Board of Advisors

Tim Chang
Mayfield Fund

Managing Director

Tim is a proven venture investor and experienced global executive. He was named on the 2011 Forbes Midas List of Top 100 Dealmakers, was featured by The Deal as one of five emerging VCs to watch and by the AlwaysON Hollywood IT List recognizing technology leaders in the digital entertainment industry. Tim invests in the mobile, gaming, digital media and enterprise applications sectors and co-leads Mayfield Fund's investment practice in China.

Some of Tim's notable investments in the U.S. include ngmoco (acquired by DeNA), Playdom (acquired by Disney), leaders in mobile and social gaming, and Iridigm Display Corporation (acquired by Qualcomm). His other U.S. investments include Badgeville (gamification as a SaaS platform), Basis (mobile health monitoring), BranchOut (career networking on Facebook), and Lumos Labs (brain wellness games). Some of Tim's notable investments in China include AdChina (leading ad-network), Lashou (leading deals site), and PCH International (leading supply-chain management company). His other China investments include All Reach Media and Brite Semiconductor. Tim was also involved with investments in Placeware (acquired by Microsoft), NextG Networks (acquired by a private equity syndicate), Borqs, deCarta and Socialvibe.

Prior to joining Mayfield Fund, Tim spent five years as a Partner at Norwest Venture Partners. While at Norwest, he invested in the mobile, gaming and digital media sectors and established their investment practice in China and Asia Pacific. Prior to Norwest, Tim worked for Gabriel Venture Partners where he led their wireless and Asia Pacific practice. Tim began his career in venture capital in 1999 during his time at Stanford Business School as part of the founding team of CTR Ventures, a venture accelerator in Tokyo focused on seed and early-stage mobile consumer applications for the Japanese market.

Tim's operational experience includes working in Japan for five-years as a Product Manager for Gateway Inc., where he launched and held P&L responsibility for enterprise products and as a trilingual Engineer for General Motors, where he led project teams in China, Korea and Japan.

Currently, Tim serves on the advisory boards of the Verizon 4G Venture Forum, Gamestop Corporation, Yoshimoto Kogyo, the Silicon Valley Telecom Council, MIT/Stanford VLAB, CasualConnect, and GamesBeat/MobileBeat.

Tim holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar, and an MS in Electrical Engineering/System Engineering and a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan.

Rob Coneybeer
Shasta Ventures

Managing Director

Rob Coneybeer is the Managing Director of Shasta Ventures. He brings to Shasta Ventures deep experience in building startup companies. Prior to co-founding Shasta, he was a general partner at New Enterprise Associates (NEA) where he led 15 early-stage investments in core infrastructure technologies spanning semiconductors, software and networking equipment. Prior to joining the venture-capital industry, Rob served as a lead integration and test engineer in the Astro Space division of Martin Marietta. While at Martin Marietta, Rob helped build the first EchoStar spacecraft.

Rob earned a master of science in mechanical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a BS in mechanical engineering from the University of Virginia. He also holds an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was named a Palmer Scholar.

Rob's current areas of active interest include mobile, wireless and sensors, as well as technology applications that leverage new infrastructure technologies in novel and creative ways. He is particularly interested in startups that have discovered creative new approaches to connecting the 「real world」 to the Internet, whether via smart phones, low-cost sensors, or other innovative new devices.

Ping Li
Accel Partners

General Partner

Ping has been with Accel Partners since 2004. He focuses primarily on software and digital media investments with specific interest in cloud computing, big data/storage, mobile and gaming.

He currently is a Board Member of BitTorrent, Cloudera, Lookout, Mu Dynamics, Nimbula,Raptr, ScaleXtreme, and YuMe. Ping was also responsible for several Accel investments which have had successful exits including Ludic Labs (Groupon), Mochi Media (Shanda) and Reactivity (Cisco).

Ping has over 15 years of experience as a technology investor and operating executive in helping build market leading technology companies and product lines. Prior to Accel, Ping worked at Juniper Networks as a Senior Product Line Manager for their flagship M-series router products, as well as Director of Corporate Development. Ping was actively involved in Juniper's multi-billion dollar acquisition of Netscreen Technologies. He also served as a strategy consultant for McKinsey & Company, advising technology clients in their growth strategies.

Ping has extensive international experience as well. At Singapore Telecom, he served directly for the executive management team in operating and investing in Asian growth opportunities. Prior to SingTel, Ping worked at Goldman Sachs Asia, transacting technology IPOs and M&A. Ping continues to be active internationally by working closely with RenRen (Facebook of China) and IDG-Accel China Fund.

Ping holds an A.B. from Harvard University, with honors, and an M.B.A. from Stanford University.

Charles Hudson
SoftTech VC

Venture Partner

I am a Venture Partner at SoftTech VC and the CEO and Co-Founder of Bionic Panda Games, a mobile games company based in San Francisco, CA.

Until February 2010, I was the VP of Business Development for Serious Business, a leading producer of social games for the social web. Zynga acquired Serious Business in February of 2010. In addition to working at Serious Business, I also produce technology conferences focused on the intersection of gaming and social media. The two flagship conferences we produce are the Virtual Goods Summit and the Social Gaming Summit.

I also work with Justin Smith from Inside Social Games / Inside Facebook on a series of research reports on the virtual goods market. You can check out our research at Inside Virtual Goods.

Prior to joining Serious Business, I was the Sr. Director for Business Development at Gaia Online, a leading online hangout for teens and young adults.

Prior to Gaia, I worked in New Business Development at Google and focused on new partnership opportunities for early-stage products in the advertising, mobile, and e-commerce markets. Prior to joining Google, I was a Product Manager for IronPort Systems, a leading provider of anti-spam hardware appliances that was acquired by Cisco Systems for $830 million in 2007.

I spent several years working at In-Q-Tel, the strategic venture capital group for the Central Intelligence Agency. While at In-Q-Tel, I focused on identifying investment opportunities that could deliver significant value to the CIA and the commercial market in both the short and long term.I hold an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a B.A. in Economics and Spanish from Stanford University. I am also on the Advisory Board for BizWorld, a nonprofit that educates students about business, and the MIT/Stanford Venture Lab, a nonprofit connecting entrepreneurs, ideas, and capital.

If you’d like to get in touch with me, you can always email me at charles at or leave a comment on my blog. If you are a phone person, you can also call me at (650) 249-0905. You can also check out my LinkedIn profile if you want more detail.

Jeff Karras
SingTel Innov8

General Partner

Jeff Karras is a Venture Capital Professional with eighteen years of experience in technology, operations, marketing, and finance including more than a decade of investing in early to expansion stage companies in software, semiconductor, and communications technologies.

Jeff is currently a Managing Director with SingTel Innov8 Ventures where he is responsible for running the fund's North American investment activities.

Before joining SingTel Innov8, Jeff was a General Partner with Levensohn Venture Partners (LVP) where he focused on infrastructure and platform technologies across the digital media, security, and cleantech sectors. Past investments include Atheros (Nasdaq: ATHR), Covigo (acquired by Symbol), Veraz Networks (Nasdaq: VRAZ), Informative (acquired by SatMetrix), Radiance (acquired by Comcast), Rapt (acquired by Microsoft), Reconnex (acquired by McAfee), Plum (acquired by Nokia), Wild Pockets (private), and ShotSpotter (private). Jeff currently remains a Venture Partner with LVP.

Prior to LVP, Jeff was at Sun Microsystems where he was hired to help establish the Portal Server division. As a start-up division within the larger organization, Jeff played a lead role in developing the market and product strategy, product specifications, and the partnership ecosystem. Prior to Sun Microsystems, Jeff was a Principal Consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers' Strategic Change Group, where he provided strategic guidance across a variety of industries including telecommunications, software, energy and financial services.

Jeff received a BS in Commerce from the University of Virginia and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Patrick Chung
SK Telecom Ventures

Managing Director

A native of Silicon Valley, Patrick started his career as a corporate attorney in 1997 at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. At WSGR, Patrick counseled companies (including many start-ups) regarding general corporate matters, strategic planning, financings, M&A, intellectual property and licensing matters. Between two stints at WSGR (1997-2000 and 2005-2008), Patrick worked in Seoul, Korea at Kim & Chang, Korea's pre-eminent law firm, where he advised Fortune 500 companies. Prior to Kim & Chang, Patrick was Director of Business Development at Dialpad Communications (acquired by Yahoo), where he negotiated and closed both of Dialpad's Series A and Series B Preferred Stock financings, which raised $66 million. While at Dialpad, he was responsible for technology licensing and distribution of Dialpad’s products with telecommunications companies, PC OEMs and websites. Patrick holds a Juris Doctor degree from New York University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Berkeley. Patrick is based in Menlo Park, California.

Michael Klein
Canaan Partners

Investment Professional

Michael Klein is an investment professional at Canaan on the technology team. He focuses on the firm’s digital media, mobile and cloud investments.

Prior to joining Canaan, Michael served as an Associate in technology investment banking at ThinkEquity. While at ThinkEquity, Michael advised on and executed over 20 strategic and financing transactions for leaders in the technology sector including OpenTable, SuccessFactors, Xoom, On2 Technologies, SigmaTel and DG FastChannel.

Michael received a BS in Business Administration from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University where he specialized in finance and accounting. Michael also studied international finance at Bocconi University in Milan, Italy.

Baris Aksoy
Intel Capital


Baris Aksoy is a Director at Intel Capital focusing on Consumer Internet, specifically gaming, mobile applications, location based services, e-commerce, advertising, and various enabling technologies.

Baris currently is a board observer for Crowdstar,, Nokta Medya, and Sense Networks. Baris’ other investments are Kno, Yume, and DealMates. Baris also invested in and managed exits for OpenFeint (acquired by Gree, Inc.)

Prior to joining Intel Capital, Baris worked at University Venture Fund, an early stage venture capital firm, where he was involved in equity investments in the internet and digital media sectors. Earlier, Baris was an early employee of IPTV startup Calix (NYSE:CALX), where he held product management and development roles. During his tenure at Calix, he led stategy and development of products delivering IPTV consumer experience. Earlier in his career, Baris started and grew the West Coast sales office for Alcatel’s semiconductor subsidiary, major DSL chipset manufacturer of that time.

Baris holds an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with a double major in Strategy and Finance. He earned his BSc in Electrical Engineering from Istanbul Technical University, Turkey.