Judges

June Sugiyama

June Sugiyama

Director of Vodafone Americas Foundation at Vodafone

June is the director of Vodafone Americas Foundation, where she led the Foundation’s transition towards “Technology for Good” programs, a strategy to better align with Vodafone’s expertise in technology & innovation. She also developed the Foundation’s Wireless Innovation Project, a competition designed to seek the best wireless technology to address critical global issues; it has identified several winners poised to impact poverty, health, environment, disaster relief and technology access. Most recently she’s developed a focus on “Empowering Women and Girls through Technology.”

June served on boards and as advisory capacities for several foundation and nonprofit organizations, most notably on the advisory committee of the Vodafone Group Foundation & United Nations Foundation Technology Partnership. June received her teaching credential & liberal studies degree from San Francisco State University, masters & specialist credential at the University of San Francisco.

David Willis

David Willis

Chief Financial Officer at European Wax Center

David Willis came on board as our Chief Financial Officer in July 2016 and is based in our main offices in Hallandale Beach, Florida. Before joining EWC, David was an operating partner for Riata Capital Group, LLC based in Dallas, Texas from October 2014 through July 2016. David has also consulted for other Brazos Private Equity Partners portfolio companies since March 2014, providing financial, operational and strategic support to companies spanning franchise concepts, healthcare services, and co-pack manufacturing. As a strategic consulting partner for Brazos, David actively consulted for us and our affiliates since July 2014, assisting with various financial and operational initiatives, including our Strut 365™ product launch in May 2016. From January 2008 through December 2013, David held the position of Chief Financial Officer for Global Power Equipment Group, based in Irving, Texas and was a Senior Director within Alvarez and Marsal’s Restructuring Practice prior to that. David started his career with Ernst & Young (“EY”) based in Dallas, Texas.

Stephanie Durflinger

Stephanie Durflinger

VP of Product Management at Ellie Mae

Stephanie Durflinger is Vice President of Product Management for Ellie Mae. Stephanie oversees the development and execution of the product strategy. Previously, Stephanie held senior product leadership roles with other technology providers including Black Knight Financial and PC Lender. Additionally, Stephanie has a diverse mortgage banking background including all aspects of mortgage banking operations, secondary marketing, loan administration, and warehouse lending. Stephanie’s combined experience of Mortgage Banking and Technology uniquely positions her to bring impactful, forward-thinking technology insights to customers and the market.

Lukasz Weber

Lukasz Weber

Director Product Management at Zuora

In his 9+ years at Zuora, Lukasz has filled two key roles: Solution Architect and Product Manager. Currently, he’s the Product Manager for Zuora’s Core Platform Services and Extension Framework. Prior to Zuora, Lukasz completed two Bachelors and one Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT before working as a Solutions Architect at OATSystems, Arcadia Solutions, and Centive.

Wendy Pfeiffer

Wendy Pfeiffer

CIO at Nutanix

Wendy is the CIO of Nutanix, where she leads the global Information Technology team and the functions that support the company’s business operations and employees. Prior to Nutanix, Wendy led technology teams for industry-makers like GoPro, Yahoo!, Cisco Systems, Exodus Communications and Robert Half. Dedicated to excellence in operations and delivery while maintaining a focus on innovation, Wendy has played a key role in envisioning and delivering business technologies for the past two decades.

Hans Tung

Hans Tung

Managing Partner at GGV Capital

Hans Tung is a managing partner at GGV Capital, focusing on consumer Internet, e-commerce, and IoT investments across China and the U.S. He has been ranked by Forbes Midas List as one of the world’s top venture capitalists six times from 2013 to 2018, most recently ranking number 20 in the world. He has invested in 14 private companies with valuations greater than $400M, including 11 unicorns valued at over $1 billion: Xiaomi, Wish, Bytedance (a.k.a. Toutiao), Slack, Airbnb, OfferUp, Peloton, Coinbase, Xiaohongshu, Meili, and SmartMi.
He was among the first Silicon Valley VCs to move to China full time, spending eight years in China from 2005 to 2013. He was an early investor and former board member of Xiaomi and Musical.ly, which was acquired by Bytedance (a.k.a. Toutiao) for around $900 million in 2017. A well-recognized investor in the e-commerce sector, Hans has invested in four of the top 20 shopping apps in the US App Store: Wish, Poshmark, Offerup, and Ibotta.

Hans holds a BA from Stanford University. Having worked in 10 cities, he has witnessed and analyzed the ups and downs of various regions and sectors through economic cycles. Hans is a well-followed thought leader and commentator in the US-China cross-border technology scene. He was named a “LinkedIn Top Voice in VC” in 2017, and co-hosts the 996 Podcast, the most popular English-language podcast on tech and entrepreneurship in China. He blogs about China’s tech trends and his investment theses at www.hans.vc.

Xuezhao Lan

Xuezhao Lan

Founding Partner at Basis Set Ventures

Lan is the founding partner of Basis Set Ventures, a ~$140M early-stage venture firm focused on the Future of Work through artificial intelligence. She built the Corporate Development Strategy team at Dropbox, which was one of the most acquisitive private tech companies during her tenure with 30+ acquisitions. Prior to Dropbox, she worked with McKinsey in New York and Shanghai, advising Fortune 500 companies on issues including big data, AI, and growth strategy. Earlier in her career, Lan was an entrepreneur who built brain training games. She studied human brain functions for her Ph.D. and received her MA in Statistics, both from the University of Michigan.