Who We Are
Seattle Entrepreneurship Club (SEC) was founded in 2008 by a group of professionals and entrepreneurship enthusiasts in the Greater Seattle and Beijing area. All of organizers and staffs are volunteers. Our group grows fast since more and more people are interested in entrepreneurship and helping. We believe we can do better through our effort and your attention.
Mission & Vision
Seattle Entrepreneurship Club (SEC) was founded by a group of professionals and entrepreneurship enthusiasts in the Greater Seattle Area. Its mission is to network the high-level professionals and entrepreneurs around Seattle, build a communication and collaboration platform for startup business, venture capital, and professionals, and support different parties’ pursuit of success, so as to encourage the startup activities and enrich the entrepreneurship culture in the Seattle community and beyond. Meanwhile, SEC values the partnership and cooperation with organizations from different areas and fields in both China and North America, in the spirit of fostering the exchange of enterprises, talents, and culture. Since founded in the April of 2008, SEC has attracted and developed more than 1000 entrepreneurship lovers as members and is counting.
Executive Vice President, Artificial Intelligence and Research Group
Harry Shum is executive vice president of Microsoft’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Research group.
He is responsible for driving the company’s overall AI strategy and forward-looking research and development efforts spanning infrastructure, services, apps and agents. He oversees AI-focused product groups — the Information Platform Group, Bing and Cortana product groups — and the Ambient Computing and Robotics teams.
He also leads Microsoft Research, one of the world’s premier computer science research organizations, and its integration with the engineering teams across the company.
Previously, Dr. Shum served as the corporate vice president responsible for Bing search product development from 2007 to 2013. Prior to his engineering leadership role at Bing and online services, he oversaw the research activities at Microsoft Research Asia and the lab’s collaborations with universities in the Asia Pacific region, and was responsible for the Internet Services Research Center, an applied research organization dedicated to advanced technology investment in search and advertising at Microsoft.
Dr. Shum joined Microsoft Research in 1996 as a researcher based in Redmond, Washington. In 1998 he moved to Beijing as one of the founding members of Microsoft Research China (later renamed Microsoft Research Asia). There he began a nine-year tenure as a researcher, subsequently moving on to become research manager, assistant managing director and managing director of Microsoft Research Asia and a Distinguished Engineer.
Dr. Shum is an IEEE Fellow and an ACM Fellow for his contributions to computer vision and computer graphics. He received his Ph.D. in robotics from the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University.