Confirmed Judges



Harper Reed
Head of Commerce
Braintree, a Division of PayPal
Harper Reed is an hacker/engineer who builds paradigm-shifting tech and leads others to do the same. Harper loves using the vastness of the Internet to bring people together, whether as CTO of Obama for America, CTO at, or on his own projects.Through the acquisition of his company, Modest, inc,Harper is helping to define the future of commerce at PayPal.You can often find Harper playing with new technologies,looking for something to hack, or enjoying life in Chicago with his amazing partner, Hiromi and our bizarre poodle, Lulu.
Ken Miller
President & CEO
Ken Miller Capital
Mr. Miller is President & CEO of Ken Miller Capital, LLC (“KMC”), a closely held merchant banking firm which invests in early stage companies.

Mr. Miller has served successively as Vice Chairman of Merrill Lynch Capital Markets and Credit Suisse First Boston. At Merrill Lynch, Mr. Miller built and ran the Mergers & Acquisitions Department while forming the first bulge bracket private equity group, Merrill Lynch Capital Partners, as well as the very profitable bridge financing business, each of which reported to him. While there he led the negotiation for the transaction which first brought Merrill Lynch to China, its investment in Sun Hung Kai Securities. Upon leaving Merrill he formed The Lodestar Group, a merchant bank which he sold to Societe Generale. After that sale he joined Credit Suisse First Boston as, then, their only Vice Chairman, charged with acting as financial advisor to wealthy individuals and a number of the world’s largest corporations.

Mr. Miller has served as a member of the Board of Directors of Viacom, Inc., Intelsat Corporation, Kinder Care Learning Centers (Board Chair), CNA Surety and, now, Loews Corporation (NYSE: “L”), the company which controls Diamond Offshore Corporation (NYSE: “DO”), CNA Financial Corporation (NYSE: “CNA”), Boardwalk Pipeline Partners, LP (NYSE: “BWP”) and Loews Hotels.

Mr. Miller is an active member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is the Chairman of the Advisory Board for the NYU-Shanghai Program on Innovation & Creativity. Mr. Miller has a long history of involvement with China including serving as a visiting professor at Peking University’s Guanghua School of Management and chairing the Finance Committee for the U.S. Pavilion at the 2010 Shanghai Exposition.

Mr. Miller received his B.A. with honors from the University of Michigan (1964), M.A. from Yale University (1965 – Chinese Studies), and J.D. from Harvard University (1969). Publications include articles on China, venture capital, economic development, international relations, and the merger market in Foreign Affairs, Time Magazine, The Harvard Journal of Legislation, The Business Lawyer, The Far Eastern Economic Review, The New Republic, The Deal, The Nation, and Fortune.

Mr. Miller speaks French and Chinese.

Jeff Lam
Lam Generation
Jeffrey Lam is the founder of Lam Generation, a leading hospitality real estate development firm in New York City. Previously, Jeffrey worked with Helmsley-Spear focusing on the Manhattan market as a broker and consultant. He also spent several years directly involved in the hospitality industry as a team member managing and restructuring new hotel startups. Jeffrey specializes in the acquisition and development of real estate and manages new business opportunities for the company.

Lam Generation currently owns five hotels throughout New York City and has an additional two properties under development, each affiliated with Marriott, Starwood, or Hilton. The company’s first hotel development project, the Hampton Inn SoHo, was recognized by Hilton Hotels Corporation as the Deal of the Year in 2007. Their portfolio spans over 1,000,000 square feet of New York City hotel and residential development projects.

Jeffrey graduated from Pennsylvania State University, State College with a B.S. in Finance. He speaks English and Cantonese. He currently is involved in PREF a real estate organization. His past board affiliations include Big Apple Greeters and Dollars for Scholars.

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.
Yiting Liu
Coalescence Partners
Yiting Liu is the COO and a partner of Coalescence Partners, and a managing partner and an investment committee member of the New Hope-Coalescence private equity investments.  Yiting brings 14 years of experience in investment, strategy and operations.  She has worked for world class companies and has started companies from scratch.   Prior to Coalescence Partners, Yiting advised Chinese institutions and family offices looking to invest in the US and/or to joint ventures with U.S. institutions.  Yiting was a co-founder and COO of Ray Shi Capital, an investment management company focused on small- and mid-cap Chinese equities.  Prior to Ray Shi Capital, Yiting focused on the investment and management of Vision Opportunity China Fund (primarily private equity and PIPE).  As the Vice President and head of Greater China, she was actively involved in the formation of Vision Opportunity China Fund and its IPO on the London Stock Exchange.  Prior to Vision, Yiting worked at PepsiCo’s corporate strategy and development group at its global headquarters. Yiting started her career at the Boston Consulting Group in New York.

Yiting received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Applied Math with an Applied Field in Economics from Harvard University. She is a Board Member of the Asian Financial Society.


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%


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

Category Description Total
Value Added to Core Business
The significance of value added to the corporate core business by adopting the new technology 40%
Moving Tides Forward
The contribution to advancing continuous innovation of the new technology in the industry 30%
The openness on adopting the new development from the community and the effort in nurturing the innovative Fintech community 30%