Board of Directors
Mr. Tony Zhao is our founder, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman. Mr. Zhao founded our company in November 2013. From December 2009 to March 2015, Mr. Zhao served as a director of YY, Inc. (recently renamed JOYY Inc.), a video-based social network listed on the Nasdaq Stock Market. Mr. Zhao also served as chief technology officer of YY, Inc. from October 2008 to December 2013. Prior to joining YY, Inc., Mr. Zhao founded NeoTasks, LLC in 2004 and served as its chairman and chief technology officer until 2008. From 1997 to 2004, he served as a senior engineer at WebEx Communications Inc. where he was responsible for developing audio and video calling functions and designing backend architecture. Mr. Zhao received a bachelor’s degree in radio and electronics from Peking University in 1992.
Mr. Shawn Zhong has served as our Chief Technology Officer since September 2022, and Chief Scientist since January 2018. Mr. Zhong previously served as the chief executive officer of Hisense Microchip Company, a Hisense Group company, from January 2015 to December 2017, and as its chief technology officer from July 2012 to January 2015. Mr. Zhong was vice president of technology at Huaya Microelectronics (which was acquired by Hisense) from August 2009 to July 2012, and before Huaya, Mr. Zhong held several technical roles at Broadcom Inc. from 1999 to 2009, where he designed algorithms and architectures for many generations of Broadcom chips for advanced video processing. Prior to Broadcom, he was a senior design engineer at LSI Corporation from 1997 to 1999 where he was responsible for developing digital video processing algorithms. Mr. Zhong holds more than 100 technology patents, of which more than 60 technology patents are in the United States. He was a key member of International Organization for Standardization (ISO)’s MPEG/JVT team, INCITS and IEEE, and has published more than 30 papers in the field of video processing and computer vision. Mr. Zhong received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and PhD in applied mathematics from Peking University and was a post-doctorate research associate at the University of Maryland, College Park from 1996 to 1997.
Mr. Qin Liu has served as our director since December 2014. Mr. Liu co-founded 5Y Capital (formerly known as Morningside Venture Capital) in June 2007. Before co-founding 5Y Capital, Mr. Liu served in various roles, including as business development director for investment at Morningside IT Management Services (Shanghai) Co., Ltd., from July 2000 to November 2008. Mr. Liu has served as a director of Xiaomi Corporation (HKEx Stock Code: 1810) since May 2010. Mr. Liu has also served as a director of JOYY, Inc. (NASDAQ ticker: YY) since June 2008. Mr. Liu has also served as a nonexecutive director of XPeng Inc. (NYSE ticker: XPEV, HKEx, Stock Code: 9868) since September 2019. Mr. Liu previously served as a director of Xunlei Limited (NASDAQ ticker: XNET) from September 2005 to April 2020. Mr. Liu received a bachelor’s degree in industrial electrical automation from the University of Science and Technology Beijing in July 1993, and a master’s degree in business administration from China Europe International Business School in April 2000.
Mr. Eric He has served as our director since June 2020. Mr. He has also served as an independent director and audit committee chairman of Bilibili (Nasdaq: BILI) since March 2018. He has also served as an independent director of 51job (Nasdaq: JOBS) since July 2014. From 2004 to 2017, Mr. He had successfully led three Chinese internet IPOs in Nasdaq and NYSE. Mr. He had served as chief financial officer of JOYY Inc. (Nasdaq: YY) from August 2011 to April 2017. He had served as chief financial officer of Giant Interactive Group, Inc. from March 2007 to August 2011. He was elected as the outstanding CFO in 2007 in China by CFO Magazine. He had served as chief strategy officer of Ninetowns Internet Technology Group from March 2004 to March 2007. Prior to his China endeavor, Mr. He had gained and accumulated 18-year financial and capital markets experience in the US and in Taiwan working for world renowned organizations, such as, Fidelity Research & Management, Merrill Lynch and AIGIC, etc. Mr. He received a MBA degree from Warton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. He is a Certified Public Accountant and Chartered Financial Analyst in the United States.
Mr. Steve Zhang has served as our director since December 2022. Mr. Zhang has over 30 years of experience in the global information technology industry. Mr. Zhang served as Chief Executive Officer of 21Vianet Group, Inc., a leading carrier-neutral internet data center provider listed on the Nasdaq Stock Market, from October 2015 to June 2018. Mr. Zhang previously served in various senior level positions at AsiaInfo Technologies Limited, a leading provider of IT solutions and services in the telecommunications industry, from 1999 to 2014, with his last position being President and CEO from 2005. Prior to AsiaInfo, Mr. Zhang worked for ten years in various IT companies in Silicon Valley, including Sun Microsystems and Hyperion Solutions. Mr. Zhang received his master's degree in computer science from Rice University, his doctorate's degree in information science from the University of Pisa, and his bachelor's degree in science from Tsinghua University.