Board of Directors

Steve Papermaster, Executive Chairman and co-CEO

Steve Papermaster has over 25 years of entrepreneurial leadership success founding, growing, funding and operating innovative global technology companies. He is the co-founder, Chairman and Co-CEO of Appconomy. As an entrepreneur, investor and executive, Mr. Papermaster’s leadership roles have also included serving as founder, Chairman, CEO and/or board member for publicly traded and private companies. He has spanned founding stages through IPO’s as founder, CEO, and board chairman/member including Appconomy, Moxie Software, DaQiao Group, Powershift Group, Perficient, Inc. (Nasdaq: PRFT), Vignette Corporation (Nasdaq: VIGN/OTXT), Per Se Technologies/acquired by McKesson (Nasdaq: PSTI/NYSE: MCK); TippingPoint Technologies/acquired by 3Com (Nasdaq: TPTI/COMS/HP), and BSG Corp. Read more…

In his public service, Steve served for two terms in the White House and administration of President George W. Bush as a member of and Committee Chair of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), which he was appointed to by President George W. Bush in 2001. Reporting directly to the President as part of the Executive Office of the President, PCAST is responsible for strategy and policy for the United States 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, Education and others, Mr. Papermaster worked closely with the White House, Congress, federal and state agencies, international counterparts and the private sector. He also served as a White House Fellows Judge and a member of the Secretary of Energy’s Advisory Board.

Steve is the Co-founder and Co-Chairman of JUCCCE (Joint US –China Collaboration on Clean Energy). JUCCCE is an NGO and non-profit organization that brings together international expertise and technologies to accelerate the efficient use of technology and energy in China. Shanghai based JUCCCE is high impact organization in leading the greening of China. The JUCCCE programs create unexpected bilateral public-private partnerships that allow key stakeholders to leap across barriers to achieve progress.

Steve 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 judge’s chairman for the World Entrepreneur of the Year awards. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin School of Business with Highest Honors. Mr. Papermaster is also an active public speaker, addressing groups at the national, international and local levels on topics ranging from business and technology trends, to the future of science and technology, to entrepreneurship and public policy, include events convened by Fortune Magazine, MIT Forum, Global Business Innovation Forum, and EY’s World Entrepreneur of the Year.

Gary RieschelGary 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 ZhangKevin 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, 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.