Our philosophy starts with the Shoe box where you store your collective thoughts and ideas, you pull one idea to tweak to create a product, a service, or innovative programs for social good. Our motto - we know nothing - and that mere fact, says something - that although we know nothing, we start on an even keel with folks who KNOW plenty about their product, their service, their idea, their community or target market, and where they want to be - hopefully. And if this doesn't makes sense, then what is your sense of direction?
If you don't know, take the step to know. Wherever it points, is the direction you take. So we walk in step with our clients, trek alongside them parallel to their path to assure them we are here for the long haul, run besides them while guiding them through obstacles, jog with them as their coach, hang freely away from being chewed, and free to change into and so in the end, hopefully, the shoe box has ideas that result in progress and your venture - whatever it may be has an #Impact4Change. And then you have a direction, hopefully as the Latin phrase Dum Spiro Spero has it - "While I breathe, I hope."
Our belief: We start with the premise of an empty shoe box. As we coach, it fills up with resources, and as the old ‘saying nothing ventured nothing gained,’ so for us we take nothing and hopefully, something becomes of it.
Where do you find yourself?
Meet the Team
Our Team of dedicated volunteers - come to us by an epiphany to do great. Holding to Shoebox Ventures standards to the highest mark, and who have assented to our Conflicts of Interest Policy. We're here to assist a select group of nonprofits, founders, leaders, and organizations fill their shoe box of knowledge. Our shoe box is filled with nothing but the right thing of doing right. Our polymaths and polyhistors have an eclectic array of diversity. We volunteer when we can, between our regular jobs and family demands, by email, telephone, chat, and the usual cup of joe. Every person who dives into the shoe box has a story to tell, their own reasons and rhymes for joining this endeavor, everyone at Shoebox Ventures are interconnected to the founder. Each will have their own story to tell, each with their version of the facts, a method to the madness, and sanity of grounded goodwill.
Johnson Hor, etc..
Director of Something | Board Member | Founder
Words of advise I give to those I coach.
(L)ive without regrets.
(I)ngenuity innovation inclusion.
(N)exus not now then when?
(K)eep kindness at heart
(A)nd learn to Roar, as the need necessitates.
(G)row your network
(E)njoy the now
(S)top reading this, & do.
Treasurer | Board Member | F&B Coach
As a Restaurateur for over a decade and working in the F&B industry for nearly 3 decades, Ken has a good grasp of what's needed to grow a small business and have it thrive.
Secretary | Board Member
Amy is part of the Medical Staff team supporting UCSF Oakland Children's Hospital doctors.
Running Coach | Board Member
Howard manages an auto service and auto body company. Loves Marathons.
Anis Salah, CAMS
Anis is a Senior Client Services Associate at Private Wealth Management firm. He is a Certified Anti-Moneylaundering Specialist as well as an avid Salsa dancer too.
Personal Brand Development Coach
Kitty So was most recently the Executive Director for the Asian Pacific Heritage Association and a Business Solutions Architect for Sony Interactive. She has worked at SugarCRM where they help businesses transform the customer experience. Formally, the Executive Director of Asian Business League. Past President of the National Association of Asian American Professionals - San Francisco Chapter and former Miss Chinatown USA Pageant Director. She has been the Miss Chinatown Houston Pageant Co-Director for moreover a decade. She is fluent in Mandarin, Cantonese, & Toisan Chinese.
Greg matt, LAc
Greg takes the holistic approach in everything he does from mentoring employees; to taking an idea, a concept to design, launching Philz Coffee Truck; to founding Onovations - changing the way food is packaged; to rehabilitating residential properties while wearing multiple hats as investor/developer /project manager; and while being a Licensed Acupuncturist as well. He says, everything you do, is about building relationships and taking a chance to make an impact. He inspires others to fulfill their dreams, by helping them move forward.
Fellow, Languages & Medium | Filmmaker
Naureen works in the Internal Audit Department for a Financial Institution. On her free time she's a co-founder of an independent film studio. She volunteers on countless community projects dealing with media and entertainment.
CANDY TAM, CFE
Community Engagement Coach
Candy is a Certified Fraud Examiner and works for a Fortune 1000 Company. And recently, she received an award from First Republic Bank for being Volunteers of the Year in 2017 for her work in Community Engagement.
Fellow, VFX | Photographer
By day, Kris is a QC Specialist at a S&P 500 Company. By hobby, he's a well known photographer in the Anime and Comic Convention world. Great to have him on the team.
Soody Tronson, esq
General Counsel | Board Member | Cyclist
Soody Tronson is the founder of stlgip.com - an intellectual property law firm. She is a seasoned professional with over 25 years of experience combining law, science, engineering, and business management in start-ups and established environments. Soody instructs courses in IP and licensing at the University of California and Stanford University and is a mentor with several entrepreneurship-focused courses/programs at Stanford University.
Milton Lee, PMP
Advisor / Entrepreneur in Residence
Milton serves on the Meritus.org Young Professional Council. By day, he works at Uber as the Global Program Manager. He used to be at SAP in Global Digital Transformations and was awarded as Top 10 North America Account. He's an experienced leader - leading SAP teams both on and offshore. He learned about being smart about how one works as he ran a restaurant at age 16. SAP Certifications [Project Management, HANA, ERP, S4 etc],
Norman is a QuickBooks Consultant. Loves fishing and spending time with his family.
Financial Analysis Manager
Challenge-driven finance and analytics professional with over 10 years of demonstrated expertise in financial analysis, reporting, accounting systems, and accounts receivable. Proven ability in implementing initiatives for improvement of financial operations and cost control. Accomplished contract negotiator with strong customer service and relationship-building skills.
Coach | Artist | Youth Pastor
Arnold recently returned from a Indonesia Mission and is working on community projects with Northeast Community Federal Credit Union.
Coach | Mechanical Engineer
Yu works for a Solar Company. He graduated from UC Davis as a mechanical engineer, with a focus in manufacturing technology.
Clayton is the manager for KYC Remediation and Internal Review Team at a S&P 500 company.
Jackson Chen, CFE
Risk Analysis Coach
Jackson Chen is a Certified Fraud Examiner at a Financial Institution
Innovation & Management Coach| Rock Climber
Lisa is the global blockchain ecosystem connector. She is a strategic and hands-on leader with a passion for innovation, an aptitude for connecting the dots and a focus on execution excellence to convert strategy into action. She has extensive management consulting, program management and operations experience at fast-paced startup and global organizations -- implementing strategic projects, programs and software products to drive to drive revenue growth, customer experience, product adoption, sales effectiveness, operational efficiency and global expansion. She was the Head of Voice of Customer Program and Chief of Staff at Yahoo!, Manager at Deloitte, VP Project Management at Citigroup, Senior Director of Global Programs at LivePerson.
Fellow, Information Security/Cybersecurity
Adam works for a financial institution and is responsible for fraud prevention through client education. He has experience in incident response, anomaly detection, cybersecurity threat intelligence, and fraud monitoring/prevention. In his free time, Adam enjoys working on cars and playing billiards.
The Advisory Board - the folks who are apart of our pond
LeChara Gregory works as System Technologist II at Motorola helping E911 centers. Prior to that she was the Taxonomist and the POC for Taxonomy Management at VMware where she developed and delivered various training courses. She has worked for IBM Global Services. She is a AIIM Taxonomy and Metadata Practitioner. She has a Dell Warranty Parts Certification, and A+ CompTIA Certification too.
Mark Igou, AIA, LEED AP was a managing director with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) in San Francisco. Mark Igou is passionate about realizing exceptional buildings and environments that serve each client’s goals and mission. Mark's leadership role takes advantage of his diverse experience and reflects his belief that effective management of technology and teams is increasingly critical as design, engineering and construction become more integrated. This leadership is seen with his expertise in business development and project management around the globe, including work in India, China, the Middle East and the United States.
Charles Jo is the Senior Corporate Recruiter at Power Integrations - the global leader in power conversion semiconductors. Previously, he recruited for Google, Samsung, and Silicon Valley firms including biotech Cytokinetics. He founded http://startupstudygroup.com/ as a free resource for entrepreneurs: future, current, and former founders with the goal to become the most useful tool for the community by learning "Startup as a Second Language" together. He's also a Founder's Space Advisor. His passions are his family, connecting ppl, job creation, technology impact on society, and games for business, education, and entertainment.
Shyam Desai, CA, CFA, MBA is a Middle Market Banker for Citi where he assists CFOs and Corporate Controllers at high growth companies with their banking and financing needs; typically look at companies with revenues up to $1 billion in domestic and/or international operations. Passionate about emerging technologies and innovative business models and assisting the management team execute their growth strategy. Over 14 years of experience in financial services company and global consulting firm with expertise in business development, credit analysis and underwriting, risk assessment, loan structuring, and cross-border banking solutions. He has served as an advisor to the Wharton Social Impact Conference and is on the Council of Advisors at Silicon Valley Community Foundation.
Sophie-Sokphal Duong Karet, PhD, founded Cambodian International Investment Group focusing on Green Economy and Social Enterprise. She serves on the board of the Northeast Community Federal Credit Union and is a Researcher/Scholar on empowering women leadership in higher education. Sophie cofounded a refugee resettlement organization and lobbied Congress to fund the program in California being the safety-net to Indo-China as well as from Eastern Europe Russian refugees. She was served on the California State Advisory Council on Refugee Assistance and Services from 1984-1991 as a governor appointee. She advised the White House on American Foreign Policy toward Cambodia reconstruction post Communist Vietnamese Occupation. She has received letters of her work from the King of Cambodia and His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI.
Jonathan Leong is a partner at the historic Sam Wo Restaurant in San Francisco. He has served on various boards and commissions including Self Help for the Elderly (Board Advisor), Chinese Performing Arts Foundation (Director), Asian Business Association (Founder, Past President, Chairman), Asian American Theater Company (past President), California Small Business Administration (past Advisory Board Member), Oakland Business Development Corp. (past Board Member), President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, Democratic Leadership Council (Founding member), Asian Inc (Board Member), and the California Earthquake Authority.
Calvin Y. Louie, CPA is the first Chinese American to run for California Governor. Born in San Francisco, he went to Commodore Stockton Elementary, Francisco Junior High and Galileo High. He said he ran track with O.J. Calvin went to City College of San Francisco, then onto UC Berkeley. Besides being an accountant, he's a serial entrepreneur. He's been on the San Francisco Human Rights Commission, was on the White House Conference of Small Business, has been on state trade missions to Mexico, China, Japan, Korea and Taiwan, been active in Chinese American Democratic politics, was a member of the board of the San Francisco Mexican Museum as well as the San Francisco Circus Center.
Willa Leung is a partner at Royse Law Firm. She was recognized for making history in 2002 for being the first non-Chinese citizen to be invited by the Chinese government to work at a Chinese State Owned Enterprise. She co-authored the Top Capital Magazine “Clean Technology Innovations in China” article which was republished by Foley.com and Martindale.com in February 2012. Her firm is serves as the liaison and outside general counsel for China’s largest clean tech PE firm, Beijing Energy Investment Holdings. She judges the University of Notre Dame McCloskey Business Plan Competition, Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization competitions, Kofounder Lab, Start-up Chile, and the Forrest Equity Management Film Finance Awards. She is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.
Dr. Tao Lin is a partner of Intebridge Capital. Prior he was with Fosun Kinzon Capital. He specializes in early stage start ups with advanced technology focus (eg industry 4.0, iot, telecom, new material, health care) from US, UK, Europe and China. Tao has a diversified background from research, IB, consulting, and VC. He's worked and lived like globetrotter including (UK, Germany, Sweden, UAE, Saudi Arabia, China, Singapore, Hong Kong, US, etc.). Tao has immersive experience in (TMT/internet, financial institutions, energy, manufacture, etc.) and lead over 40+ M&A projects. Before joining Intebridge and Fosun, he was with McKinsey. He's our first advisory board member who works outside the states - in Shanghai.
Dr. Minoo Makassebi is an experienced dentist at http://www.drmakassebi.com/ who provides exceptional quality of care to her patients. She is bilingual speaking both English and Farsi. Minoo has a DDS degree from University of Mashad in Iran as well as the University of the Pacific’s School of Dentistry where she was inducted to the dental honor society, Tau Kappa Omega. And at both institutions, she graduated in the top 3%. Minoo has also served as an Assistant Professor; Prosthodontics Department, University of the Pacific, San Francisco and a Research Fellow for the University of Mashad - School of Dentistry, Department of Oral Medicine.
Ethan Bynoe is the VP of Business Development at Killer Infographics. He was the Business Development Executive/VP of Sales at UviaUS. Ethan was instrumental in having UviaUs serve as a corporate partner early in his career at UviaUs. And with over 15 years of experience in business development and sales, he's proud to be a salesman! He doesn't take that lightheartedly either, He believes in providing extraordinary customer service through the integrity of doing the right thing for his clients, to honor agreements, and build a long term relationships.
Michael Nguyen the Director of Product Management at Wonolo. He has over 10 years of experience in business process and systems software, project/product management, technical systems and database (SQL/Oracle), and system/functional quality assurance testing. He serves as the National Director of Chapter Development at the National Association of Asian American Professionals. And Michael was our Fellow, Innovation & Technology in 2016 -2017