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WIM Salon | Auto | Guest Speakers - The Transportation and Mobility Revolution in China
WIM Salon | Auto | Guest Speakers - The Transportation and Mobility Revolution in China
Dare to Innovate - WIM Salon x Beijing 2019 | Image credit: EqualOcean
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Didi Chuxing Didi Chuxing

The topic of autonomous driving, robotaxis, shared mobility solutions, e-mobility, and the future of the auto industry in China raises so many questions for stakeholders. Register here for WIM’s next Salon, we will thoroughly examine the pressing questions that stakeholders are raising in the current automotive startup and VC scene. Questions like:

What is the current progress of robotaxi testing and development? 

How far away are we from autonomous driving commercialization? 

What are the risks and opportunities that investors and shareholders should be aware of? 

Is the current market in China ready to adopt the future autonomous driving ecosystem?

…plus so many more will be explored at this event.

WIM’s Auto Salon will be hosting a panel of distinguished guest speakers, all with abundant experience working with the automotive and/or AI industry, to explore their views on these questions with the rest of our WIM attendees.


About our guests

Shi Tuo | Co-founder of Zvision

Mr. Shi Tuo co-founded the Beijing-based company Zvision in 2017 and is now the CEO and General Manager. Zvision focuses on solid state LIDAR product and technology development.

He has over 10 years of R&D experience in optical communication chips and silicon photonics industry. Before founding Zvision, Mr. Shi Tuo served as manager at Silicon Photonic Integration Department, and led the development of Silicon Photonic Integration technology. Successfully developed the World leading 100G/400G fully integrated coherent receiver and 25G Ge/Si APD other chips products.

In 2002 Mr. Shi Tuo won the first prize in the final of the national physics contest for middle school students. In 2003, He was recommended to the fundamental science class at Tsinghua University. In 2013, He received a Doctoral Degree in Physical Electronics. Mr. Shi Tuo has more than 20 integrated optoelectronic and LIDAR design patents in the United States.

Xia Zhijin | General partner of Vertex Ventures

Xia Zhijin joined Vertex Ventures China in 2010 which focuses on investing in early-stage AI, advanced manufacturing and online education startups. As early as 2014, Xia identified deep learning technology as a promising invention that will significantly transform industries and our lives.

Since then, Zhijin started investing in AI technology companies, such as Master Learner (online education), Horizon Robotics (AI chips) and Geek+ (logistics automation). His portfolio companies have since become leaders in their respective industries. He also made successful investments in the Mobile Internet sector, including 91 Wireless, the largest mobile APP distribution platform that was acquired by Baidu for US$1.9B in 2013.

Prior to joining Vertex Ventures, he spent over three years doing research at Technicolor, a technology and media company based in Reno France and Hollywood, where he specialized in video coding and crowd simulation. Xia Zhijin obtained his Master’s degree and Bachelor’s degree in Electronic Engineering from Tsinghua University.

Sebastian Chrobok | Co-founder of Evoke Electric Motorcycles

Born in Poland, Sebastian is the co-founder of Evoke Electric Motorcycles and has been a gearhead fixing engines since a young age. He also has experience working in Asia in brand development, education and on other personal projects. Sebastian is a visionary and entrepreneur at heart with a knack for market demand and future opportunities.

Feng Linyan | Senior analyst at EqualOcean

Feng Linyan is a senior analyst at EqualOcean and is the host of this panel. Ms. Feng covers the Automotive, Logistics and Enterprise tech innovations in China and has published two reports, one on the ride-hailing firm DiDi Chuxing and the other on China's current 2B ecosystem.

She has previous experience working at a Big 4 accounting firm and a fund of funds firm and joined EqualOcean in September 2018. Linyan is an alumni of Renmin University of China, with a B.S. in Economics. 


Represented companies:

ZVISION

ZVISION is a tech company that focuses on LiDAR technology, which is a key piece of technology for the realization of autonomous driving.

ZVISION was founded in 2017 by four excellent Tsinghua alumni and is based in Beijing. Most of the full-time employees conduct R&D on HW, SW, Mechanics, Optics, Algorithms, QA, NPI, IC design, Optoelectronics.

Evoke Motorcycles

Evoke Electric Motorcycles design, manufacture and leads development in smart mobility and its applications with safer, faster charging and environmentally friendly power train.

Through purpose built technologies and always on, always connected systems, Evoke achieves the perfect balance between hardware and software by integrating fully into Evoke's proprietary battery and powertrain systems offering the rider excitement, safety and comfort.

By simplifying the riding mechanics and integrating smart technology, Evoke have greatly reduced the rider’s learning curve while eliminating expensive maintenance costs and dependencies on fossil fuel. Evoke are unlocking the electric lifestyle through a stylish brand, beautiful riding machines, simplified riding experience and vastly enhanced safety.

Vertex Capital (祥峰投资)

Vertex Ventures is a global network of venture capital funds. The operator-investors manage portfolios in China, the U.S., Israel, India and Southeast Asia. The firm is a trusted partner to some of the world’s most innovative entrepreneurs, supporting them with unmatched operating experience and deep access to the capital, talent, partners and customers they need to build truly global businesses.
Vertex Ventures China, founded in 2008, has offices in Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen. It is currently managing both SGD and RMB funds, with assets under management of over $1 billion.

Vertex Ventures China invests in high-growth innovative start-ups across mainland China, covering the fields of hi-tech, consumer and Internet. It provides funding support and value-add services to portfolio companies in their growth stage and enjoys close relationships with China’s top decision makers, talent and influencers.
The founder, Tay Choon Chong, is featured in Forbes 2018 as “China’s TOP 100 Venture Capitalists”.


World Innovators Meet (WIM) 2019 will kick off the automotive salon on Sunday, November 24th, 2019. The WIM Salon will then end with a big year-end party on Dec. 22, 2019

Don’t miss out and be sure to scan the QR below for more information! 

Register for the event here! 

Enterprises Information

Didi Chuxing is a mobile transportation platform, offering a full range of commuting options to 400 cities in China.
CATEGORIES: Auto, AI
Last Funding Type
Strategic Investment
Number of Employees
5001-10000
Number of Funding Rounds
20
Total Funding Amount
21.85B
Pony develops artificial intelligence solutions in the field of robotics.
CATEGORIES: AI, Auto
Last Funding Type
pre-B
Number of Employees
50
Number of Funding Rounds
5
Total Funding Amount
274.00M
TuSimple is an innovative technology company that is devoted to the development and application of artificial intelligence and computer vision technologies.
CATEGORIES: AI
Last Funding Type
Series D
Number of Employees
101-250
Number of Funding Rounds
4
Total Funding Amount
83.10M
BYTON operates as an electric vehicle company that designs cars as a fully connected smart device on wheels.
CATEGORIES: Auto
Last Funding Type
Series B
Number of Employees
1001-5000
Number of Funding Rounds
3
Total Funding Amount
7.00M

Enterprises Information

Didi Chuxing
Didi Chuxing is a mobile transportation platform, offering a full range of commuting options to 400 cities in China.
CATEGORIES: Auto, AI
Last Funding Type
Strategic Investment
Number of Employees
5001-10000
Number of Funding Rounds
20
Total Funding Amount
21.85B
Pony.ai
Pony develops artificial intelligence solutions in the field of robotics.
CATEGORIES: AI, Auto
Last Funding Type
pre-B
Number of Employees
50
Number of Funding Rounds
5
Total Funding Amount
274.00M
TuSimple
TuSimple is an innovative technology company that is devoted to the development and application of artificial intelligence and computer vision technologies.
CATEGORIES: AI
Last Funding Type
Series D
Number of Employees
101-250
Number of Funding Rounds
4
Total Funding Amount
83.10M
BYTON
BYTON operates as an electric vehicle company that designs cars as a fully connected smart device on wheels.
CATEGORIES: Auto
Last Funding Type
Series B
Number of Employees
1001-5000
Number of Funding Rounds
3
Total Funding Amount
7.00M

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