This is a session at Innov8rs Shanghai, 26-27 June 2019

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How Microsoft Empowers its Employees and Customers to Innovate More

In this session you will learn how Microsoft Garage is running it’s internal innovation program. James will share his insights about Microsoft for Startups program and how it can help Fortune 500 companies customers with their open Innovation.

James Chou

Managing Director & CEO at Microsoft for Startups

James Chou is the Managing Director & CEO of Microsoft for Startups for Greater China, Japan & Korea, Chair of Technology and Innovation Committee of American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai. Within Microsoft, he leads the effort to scale up the business for some of the best and most innovative startups in China by providing unprecedented access to top Microsoft partners and customers, venture capitalists, and technical knowledge. He has helped his portfolio companies, raising hundreds of millions of dollars and increasing their valuation more than 280% on average to 10+ billion dollars.

He is a frequent public speaker for China’s Startups Ecosystem, Digital Transformation and Corporate Innovation. He has more than 20 years experience in TMT space in China and US. He is a China market entry expert for foreign startups and has advised Austrade and Canada’s trade commissioner. He is also a mentor and advisor to several leading accelerators and corporate innovation programs from PwC, Walmart, BMW, Merck Group, LVMH, Honda, Bosch, AB In Bev, etc., and an advisor to several leading VCs in China.

Before joining Microsoft, he was a serial entrepreneur and a venture investor. He has founded or co-founded three high tech companies in China. Previously, he served senior management positions at AsiaInfo and UTStarcom, the first 2 NASDAQ listed Chinese technology companies. Prior to that, he worked in product management, sales, and engineering roles at Hewlett Packard and NEC in Silicon Valley for 7 years.