Team STEEP!

Erica Liu, Founder

Erica Liu is an alumnus of McCombs’ Masters in Professional Accounting program at the University of Texas at Austin. After school, she received her CPA license and practiced as a business and international tax professional at Ernst and Young, advising early stage, mid and public companies in practical tax matters, business strategy, and international structure matters. Contemporaneous with her professional career, she also founded the Austin Chapter of Taiwanese American Professionals (TAP). She is also currently a liaison for Taiwan’s’ OCAC (Overseas Community Affairs Council) in Texas. After a couple of years working as a tax professional and serving on the TAP board, she realized that she really was a community organizer and entrepreneur at heart and sought to create a solution to help Taiwanese entrepreneurs succeed. She also sits on the board of Austin Asian Film Festival and acts as the organization’s treasurer. 

Jason Kuo, Principal

Jason Kuo is an alumni of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA and is a current MBA candidate and Center for Alternative Investments Fellow at Emory's Goizueta Business School in Atlanta, GA. Jason has extensive experience in technology consulting and product management and is a veteran of two high-growth healthcare technology startups. His career in product management has been focused around building and deploying transformational technology products at large healthcare systems all over the country. Before moving to Atlanta, Jason served as the President of the Washington, D.C. chapter of Taiwanese American Professionals (TAP). In 2017, he was recognized by the Technology Association of Georgia as Product Manager of the Year; Jason has also authored several industry white papers and has been featured in media outlets including Becker's Hospital Review. 

Henry Cheng, Operations

Henry was born and raised in Taiwan for 16 years until he came to the United States in 2006. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor degree in business administration. Looking back at his work history, Henry enjoys doing business with people from different countries while using his language skill as a bridge to connect them. His career goal is to help brands get known, get clients, and be compelling. In his spare time, Henry likes to read, write, take photos, travel, and explore cities.  

Advisors

Chieh-Ting Yeh

Chieh-Ting Yeh grew up in Taiwan and New York, and graduated with a BA in Chemistry and a JD from Harvard Law School. He was a ITASA National Board member and the Co-President of the Harvard Asia Law Society. He has worked in strategy planning at the DPP, London's Demos think tank, and the Third Society Party. He was an associate attorney with the law firms Sullivan & Cromwell and Morrison Foerster, working on corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions. He is the co-founder of Ketagalan Media, a media platform creating a new global brand for contemporary Taiwan. He also co-founded the Global Taiwan Institute and serves as its Vice Chairman. He has written for Foreign Policy, Apple Daily, Commonwealth Magazine and British fashion magazine Glass. He is fluent in Taiwanese, Chinese, Japanese and English, and is currently based in Silicon Valley.

Shao-Hua Wu

Shao-Hua Wu is a Co-Founder and CEO of n3xt con, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization focusing on connecting young professionals and entrepreneurs with mentors and sponsors. He was a Co-Founder and Product Lead of Papacode. He was a Project Manager of Denward Clothing LLC. He was involved in professional community service with several different organizations; he served as Vice President of Chiao Tung University Alumni Association – Southern California, Board of Director of Taiwanese American Junior Chamber of Commerce – Los Angeles, Technology Chair of Taiwanese American Professionals – Los Angeles, and Board Member of Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrophysics from National Chiao Tung University, Ming Hsieh Honorary Master’s Degree and PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Southern California.

Charles Huang

Charles has been entertaining people for over 18 years. He co-founded RedOctane and co-created Guitar Hero, the fastest video game franchise to reach $1B in sales and exceeded $5B of total revenue. In 2006, Huang, along with his brother Kai, was elected as one of the top 50 producers in New Media by the Producers Guild of America New Media Council.‚Äč Charles is the founder of Indigo 7 and advises numerous technology startups.  When he is not building games or hardware, Charles serves on the University of California at Berkeley Foundation Board of Trustees, where he got his degree in Asian Studies.  Charles launched the Huang Scholars Program, a two summer program which sends students to study language and intern in Greater China. Charles was born in Taiwan the same year his wife, Lillian, was born in Shanghai. They are the proud parents of two daughters, Kaylan and Charley.

 

 

Marty Bauer

Marty has experience as a founder, funder, and operator of software companies. He has experience growing software companies and running Corporate Development for global organizations as an early stage investor having run one of the top early stage accelerator programs in the US and an early stage seed fund. He currently is the Director of Business Development at BitBounce, a blockchain powered email spam solution. Prior to his current role, he was the Director of Corporate Development for GAN, a global network of accelerators, corporates and investors helping entrepreneurs to create and grow wherever they call home. He is based in the San Francisco Bay Area. 

 

 

Ho Chie Tsai

Ho Chie Tsai is the founder of TaiwaneseAmerican.org , a non-profit organization and website dedicated to connecting and highlighting the new generation of Taiwanese Americans. He has spent most of his life working to build organizations and networks that serve the Asian and Taiwanese American communities. His personal mission is to inspire young people to discover their values and passions so that they can make a positive impact in this world. He is currently a board member of the Taiwanese American Foundation and a founder of Taiwanese American Professionals in San Francisco. He was involved with the Intercollegiate Taiwanese American Students Association since its formation in the early 1990's and remains a frequent speaker for their regional conferences. Professionally, Ho Chie is a Board-certified pediatrician on staff at the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital.

Dave Lu

Dave Lu has worked in tech for nearly two decades in product and marketing roles at large companies including Yahoo!, Sony eBay, and Apple as well as at startups like Pure Digital (acquired by Cisco) and Luxe. He is currently the Co-founder and President of Pared, a venture-backed startup in the restaurant industry. Previously, he was the co-founder and CEO of the entertainment site Fanpop. Growing up in New Jersey, Dave attended TAC camps and ITASA in college as well as working in Taiwan for a summer internship and with Yahoo!. Dave is passionate about serving Taiwan and started TaiwanX with Steve Chen, co-founder of YouTube, with the mission to help bolster the startup ecosystem there. He graduated with his bachelor's degree in Finance from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania (where he was the treasurer of the Penn Taiwanese Society) and his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Gordon Liao

A south-side native Chicago, Gordon is an entrepreneur, investor, and performer.  He is currently a co-founder and Partner of several investment firms and private companies.  He is also the past President of the Goodman Theater's Auxiliary Board, Founding Board Member of AAAIM, the Association of Asian American Investment Managers and sits on several private company boards.  Prior to his entrepreneurial activities, Gordon was a Principal with private equity funds Baird Capital and Reliant Equity Investors. Gordon received his MBA from Harvard Business School where he was a Toigo Fellow and the Founder of the Asian American Business Association, and his BS from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, where he graduated with Highest Honors and as a recipient of the Bronze Tablet. Gordon's core mission in life is focused on lifting up underserved communities, through economic wealth creation and the enhancement of self-esteem through the performing arts. Gordon is also a published poet, produced playwright, spoken word artist and wedding singer.

Jocelyn Ho

Jocelyn Ho is an associate in the corporate practice of Krevolin & Horst, a law firm in Atlanta, Georgia.  Jocelyn devotes her practice to representing growth companies seeking venture capital investment, venture capital and private equity funds, buyers and sellers of businesses, and licensors and licensees of technology and software.

Jocelyn graduated with a master’s degree in finance from Trinity College Dublin and a bachelor’s degree in music performance from the University of Florida.  A true Gator at heart, she subsequently returned to earn a law degree at the University of Florida.  After graduating from law school, Jocelyn worked at a full-service business law firm located in Jacksonville, Florida in both the litigation and corporate departments and then went on to serve as a Staff Attorney at the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta.  After moving to Atlanta, Jocelyn served as the Cultural Chair of the Atlanta Chapter of Taiwanese American Professionals (TAP).