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Diane Laren

Founding partner of Ding Ventures. She founded startups and ran incubators in both U.S and China.

She is the former China Partner and Head of Admissions at Founder Institute, where she oversaw applications from more than 100 cities around the world. She founded Chuangying Technology and ran the Founder Institute in 5 cities within China, where she received strategic investment from 36Kr. Diane was previously a Partner and the U.S. General manager for Shenzhen Valley Ventures, where she built SVV into one of the most well known hardware accelerators within a year. SVV is funded by Shenzhen Tier 1 and listed manufacture, Zowee. She also worked as Venture Partner for InnoLinks Ventures, a family office that invests in early and mid stage of cross border technology companies. Diane holds an MBA from University of Illinois and a Bachelor's degree from Shenzhen University.


Dr. Adrian Kaehler

Dr. Kaehler is a Venture partner for Ding Ventures.

Previously he is a VP at Magic Leap. He holds a Ph.D. degree in theoretical particle physics from Columbia University which, after enrolling in university at the age of 14 and graduating with a bachelor's degree at 18, he received at the age of 25. His fields of expertise include robotics, deep learning, artificial intelligence, machine learning, physics, electrical engineering, computer algorithms, machine vision.In the 2005 DARPA Grand Challenge, Kaehler was on Stanford's winning team with Sebastian Thrun, Mike Montemerolo, Gary Bradski and others. Kaehler designed the computer vision system that contributed to winning the race. He is the author of numerous papers and over 30 patents in these and other subjects, as well as two a bestselling books Learning OpenCV.




Charles huang

Charles is the co-creator of the Guitar Hero video game franchise. Guitar Hero launched in 2005 and went on to become the fastest video game to reach $1B in sales, sold to Activision for $150MM. Charles is also a Venture Partner at Sinovation Ventures. Charles is currently the co-founder of Indigo 7, a startup focused on brands in fashion apparel and entertainment. He is an active, serial angel investor. He holds a BA in Economics and Asian Studies from the University of California at Berkeley.



Linda is currently the Founder/CEO of Dishcraft robotics. Linda is a serial entrepreneur with deep expertise in robotics, product management, operations and manufacturing. In 2004, Linda co-founded Neato Robotics and was VP Product Management and Operations. She led the design, development and manufacturing of Neato's revolutionary laser guided vacuum cleaner. The company is now the number two player globally in consumer robotic vacuums.




Carter Laren

Carter is the founding partner of Backplane Capital (previously Gateway, one of the first and most well-known incubator and fund in cannabis industry). Cryptographer, Co-inventor of Blu-ray Disc encryption and Direct TV smart card business. Built Cryptography Research's hi-def video business from ground zero through adoption by Apple, Sony, Fox, Disney & countless others, leading to the acquisition by Rovi, who then acquired TV Guide for $2.8B. Carter is also an angel investor for more than a decade.