Advisory Board

Lotus Chen

Mr. Lotus Chen has over 30 years’ of experience in software product planning, development, technical marketing, business development and sales. Currently, CTO of ASUS Computer, he leads the mobile and cloud software development efforts. He has wide experience in the software transition phases from DEC computers, Apple II, MS-DOS, MS-Windows, Internet, Embedded system design, Windows Mobile, Android, and the move toward Big Data and Cloud computing. Mr. Lotus founded Ulead Systems in1989, lead the team to develop the first true color photo imaging processing software PhotoStyler under Windows platform in early 90’. He lead the team and the efforts to develop the early day of Internet imaging tools including Smart JPEG Saver and GIF Animator. He founded the IA Style, Inc. in the year 2000 to focus on Internet and mobile application software development. IA Style was acquired by HTC in late 2003. He remained at HTC for 9 years after the acquisition, where he lead a team close to 2,000 software engineers to develop the full software stack from BSP, framework, and the holistic HTC Sense – the first fully customized Android user experience, power HTC phone. Mr. Chen worked with Google to develop the first few Android phones include the HTC Dream and Sapphire. Currently, he is the architect of the software initiatives to deliver the user experience for ASUS mobile phone, tablet, smart watch, and IoT products. Mr. Chen has extensive experience in developing multimedia authoring tools, telephony, Internet, Big Data and Cloud computing.


Wen Chen

Wen Chen is a world renowned expert in the areas of digital image and video coding. His accomplishments include the invention of several ground breaking algorithms, such as the Slant Transform for image coding, the fast computational algorithm and convolution theorem for the Discrete Cosine Transform, the Combined Symbol Matching for facsimile coding, and the Scene Adaptive Coding for photo and video coding. The inventions are the cornerstone for nearly all the standards’ based photo and video products in the world ranging from digital camera, videophone, video conferencing system, digital broadcast TV, to digital HDTV. Dr. Chen who is a retired Cisco Fellow in Video Technology, and is the founder of Compression Labs, Inc., co-founded V-Bits and was the Director and CTO of Komodo Technology. Dr. Chen is an IEEE Fellow, a member of Hall of Fame of International Multimedia Telecommunication Consortium, inventor of over 70 US patents and author of more than 100 technical publications. Many of his inventions have been adopted by international standards such as H.26x, JPEG and MPEG. Dr. Chen received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California.


Bernd Girod
Bernd Girod is the Robert L. and Audrey S. Hancock Professor of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University, California. Until 1999, he was a Professor in the Electrical Engineering Department of the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. His research interests are in the area of image, video, and multimedia systems. He has published over 500 conference and journal papers and 6 books, receiving the EURASIP Signal Processing Best Paper Award in 2002, the IEEE Multimedia Communication Best Paper Award in 2007, the EURASIP Image Communication Best Paper Award in 2008, the EURASIP Signal Processing Most Cited Paper Award in 2008, as well as the EURASIP Technical Achievement Award in 2004 and the Technical Achievement Award of the IEEE Signal Processing Society in 2011. As an entrepreneur, Professor Girod has been involved in several startup ventures, among them Polycom, Vivo Software, 8×8, and RealNetworks. He received an Engineering Doctorate from University of Hannover, Germany, and an M.S. Degree from Georgia Institute of Technology.

Prof. Girod is a Fellow of the IEEE, a EURASIP Fellow, a member of the German National Academy of Sciences (Leopoldina), and a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He currently serves Stanford’s School of Engineering as Senior Associate Dean for Online Learning and Professional Development.


Dave Holt
Dave Holt (2)Dave Holt is a serial entrepreneur and seasoned corporate executive. He has served as a C-level executive in both established and start-up companies for much of the past 20 years. He was the founding member of two pioneering organizations advancing system architecture and multimedia, and brings strong business, management, and technical experience in his role as Adviser.

In his career, Mr. Holt has served as an Executive Producer at the Walt Disney Company, President and CEO of Lightspeed Logic, VP & GM at ATI, and Founder, VP Engineering, & President of Chromatic Research; Mr. Holt has also held various executive management positions at Genetic Networks, Comparative Biosciences, Amiato, Hive7, SHOgraphics, and Convex Computer Corporation. Mr. Holt earned a BSEE from the University of Missouri and an Executive MBA from Southern Methodist University.


Kay Johansson
For more than 20 years, Stone Valley Partners(SVP) founding partner Kay Johansson has been recognized as an innovator and leader in audio-video technology and digital convergence. Johansson’s outstanding achievements in technology span the Internet of Things, M2M, cloud based services and distributed systems. During his career, he has worked closely with Fortune 500 customers including Apple, Microsoft, Ericsson, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, AT&T, Deutsche Telekom, HP, Cisco, Samsung, Disney, ABC, and the BBC. His technical innovations have collectively impacted hundreds of millions of consumers and professionals worldwide.

Before co-founding SVP, Johansson was chief technology officer at MobiTV where for nearly seven years he oversaw all technology and product strategy, including the development and deployment of the company’s multi-screen cloud-based Connected Media Platform. During his tenure, MobiTV’s mobile video products and services consistently achieved top industry ratings in independent reviews, winning exceptional recognition including a string of prestigious technical awards. Johansson was also the driving force behind MobiTV’s DRM offering, its hybrid approach to mobile DTV, and its trailblazing vision for multi-screen TV everywhere delivery.

Previously, Johansson was the CTO of Popwire, a former Ericsson company that specialized in video and audio processing for distribution to mobile phones, over the Internet to PCs or directly to TVs. While there, he directed research and development as well as product strategy in the lead up to the company’s acquisition by Teleca AB (now Teleca Symphony). Popwire became the foundation for Teleca’s product division where Johansson’s role was transitioned to that of CTO overseeing R&D and product management.

Johansson is the inventor or co-inventor of more than 25 approved, published and pending patents with a specific emphasis on streaming and bandwidth adaptation techniques over wireless networks, and media delivery solutions from server to handset. He regularly contributes to several industry standards bodies, as well as serving as a frequent speaker at conferences and forums.
Bill Unger
After graduating from the University of Illinois at Chicago, Bill began his career as a Special Education teacher, then worked in Community Mental Health programs before becoming an Executive Recruiter and then co-founding his own firm. He joined Mayfield Fund in 1983. He served in leadership positions on many corporate and not-for-profit boards – and continues to advise early stage technology companies.

He is currently on the board of, and advises a number of privately held technology companies, including VisualOn®. Representative investments include Sandisk (SNDK), Silicon Architects (acquired by Synopsys (SNPS), Calico Commerce (acquired by Oracle(ORCL), Newport Communications (acquired by Broadcom (BRCM), Stream Machine (acquired by Cirrus Logic (CRUS), Simplex Solutions (acquired by Cadence (CDN), Excess Bandwidth Corporation (acquired by Virata (VRTA), Verplex Design Systems (acquired by Cadence (CDN), Nextest (acquired by Teradyne (TER), Sabio Labs (acquired by Magma (LAVA) and Berkeley Design Automation (acquired by Mentor Graphics (MENT).

Bill’s current philanthropic activities include: Board member of CARE USA, CARE Enterprises LLC, Microvest, D-Rev, and the Wildlife Conservation Network, and he serves on the Deans’ Advisory Board of the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Other organizations he has served include: past board chair of the Career Action Center, YouthNoise, and former Vice Chair of the Anita Borg Institute. He was an advisor to the Dean of Engineering of University of California at Berkeley, a member of The Philanthropy Workshop and Legacy Ventures, and is an active supporter of Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2).