Stephen Liu - Chief Matchmaking Officer
Stephen is the CEO of Privy Groupe, and he loves playing Cupid. In fact, he’s been toasted as the guest of honor at multiple weddings! Aside from his secondary career as a love doctor, Stephen is best known as the Founder/Chairman of the Asian Professional Exchange, Los Angeles’ largest Asian-American membership organization. For his work in the community, he has received many accolades, most notably honors from Martell/APEX, KCET/Union Bank, and the Asian Pacific Community Fund. He received his MBA from USC.
Linda Kim - Creative Director
Born and raised in Seoul, Linda has created award-winning work for clients such as Disney, Sony, Warner Brothers, MTV and more. As an accomplished designer, she’s created board games for television, such as 24 and The Amazing Race, and as an art director, she’s produced interactive media for franchises such as Harry Potter and Scooby-Doo. She received her BFA (Graphic Design) and MFA (Media Design) from the Art Center. When she’s not at the helm of creative and UX for Privy Groupe, she spends time with her 2 year-old son, Kingston.
ADVISORS, INVESTORS & COLLABORATORS
It’s all about the company you keep, and at M8, we roll deep. Our international network of advisors and collaborators come from the worlds of law, finance, tech, entertainment, and non-profit. Some of them are Ivy Leaguers, while some of them are filmmakers or rock star musicians. Our trusted partners continually provide us with their guidance, expertise, and support.
Antone Johnson, San Francisco
Managing Partner, Bottom Line Law Group
A Columbia Law School graduate, Antone has been providing his legal expertise to entrepreneurs, investors, and startups for over 20 years. He has worked at tech companies such as eHarmony and MySpace, as well as several top-tier law firms across Wall Street and Silicon Valley. Antone has also written for publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and TechCrunch.
Archie Kao, Beijing
Principal, Summer Grape Productions
Archie is an actor and producer with numerous credits across Hollywood films and television series. Though originally best known to American audiences for series regulars roles on Chicago P.D., Power Rangers Lost Galaxy, as well as long-running hit CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Archie has expanded his trans-Pacific interests, and is now also a regular fixture in China’s burgeoning film industry.
Benjamin Ling, Los Angeles
VP, UBS Wealth Management
There’s no one more passionate about helping people than Ben. An active member of the Asian-American community, Ben served as National Chairman and President for Taiwanese American Citizen’s League (TACL), a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering the lives of Taiwanese-Americans, for which he received a lifetime achievement award. He also helped mentor the next generation of leaders through his work as President of Taiwanese American Professionals (TAP).
Bernard Moon, San Francisco
Partner, SparkLabs Ventures
Bernard is a lifelong entrepreneur, investor, and advisor to early-stage startups from all around the world. He is currently the cofounder of SparkLabs Ventures, a global seed-stage fund and startup accelerator based in South Korea. When he finds the time, Bernard writes regularly for publications such as VentureBeat, TechCrunch, and Mashable.
Brian Liu, Los Angeles
Brian was a corporate finance attorney for several years before founding LegalZoom.com, the most popular online legal care service in the United States. Brian helmed the company as CEO for 8 years, and currently serves on the leading tech company’s board of directors. He is also the cofounder of Zenify, a meditation and mindfulness app.
Brian Wong, Hong Kong
Vice President, Alibaba Group
Brian is an Internet executive with nearly 20 years of experience. As one of Alibaba’s first few employees, Brian played a pivotal role in the ecommerce brand’s unstoppable growth. Raised in Palo Alto, he now divides his work and his time between Shanghai, Hong Kong, and the United States. He is a proud member of the Wharton Executive Alumni Board and the Hong Kong Forum, as well as a board member of the 1990 Institute.
Christopher Chen, Los Angeles
SVP Endgame Entertainment, Partner Momofuku Group
At independent production company Endgame Entertainment, Christopher identifies, generates, and manages business for titles across film, television, and new media. He has produced critically-acclaimed films such as Linsanity, Looper, Every Little Step, and ...So Goes the Nation, and also serves on the board of the Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment (CAPE).
Deron Quon, Los Angeles
Executive Chairman, Collective Solution
For over 15 years, Deron has been a cofounder, an investor, and an advisor to startups and market research firms throughout Silicon Valley and the greater Los Angeles area. He is an executive at Collective Solution, a business service provider, as well as T2VC, an early-stage venture capital firm. Daron also runs Saturday Fit Club, a weekly morning fitness group in LA.
James Hsieh, Los Angeles
Since the early days of the Internet, James has helmed Cybertegic, a digital marketing agency offering a full spectrum of digital marketing, web development, and ecommerce services. His top-tier expertise in Internet marketing has landed him speaking engagements at international conferences, trade shows, and at Cybercon, Cybertegic’s very own annual conference.
Jeremy Zhu, Los Angeles
Managing Director, TCW Sepulveda Partners
With over 11 years of experience in equity investment and corporate strategy, Jeremy is a leading expert in the world of finance. He has managed investments for TCW Sepulveda Partners, a global asset management firm, as well as Wedbush, a fund for small-size companies. He also currently serves on the Board of Project by Project and the Asian Pacific Community Fund.
John Langan, Singapore
Cofounder, Massive Collective
As the cofounder of luxury hospitality group Massive Collection, John is the driving force behind some of Southeast Asia’s most exclusive guest-list only clubs, including sought-after venues such as Providence, Empire, and Bang Bang. He is half-Irish and half-Taiwanese, and was recently named one of Singapore’s Richest Men Under 30 by Elle Magazine.
Jonathan Lee, Seoul
Chief Corporate Officer, Yello Digital Marketing Group
As a leading executive in corporate development, Jonathan has lent his expertise to digital agencies all across Seoul. Currently, he serves as Chief Corporate Officer for Yello Digital Marketing, one of Korea’s fastest-growing media agencies. He is an art aficionado, a musician, a patron member of the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, and a proud alumni of UCSD (go Tritons!).
JT Kim, Los Angeles
National President, Project by Project
JT is a man about town. As the National President of Project by Project, JT activates a team of philanthropic leaders to create positive changes in their communities, and as the leading mind behind Neon White, he produces high-profile experiential events on behalf of brands and agencies such as SBE, Dolce Group, and more. He is a California native, and a proud alumni of UCLA.
Dr. Ken-Hou Lin
Profesor, University of Texas at Austin
Ken-Hou Lin is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Texas at Austin. His research interests include online dating, income inequality and immigration. In 2010, Dr. Lin examined 6.7 million initial messages sent between heterosexual women and men from 2003 to 2010 on one of the largest dating websites in the United States to see how often daters of different races received responses.
Lawerence Ng, Taipei
Chairman Oversee.net, Managing Partner OnRamp Fund
Lawrence is the embodiment of entrepreneurial spirit. At the ripe age of 21, he founded comparison platform Oversee.net, which he grew into a $200 million dollar company in less than 10 years. He runs LNG Management, a global asset management firm, and Simply Bridal, an online bridal retailer. He most recently launched OnRamp Fund, an early stage startup incubator with a focus on international, cross-border portfolio companies.
Natalie Louie, San Francisco
Product Manager, Oracle Responsys
Whether it’s a soiree in Manhattan or a fundraiser in San Francisco, there’s one thing for sure: Natalie knows how to throw a party. Natalie was an event producer in New York prior to moving to the Bay Area, where she produced parties, events, and experiential activations for Asia Society, Asian Professional Extension, and China Institute. She is now a product manager based in Silicon Valley, where she continues to focus on volunteer organizations within the Asian-American community.
Patrick Chun, New York
Managing Partner, Juxtapose
Without a doubt, Patrick’s favorite color has to be crimson. He’s earned three degrees from Harvard: a B.A. in Economics, an M.A. in Regional Asian Studies, and finally, an MBA from Harvard Business School. Since graduating definitively from the country’s most prestigious university, he has worked at companies such as Bain Capital Ventures, the Princeton Review, and Microsoft Gaming Studios. He now serves as partner at Juxtapose, a venture capital fund.
Patrick Lee, San Francisco
Co-Founder, Hobo Labs, Founder Rotten Tomatoes + Alive Not Dead
The stakes are high when you’re running a startup, but Patrick always seems to have a winning hand. In the last decade, Patrick has cofounded a mobile gaming company, an online artist community, an entertainment marketing agency, and Rotten Tomatoes, one of the top 600 most-visited sites in the world. In addition to casually launching companies, Patrick was also the executive producer for The Heavenly Kings, an award-winning film directed by Daniel Wu.
Ron Wong, Los Angeles
CEO, Imprenta Communications
Ron is a seasoned civic leader and outspoken proponent of Asian-American interests. For the past 15 years, he has helmed Imprenta Communications Group, an award-winning public affairs and campaign firm empowering communities of color. For his tireless work, Ron has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, and Imprenta has been named by Inc 500 as one of the Fastest Growing Companies in America.
Roy Choi, Los Angeles
CEO Kollaboration, President KCM Agency, Partner Knighted Ventures
Roy is the mastermind behind Kollaboration, a non-profit showcase of emerging Asian-Pacific artists and performers. The production started in Los Angeles, but now spans 15 cities nationwide. Roy was also the founder of Mars Entertainment, which distributed titles such as Terminator, 3:10 to Yuma, and Lust, Caution. He is an avid cinephile, filmmaker, and graduate from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts.
Teddy Zee, Los Angeles
Producer Hitch, Pursuit of Happyness, Saving Face
Having served as Vice President for both Columbia and Paramount Pictures, Teddy is one of Hollywood’s most visionary Asian-American leaders. He’s produced blockbuster Hollywood hits such as Hitch, The Pursuit of Happyness, and Charlie’s Angels, and also serves on the Committee of 100 alongside the likes of I.M. Pei and Yo-Yo Ma. Since Teddy brought Steve and Linda together, you could even go so far as to say that without Teddy, there would be no M8.
Tim Chang, San Francisco
Partner, Mayfield Ventures
As a Managing Director at Mayfield, Tim helps innovative apps and technology platforms all across the US and Asia get off the ground. In his long-standing career as a venture capitalist, he’s provided funding for over a dozen startups, several of which were acquired by major brands such as Intel, Disney, DeNA, and Alibaba. Tim is a big kid at heart, a regular at Burning Man, and a plays bass in 3 separate bands!