Talk Tuesday: Tech/Start-ups/Venture Capital edition

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Talk Tuesday: Tech/Start-ups/Venture Capital edition
Tuesday, March 29, 2016 @ 6:45 – 9:45 pm
Wells Fargo Learning Center
Madison Conference Room
  150 E 42nd Street
New York, NY 10017
NAAAP-NY is pleased to partner with Asian Connection, Wells Fargo’s Asian American affinity group, to bring to you our next Talk Tuesday event.

Talk Tuesday is professional development series that connect top local executives from various industries in a fireside chat to share best practices, advice and experiences. After the panel discussion, attendees will have an opportunity to network with panelists in an intimate setting.

Join us for a special edition of Talk Tuesday (Tech/Startup/Venture Capital)where we bring 4 startup CEOs, 1 venture capitalist and a Miss Asian America to moderate this soon to be sold out event. You would not want to miss this.
Beer/Wine and light refreshments will be served.
Early bird price: Members – $15
Early bird price: Non-members – $25
(early bird ends on Monday, 3/21
Regular price: Members – $20
Regular price: Non-members – $30

 Stephanie Lin is proud to represent Women in STEM as Miss Asian America 2015-16. She is currently also acting spokesperson for the Tainan Earthquake Relief Fund, and Host and Producer of Sandbox, a YouTube series that profiles entrepreneurs and founders. Prior to her stint as Director of Marketing at 500 Startups, Stephanie managed branding, vendor and licensor relationships for top-

grossing games at Kabam. Prior to gaming, Stephanie was a news producer for NBC 4 and, and also held positions at Saturday Night Live, the TODAY Show and CNBC’s Fast Money. She began her career as a production and administrative assistant to Diane Sawyer and the ABC 20/20 team.



Bob Wu, CEO and Co-founder of Teleport and Venture Partner with Social Starts. Bob is currently the CEO and co-founder of Teleport, one of the first companies built on Uber’s API. He is also a Venture Partner with Social Starts and was previously the Lead Partner. Social Starts is a seed stage VC fund that invests in companies like Mashable, Boxed, Greenhouse, Elite Daily, SimpleReach, and Grovo. Before that he worked at Ziff Brothers Investments in a variety of roles across different groups including Family Office, Private Markets & Strategy, and Executive. Prior to that he worked as an investment banker in Shanghai, China structuring pre-IPO technology companies. Bob is the co-founder and former President of Taiwanese American Professionals – New York (TAP-NY) and also the former President of Taiwanese American Citizens League (TACL). He has also held non-profit board positions with Amigos de las Americas – NY Chapter as well as Council of Urban Professionals (CUP). In his free time he teaches financial literacy to high school students through Junior Achievement (JA). He holds a BA in International Relations (Global Business) from the University of Southern California.

Neal Shenoy, CEO & Co-Founder, Speakaboos and Founding Partner, [212]MEDIA. Neal is CEO & Co-Founder of Speakaboos, an award-winning mobile education platform that motivates young children from PreK – 3rd grade to read. Neal is responsible for assembling team with deep industry expertise across organizations such as Nickelodeon, PBS Kids, Scholastic, Barnes & Noble, Hasbro, Pepsi and Mattel. Neal is also a Co-Founder of Saavn, the largest digital service for South Asian music in the world, whose investors include Tiger Global, Bertelsmann and Liberty Media. Saavn was recently chosen by Forbes as one of the most promising U.S. companies. Saavn has the broadest music catalog in the industry across 900+ record labels and 28 languages, reaches over 20MM consumers on web, mobile and social platforms and is built on proprietary technology for search, play, recommendation and personalization. Neal is a Founding Partner at [212]MEDIA which builds consumer media ventures in fragmented markets alongside major media companies. In addition to Saavn, Neal co-founded each of the [212]MEDIA portfolio companies. [212]MEDIA and its ventures have been profiled in the Wall Street Journal, NY Times, TIME, Variety, MSNBC and CNN for their innovative approach to building industry-leading ventures.

Sally Wang, CEO and co-founder of DocFlight. Sally (Yuanheng) Wang is a health tech entrepreneur and multidisciplinary IP & Regulatory lawyer, with an interdisciplinary career in healthcare that spans law, policy, business, science & technology. She is the CEO & Co-founder of DocFlight, an international telemedicine startup connecting Chinese patients with top US doctors. DocFlight is incubated at top the NY incubator, ERA, in a class of 11 companies selected from over 1000 companies. DocFlight is a partner of Microsoft, IBM, and Mt. Sinai Hospital, and various Chinese hospitals and healthcare institutions, and received high praises from many tech leaders, including former head of Google China, Kai-fu Lee, and YCombinator founder, Jessica Livington. Previously, she was Chief Strategy Officer, EVP of IP & Regulatory at a mobile health startup, valued at $100 million. She clerked for a Southern District of New York judge, practiced at a premier IP boutique, worked on healthcare issues of national importance at the US Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pension Committee and the US Food and Drug Administration. Sally began her career as a business management consultant for the pharmaceutical and biotech industry. Sally received a joint JD/MPH from Harvard Law School/Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and A.B. in Biology, magna cum laude, from Harvard College.

Richard Liang, CEO and founder of Preo. Preo founder and CEO Richard Liang is a native New Yorker who was raised in Brooklyn and started developing businesses at age 14. After graduating from Stuyvesant High School, Richard studied mathematics and finance at the University of Michigan. After graduation, he landed a position at an investment banking firm before moving to investing with a private equity firm. The world of banking and finance offered security but little inspiration, prompting Richard to attend Columbia Business School. It was here that he developed his passion for businesses, and it was at an innovation event that he was inspired to develop Preo.

Shawn Cheng, Principal at Vayner/RSE, Venture Capital. Shawn Cheng is a Principal at Vayner/RSE, Gary Vaynerchuk’s venture capital firm. Vayner’s focuses early stage investments for startups in need of strategic guidance in marketing and storytelling. Prior to joining he worked in Digital Strategy, Digital Advertising, Social Media and Search at BBDO, Razorfish and VaynerMedia for 10 years. He has also been working with startups for over 5 years and helped to build dozens of brands such as, Mondelez, GE, Starwood Hotels and Victoria’s Secret. Originally from California, he now lives in Brooklyn and is currently interested in virtual reality, esports and silver tech.

August Member of the Month – Panney Wei, C.Ht.

Member Spotlight

Hydrogen mag Panney WeiPANNEY WEI

NAAAP National Senior Advisor

Founder of Women in NAAAP (WIN)

Writer, Radio Host, Life Coach


When did you first get involved with NAAAP and why?

Service is a big thing in our family and how we live our life. Whether it’s being in a profession that serves others, doing community service, or contributing to a cause that’s meaningful to you, the legacy my ancestors left us and what my parents taught us was the joy in being of service to others. My great great granduncle on my father’s side was General Tso Tsung Tang, one of China’s greatest military heroes and statesmen who lived during the Qing and ended the Taiping Rebellion, unifying China during those times. He has been a great source of inspiration to myself and so many others about what it means to be a leader. On my mother’s side, my maternal Grandfather, Albert Liu, served as a Senator for Taiwan for many years, and was an inspiration and mentor to me during my formative years, and taught me about passion for one’s people, community, family, and making a difference in the world. Therefore, being of service to my community has always been in my blood! I was first involved with NAAAP in 1995 on break from school in Boston and I wanted to get back into the community. I joined APEX (the Asian Professional Exchange) which was a part of NAAAP at that time, and started volunteering, getting involved in programs I was passionate about (Youth Olympics, mentorship program, professional development), and eventually becoming an officer, serving as their Special Events Chair. NAAAP was a wonderful symbol of connection to the community not only from a local level, but from a national perspective, connecting with our people and community from all walks of life, and all regions in the U.S and North America. NAAAP has always been like family to me, from when I first started my career all the way till now serving as a NAAAP National Senior Advisor and Senior Advisor to my local chapters and Toronto. It became a way for me to give back, be of service and empower others, and continuing a legacy of leadership and mentorship that I learned from my ancestors, so important in cultivating and nurturing our future leaders of tomorrow!

How has NAAAP helped in your social and professional development and what has been your proudest accomplishment through the organization?
I think one’s quality of life is very important outside of your professional life, so being a part of a social network or a community is key to one’s happiness and fulfillment socially in society. As humans we’re not meant to be isolated; we’re social creatures, and in Asian culture, filial or family relationships, and community or tribal relationships are very important. So getting involved in NAAAP was part of my personal and social happiness and fulfillment in life. NAAAP is a fantastic forum to discover friends and like-minded individuals that will enrich and enlighten your mind and your life. On a professional level, our local chapter events, leadership conferences, and our annual national convention are fantastic ways to develop yourself professionally. Even as a professional speaker and professional development workshop presenter at our annual NAAAP convention, I still take time to attend other people’s workshops to listen, learn, and invite in new information that I can learn from and improve myself as an individual. Even as a teacher, I’m always learning, and what I learn, I then share with others, so NAAAP has been a great way for me to connect with other teachers and thought-originators, and collaborate on that level as well.
My proudest accomplishment in NAAAP so far has been being the Founder and Founding National Director of Women in NAAAP (WIN!), our international women’s leadership program in NAAAP that has recently been featured in Forbes Women. I founded the program in 2008 and launched it nationally at the 2009 NAAAP National Convention in Denver, with hopes to empower and inspire our current women leaders in NAAAP and the Asian Pacific community, help them through issues unique to the female APA experience, and identify and mentor those female leaders that are ready to be leaders in their industry and society! WIN! Is dedicated to empower and develop female leaders in the Asian Pacific Islander community in North America, Asia, and everywhere in the world! Let’s be a force working together, helping each other, and thriving together as a community of women!

Why do you think it’s important to give back to the APIA community?

Why? Because there’s still so much inequity in the work place. And trust me, anyone who knows me, or meets me knows that I’m probably one of the most positive people they’ll every meet. But I’m cognizant and realistic about the issues APAs have to face in society, in the work force, in the world. That’s why I’ve always been an activist in the community and started in college getting involved with local women’s organizations, in NAAAP, and politics. That’s also why I started Women in NAAAP! I’m not a complainer, I’d rather be active in changing the world around me and present solutions to issues I’m passionate about, and I’m passionate about the APIA community! I think if you don’t do something about the problems you face, you don’t have a right to complain. It’s important to give back to the APIA community, because I still see there’s inequity in certain industries like the entertainment industry where the images we see in the media are not a true reflection of what we see in society, especially in places like New York that are so diverse! And it’s so important to give back to the APIA community because if we are to become leaders in all sectors of society, and maybe one day see an Asian American President of the United States of America, we have to support and nurture each other. We have to mentor each other, we should to give back and continue the cycle of leadership, and infuse each generation of leaders with the wisdom, confidence, and skills necessary to be a successful leader from the previous generation.

What advice do you have for young professionals and how to juggle family and work?

Being a successful human being in life is figuring what matters to you and then establishing priorities and being realistic of your time and energy and how you can balance it all. For many, it’s a combination of juggling work with family and relationships. It could be your family of choice like your friends, or your biological family, but if you are an aspiring or current parent with a family and obligations of work to fulfill as well, then it’s about juggling the two. So how do I juggle balancing work life and family life? I realize that if I don’t nurture both, then both will die. It’s like anything in life, if you want to be successful in certain areas, you have to make time for it. So if I want to be successful in my family life, I have to give it some energy and time. If I want to be successful in my work life, then I have to devote time to it as well. So these days being a working mom and wife, sister, and daughter, and playing all the roles I inherit at this time, I make sure that with my work, I establish some sort of routine. With my family, there’s a structure as well, and I make sure that because I’m passionate about my family, that I schedule quality time for my daughter and husband as well. I don’t take anything for granted in life. When I was in my early twenties, I nearly died from a life-threatening illness so everything I choose to do now in my life, is because it gives my life meaning. I don’t do anything anymore that I’m not passionate about, that my heart isn’t into. And if something is important to me, like NAAAP, like my family, like my purpose in life, I give it my whole heart, and my whole self, and I don’t take it, that person, or that cause or that organization for granted. It’s about doing everything in your life with purpose and passion.

I also think work-life balance is specific to each person. It also means that even if you try to establish some balance, it could also mean that you need to be flexible for unexpected things in “life to happen.” Because life happens and that’s why it’s such an adventure! You know the analogy of the bamboo, being strong but flexible. That’s been my key to establishing balance in my work and life. Be strong in my passions, my plan, but being flexible at the same time and open to change. In my case, that means making time to connect with my husband at the end of the week or at the end of the night each day, understanding our schedules, and devoting time to my daughter during the day when she’s off from school. Work-life balance means finding a routine that works for you. When my daughter is in school, that’s when I work. When she and my husband are asleep, that’s when I work as well. In my life, I may sacrifice a little sleep for the well-being of my family, but I don’t mind. If they’re happy, then I’m happy. And I trust my internal compass, which is my feelings and my body, when I’m out of balance. If you’re a giver like myself, the way you know you’re out of balance is when you’re starting to feel resentful of giving too much. It’s then, that you need to take a step back, and recharge yourself and fill your well again so you can start giving again. And it doesn’t mean you have to do something big to recharge yourself. It be something simple like taking a bath, meditating, or exercising, or doing something that brings you joy and is just for yourself. If you’re more of a taker, or taking too much from the world around you, then the signal that you’ll get from your feelings and spirit when you’re out of balance is that you’ll start feeling guilty for receiving all the time. Then that’s the indication you need to do something that gives to another, whether it’s someone else, a friend, or an organization. Just do some act of giving. It could calling someone and giving them a compliment, doing something big or small but that will make you feel better about yourself. Those are some of the tools I use to make sure I’m balanced internally, spiritually, as I walk and talk in the world.

If you’re starting to feel out of balance in your life and struggling to balance work and life. Then you have to make time to do a self or life-review, and be realistic with yourself about what is important in your life and where you’re spending your energy. Wherever your energy goes, is where you’ll get results. Take the time to do a self-check and check in with yourself about what you want, what makes you happy, and what’s most important to you. Make a list of those things you desire and cherish, and then take steps to make it happen. If you’ve got a guy or girl you really love and you want to keep that relationship, work hard to make it happen, so at least you don’t any regrets on your end if it doesn’t work out. But it takes two to tango, and relationships are a timing thing as well and will take another whole interview to dissect and talk about! Let’s save that for another conversation! But my point is, make a list of the things you cherish, and then schedule time to nurture those things and people you feel are important to you. Sometimes it means that week by week, your schedule may be different, but as long as you communicate to all parties involved, and everyone is on the same page, and you are nurturing the areas you want to thrive in, then you’ll be fine. Make sure you make time for yourself as well, and try to think and be positive about your life. Think of yourself like a rockstar! You are the star of your life! You can and be anything you desire in your life. You can have what you want, and you can make it happen! I believe in it and in you! And I’m always here for you anytime you need my help!



Panney Wei is an award-winning writer, TV-Radio host, hypnotherapist-life coach, and motivational speaker on leadership, achieving one’s potential, and living life with purpose and passion, inspiring people to move through obstacles and achieve success in love and life. She is a recipient of the NAAMBA “Global Emerging Leaders Under 40 Award”, and named one of AABDC’s “2010 Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business”, an Honoree for Excellence in Arts & Literature for the 2010 Asian Heritage Awards, and “100 Passionate People” by She is the on-air host of the hit radio show and podcast “Positive Changes with Panney Wei” on KCAA 1050 AM, NBC news radio broadcast to over a million listeners. Granddaughter to former Taiwan Senator Albert Liu and Great Grand-niece of one of China’s greatest statesmen, General Tso Tsung-Tang, immortalized in pop culture for the famous dish “General Tso’s chicken”, Panney follows in their footsteps as an activist in her community serving as a Senior Advisor for several non-profits and as the current State Secretary for the Asian Pacific Islander Caucus of the California Democratic Party. Panney is the founder and Founding National Director of Women in NAAAP (WIN!), an international women’s leadership program featured in Forbes Women, dedicated to empower and develop female leaders in the Asian Pacific Islander community. She is a member of the prestigious National Speakers Association and is the CEO of Positive Changes Consulting™, her hypnotherapy practice and personal and professional development and leadership programs that empower corporations, non-profits, and individuals to achieve success, transform themselves, and live the life of their dreams!

Panney is featured as a Master teacher in the upcoming film, Quantum Wisdom, and has appeared on countless radio shows nationwide and has worked with OWN, Discovery, NBC, CBS among others, and featured in such publications as Enchant, Audrey, Jade, Woman International, and Hydrogen and was the former Feature Editor for ASIAM. Panney also serves the Hollywood Relationship Advice expert for The and is working on her first book. She is married to Endgame Entertainment Executive Vice President, Christopher Chen (Looper, Year of the Yao, and Linsanity, a film about Jeremy Lin coming out in October 2013), and has a daughter name Talia.

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June Member Spotlight: Betty Lo


VP of Public Affairs

at The Nielsen Company

Former President of NAAAP Atlanta


Lo holds an Executive MBA from Emory University and a BA in International Business and Political Science from Wesleyan College. As part of her successful and diverse career in public affairs and corporate communications, Lo held management positions with Newell-Rubbermaid and The Coca-Cola Company. As an active member of the community, Ms. Lo serves as a mentor to young professionals and served on the board ofNAAAP-Atlanta



How long have you been involved with NAAAP and why?


I first joined NAAAP in 1998.  At that time, I was new to Atlanta and welcomed the idea of meeting new people through many of NAAAP’s networking and social events.  Through NAAAP, I was able to meet many new friends who shared my professional drive and community service mindset.  I took on a leadership role starting in 2006, when I became a co-chair for the 2007 national convention.  It was great to be able to connect with leaders from all over the U.S and give back to the community.


How has your involvement with NAAAP enriched your life?

NAAAP has allowed me to meet people from a diverse set of career and ethnic backgrounds.  The many leadership opportunities have helped me sharpen my professional skills, including better project and people management.


What has been your favorite experience with NAAAP so far?


National Convention, an annual gathering of NAAAP chapters around the country, is my favorite event. Each year we host inspiring speakers and workshops to develop our members, and creates a close network of professionals.  My second favorite event would be the Leadership Academy, which is a gathering of all the leadership teams from our chapters around the country to share ideas and best practices.  It’s always great to visit other cities and see old friends.

May Member of the Month: George Tung

Member Spotlight


NAAAP Founder, Ophthalmologist

What inspired you a start NAAAP?NAAAP started 30 years ago as NAYAP: National Association of Young Asian Professionals. We were a diverse group of young Asian professionals that shared a common desire to become successful in America.

We also wanted to stay connected by attending events which were fun. I recall now that in my youth, being socially connected was being professionally connected.I just wanted to socialize with other people I respected and admired. As my friends became successful, I became successful as well!

How has your involvement with NAAAP enriched your life socially, personally, and professionally?

I feel that being part of NAAAP in the early years helped me grow personally and professionally.Now I have the opportunity to give back and help the Asian American community through mentoring and mostly sharing my experience for those interested. My father taught me it’s good to learn from our own mistakes, but it is better to learn from other people’s mistakes!

What has been your favorite experience with NAAAP so far?

My favorite experience was to be asked to join in the 30th year celebration ofNAAAP!I was given the rare opportunity to see what happens when a good idea is nurtured by the hard work and belief of others over time!