Today, let us introduce to you the first ‘block’ of YellowBlocks – Our advisors!
They are experts with decades of experience in startup ecosystems from all over the world, captivated by the growth of Vietnam and ready to help accelerate that growth. We’re incredibly fortunate to be their trusted platform to make things happen.
Mr. David Lang, Digital Transformation Consultant – Fortune 100 companies
David is an entrepreneurial and innovative executive with more than 30 years of technology, business development, and marketing experience for B2B and B2C businesses. He sold his first Foxpro software product at 22, a SONET hardware product at 25, and an IT consulting company at 30. He is a frequent speaker on the speed of innovation, technology disruption, digital transformation, e-Commerce, Data Center & Cloud, IaaS/SaaS/PaaS, Agile transformation, and Blockchain. He has been providing thought leadership and creative insights to help identify, clarify and resolve complex issues critical to clients’ strategic success.
He views himself as a “bridge” between business and technology. He sold the first Foxpro software product at 22, a SONET hardware product at 25, and an IT consulting company at 30. For the past 12+ years, he has served as a trusted advisor to startups and Fortune 100 companies. He provides expert digital transformation consulting (develop new business models, enterprise business agility, SCRUM Agile, operations & services excellence, Omni marketing platform, HR transformation, and ‘ABCD’ technology transformation. In addition, he provides creative insight to identify, clarify and resolve complex issues critical to clients’ strategic success. As CTO/CPO, he has delivered award-winning E-Commerce ecosystems, scalable Web and Mobile product, BigData & Analytics platform, and enterprise software products. Lastly, David has designed and managed global data centers and AWS/Azure Cloud infrastructure for Fortune 100 companies.
His clients are AT&T, DIRECTV, Toyota, Cisco, Facebook, IBM, JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, WellsFargo, HP, Sanofi, GlaxoSmithKline, Deloitte Digital, Adobe, JetBlue Airline, American Airline, Alibaba, Google, eBay, Walmart, PayPal… just to name a few.
Mr. Tony Wheeler, Founder & CEO – ImagineX Ventures
Tony is an experienced business owner, advisor, mentor, consultant and tech entrepreneur.
As a consultant and advisor, Tony has over 25 years direct business ownership and advisory experience, combining a background in Engineering with business strategy and culture. Tony works with Boards and executives of national and multi-national corporations, government, universities and startups on emergent strategy, culture, leadership, and building collaborative ecosystems to support technical and social innovation and entrepreneurialism.
As founder and CEO of ImagineX Ventures, Chair for VOICE Group Vietnam, and EIR and Ambassador for Startup Vietnam Foundation, Tony is active in building and developing international open innovation ecosystems.
Mr. Tom Sweeney, Managing Partner & CEO – Jun Capital Partners
Tom Sweeney is the Managing Partner & CEO of Jun Capital Partners, an investment advisory firm with partners in California, Tel Aviv, Japan, Paris, Shanghai and southeast Asia (www.juncapital.io). Tom has over 25 years experience with evaluating emerging technologies, international technology investing, fund management and advising on international corporate strategy.
Tom was previously partner for multiple Dubai-based VC funds. While in Dubai, he concurrently worked with the Saudi Basic Industries Corporation to establish SABIC Ventures, its global corporate VC arm in Europe, the U.S. and China; and served as a special investment advisor to KACST (Saudi Arabia’s National Science Foundation).
In 2011, Tom led the international legal and tax team that submitted a comprehensive report to the government of Saudi Arabia on reforming its legal and taxation systems as they relate to venture capital fund formation and regional, cross-border investing.
Tom previously served as Chairman of the VC & Intellectual Property Working Groups for the Strategic Innovation Program between the State of California and the Government of Canada.
Tom graduated as the Cadet Wing Commander from the Royal Military College of Canada with the Prime Minister’s Sword of Honour. He began his career as an F-18 fighter pilot, and represented Canada on various U.S. government intelligence agencies and NATO defence committees.
Mr. Blaz Golob, President – European Blockchain Hub
Blaž Golob is an entrepreneur and consultant. He runs SmartIScity Ltd company that invented digital platform branded as SmartCityPlatform – Power to the People.
He also provided contribution on long term priority setting of EU beyond 2020 for SFRI – Strategic Foresight for Research & Innovation of the European Union. He graduated at University of Ljubljana and specialized on European Law at Cambridge University. From 1996 he organised 15 forums on Future of Europe in Bled Slovenia, Ljubljana and in Brussels at the European Parliament. As an expert for EU affairs, digital transformation and governance he was a member of the European Commission EU Strategic Policy Forum on Digital Entrepreneurship and SFRI Strategic Foresight for Research & Innovation of the EU (2014 – 2016).
As a founding director of a public-private partnership education & training institution CeGD Center for eGovernance Development for South East Europe inaugurated by Bill Gates and Angela Merkel at Berlin leadership forum during the Slovenian EU Presidency in 2008. Together with his team he invented CeGD unique eGovernance model of 7 ePillars that was shared by 350 top experts/partners worldwide. CeGD influenced information society development in 87 different countries with the inclusion of 3.000 customers/partners. CeGD accomplished its mission in September 2014.
Mr. Pham Duy Hieu, Founder / Vice President – Startup Vietnam Foundation
Pham Duy Hieu has more than 18 years experience knowledge in banking and finance. He has taken senior management and consulting positions in Vietcombank, VietABank, ABBANK, Vincom Securities Company, VNDirect Securities Company, fund management companies including Sabeco Fund Management and IPA Investment.
In 2014, he was awarded the Outstanding Vietnamese Young Businessman Prize. He has joined many training courses in Vietnam and overseas such as Landmark Course, Bullet Proof Manager Crestcom).
His management and working philosophy emphasizes that people development is the foundation of the success of all organizations. In all management positions in corporation, he has always devoted to the training and education activities.
Mr. Sooyun Kim, Founder & MD – North Head Capital
SooYun Kim is experienced commercial and investment banking veteran and global strategy professional with over 25 years of cross-functional expertise. SooYun worked at eight (8) international and global companies as C-level senior management member overseeing highly diversified and talented multinational team and worked and lived in six Asian countries (Thailand, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Vietnam and Korea….)
a) Business development: International M&A, Joint venture; He has helped to set up 4 international JV for KDB group in Thailand, Vietnam, Nepal, and China in 1990s and helped to set up and trained capital market group for GE Capital China.
b) Global Strategy: While working at General Electric and Korea Development Bank group and numerous international JV and subsidiaries, he, as senior management member heading corporate development or strategy, drafted and set up global strategy for the businesses.
c) Corporate Finance: capital markets (funding), project finance and syndication; fund-raised more than $2 billion for over 200 deals Noted for ability to provide creative solutions and develop growth and turnaround strategy for businesses.
His academic qualifications include an MBA from the Helsinki School of Economics with distinction and a B.A. in Japanese literature from Korea University. He also studied at Tsinghua University in Beijing and Kyorin University in Tokyo.
Mr. Mark Kalin, Head of Innovation Office – BTC
BTC is a leading player in the field of smart solutions in Europe, converting BTC City into a BITCOIN CITY – the first of its kind in the world to provide its visitors, consumers and business partners with an ecosystem that will develop and integrate advanced technologies based on state-of-the-art approaches (blockchain, AI, VR, AR, ML and the world of cryptocurrencies). In this way, BITCOIN City will create an open society which will enable users to pursue their missions as well as develop their business environments in line with their wishes, needs and operating policies.
Mark is the Chief Innovation and Digital Officer for BTC Bitcoin City Project in Slovenia with his extensive background in project management of complex technology projects.
Mark is skilled in Project Management, Planning and Developing Marketing Strategy, Digitalization, establishing Living Lab/Start-up ecosystem, as well as Innovation/Project Office. Strong focus on establishing innovative platforms as means to connect people and data.
He finished Missoury State University, Drury University and Faculty of Economics – University of Ljubljana with an MBA, M.Sc. in Project Management, M.Sc. in Health Promotion and Wellness Management, M.A. in International Business.
Mr. Christian Geissendoerfer, Founder & CEO – YOOSE
Christian is an entrepreneur who loves building businesses and leading teams across multiple countries. He is fluent in German, English, French and Spanish.
He is currently the founder and CEO of YOOSE, the leading experts in location-based advertising in Asia and Europe. Their location-based solutions help advertisers to precision-target audiences, drive footfall to businesses, influence consumers at key decision points, activate sales and build loyalty.
Christian has also founded the German Accelerator Southeast Asia, which is advising German startups to scale in the Asian markets. He is the President of Singapore Chapter of the Location-Based Marketing Association, the President of the Mobile Alliance Singapore and regularly speak about location-based advertising and mobile marketing at conferences across the world.
His specialties: Entrepreneurship | Startups | International Expansion | Southeast Asia | Location Based Advertising I Location Based Marketing I Mobile Marketing & Advertising I Location Based Services I Mobile Internet I Beacons I Mobile Retargeting
Established in 2018, YellowBlocks is the first emerging tech ecosystem connector and consulting firm for Vietnam and the world. We have more than 100 partners and 80 advisors globally, with an extended reach of 100,000+ audience in the tech/ startup space.