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Mark Thompson Speaker

Mark Thompson

Expert speaker on Leadership, Driving Change and Innovation

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Mark is an expert on executive leadership, business strategy, and innovation who has spent over 25 years leading teams and building companies from the ground up. He delivers actionable, valuable and practical advice for leaders at all levels of an organization.

Currently a highly sought after executive coach and venture investor, Forbes called Mark one of America’s Top Venture Investors with the "Midas Touch." Mark was recently featured as one of the "World’s Top Executive Coaches" by the American Management Association and #1 Thought Leader on Innovation and Engagement. He was named one of the "Top 30 Communications Professionals for 2015" by Global Gurus. Mark advises top leaders in Fortune 500 and Global Fortune 1000 companies as well as the executive teams who are leading high growth startup companies in Silicon Valley today.

A New York Times bestselling author whose books include: ADMIRED: 21 Ways to Double Your Value; Now Build a Great Business; and Success Built to Last - Creating a Life that Matters, Mark is also an Innovation Leadership columnist for Forbes.com, Inc.com and FastCompany.com. His most recent bestseller ADMIRED is a primer on how the world’s "Most Admired Companies" achieve long-term success and growth as well as the qualities that are common to "Most Admired Leaders."

Mark has worked side by side with three of the world’s most legendary disruptive innovators: Steve Jobs, Charles Schwab and Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson. He brings insight from decades of experience with these great leaders and research on the culture of companies and brands that achieve the highest levels of employee engagement, customer loyalty and continuous sales growth.

Mark was Charles Schwab’s former Chief of Staff and Chief Customer Experience Officer, and the Executive Producer of Schwab.com which today has assets over $2.4 Trillion. He is a co-founder of Sir Richard Branson’s Entrepreneurship Centers and an advisor to Virgin Unite Entrepreneurs.

Mark is a founding advisor of the Stanford Realtime Venture Design Lab, and is a visiting scholar at his alma mater, Stanford University. He has served as faculty at the World Economic Forum and World Business Forum, is a member of the Clinton Initiative, and an executive coach for TED Fellows.

A successful venture capitalist over the last two decades, Mark was as an early investor in companies like Facebook, Netflix and eSurance. He has been a Board Member for many well known technology, biotech and retail companies, including: Best Buy, Korn Ferry, and Interwoven (now owned by HP). He was the Chairman of the Board for Rioport, which popularized the MP3 player prior to the iPod. He is an investor in Cancer Genetics, a leader in DNA-based diagnostics for clinical management of cancer treatment.

Among Mark’s passions are music and Broadway. Mark serves as a founding Board of Directors member for Smule, the top music app company on iTunes which has over 125 million users worldwide. As a Broadway producer, Mark’s plays have earned five Tony Awards and a total of ten Tony nominations, including Peter and the Star-Catcher with Disney, and StickFly with Alicia Keys.

Mark lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and in Manhattan with two extraordinary women – his wife Bonita and their daughter Vanessa.

Jeff Tobe Speaker

Jeff Tobe

Motivating speaker on change, communication, customer service and teamwork.

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Jeff Tobe is a motivational speaker who believes in the power of creativity to manage the  change that is inevitable with innovation and to look at what one does from an entirely new perspective. His trademark - Coloring Outside the Lines - presentations can be applied to areas essential to your organizational success, including customer service, sales, teamwork and communication. He helps participants not only to cope with transition, but also to creatively embrace and thrive from it. He teaches organizations that to grow, and increase their bottom line, they must first implement strategies that have a fresh approach.

As a Certified Speaking Professional Jeff Tobe's credentials are impressive. Insider Magazine dubbed him, The Guru of Creatively Thriving from Change.

Using humor, wit and a contagious energy, Jeff presents more than 100 programs each year and consults with organizations that urgently need to stay ahead of their marketplace. His client list reads like a Who's Who in corporate America and Canada and includes IBM International, Nestle USA, ReMax International, Ethicon Pharmaceuticals and many others. Jeff's background as an award-winning sales and marketing entrepreneur has made him the leading authority in creativity-in-business. Having owned his advertising business for over ten years, Jeff gained his perspective on creativity from both the agency and vendor side. Combine that with his insight into a changing business world and you have a winner!

Jeff is the Primary Colorer at Coloring Outside the Lines. He is one of only 400 speakers worldwide to have earned the designation of Certified Speaking Professional, the highest accreditation of the National Speakers Association. Tobe was also named one of the top 15 Speakers in North America for 2001 by readers of Conventions & Meetings Magazine.

Jeff is the author of the best selling book, Coloring Outside the Lines-Business Thoughts on Creativity, Marketing & Sales . He is also the co-author of The Sales Coach, The Communication Coach, and the most recent Anticipate: Knowing What Customers Need Before They Do. In addition to his books, Jeff's new audio series includes, The Waiter Brought a Tray of Food for Thought, the full course in advanced sales and personal development, and Coloring Outside the Lines, Managing & Thriving From Change and Creative Thinking & Problem Solving.

Robert B. Tucker Speaker

Robert B. Tucker

Top Global Futurist, Change & Innovation Speaker and Author

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Robert B. Tucker is a renowned global futurist and innovation keynote speaker with a client list that includes over 200 of the Fortune 500 companies. President and founder of Innovation Resource Consulting Group, Tucker is an internationally recognized pioneer in the field of strategic innovation.

His highly interactive presentations lead audiences on a guided tour inside the world’s most creative companies. Through stories and examples, Tucker encourages his audiences how to tap into the mindset, skillset and toolset of the innovator. He inspires leaders to embrace change, discover opportunity and avoid obsolescence. Known for his in-depth customization, Robert provides your audience with practical strategies, cutting-edge insights, and inspiration to take action once back at the office.

During the course of his 28 year career, Robert has worked with groups ranging from the economic development ministries of Singapore, Dubai, and Morocco, to multinational companies like IBM, American Express, and Nestle, as well as numerous trade and technology groups in a wide variety of industries. A former adjunct professor at UCLA, Robert’s pioneering research in identifying the critical attributes of innovators became the acclaimed book, Winning the Innovation Game.

Jack Uldrich Speaker

Jack Uldrich

Global futurist, sought-after business speaker on technology and trends.

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Jack Uldrich is a well-recognized global futurist, speaker, and author of eleven books, including award-winning best sellers. He is a frequent speaker on technology, change management and leadership and has addressed hundreds of corporations, associations and not-for-profit organizations on five continents. He regularly makes television appearances on the Science Channel’s “FutureScape” program and the Discovery Channel show “Inside Out,” and is a frequent guest on major media outlets, including CNN, CNBC and National Public Radio. 

Jack is also an ongoing contributor on emerging technologies and future trends for a number of publications, including The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Wired Magazine and BusinessWeek.

Jack is a former naval intelligence officer and Defense Department official. He served as the director of the Minnesota Office of Strategic and Long-Range Planning under Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura. His most recent book is Foresight 20/20: A Futurist Explores the Trends Transforming Tomorrow and his forthcoming book is Business as Unusual: How to Future-Proof Yourself Against Tomorrow’s Transformational Trends, Today.

Steve Uzzell Speaker

Steve Uzzell

National Geographic Photographer and Inspirational Speaker.

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Steve Uzzell is an inspirational speaker and one of the top advertising and corporate photographers in the United States. He started in the photography business 40 years ago as assistant to the editor of National Geographic magazine and a member of their photographic staff.

Steve now shoots for a roster of clients that include airlines, automobile manufacturers; travel, shelter and fashion magazines in the U.S. and numerous overseas countries. After hundreds of requests for a book that would highlight the key points and most memorable images from Steve’s talk Open Roads Open Minds: An Exploration of Creative Problem Solving, his book by the same name was released in 2014 by DAM Useful Publishing (1st edition.)  Steve has given the presentation that became his book to over 460 organizations in all 50 American states, as well as three Canadian provinces and five other countries, including India and China - to a combined audience of more than half a million people.

Steve's work has garnered international acclaim and won numerous awards, including ten from Communication Arts. Steve has also photographed two books, Maryland, and The View From Sterling Bluff , as well as published editorial work in over 100 publications including Newsweek, Smithsonian, Time, and U.S. News.

Steve spends six months of the year traveling the world for his clients; the remainder teaching and delivering his signature presentation Open Roads Open Minds: An Exploration of Creative Problem Solving.

Gijs van Wulfen Speaker

Gijs van Wulfen

Author and Founder of the FORTH Innovation Method

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Gijs van Wulfen (based in the Netherlands) is a professional inspirational speaker on innovation and design thinking, a widely followed innovation blogger, published author, founder of the FORTH innovation method and an exceptional facilitator.

Gijs is a recogniSed innovation authority. Gijs was chosen as one of the first LinkedIn Influencers and as of the end of 2014, over 250,000 people across the globe are following his notably engaging, prolific and insightful posts. In 2013 Gijs came number 3 in the international Top 40 Innovation Bloggers. Gijs is also the author of the innovation bestseller The Innovation Expedition (published in English, Russian, Turkish, Dutch, and in 2015 in Chinese and Japanese). Gijs furthermore founded the FORTH innovation method, which provides structure to the chaotic start of innovation, while still fostering creative thinking. The FORTH method helps businesses to generate well-constructed new product, service, and business model concepts. To date, the FORTH innovation method has been implemented in 35+ Europe businesses.

Most recently Gijs was the keynote speaker at the Turkish Innovation Week in Istanbul and at Product Innovation Berlin. Gijs is retained as a motivational innovation speaker with institutions and companies such as Strelka Institute Moscow and Tebodin Amsterdam. Gijs performs in English, German and his native Dutch language. Gijs is an illustrative lyrical storyteller with an articulate informal style, which is full of humor, entertainment, and insight.

Vivek Wadhwa Speaker

Vivek Wadhwa

Technology & Innovation Author, Academic and Futurist

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Vivek Wadhwa's background is impressive - an entrepreneur, academic, business strategist, author, keynote speaker wrapped into a wonderfully vibrant and charismatic package. His research is focused on the critical advances in robotics, artificial intelligence, computing, synthetic biology, 3D printing, medicine, and nanomaterials, and how these advances are creating disruptive changes for companies, industries, governments and the culture at large.

Vivek just rejoined Harvard as a Distinguished Fellow, Harvard Law School, Labor, and Worklife Program, where he will help lead a critical three-year research project on the effects of technology on future employment and work. This will be the first study on how technology will affect the core foundations of our economy.

He is also currently a Distinguished Fellow at Carnegie Mellon University's College of Engineering, he teaches on CMU's Silicon Valley campus about the latest exponential technologies; technology convergence and industry disruption; risks and regulation; and the new rules of innovation. Vivek was also a Director of Research at Duke University's Pratt School of Engineering, Vice President of Innovation and Research at Singularity University, and Fellow at Stanford University's Rock Center for Corporate Governance, Harvard Law School, and Emory University. Remarkably, he has held as many as six simultaneous appointments at top universities.

Vivek's syndicated column for The Washington Post is one of the world's most popular columns on all things technology and innovation.  His newest best-selling book is Your Happiness Was Hacked: Why Tech is Winning the Battle to Control Your Brain--and How to Fight Back.  Previous books include the award-winning, The Driver in the Driverless Car: How Our Technology Choices Will Create the Future, he also wrote The Immigrant Exodus: Why America Is Losing the Global Race to Capture Entrepreneurial Talent, which was named by The Economist as a Book of the Year of 2012, and Innovating Women: The Changing Face of Technology, for which the Financial Times named him #2 on its global list of the top ten men worth emulating.

This talent for communicating the complexities of global technological advancements in simple, almost poetic ways, have made Vivek one of the most in-demand keynote speakers in the world. He gives more than 100 talks every year to the most prestigious and powerful audiences, including world leaders, CEOs, industry organizations, universities, entrepreneurship groups, and a multitude of national science and engineering academies.

He started his career as a software developer and gained a deep understanding of the challenges in building computer systems. His experience as Vice President of Information Services at investment banking powerhouse CS First Boston (CSFB), spearheading the development of technology for creating computer-aided software-writing systems, was so successful that CSFB decided to spin off that business unit into its own company, Seer Technologies. As its Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Wadhwa helped grow the nascent startup into a $118 million publicly traded company.

The explosive growth of the internet afforded Vivek with an even greater opportunity to help businesses adapt to new and fast-changing technologies, and founded Relativity Technologies. As a result of his vision, Forbes.com named Wadhwa a Leader of Tomorrow, and Fortune declared Relativity one of the 25 coolest companies in the world.

In 2012, the U.S. Government awarded Wadhwa distinguished recognition as an "Outstanding American by Choice", for his "commitment to this country and to the common civic values that unite us as Americans". He was also named one of the world's "Top 100 Global Thinkers" by Foreign Policy magazine in that year; in June 2013, he was on TIME's list of "Tech 40", one of forty of the most influential minds in tech; and in September 2015, he was second on a list of "ten men worth emulating" in the Financial Times.

Erik Wahl Speaker

Erik Wahl

Graffiti Artist, Author, Entrepreneur and Philanthropist

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Erik Wahl is an internationally recognized artist, TED speaker, and #1 best-selling author. His breakthrough experience as an artist and entrepreneur has translated into making him one of the most sought-after motivational corporate speakers on the circuit today.

On stage, Erik’s keynote experience creates a dynamic multidimensional metaphor for how to systematically embrace innovation and risk. His message: disruption is the new normal and businesses must embrace creativity in a wholesale fashion - or risk being left behind. Erik’s presentation inspires organizations to be increasingly agile and outlines how to use disruption as a competitive advantage. Some companies will be disrupted others will choose to be the disruptor. Choose wisely.

His lastest book, The Spark and the Grind - activates the essential components of translating ideas into action. His breakthrough thinking has earned praise from the likes of top influencers in both art and business. Erik’s previous book, a best-seller called UNthink was hailed by Forbes Magazine as The blueprint to actionable creativity, and by Fast Company Magazine as “provocative with a purpose.”

The Warhol of Wall Street, the Renoir of ROI, The Picasso of Productivity, the Jobs of … well, Jobs - Erik discovered an alarming truth early in his career as a partner in a corporate firm:  organizations that encouraged the mental discipline of creativity - did better than those that did not put innovation as a priority mission. So he set out to challenge companies to change their way of thinking.

In the meantime, inspired by street art, he became an acclaimed graffiti artist - though he has since stopped selling his works for personal gain, and instead uses his art to raise money for charities. His keynote is where his passion for business growth and art converge into a fascinating performance.

Erik’s list of clients includes AT&T, Disney, London School of Business, Microsoft, FedEx, Exxon Mobil, Ernst & Young, and XPrize.

Mike Walsh Speaker

Mike Walsh

Author of Futuretainment and Speaker on Change, Technology and Innovation.

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Mike Walsh is the CEO of Tomorrow, a global consultancy on designing companies for the 21st century. A global nomad, futurist and author of the best-selling book, The Algorithmic Leader, he advises some of the world’s biggest organizations on digital transformation and disruptive innovation in this new era of machine intelligence.

A prolific writer and commentator, Mike’s views have appeared in a wide range of international publications including Harvard Business Review, Inc. Magazine, BusinessWeek, Forbes and the Wall Street Journal. Each week he interviews provocative thinkers, innovators and troublemakers on his podcast, 'Between Worlds'.

His latest book, The Algorithmic Leader: How to be smart when machines are smarter than you, offers a hopeful and practical guide for reinventing leadership and organizations. Mike's other books include Futuretainment (winner of the design award by the Art Director’s Club in New York), published by Phaidon, and The Dictionary Of Dangerous Ideas.

Mike travels over 300 days a year worldwide: researching trends, collecting case studies and presenting on the future of business and leadership.

Duncan Wardle Speaker

Duncan Wardle

Former Walt Disney Executive & Speaker on Innovation and Creativity

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Duncan Wardle maintains that "we are all born creative - we are born with amazing imaginations, are full of curiosity, and carry this remarkable built-in tool known as intuition." Duncan spent 25+ years in leadership roles at Disney - where, when he was Head of Innovation and Creativity, he led the team that helped Imagineering, Lucasfilm, Marvel, Pixar and Disney Parks to innovate, creating magical new storylines and experiences for consumers around the globe. As founder of iD8 & innov8 he now brings his extensive Disney experience delivering keynotes, workshops and ideation forums, around the globe helping companies strategize and embed a culture of innovation into everyone’s DNA.

Duncan’s talks are anything but ordinary. Sharing real world stories and lessons learned from the innovation battlefield, Duncan leaves audiences inspired, motivated, and ready to innovate for their own organizations.

On a mission to eradicate the status quo - Duncan challenges everyone to claim their own creativity, thus creating a culture of innovation never possible before. Duncan is now one of the world’s most highly regarded innovation speakers and consultants, teaching companies, brands and individuals across the globe to overcome their own expertise and get out of their own way. To think differently and creatively.

In an age where meetings and projects and presentations have your employees feeling like they are “too busy to think,” Duncan teaches how to create an innovation “light switch.” A way to turn on their creative brain and access the ideas that turn ordinary companies into industry leaders.

It takes time and money to find, hire, and build your teams. So why not leverage the full potential of their creativity and harness the full spectrum of their innovation? Through his pioneering consulting services, Duncan teaches organizations how to do just that, maximizing the ROI they receive on their most valuable resource: their people.

Are you ready to see the ideas that are unleashed by fostering a culture of innovation and creativity within your organization? Duncan’s unique design thinking process will empower your entire organization to redefine how they think about problems and solutions. Teams leave with the tools they need to start innovating today and to immediately drive positive growth for your organization.

Duncan is a multiple TEDx speaker and contributor to Fast Company Magazine. He teaches Innovation and Creativity Masterclasses at Yale University, UNC and U.F. He also holds the American Citizen Award presented at the White House, an Hons. MBA and Hons. Doctorate from Edinburgh University and the Duke of Edinburgh Award, presented by her majesty, Queen Elizabeth.

Nicholas J. Webb Speaker

Nicholas J. Webb

Author and Speaker on Consumerization, Future Trends, Healthcare, Innovation, Technology, Marketing, and Leadership

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Nicholas J. Webb is a number one best-selling author and is one of the most popular Innovation, Healthcare, Future-trends, Technology, and Customer Experience speakers in the world. Unlike most innovation speakers who have never actually invented anything and have no real-world expertise in the area of enterprise innovation, Nicholas is a multi award-winning inventor of technologies ranging from one of the world’s smallest medical implants to a very successful line of educational and fitness products.

Nicholas has been selected as one of the Hottest Keynote Speakers for 2019 by the ITA Group. Nicholas earned this recognition by providing highly customized keynote presentations for some of the top organizations in the world.

Nicholas serves as an Adjunct Professor at Western University of Health Sciences, and as the Director for the University’s prestigious Center for Innovation. For his many contributions to healthcare, WesternU has recently awarded Nicholas his Doctorate of Humane Letters (Hon.).

As a technology CEO, Nicholas owns and operates several technology companies in both healthcare and consumer goods. As a Certified Management Consultant (CMC), he works shoulder-to-shoulder with boards of directors of multi billion-dollar companies to assist them in building future-ready organizations. His best-selling books include: The Innovation Playbook, The Digital Innovation Playbook, Invent Stuff, and his current number one best-seller, What Customers Crave, and The Innovation Mandate - The Growth Secret of the Best Organizations in the World was released to bookstores worldwide, September 2019 - and acclaimed with #1 new release status on Amazon. Nicholas hasn't stopped, with his forthcoming book The Healthcare Mandate - How to Leverage Disruptive Innovation to Heal America's Biggest Industry - scheduled for worldwide release Fall 2020. Mark your calendars now!

Richard Worzel Speaker

Richard Worzel

Futurist, Author and Speaker on Innovation

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Richard Worzel is a leading forecaster and futurist, a Chartered Financial Analyst and best-selling author of Who Owns Tomorrow?. Richard is also a frequent media commentator on business, innovation, economic trends and technology.

Richard challenges organizations to examine the future and plan for the dizzying changes to come. In his compelling presentations, seminars and workshops - Richard equips groups with the ability to understand the changes they will face in the years ahead, and provides the tools to leverage those changes.

His highly customized presentations help groups to identify the major forces that will affect their business - as well as their personal lives. In order to help your group learn to leverage upcoming transformations, Richard identifies factors that will have dramatic implications for your industry in the near future - working through possible scenarios, contingencies, and the development of effective plans and strategies.

Richard Worzel is known for his professionalism and enthusiasm in preparing and presenting to widely diverse audiences. He works closely with conference planners to develop a customized presentation - that is useful, thought-provoking, and entertaining.

Recent clients include: IBM, Standard Life, Investors Group, MacLean Hunter Publishing, Xerox, Merrill Lynch, 3Com, Mackenzie Financial, AIM Funds, among many others.

Steve Wozniak Speaker

Steve Wozniak

“The Woz” – Co-Founder of Apple Computer, Inc., Chief Scientist at Primary Data

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A Silicon Valley icon and philanthropist for more than thirty years, Steve Wozniak has helped shape the computing industry with his design of Apple’s first line of products the Apple I and II and influenced the popular Macintosh. In 1976, Wozniak and Steve Jobs founded Apple Computer Inc. with Wozniak’s Apple I personal computer. The following year, he introduced his Apple II personal computer, featuring a central processing unit, a keyboard, color graphics, and a floppy disk drive. The Apple II was integral in launching the personal computer industry.

In 1981, he went back to UC Berkeley and finished his degree in electrical engineering/computer science. For his achievements at Apple, Wozniak was awarded the National Medal of Technology by the President of the United States in 1985, the highest honor bestowed on America’s leading innovators.

In 2000, he was inducted into the Inventors Hall of Fame and was awarded the prestigious Heinz Award for Technology, The Economy and Employment for single-handedly designing the first personal computer and for then redirecting his lifelong passion for mathematics and electronics toward lighting the fires of excitement for education in grade school students and their teachers.

Through the years, Wozniak has been involved in various business and philanthropic ventures, focusing primarily on computer capabilities in schools and stressing hands-on learning and encouraging creativity for students.  Making significant investments of both his time and resources in education, he adopted the Los Gatos School District, providing students and teachers with hands-on teaching and donations of state-of-the-art technology equipment. He founded the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and was the founding sponsor of the Tech Museum, Silicon Valley Ballet and Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose.

Wozniak is Chief Scientist at Primary Data and is a published author with the release of his New York Times best selling autobiography, iWoz: From Computer Geek to Cult Icon by Norton Publishing. His television appearances include reality shows Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List, ABC’s Dancing with the Stars and The Big Bang Theory.  In 2014, he was awarded the Hoover Medal, a prestigious honor given for “outstanding extra-career services by engineers to humanity,” and was inducted into the IndustryWeek Manufacturing Hall of Fame.

Edith Yeung Speaker

Edith Yeung

Speaker on Technology Trends and China Internet Expert

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Edith Yeung is a venture capitalist, technology executive, and a China Internet expert. She is also the author and creator of the China Internet Report, an annual report on China technology trends that is widely popular among investors and corporate executives.

Selected by Inc Magazine as one of the Silicon Valley investors you must know, Yeung is a partner at 500 Startups - the world’s most active early seed investor. She has invested in over 40 mobile, AI and blockchain startups including Silk Labs (acquired by Apple), Fleksy (acquired by Pinterest), Human (acquired by Mapbox), AISense , DayDayCook, AppOnBoard, Hooked, Oasis, Stellar, Solana, CoCos-BCX, and many more.

Before 500, Edith was previously a GM at Dolphin Browser, a Sequoia-backed mobile browser with over 150 million installs worldwide. Yeung also worked with many Fortune 500 companies such as Siebel, AMS, AT&T Wireless and Autodesk.

Yeung has been featured on CNBC, the Wall Street Journal, SCMP, the BBC, Bloomberg, CBS, NPR, TechCrunch, Asia Society, the Economist, and many more.