Saman is a passionate supporter of early- stage startups. He has built three companies in the areas of e-commerce, IP television, and logistics management. Two exits later, after facing the challenges of managing highly focused and technical companies, Saman decided to build a new home for intelligent machines startups - Comet Labs. He loves tinkering, so don't be surprised if you see the guts of a soldering iron or Raspberry Pi sprawled across the floor next time you visit our office.
Saman has spent more than 15 years in China and has held positions at Honeywell, Verizon, Deloitte Consulting, and Microsoft in roles ranging from R&D to operations optimization. He received his Bachelor's degree in Control Systems Engineering from the Cooper Union and his MBA from Tsinghua and MIT.
Adam is a product guy. He co-founded a consumer electronics company and spent 2 years as the hardware lead at the StartX accelerator program. Adam's background is designing automated capital equipment and processes for the semiconductor industry. He is also a 2014 Forbes 30-under-30 in energy and industry.
Malika is devoted to bringing great ideas to life. She has experience in finance, management, branding and marketing, and excels at propelling early-stage and mature-stage products to the market. She has overseen the development and growth of applications and hardware in the education, healthcare and tech fields, in Asia, Europe and North America.
Wei is a Partner at Legend Star. He has received various awards including "Top Ten Angel Investor Award", "40 Under 40 Investment Award", and "China's Most Active Angel Investor Award" in 2015. Wei holds an MBA from Cambridge Judge Business School.
Mike is passionate about helping audacious founders bring their craziest visions to life. He’s worked with startups throughout his career as a founder, advisor and investor. Mike likes big ideas and spends a lot of his time thinking about how we can use technology and compassion to increase global well-being and address our most consequential collective challenges.
Derek is a marketing guy who thinks the word “marketing” is toxic. He loves figuring out what makes companies and people tick and questioning status-quo business practices. Prior to diving into the startup world, Derek worked for advertising and creative agencies where he developed strategies for some of the world’s biggest brands.
Beatriz is a human Swiss-army knife. She thrives in variety and has worked with graphic design, account management, and internal administration. Beatriz is passionate towards building a strong culture in teams comprised of brilliant thinkers and builders.
Legend Star (www.lstar.vc) has partnered for many years with entrepreneurs to build amazing companies, and is most focused on technologies that fall into one of the following two categories: technology applied to transforming industry, or platform technologies creating new possibilities.
As an early stage venture fund with a strong China background, Legend Star has invested in 100+ companies across the US and China that have led to IPO’s, acquisitions and some of China’s strongest technology companies. Legend Star believes that the scale and scope of China can be a turbocharger to businesses, whether that means finding beta-testers, accessing large datasets, scaling up manufacturing or access to capital. The Legend Holdings network is a valuable resource in this enterprise.
Legend Star is part of the Legend Holdings family (www.legendholdings.com.cn). Legend Holdings is one of the largest conglomerates in China. It is the parent company of Lenovo, Raycom (real-estate), Shenzhou (car rental), Lakala (payments), Joyvio (Agriculture) and many others.
In addition, Comet Labs has lined up additional partners and investors to create a broad base of support in this venture.