Alipay, Ant Financial's mobile payments product, is the world's largest mobile payment platform since 2013. With almost a billion users in 10+ countries, Ant Financial's fintech technology is set to bring about financial inclusion to 2 billion+ underserved communities around the world.
I source deals in Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, Security, Internet of Things (IoT) and Computing.
I am also spearheading our network in Israel, Silicon Valley and New York helping bridge the gap between the Alibaba Ecosystem and technology startups outside China.
Prior to being in Venture Capital and Investment Banking, I worked in software and product development in startups, academia, and consulting across a variety of industries, including fintech, digital identity, mobile payments, wireless systems, chipsets, healthcare, biometrics and security, and government & civic technology.
I was an early member at EyeVerify, where we commercialized a software-only, biometric method for verifying the identity of mobile users called 'Eyeprints', which is based on the unique vein patterns in the whites of your eyes, and has fingerprint-level accuracy. I wore several hats at EyeVerify, from software architecture and development, to program, project and product management. After EyeVerify's acquisition by Ant Financial, I was part of the original team at ZOLOZ, where we provided digital identity and mobile authentication services across Ant Financial's portfolio of mobile wallets in Asia. At ZOLOZ, I led our efforts to globalize our technology and products across several key overseas markets in Asia.
I draw a lot from my experience having started several other companies, including Galleon Labs, Laplacian, Dr. Peet's Software and TalentHelix. Some were more successful than others.
Technically, my home base is Kansas City, although I am on flights a lot. I am lucky to have lived and worked extensively in Silicon Valley, New York, China, India, Israel, Europe and a bunch of South East Asian countries (Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, Malaysia, South Korea, and others) over the past decade.
My background is in Computer Science, and my general interests lie in Machine Learning, Computer Vision/Image Processing, high-frequency/low-latency Distributed Systems, Data Science, Applied Statistics, functional programming (especially Haskell) and lately, Blockchain Technologies. I'm very passionate about applications of technology to foster financial inclusion for the 2 billion people in the world that do not have an account at a formal financial institution.
I am a recipient of the White House Champion of Change by President Barack Obama, and have been named the 2013 Technologist of the Year by Silicon Prairie News, and have been featured on Ingram's magazine in the 2014 20 in their 20s. I've delivered keynotes at several conferences worldwide, including Money 20/20 Europe, Identiverse (formerly Cloud Identity Summit), KNOW Identity Conference, Distributed, among others. I went to school at the University of Missouri-Kansas City where I studied Computer Science, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and Mathematics.
Please feel free to get in touch - I'm always looking to meet interesting people and helping out when I can. Please note that I am hesitant to sign Non-Disclosure agreements in most contexts - I find that a gentleman's NDA is usually sufficient for early discussions.
My Chinese Teacher at The Confucius Institute at The University of Kansas gave me a Chinese name: 段力德 (Duàn LìDé). That was shortened when I joined the Alibaba Group into 段誉 (Duàn yù).