Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Jack Jiajia Huang is our founder and has served as the chairman of our board of directors and chief executive officer since our inception. Prior to founding our company, he served as an operations manager at Mitsubishi Corporation (China) Co., Ltd. from 2007 to 2010. Mr. Huang founded TalkChina, an online Chinese-teaching platform targeting Japanese students, in 2007. Mr. Huang received his bachelor’s degree in Japanese language from Tsinghua University in 2007. In 2015, Mr. Huang was named a leading entrepreneur under 30 by Cyzone, an entrepreneur service platform in China.
Co-Founder, Director, Senior Vice President
Ms. Ting Shu is our co-founder and has served as our director and senior vice president since our inception in 2011. From 2010 to 2012, Ms. Shu worked in the enterprise risk services department of Deloitte in China. Prior to that, Ms. Shu co-founded TalkChina with Mr. Jack Jiajia Huang in 2007. Ms. Shu received her master's degree in language science from the University of Tokyo in 2010 and her bachelor's degree in Japanese language from Tsinghua University in 2007. Mr. Jack Jiajia Huang and Ms. Ting Shu are husband and wife.
Mr. Frank Lin has served as our director since June 2013. Mr. Lin is a general partner of DCM, a technology venture capital firm. Prior to joining DCM in 2006, Mr. Lin was the chief operating officer of SINA Corporation, a NASDAQ-listed company. He co-founded SINA's predecessor, SinaNet, in 1995 and later guided SINA through its listing on NASDAQ. Mr. Lin had also held various marketing, engineering and managerial positions at Octel Communication Inc. and NYNEX. Mr. Lin currently serves on the board of directors of various DCM portfolio companies, including Tuniu Corporation, a NASDAQ-listed company, Vipshop Holdings Limited and 58.com, Inc., which are NYSE-listed companies. Mr. Lin received an MBA degree from Stanford University and a bachelor's degree in engineering from Dartmouth College.
Mr. Xing Liu has served as our director since July 2014. Mr. Liu is a partner of Sequoia Capital China. Prior to joining Sequoia Capital China in 2007, Mr. Liu had over nine years of experience in investment banking, technology and product development and consulting at Merrill Lynch, Xerox and GlobalSight. Mr. Liu currently serves on the board of directors of various Sequoia Capital China portfolio companies, including Vipshop Holdings Limited and ZTO Express Inc., which are NYSE-listed companies. Mr. Liu received an MBA degree from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 2004, a master’s degree in computer engineering from Syracuse University in 1995, and a bachelor’s degree in management information systems from Fudan University in 1992.
Mr. Wei Li has served as our director since July 2014. Mr. Li is an executive director of Shunwei Capital, a firm focusing on TMT related investment in the greater China region. Prior to joining Shunwei Capital in May 2012, Mr. Li worked as a vice president of CAIIF Capital, a Chinese private equity fund based in Beijing, China. Prior to joining CAIIF Capital in 2011, Mr. Li served as a vice president of China eCapital Corporation from 2009 to 2011 and focused on fund-raising and mergers and acquisitions advisory work in the TMT sector. Mr. Li worked in London between August 2005 and August 2009, first with Standard Chartered Bank and then with Straumur Burdaras. Prior to joining Standard Chartered Bank in 2004, Mr. Li was an auditor at KPMG Beijing office. Mr. Li received his master’s degree in English Literature from Peking University in 2003 and his bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Peking University in 1999.
Mr. Conor Chia-hung Yang has served as our independent director since June 2016. Mr. Yang is a co-founder of Black Fish Financial Group Limited, or Black Fish, and has served as its president since November 2017. Prior to joining Black Fish, Mr. Yang was the chief financial officer of Tuniu Corporation, a Nasdaq-listed company, from January 2013 to November 2017, the chief financial officer of E-Commerce China Dangdang Inc., an NYSE-listed company, from March 2010 to July 2012 and the chief financial officer of AirMedia Group Inc., a Nasdaq-listed company, from March 2007 to March 2010. Mr. Yang was the chief executive officer of RockMobile Corporation from 2004 to February 2007. From 1999 to 2004, Mr. Yang served as the chief financial officer of the Asia Pacific region for CellStar Asia Corporation. Mr. Yang was an executive director of Goldman Sachs (Asia) L.L.C. from 1997 to 1999. Prior to that, Mr. Yang was a vice president of Lehman Brothers Asia Limited from 1994 to 1996 and an associate at Morgan Stanley Asia Limited from 1992 to 1994. Mr. Yang currently serves as an independent director and chairman of the audit committee of AirMedia Group Inc., a Nasdaq-listed company. Mr. Yang received his master’s degree in business administration from University of California, Los Angeles in 1992.
Mr. Xiaoguang Wu has served as our independent director since June 2016. Mr. Wu is the founding partner of Welight Capital (Hong Kong) Limited. Mr. Wu joined Tencent Inc., a company listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, in 1999 as a member of the early founding team. He worked as a project manager for the research and development team for instant messaging products, a general manager for the internet business division and later became the senior executive vice president of the internet service division and the chief executive officer of Tencent E-Commerce Holdings Limited, a subsidiary of Tencent Inc. Mr. Wu has served as a senior management advisor for Tencent Inc. since June 2015. Mr. Wu has extensive experience in product research and development, product planning, product operation and marketing internet businesses. Mr. Wu currently serves as an independent director of 58.com, Inc., a NYSE-listed company. Mr. Wu received his EMBA from China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) in 2008 and his bachelor of science degree in weather dynamics from Nanjing University in 1996.