Steve Papermaster, Executive Chairman and co-CEO
Steve Papermaster is the Executive Chairman, co-CEO, and member of the board of directors of Appconomy, where he oversees the company’s international and services efforts. He is also the co-founder of Moxie Software, (fka nGenera) where he served as Chairman and founding CEO. Moxie is a leading provider of social business collaboration software and innovation thought leadership which has grown from startup to over $30mm in revenue in four years, serving over 600 enterprise customers. Read more…
Mr. Papermaster has also provided innovative, constructive leadership to several public sector initiatives which impact United States and international policies for science, technology, and economic development.
His present and past entrepreneurial experiences include serving as Chairman, CEO and/or board member for several public and private companies. They include: Powershift Ventures L.P; Perficient, Inc.(Nasdaq: PRFT), Vignette Corporation/acquired by OpenText Corporation (Nasdaq: VIGN/OTEX), Per Se Technologies/acquired by McKesson (Nasdaq: PSTI/NYSE: MCK); Tipping Point Technologies/acquired by 3Com (Nasdaq: TPTI/COMS), BSG Corp., LabNow Inc., and ROME Corp. Mr. Papermaster’s leadership roles in these companies have spanned start-up stages through revenues of over $500mm/yr and/or market caps of over $10 billion as founder, CEO, Board Chairman and/or member, and investor.
Mr. Papermaster is a past recipient of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, and has served as a national judge and represented the United States as the judges chairman for the World Entrepreneur of the Year awards. He is active as a community leader with organizations such as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Innovation Alliance, and Fortune Magazine Brainstorm Summits.
In the public sector, Mr. Papermaster has served actively on the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), which he was appointed to by President George W. Bush. Reporting directly to the President, PCAST is responsible for strategy and policy for the Nation’s innovation ecosystem of science and technology. Through his Co-Chairmanship of the Energy Committee and Co-Chair or membership on National Nanotechnology Committee, Innovation Ecosystems Committee, Personalized Medicine/Healthcare IT and others, Mr. Papermaster has worked closely with the White House and Administration of President George W. Bush, Congress, federal and state agencies, international counterparts and the private sector to help PCAST formulate and deliver their recommendations and provide selected oversight functions.
Gary Rieschel, Qiming Ventures
Gary has over 25 years of operating and investing experience. He is widely recognized as a leading venture capitalist in both the U.S. and China and is a founder of Qiming Venture Partners, a $1B USD fund focused on early stage investments in China. Prior to Qiming, Gary was the founder or lead investor in several major venture capital firms in the U.S. and China including SOFTBANK Venture Capital, Mobius Venture Capital, SAIF Partners (China), and Ignition Partners (U.S.).
Kevin Zhang, Neusoft Holdings
Kevin has 18 years of experience in capital market and industrial operations. In his current role as the Assistant President and the Board Secretary of Neusoft Holdings, Kevin leads investment programs and M&A transactions. Prior to joining Neusoft Holdings, Kevin worked in Neusoft and Philips Medical systems, and Neusoft Medical Systems, holding various senior executive positions in Sales and Marketing, Service, Corporate Development, Quality Management, and Regulatory affairs. In his earlier career Kevin worked at top Chinese investment banks to provide enterprises with strategic consulting and fund raising services. Kevin graduated from Liaoning University and holds a PhD in Economics and a MA in Finance.
Brian Magierski, Appconomy, Inc.
Brian Magierski is the President, co-CEO and a member of the board of directors of Appconomy, where he oversees the company’s product, marketing, finance, and other operations. Brian has spent the past 14 years as an entrepreneur serving large enterprises and businesses with application software and web services offerings. Prior to Appconomy, he was co-founder of Moxie Software (fka nGenera), where he served as Executive Vice President of Corporate Development, Products & Marketing. Read more…
Moxie raised over $50 Million from Foundation Capital and Oak Investment Partners, and grew to over $30 Million in revenue in less than 4 years. Brian was also the co-founder and CEO of iMark.com, a business-to-business web marketplace for trading surplus goods that was sold to then publicly-traded FreeMarkets (currently Ariba, NASDAQ: ARBA) in March 2000 for $340 million. Brian was a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award in Austin, TX in 2000. Brian started his career at Procter & Gamble in Cincinnati, OH, and also worked in a leadership role at Trilogy Software.
Currently, Brian serves as a member of the Advisory Council for Entrepreneurship@Cornell, Cornell University’s university-wide entrepreneurship program, and the board of directors of ADRevolution. His educational background includes an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS in Engineering from Cornell University.