focus on making the month, the quarter, the year. With venture, you’re looking toward the horizon rather than the ground.”
This perspective has proven fruitful. Jeremy has funded several companies that have since been acquired or gone public, most notably Snapchat, where he made the first investment. It’s a track record that has landed him on the Forbes Midas List several times.
In addition to completing an MBA at Stanford, Jeremy spent the ‘90s and early 2000s working for web pioneers such as Netscape, AOL, CitySearch, and Interactive Corp. It was then that he learned to view the world through the eyes of the mass market—not just the digerati—and how to spot patterns in user behavior.
“VCs are editors, not writers,” he says. “Our job is not to predict the future but to recognize an exciting present that can continue to scale. A lot of that is about keeping an open mind, about not rushing to judgment.”
With Snapchat, for example, he recognized a fundamental shift that created opportunity for a disruptor. Conventional wisdom held that the post-Facebook social media landscape was too crowded to accommodate another platform. Yet Snapchat went on to shape popular culture. Why?
Jeremy saw that users on Facebook and Instagram posted mostly highlight reels of their lives, leading to performance anxiety—and less posting. Users worried, “Will I get enough likes?” Conversely, Snapchat’s disappearing photos, and the absence of likes and follower counts, removed the perceived risk of posting a photo. People could be themselves.
“Today, people express themselves through Snapchat stories, gifs, and stickers,” he says. “Before that, it was emojis and emoticons. Before that, it was their AIM Buddy icon or their ASCII signature on Usenet. The same core driver — people seeking individuality — is being instantiated in different ways, through different media.”
Outside of Lightspeed, Jeremy was a founding trustee at Presidio Knolls School, a startup, progressive Mandarin-immersion PreK-8 school in San Francisco.
Pearl River Mart, President
Joanne Kwong is the President of Pearl River Mart, the iconic NYC Asian emporium established in 1971.
After witnessing the public lament following the 2016 closing of the historic “friendship store,” Joanne left her career as a communications executive and attorney to join her in-laws, the original founders of Pearl River, to resurrect the brand, opening three stores in three years, including locations in Tribeca/Chinatown, Chelsea Market, and the Museum of Chinese in America. A fourth store, focused on Asian foods, is set to open at Chelsea Market in early summer 2020. Under Joanne’s leadership, Pearl River remains the joyful, discovery-filled shopping experience beloved by generations of New Yorkers and visitors. It now also serves as a hub for the Asian American community: hosting performances, events, and art exhibitions; generating digital content about culture and traditions; and serving as springboard for emerging Asian American entrepreneurs, designers and artists. Pearl River’s community-based approach to commerce has been recognized by The Wall Street Journal as “the future of retail,” and by New York Magazine as one of its “Reasons to Love NY.”
Joanne is a product of the NYC public schools, and holds degrees from Stuyvesant High School, Columbia University, Duke Law School, and Duke Graduate School. She has been a civil litigator, federal judicial clerk, and adjunct law professor. For ten years, she served as Counsel to the President and Vice President for Communications at Barnard College, where she led communications and advocacy efforts during a time of unprecedented growth for the all-women’s college. Joanne is a proud resident of the Upper West Side, where she lives with her husband Gene and sons Milo & Griffin, co-heads of Pearl River’s snack- and toy-testing departments.
Edelman, Chief Creative Officer
As the first ever Global Chief Creative Officer at Edelman, the world’s largest communications firm, Judy leads the team of creatives and planners globally. Before joining Edelman, she was at Leo Burnett where she served as Chief Creative Officer for North America and CEO for Canada.
Judy has been recognised globally, winning at virtually every show and is known as the driving force behind the Always #LikeAGirl campaign which went on to win the Emmy for Outstanding Commercial, Black Pencil at D&AD, Titanium, Grand Prix and Glass Lion at Cannes, and was named by CBS as one of the top three Super Bowl Commercials of all time.
Judy ranked as the #1 CCO in the world in Advertising Age’s Awards Report 2015, was named to Business Insider’s 30 Most Creative People in Advertising, and Advertising Age’s Creativity50 2014: The Most Creative People of the Year. And in 2019 was named on Gold House’s A100 List of most influential Asians in culture.
Along the way, she’s judged and chaired top international awards shows including Cannes, The Clios, ADC and D&AD. Judy also sits on the Board of the One Club for Creativity, Ad Council Creative Review Board, and Girl Culture Films Advisory Board.
Allure, Editor in Chief
Michelle Lee is the Editor in Chief of Allure—named 2017 Editor of the Year by Adweek.
Since taking the helm at Allure in 2015, Lee has been committed to championing diversity and expanding the definition of beauty. Lee and her staff declared the “End of Anti-Aging” in their September 2017 issue and took an oath to remove the term “anti-aging” from their own lexicon. It was a bold statement that challenged readers and brands to look at and speak about aging in a more positive way — and it has made ripples in the beauty industry and beyond.
She was named Adweek’s 2017 Editor of the Year while Allure won Magazine of the Year for their groundbreaking covers, such as the July 2017 This Is American Beauty cover featuring model Halima Aden in her hijab. Since then, Allure has helped increase AAPI representation through covers with Gemma Chan, Naomi Osaka, Priyanka Chopra, and their June 2018 cover featuring three Asian models: Soo Joo Park, Fei Fei Sun, and Fernanda Ly.
Lee was previously the Editor in Chief and Chief Marketing Officer at NYLON. Prior to those positions, she was Co-Founder and Chief Content and Strategy Officer at branded content agency Magnified Media and held senior positions at Mademoiselle and Glamour.
She is a Board member of Colorcomm, a member of Adweek’s Advisory Council and was named to the Gold House A100 of most influential Asians in 2018 and 2019, Digiday’s Glossy 50, and Create & Cultivate’s Creative 100 in 2017.
Author, Actress, Television Host
Emmy-nominated Padma Lakshmi is internationally known as a food expert, model, actress and best-selling author, as well as the recipient of Variety’s Karma Award and the NECO Ellis Island Medal of Honor. Lakshmi serves as host and executive producer of Bravo’s Emmy-winning series Top Chef, which garnered a 2019 Emmy nomination for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program, the show’s 13th consecutive Emmy nod. In 2020 Lakshmi will host and executive produce a new show for Hulu, marking the network’s expansion into original food programming. The new half-hour series will serve as a “living cookbook” focused on people and cultures which have contributed to American cuisine.
Lakshmi established herself as a food expert early in her career, having hosted two successful cooking shows and writing the best-selling Easy Exotic, which won the “Best First Book” award at the 1999 Gourmand World Cookbook Awards. Lakshmi followed this success with the publication of her second cookbook, Tangy, Tart, Hot & Sweet. In 2016, she released her food memoir, The New York Times best-selling Love, Loss and What We Ate, which also won “Best Lifestyle, Body & Soul” at the 2017 Gourmand World Cookbook Awards, followed by The Encyclopedia of Spices & Herbs.
In addition to being named a visiting scholar at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), she serves as an artist ambassador for the ACLU, focusing on both immigrants’ rights and women’s reproductive rights, and was recently appointed as a Goodwill Ambassador for the UN Development Program, seeking to boost support for its Global Goals including addressing inequality worldwide.
3.1Phillip Lim, Co-Founder, Chief Creative
Phillip Lim was born in Thailand in 1973 to Chinese immigrants who later fled to Southern California to escape Cambodia’s civil war, where his mother found work as a seamstress and his father became a professional poker player. While his mother clearly had an early influence on his ethos, Lim didn’t fantasize of being a designer. Instead he studied finance for three years at California State University of Long Beach, but soon found himself switching to a degree in home economics.
Phillip Lim debuted his eponymous brand, 3.1 Phillip Lim, in the fall of 2005, with business partner and friend, Wen Zhou, bucking the ostentatious runway trends of the time. His line of youthfully elegant wardrobe classics with a twist, was an instant sensation and adored by critics, fashion editors and customers alike. Widespread recognition of Lim’s talent and accolades quickly followed, including the 2006 Fashion Group International Women’s Designer ‘Rising Star’ Award, the 2007 CFDA Swarovski Award in Womenswear, the 2012 CFDA Swarovski Award in Menswear, and the 2013 CFDA Award for Accessories Designer of the Year.
After nearly fifteen years in business, Lim as creative director and co-founder of 3.1 Phillip Lim, finds himself at the helm of a pioneering modern luxury brand, designing women’s, men’s, accessories, and footwear – making him one of the most talented and successful young designers today.
Prabal Gurung, CEO
PRABAL GURUNG LAUNCHED HIS EPONYMOUS COLLECTION IN FEBRUARY 2009 WITH A PHILOSOPHY ENCOMPASSING MODERN LUXURY, INDELIBLE STYLE AND AN ASTUTE SENSE OF GLAMOUR.
Gurung was born in Singapore and raised in Kathmandu, Nepal. After beginning his design career in New Delhi, he moved to New York to finish his studies at Parsons The New School for Design. Upon graduating, Gurung spent two years with Cynthia Rowley’s design and production teams. Soon after, he was appointed design director at the iconic Bill Blass, a post he held for five years until launching his own collection, PRABAL GURUNG.
A focus on quality and innovation has placed Gurung at the forefront of American fashion with designs worn by leading ladies including First Lady Michelle Obama and The Duchess of Cambridge, to name a few. Notable accolades include the 2010 Ecco Domani Fashion Fund Award, 2010 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund runner up, USA Network’s Character Approved Award recipient in 2011, named goodwill ambassador of Maiti Nepal, a finalist of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award, recipient of the 2011 CFDA Swarovski Award for Womenswear and was honored in 2015 with the inaugural Creativity Award from The Drawing Center. Gurung was the official 2013 designer collaborator for Target, launched a product collaboration with MAC Cosmetics in 2014, collaborated on a collection with TOMS to support Shikshya Foundation Nepal in 2016, launched a capsule with Lane Bryant in February 2017 and was named the Global Creative Director of Tasaki in September 2017. In November 2019, Gurung was named the first-ever Honorary Designer of the National Portrait Gallery Celebration at the Smithsonian in Washington, DC, and published his first coffee table book.
Prabal Gurung chooses to manufacture in New York city to uphold standards of quality while supporting the local community. With over 80% of the collection made in New York, Prabal Gurung is committed to sustaining domestic employment and income. The brand recognizes the importance of domestic production, particularly in respect to the quality of the finished product and helps to bring this awareness to an international audience.
Umai Hospitality Group (Founder), Caviar (Co-Founder)
Shawn is a proud Chinese-American immigrant who grew up in the Los Angeles area. He is an alumnus of UC Berkeley class of 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture and Minor in Sustainable Design. During his senior year, he joined his college friends to start a daily deals company called Munch On Me (YC class of S11) and dove into the tech startup industry. He later co-founded a food delivery company, Caviar, in early 2012. Caviar was acquired by Square, now a public company, in 2014 and then acquired again by DoorDash in 2019. He is currently a Co-Founder and General Partner of Beluga Capital which has invested and advised in several food tech startups, restaurants, and numerous other companies. He is also currently a Senior Advisor at Grishin Robotics. Besides tech, Shawn is the founding partner of Umai Hospitality Group, a restaurant group invested in major franchises like The Halal Guys and Bonchon Fried Chicken, along with local brands like Rooster and Rice.
Somesh Dash joined IVP in March of 2005. He focuses primarily on later-stage investments in Internet, software, wireless, and technology-enabled services companies. Somesh was recognized by The New York Times and CB Insights in 2019 as one of the top 100 venture capitalists.
Somesh actively participated in IVP’s investments in AddThis (ORCL), Akamai (AKAM), Amplitude, AppDynamics (CSCO), At Road (TRMB), Ayasdi, Brex, Business Insider (Axel Springer), CafePress (PRSS), Care.com (CRCM), ComScore (SCOR), Datalogix (ORCL), Danger (MSFT), Digital River (DRIV), Discord, Dropbox (DBX), FleetMatics (FLTX), Gaia Online, Hipmunk (SAP), Humu, Klout (Lithium), Lime, Loopnet (CSGP), MotoSport (LINTA), MySQL (ORCL), Netflix (NFLX), Personal Capital, Pindrop, Pure Storage (PSTG), Expanse, Qubole, Quigo (TWX), Rubrik, Shazam (AAPL), SoundCloud, Tanium, Thrive Global, TuneIn, Uber (UBER), Uproxx (WMG), Walker & Company (PG), ZEFR, and Zynga (ZNGA).
Prior to joining IVP, Somesh was an Analyst in the Corporate Finance Division of Credit Suisse’s Technology Investment Banking Group. While at Credit Suisse, Somesh focused on strategic financing initiatives for a number of public and private technology companies. Prior to joining Credit Suisse, Somesh worked for Luxmi Capital, an early stage venture capital fund focused on digital media investments. He also worked for the Corporate Development Division of Sony Entertainment Television (SET) in Mumbai, India.
Somesh is currently a member of the Management Board at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business (GSB) and the Advisory Board of Malaria No More. He’s a former member of the Advisory Board of the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship, the Haas Alumni Board and the Haas Development Board at UC Berkeley. He’s also formerly served on the Tech Advisory Group of UCSF and the Advisory Board for Stanford’s Center for Philanthropy and Civil Society (PACS). Somesh is a term member of the Council of Foreign Relations.
Somesh earned a B.S. in Business Administration from the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley and an M.B.A. from Stanford University.
Susie has lived in 10 cities in three countries and has had three different professions, but she considers Minneapolis her hometown and advertising her career. Susie began in journalism, following the presidential campaign trail, then studied and practiced urban planning in London before landing in advertising, first with Fallon, then with Droga5 in 2009. As Droga5’s COO, Susie drives key client relationships and new business while ensuring business operations, systems and culture support and scale for growth and breakthrough ideas. She serves on ADCOLOR’s Board of Directors and is an Executive Advisor to Droga5’s diversity and inclusion initiatives D+iQ and S/he.
Tony Xu, Andy Fang, Stanley Tang
Tony Xu is the co-founder and CEO of DoorDash. Starting with restaurants, DoorDash is building the infrastructure and logistics platform to allow any local merchant to deliver. DoorDash launched in Palo Alto and, as of May 2019, had expanded to more than 4,000 cities and offered a 340,000 selection of stores across the US and Canada. DoorDash has raised more than $700 million over several financing rounds from investors including Charles River Ventures, SV Angel, Khosla Ventures, Sequoia Capital, SoftBank, GIC, and Kleiner Perkins. The company is currently valued at more than $13 billion and is the largest third-party delivery service in the world.
Xu’s family came to the U.S. from China in 1989 and settled in Champaign-Urbana, Ill. Xu’s mother ran a Chinese restaurant to build up the funds to go to medical school. Xu’s father waited tables at a University of Illinois on-campus restaurant to defray the costs of his aeronautical engineering studies. After graduating from UC Berkeley with a B.S. with High Honors in Industrial Engineering and a MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business, Xu worked as a business analyst for McKinsey & Co., as a corporate strategy consultant for EBay and PayPal, in business development at technology firm RedLaser, and spent time at Square before founding DoorDash.
Stanley Tang is the co-founder and Chief Product Officer of DoorDash. DoorDash launched in Palo Alto and, as of May 2019, had expanded to more than 4,000 cities and offered a 340,000 selection of stores across the US and Canada. DoorDash has raised more than $700 million over several financing rounds from investors including Charles River Ventures, SV Angel, Khosla Ventures, Sequoia Capital, SoftBank, GIC, and Kleiner Perkins. The company is currently valued at more than $13 billion and is the largest third-party delivery service in the world.
Tang grew up in Hong Kong, and was an Amazon Best-Seller at the age of 14 years old when he authored a book called ‘eMillions,’ interviewing 14 of the world’s most successful Internet marketers about their rags-to-riches stories. He then moved to the Bay Area to study Computer Science at Stanford, where he met his co-founders Andy Fang and Tony Xu.
Tang works on moonshot projects at DoorDash, and passionate about topics that revolve around robotics, design, cities, and transportation. In his free time, Tang angel invests in various start ups, and started Bearcat Content with his partner Gloria Zhu to invest in unscripted content, documentaries, and entertainment companies.
Andy Fang is the co-founder and Chief Technical Officer of DoorDash. DoorDash launched in Palo Alto and, as of May 2019, had expanded to more than 4,000 cities and offered a 340,000 selection of stores across the US and Canada. DoorDash has raised more than $700 million over several financing rounds from investors including Charles River Ventures, SV Angel, Khosla Ventures, Sequoia Capital, SoftBank, GIC, and Kleiner Perkins. The company is currently valued at more than $13 billion and is the largest third-party delivery service in the world.
Fang grew up in the Bay Area, and holds a BS in Computer Science from Stanford University, where he met fellow co-founders Stanley Tang and Tony Xu.
Fang leads the engineering team, and is responsible for the overall product vision, technology roadmap and architectural direction of the DoorDash platform. His free time is dedicated to basketball.
3.1Phillip Lim, CEO
Wen Zhou serves as President and CEO of 3.1 Phillip Lim, the company she co-founded together with Phillip Lim in 2005. Zhou spent her childhood in Ningbo, China, and arrived in New York City at the age of 12, settling with her family in Chinatown. She spoke no English, but possessed a challenger spirit, a love of fashion handed down from her mother – a seamstress – and an entrepreneurial drive to succeed, all of which informed her future success as a business leader and entrepreneur.
By the age of 26, she had founded a fabric selling company and an offshore clothing production company. Later, through a fateful meeting in Paris, Zhou met Phillip Lim, who was himself prepared for his next design endeavor. The two went on to form a partnership, and in the Fall of 2005, launched 3.1 Phillip Lim. They were both 31 years old at the time.
As the brand looks ahead to its 15-year anniversary in 2020, their partnership remains one of the most fruitful and successful ones in American fashion. The company’s vision of cool, easy, chic wardrobe essentials for today’s global citizen has become synonymous with an understated modern luxury, while reflecting the brand’s and founders’ core values in all aspects of the business. A commitment to social values and sustainability has become increasingly important to the brand narrative, both as a way of connecting with customers and creating long lasting positive impact industry-wide. The brand’s ethos of ‘sustainable balance’ stems from the belief that sustainability is about balance, not perfection, and that in taking small steps, we can all reduce our environmental impact while sustaining creativity and humanity in our workplace.
As President and CEO, Zhou has grown 3.1 Phillip Lim into a global fashion brand offering womenswear, menswear, footwear and accessories. She has been recognized for her leadership and business acumen in such publications as The Business of Fashion, WWD, Vogue, and several international titles.
In 2019, she launched i-see, an online platform that seeks to create a community to unite and inspire Asian American women like herself. Zhou is proud to serve on the Board of Directors for the Nest organization, New Yorkers for Children and Apex for Youth.
She juggles the roles of CEO, business partner and friend, with her most important job – being a mother to her two children, Ming and Zen.