Confirmed Judges

Nelson Chu
Founder and CEO
Nelson is the founder and CEO of Cadence, the leading investment platform for tokenized alternative assets. He is a 3x startup founder with several years of experience at the top investment management firms, including Bank of America and BlackRock. Prior to Cadence, he founded a strategy consulting firm specializing in helping companies build products and raise capital for growth, creating over $1B in equity value. He currently serves as an advisor to an ultra high net worth family office and is an active angel investor, with notable investments including BlockFi, Cadre, dv01, and Uala.
Haidong Wang
General Manager
Hangzhou Ruifeng Investment Management Ltd.
Mr. Haidong Wang currently serves as the General Manager of Hangzhou Ruifeng Investment Management Ltd., a renowned multi-asset class quantitative trading firm. Prior to Ruifeng, Mr. Wang held various research positions at China Securities Regulatory Commission. He also served as a Managing Director at CITIC Futures, the largest futures brokerage firm in China. Earlier in his career, Mr. Wong served as a Senior Economist at CME Group. Mr. Wang graduated with an MBA from University of Rochester, William E. Simon Graduate School of Business.
Arun Sundararajan
New York University’s (NYU) Stern School of Business
Arun Sundararajan is Professor of Business and the Robert L. and Dale Atkins Rosen Faculty Fellow at New York University’s (NYU) Stern School of Business, and an affiliated faculty member at NYU’s Center for Data Science and Center for Urban Science and Progress. His best-selling book, “The Sharing Economy,” published by the MIT Press, has been translated into Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese and Portuguese. His scholarship has been recognized by numerous Best Paper awards, two Google Faculty awards, an Axiom Best Business Books Award and a Thinkers50 Radar Thinker Award. He has authored over 50 peer-reviewed scientific papers, written over 35 op-eds in leading outlets, and has given hundreds of talks globally.
Professor Sundararajan is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Technology, Values and Policy, and an advisor or board member to organizations that include the City of New York, the City of Seoul, Walmart Corporation, Freddie Mac, the Female Founders Fund, the Internet Society of China, OuiShare, RallyRd, Samasource, and the National League of Cities. He has provided expert input about the digital economy as part of testimony to the United States Congress, the European Parliament, the United Nations, the Federal Reserve Bank (New York, San Francisco and Atlanta), the Federal Trade Commission, the White House and a range of government agencies and regulators globally. He teaches in executive education programs in the United States, Europe and Asia, focusing primarily on digital strategy, fintech and global governance. He teaches full-time MBA students about hi-tech entrepreneurship. He is an occasional angel investor. Follow him on Twitter or find him on WeChat @digitalarun.
Chris M. G. HA
Managing Partner, Venture Partner & Co-Founder
 Glazier Group, Hydrasoft, Voulez, Republicist, LIXIN
Chris Ha is a Managing Partner at Glazier Group where she helps lead the firms’ practices in asset and investment management across securities lending, venture capital, and financial engineering for cross-border commodities-based financing events. She is also a Venture Partner at Hydrasoft, a co-venture development agency representing early stage venture-backed startups in NYC. Currently, Chris is the Co-Founder to three tech startups: Voulez (a creative marketplace and transaction platform), Republicist (a machine learning news media venture), and LIXIN (a wearable tech and SaaS platform for music entertainment). In all three startups, she leads Product-Engineering from architecture, product design, data science, algorithm design, to applications in artificial intelligence.

Prior to this entrepreneurial journey in finance and technology, Chris was a multi-published Scientific Researcher in human/animal parasitic nematodes, infectious disease, and computational biology (neuroscience), as well as a Portfolio Manager focused on M&A and friendly biotech startup acquisitions from the University in California, San Diego where she studied Biology, Philosophy, and Political Science. She has worked with enterprise brands from Eli Lilly ($LLY), aTyr Pharma ($LIFE), Johnson & Johnson ($JNJ), as well as venture firms BitsCapital, D9 Ventures, Amsia Global, and PB Trade & Marketing.

Chris has a deep passion for sustainable development and has held multiple Leadership Positions in humanitarian development firms focused on capacity building in Ghana, Honduras, Panama, Haiti, Mexico, and other developing countries. She is currently leading Glazier Foundation’s investment in the rebuilding of the Reverend John Teye Memorial Institute in Accra, Ghana where she will be supporting their infrastructure, eLearning curriculum, and educational technology resources development.

Dixon R. Doll
Impact Venture Capital
Dixon currently is a founder & GP of Impact VC, a new firm established to continue his proven model for investing in early-stage, global technology companies in such important sectors as TMT, cloud services, AI, data center and network infrastructure, robotics, AR/VR, drone services, cyber-security, and autonomous vehicles.

In recognition of his accomplishments in venture capital, Dixon was named to the Forbes Midas List for four consecutive years in the early 2000s. In April, 2005, he was elected to the Board of Directors of the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA). He also served as NVCA Chairman from 2008-2009 and on its Executive Committee from 2007-2009. While serving as NVCA Chair, he authored a seminal plan (4 Pillars) to enhance liquidity in the VC industry. Variations on this plan ultimately evolved into the JOBS act, which became law in 2012. Dixon has also served on the Board of Directors at DirecTV from 2011 until its recent $70B acquisition by AT&T.

In 1996, he founded DCM (formerly Doll Capital Management) which has become a top global firm with offices in the US, China, and Japan and more than $3 Bil under management. It is widely regarded as the first Silicon Valley venture firm to successfully operate in this “Golden Triangle”. He also was a frequent participant at numerous Chinese government & commercial conferences focused on developing world class capital markets and VC ecosystems. Prior to founding DCM, he founded the global VC Industry’s first fund focused on telecom opportunities at Accel Partners (1985-94).

Dixon has traveled extensively to six continents to deliver highly sought after lectures and conference presentations. Through their family foundation, he and his wife Carol give generously to numerous educational and philanthropic organizations, including the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco (where he served as Chair of the museum’s dual governing boards), San Francisco Symphony, Kansas State U, the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR), Georgetown Univeristy, University of Michigan, and the University of San Francisco. Additionally, he serves on the SIEPR Executive Committee and as a Young Associate Sponsor. At USF he also serves on the Executive Committee and chairs the Investment Committee.

He received his B.S.E.E. degree (cum laude) from Kansas State University and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in EE from the University of Michigan, where he was a National Science Foundation scholar.

Joshua Siegel
General Partner
Rubicon Venture Capital
Joshua Siegel is a General Partner at Rubicon Venture Capital, where he leads Rubicon’s New York office. He oversees the day to day activities and operations of Rubicon including evaluating early stage technology companies seeking funding, assisting current portfolio companies with development and interaction with LPs, attracting LP capital, and developing the Rubicon professional network. Joshua has extensive experience and connections in technology, real estate, luxury lifestyle brands, digital media, and consumer products. Joshua was formerly the Director of Market Intelligence at Citicorp Debt Capital Markets, Manager Eastern European Banking Systems at Citibank and was with the Overseas Private Investment Corp (OPIC). In 2007, he became an active angel investor with interests in software and technology. Joshua holds a BA degree from Boston University, a MBA from Georgetown University and a Degree in Gastronomy from ICE in New York. Joshua, was born and raised in New York, attended Horace Mann, and still lives there with his family.

The competition for the startup track will abide by the following judging rules:


Sub-category Weight
Future growth potential 10%
Market size potential 5%
Market share potential 5%
Progress-and-traction-to-date 10%
Team formation and attractiveness 10%
Competition strategy 10%
Business risk management 10%
Why better from existing players 5%
Key technologies/services novelty 15%
Why and how you can make humanity better 5%
Implementable plans to attack big problems 15%