ABOUT US

PARTIAL LIST OF OUR PARTNERS

CORE TEAM

Matilda Ho

Managing Director

Joseph Zhou

Managing Partner

Daniel Hsu

VP, Partnerships & Corporate Innovation

Winnie Leung

VP, Communications

Dee Zheng

Principal

Cathy Jin, Ph.D.

Associate

Kun Wang

CPG Portfolio Growth Lead

Lawrence Wu

Program Manager

Kathy Wang

Analyst

Lilly Wei

Administration Supervisor

SENIOR ADVISORS

Charles Hayes

Executive Managing Director, Asia, IDEO

David Barber

Founder, Almanac Insights
Co-Founder and Owner, Blue Hill

Wilfred Feng

Senior Counsel, Dentons

Sara Roversi

Founder, You Can Group

TC Tan

Vice President, Food & Beverages Business Operations, APAC-MEA, Novozymes

Rob Hulme

Head of Asia, Beanstalk Agtech

OUR COLLABORATOR

OUR PARTNERS

Matilda Ho

Managing Director

Matilda is founder and managing director of Bits x Bites, China’s pioneer food tech venture capital investing in startups tackling global food system challenges.

A serial food entrepreneur and investor, she is an emerging voice in food sustainability and entrepreneurship. Before Bits x Bites, she founded Yimishiji, China's first online farmers market and farm-to-table e-commerce platform that has engineered food education and transparency into the entire supply chain and customer experience.

Her earlier career includes leadership roles at IDEO and BCG (The Boston Consulting Group) in Shanghai and Washington DC. She holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. She currently serves as an advisor on the board of Shinho, one of China’s largest premium organic condiment companies.

Joseph Zhou

Managing Partner

Joseph is managing partner at Bits x Bites, responsible for investment, portfolio management, and operation.

He brings 12 years of experience across corporate banking, investment banking, and private equity, having raised more than US$120 million for his portfolio companies in the primary market.

His decision to enter the food sector was driven by one clear motivation: To fight for the future of good food so that his young son grows up with plenty of safe and nutritious food options.

Prior to Bits x Bites, Joseph and two other partners ran Fusi Capital where they self-raised US$50 million to invest in China’s international education sector.

Joseph has an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth Business School. He is a passionate weekend golfer and a pianist.

Daniel Hsu

VP, Partnerships & Corporate Innovation

Daniel serves as VP, Partnerships & Corporate Innovation at Bits x Bites, where he connects global corporations and innovative startups to build a better food future.

Daniel has worked in giant companies like Walmart as well as scrappy startups like D.light, in both China and around the world. He frequently mentors, writes, and speaks on China, tech, corporate venturing, and various other topics. He uses his broad range of experiences to bridge gaps between startups, corporates, and investors.

Daniel holds an MBA from MIT Sloan and an MPA/ID from Harvard Kennedy School. In his spare time, he can be found crashing random demo days, drinking hot chocolate instead of coffee, and worrying about his daughters' future.

Winnie Leung

VP, Communications

Winnie is VP, Communications. She shapes the PR and thought leadership program at Bits x Bites, with the goal to inspire and support startups in solving food system challenges.

She also serves as a communications lead at Green Initiatives, a Shanghai-based environmental group, where she chairs speaking panels and authors articles to raise the community’s understanding of small-scale farming and the impact of food consumption and waste.

Before becoming a voice in the good food movement, she spent 10 years working in audio technology in the San Francisco Bay Area. With a mission to connect music fans to what they hear, she followed tours like Metallica, Michael Buble, and Ed Sheeran, putting a spotlight on technical applications and audio engineers’ work behind the scenes.

She is a first-timer in balcony composting, and treats her home-grown tomato, chili pepper, okra, and rosemary plants as her pets.

Connect with Winnie on Twitter: @winnieleung1010

Dee Zheng

Principal

Dee is Principal at Bits x Bites, where she leads investment sourcing and due diligence. She covers food tech startups along the supply chain, from farming to production to distribution to consumer goods and services.

Dee was formerly operations manager at Bits x Bites. Before joining the company, she was project manager at Leping Social Entrepreneur Foundation, working with the CEO to advance the B Corp movement in China. Prior to that, she was a corporate social responsibility consultant helping corporations like Alibaba, Ant Finance, and Baidu to apply business as a force for good.

Dee graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Fudan University in Shanghai.

Cathy Jin, Ph.D.

Associate

Cathy Jin is Associate at Bits x Bites. She focuses on life science investments, targeting technology that can address big issues in food, nutrition, and agriculture.

Cathy brings a decade of research experience in biotechnology and polymer chemistry. Throughout her career, she has been actively translating cutting-edge research into practice. Before Bits x Bites, as a research scientist at a bioscience startup, she developed novel technology for delivering nucleic acid with the goal to kill cancer by degrading mRNA. Before that, she led research partnership development at a startup working to treat skin diseases using stem cell technology.

Cathy received her Ph.D. in physical chemistry and biophysics from the University of California, Los Angeles. During her postdoctoral studies, she worked on a joint research program on cancer vaccine development with Boehringer Ingelheim, a leader in drug discovery in immunology and oncology. She has a bachelor’s degree in polymer science from Fudan University.

She enjoys being out in nature, especially if it involves hiking, backpacking, or rock climbing. It was her passion for building a better and more sustainable future that makes her focus on new ideas in food and agriculture technology.

Kun Wang

CPG Portfolio Growth Lead

Kun is CPG Portfolio Growth Lead at Bits x Bites. He brings extensive new product development experience to support food and beverage startups as they accelerate toward scale. He works with these companies on everything from design and cost structures to supply chain management and sales strategy.

Before joining Bits x Bites, Kun dedicated more than 10 years in innovation at large corporations. Most recently at ABinBev, he launched Budweiser Supreme, a beer line customized for Chinese consumers. He also launched Harbin Baipi (white beer), one of the first and best performers in China’s wheat beer category. Before that, he was at P&G leading its South Asia’s detergent reformulation initiatives, which led to a US$10 million cost reduction annually.

Kun graduated from Peking University, with a Bachelor of Science in chemistry. He enjoys reading and hiking and has 4 cats.

Lawrence Wu

Program Manager

Lawrence is Program Manager at Bits x Bites. He helps founding teams navigate thorny challenges as they build a business from zero to one, so that they can make the best of the program while having a bit of fun.

As an active angel investor with Angelvest Group and an occasional judge in startup events, Lawrence’s experience with seed-stage companies has given him first-hand insights into what it takes for entrepreneurs to succeed in China.

Lawrence was formerly a freelance designer, photographer, and producer. His portfolio includes videos co-created with Cannes Young Director Award winning directors duo Henry&Ssong as well various creative work for Hugo Boss, Bottega Veneta, and Nike, among others.

He has a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Design from the Rhode Island School of Design. He spends his free time taking cooking classes and discovering unique new restaurants in Shanghai. Holler at him on twitter: @lawrencewu5

Kathy Wang

Analyst

Kathy is Analyst at Bits x Bites. She assists in the selection and evaluation of food tech startups for potential investment. She also coordinates support for Bits x Bites portfolio companies as they work toward their next milestones.

Prior to Bits x Bites, Kathy was with PwC Management Consulting Shanghai, offering risk modeling solutions and compliance advice to a variety of financial institutions, including major commercial banks and consumer finance companies in China. She previously worked on research projects with Harvard Center Shanghai, where she assisted in extensive industry research and case development.

In her spare time, Kathy enjoys reading, cooking, or night runs. She was part of the inaugural graduating class at New York University Shanghai.

Lilly Wei

Administration Supervisor

Lilly is Administration Supervisor at Bits x Bites. She takes charge of the day-to-day logistic needs to make sure the team works smoothly. She also provides event support and vendor coordination for summits and meet-ups throughout the year.

Prior to Bits x Bites, Lilly worked in administration at a railway consultancy company after doing event sales in the hotel industry.

Lilly was born and raised in Beijing. She graduated from the University of Brighton, UK. In her spare time, Lilly enjoys reading psychology non-fictions and cooking Thai and Korean dishes at home.

Charles Hayes

Executive Managing Director, Asia, IDEO

Charles is Executive Managing Director, Asia and a Partner at IDEO. Based in Shanghai, he leads IDEO’s business in the region and works with clients to create value and growth through innovation. He acts as an advisor and strategic guide for client executive teams and focuses on helping them build strong consumer brands, tackle systemic challenges, and launch new ventures. His work has spanned industries including: food and beverage, retail, healthcare, education, hospitality and consumer goods.

In addition to working with clients, Charles helps amplify the impact of IDEO’s work by creating start-up and expert in-residence programs, building networks for collaboration, and developing new models for growth for IDEO in Asia. Recognised as an exceptional institutional intrapreneur, Charles has been selected by The Aspen Institute as a First Movers Fellow in the class of 2016.

Charles’s views are much sought-after, and he has been invited to write for the press and speak at international forums, corporate leadership events and academic institutions. In particular, he is interested in entrepreneurs and startups as a driving force for creating new economic and social value, how to cultivate creative leadership, the opportunities and challenges of Asian enterprises going global, and using human-centered design to tackle systemic challenges. Charles was recognized in 2014 in FastCompany China magazine as one of 100 Most Creative People in Business for his contribution to creativity, business and nurturing talent. In 2015, he was appointed as a Member of Coursera’s China Advisory Board.

Prior to joining IDEO, Charles worked for 15 years globally, mixing roles as a management consultant, an entrepreneur and a creative director. He has participated in the successful initial public offering of an internet start-up in New York, launched his own venture-funded wellbeing business in London, and built the interactive brand and marketing arm of a digital agency in Tokyo. Charles holds degrees from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, and Central Saint Martins College at the University of the Arts, London, where he was also an associate lecturer. During his studies, Charles was invited to participate in special programs at Cambridge University and London Business School.

In his spare time, he is an avid adventure motorcycle rider, including long-distance tours across Asia, North America, Africa and Europe. Charles also enjoys a good glass of wine after a long run with his Siberian Husky, Huli.

David Barber

Founder, Almanac Insights
Co-Founder and Owner, Blue Hill

David is co-owner of Blue Hill—a working farm, restaurant, and consulting company supporting agriculture that positively contributes to the world's food system. The 138-acre farm in Great Barrington, Massachusetts has been in the Barber family for four generations. Blue Hill restaurant has locations in Greenwich Village and Pocantico Hills, New York.

David is a founding partner of the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture in Westchester County. This unique nonprofit advances community and ecologically based food production-demonstrating alternative ways to farm and eat. Stone Barns Center works in association with Blue Hill’s second restaurant located on the campus.

Blue Hill (NYC) received the James Beard Outstanding Restaurant Award in 2013. Blue Hill at Stone Barns received the same honor in 2015 and was added to the San Pellegrino World 50 list.

David is an early stage investor in the food and hospitality space through Almanac Insights and advisor to S2G Ventures and Acre Investments. He serves on the Board of BlueCart Corp, and is a Trustee for Stone Barns Center, Caramoor Center for the Arts and the Collegiate School in New York City.
David is a founding partner and board member of the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture in Westchester County, New York. This unique nonprofit celebrates, teaches, and advances community and ecologically based food production—demonstrating alternative ways to farm and eat. David’s original role included design and management of the financial operating structure and all related capital expenses. Stone Barns Center works in association with Blue Hill’s second restaurant located on the campus.

Blue Hill (NYC) received the James Beard Outstanding Restaurant Award in 2013. Blue Hill at Stone Barns received the same honor in 2015 and was added to the San Pellegrino World 50 list.

David is an advisor to S2G Ventures and Acre Investments. He serves on the Board and Executive Committee of Stone Barns Center and as a member of the Board of Trustees for Connecticut College, the Jacob Burns Film Center and the Collegiate School in New York City.

Wilfred Feng

Senior Counsel, Dentons

Wilfred provides legal and technical assistance to clients on regulatory issues focusing on food and drug regulation and chemical control laws in Asia, including food additives, food labeling, food packaging, dietary supplements, drugs, medical devices, cosmetics, pesticides, bioengineered products, and industry and specialty chemicals.

Wilfred has extensive experience in regulatory affairs, having worked with government officials and industry groups in policy-making for the biotechnology industry, securing necessary approvals, product management and product development. Wilfred had served as the chair and spokesperson for a biotech industry association.

Before working for the industry, Wilfred was assistant professor at the Shanghai Academy of Agricultural Sciences, specialized in crop protection research.Wilfred has extensive experience in regulatory affairs, having worked with government officials and industry groups in policy-making for the biotechnology industry, securing necessary approvals, product management and product development. Wilfred had served as the chair and spokesperson for a biotech industry association.
Before working for the industry, Wilfred was assistant professor at the Shanghai Academy of Agricultural Sciences, specialized in crop protection research.

Sara Roversi

Founder, You Can Group

Sara Roversi, founder of You Can Group, an entrepreneurial ecosystem that, since 2003, has been fueling the creation of new startups mainly in the food and tech sectors as well as supporting business partners in innovation processes. Today the group counts more than 20 business unites with over 220 employees. In 2012 from You Can Group was born Future Food.

Future Food is an entire ecosystem that makes food innovation a key tool to tackle the great challenges of the future, connecting with the world while promoting the local territory, food rituals and food heroes. This comprehensive ecosystem centers around education, the Future Food Institute, through its precious global partnerships, the Food Innovation Program and the numerous international projects provide a true platform of positive cross-pollination and constant inspiration. The ecosystem is also an accelerator that supports companies in the sector and institutions on the paths towards open innovation, as well as nurturing communities of young entrepreneurs and scientists with 'disruptive' ideas through laboratories and the Future Farm project that is a real, working farm for startups in the Agtech sector.

Sara is the Executive Director of the Food Innovation Program, the international Master’s program that aims to inspire and shape a new generation of entrepreneurs and innovators in the global food chain. She is a member of the Italian delegation of the Young Entrepreneurs of Confindustria G20 YEA and member of the SME Development Taskforce B20 China.

She is board member of HIT [Hub Innovazione Trentino] and CAAB [Agri-Food Center of Bologna, which conceived the project FICO Eataly World.]

TC Tan

Vice President, Food & Beverages Business Operations, APAC-MEA, Novozymes

TC Tan joined Novozymes in 2015 as Technical Service Director (Asia Pacific). In 2016, he was
promoted to the Vice President of Food & Beverages Business Operations for Asia Pacific,
Middle East & Africa, with responsibility for sales, marketing, business development and
technical services, reporting to the EVP of F&B. TC is driven to develop and lead a world-class
commercial and technical service organization that serve regional customers and build new
business and innovation opportunities reflecting corporate growth ambitions.

TC has more than 30 years of work experience with MNC’s in various Sales, Marketing,
Business Management and Leadership roles. He has been a guest lecturer with Beijing Tsing
Hua University’s Executive Management Program (Agriculture), and a frequent speaker in food
and animal nutrition industry forums.

A Registered Chemist with the Malaysian Institute of Chemistry, TC Holds a B.S. (Hons) in
Chemistry from University of Malaya and a MBA from the National University of Singapore
(NUS Business School).

Rob Hulme

Head of Asia, Beanstalk Agtech

Rob is an agribusiness executive with 25+ years’ global experience in research and extension, operations, business development, M&A, technology licensing and innovation with strong country and regional management experience across Asia. As Head of Asia with Beanstalk Agtech based in Singapore, Rob is currently focusing on building Singapore as an agrifood tech catalyst hub for Asia to support open innovation and drive adoption and scale of sustainable food production systems. Rob is passionate about helping grow the next crop of entrepreneurial young leaders in food and agriculture.