Ian’s current interests include investment in breakthrough/disruptive innovations, promotion of inclusion and innovation management, and visioning the future of business trends and landscapes. Most recently he co-founded a Blockchain technology consortium for inventing and developing a Blockchain fabric integrating with certain pre-selected industrial solutions.
Ian founded XNET Technology in Silicon Valley (and served as Chairman, President and CEO of XNET) and took the company public at NASDAQ (symbol FIBR) with equity investors such as JP Morgan, Citibank, DBS Bank, Jardine Fleming, Hong Leong Malaysia, etc. He successfully setup and operated the international distribution channel: Americas: USA (California, Texas, New York, Chicago), Canada, Mexico, Brazil; Europe: (United Kingdom, France, Germany, Sweden, Italy); Africa (South Africa); Asia Pacific (Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia) and Japan.
Prior to that, Ian was Vice President of Engineering at Hughes Networks Systems responsible for the worldwide product strategy, roadmap and engineering. Early in his career, he also participated in robotic research at Westinghouse Research & Development Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and designed the world’s first digital programmable oscilloscope at Tektronix in Portland, Oregon. He co-invented the SCSI bus at Shugart Associates in Sunnyvale, California. At Digital Equipment Corporation, he managed the first RISC engineering efforts as the Chief Engineer in Palo Alto, California and directed the delivery of the world’s first FDDI network as the overall Group Manager in Littleton, Massachusetts.
Ian holds a BS in Electrical & Computer Engineering and an MS in Computer Science, both from Carnegie-Mellon University, and an MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Portland. He is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University. Ian was the Visiting Chief Architect at the Singapore National Science and Technology Board (renamed as Agency for Science, Technology & Research). Ian was also the Chairman for the ACM Silicon Valley Chapter. He was listed in Who’s Who in Technology and Who’s Who of Outstanding American for his numerous achievements. He is a Fellow of the Hong Kong Computer Society and a Fellow of Hong Kong Institute of Directors. He has been an adviser to the MIT Technology Review/Emerging Technology since 2015.