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.
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.

Jefferey and his family office is interested in angel investing in Fintech and particularly Blockchain area.

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.

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%


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%