Dean, Founder and Instructor
Krating Poonpol was previously Global Lead Marketing Manager of Google Earth/Moon/Mars at Google headquarters in Silicon Valley. He left Google, raised 1.1 million USD from angel investor to start his own company in Silicon Valley.
His company created several award winning iPhone apps such as Heaven’s Diner, a location-based social game which won top ten most innovative iPhone app in the world in 2010. And Quipster, a location-based social network which was ranked in top 12 in the uS app Store in July 2011 and was also selected as a finalist in location-based and beyon Summit in 2011.
Krating Poonpol graduated from Stanford Business School in 2007 where he also served as co-president of marketing club, academic committee, and international committee.
Design Thinking and Lean U/X Design Workshop Instructor
Janice is an entrepreneur and interaction designer for web and mobile products. During her 15 years in Silicon Valley, she has raised capital, founded both successful and failed startups, consulted to both large enterprises and early stage firms.
Janice was cofounder of design firm Adaptive Path and served as the company’s first CEO. During her tenure, Adaptive Path tripled in staff and revenues, developed and sold a product to Google, coined the term Ajax, and transformed Adaptive Path from a lifestyle partnership to a high-growth firm.
Janice has been a guest speaker at many conferences and universities, including Haas, Kellogg, Stanford, and the Presidio Graduate School of Management.
Born in 1957 in Fukuoka Prefecture. Koichiro graduated from Keio University’s Graduate School of Engineering in 1984 and entered Sony Corporation in the same year. Through the company’s overseas study program, he went to the United States to study at California Institute of Technology’s Department of Electrical Engineering. While at Sony, Koichiro developed such Sony hit products as the “VAIO” personal computer, the “Sugoroku” HDD DVD recorder, the “CoCoon” television channel server and other major products.
After resigning from Sony in March 2006, he joined Google in 2007 and was appointed president of Google Japan in January 2009. Koichiro played a key role in Google’s growth in the Japanese market.
Koichiro resigned in April 2010 to establish ALEX Corporation and is currently serving as representative director, president and CEO of ALEX Corporation.
Koichiro wrote the book, Everything Google Needed I Learned at Sony (Shinchosha, November 20, 2010) and is also a board member of KLab Inc.
Sam co-founded d.light in 2007 and served as the company's founding CEO. In 2010, he was listed by Forbes as Forbes Impact 30's list. During his tenure as CEO, over USD 11 million in funding, started the India sales and marketing divsion and oversaw multiple product launches including the awrad-winning S250 and S10. As a result of his leadership, Sam has been selected as an Ashoka Fellow World Economic Forum Young Global Leader.
Prior to d.light, he founded and managed multiple ventures in Africa, including improved agriculture and construction businesses, a for-profit NGO cultivating the miracle tree Moringa oleifera, and the distrubution of low-cost latrines, cook stoves and rain water catchment cisterns.
Sam has lived in Cameroon, Mauritania, Pakistan, Peru, India, Rwanda, Canada, Hong Kong, and the USA. After graduating with degrees in Biology and Environmental Studies from the University of Victoria Canada he earned an MBA from Stanford.