The Wharton Investment Resource Exchange (WIRE) angel investing and start-up network at the WCNY is proud to host a series of short webinars in which Wharton-alumni founders of startup companies share their innovative new businesses.

This webinar series gives Wharton alumni founders the opportunity to showcase their companies among the WCNY community, take questions from alumni, and strengthen the network to facilitate potential leads for hires, advisors or investors.

This WCNY startup series talk will feature Yonghui Cheng, Co-Founder & CTO of Appaegis. Yonghui will be interviewed by Jerrod Hill, who is a team member of Amazon Web Service's Venture Capital Business Development group. Questions from the audience are encouraged via the group chat on Zoom throughout the webinar.

About Appaegis & Yonghui Cheng
Appaegis was founded in 2019 by Michael Shieh and Yonghui Cheng. Both Michael and Yonghui are first generation immigrants living in the San Francisco Bay area. In their early careers, Michael and Yonghui were teammates at NetScreen, a network security company that pioneered hardware accelerated enterprise security appliances. Appaegis provides Data Centric secure access that closes security gaps in traditional remote access products. The company extends the Zero Trust security model from application access to data access governance, enabling organizations to reduce risk of data loss, apply real-time control to access, and provide granular visibility to access and availability of critical assets.

Yonghui Cheng (WG ‘20) is Co-founder and CTO of Appaegis. He has 20 years of experience in the enterprise security industry. Yonghui has built engineering organizations from the ground up and delivered several enterprise and carrier grade security solutions. He was an Engineering Fellow at Palo Alto Networks, a cyber security market leader, where he worked on diverse projects ranging from delivering highly scalable public and private cloud solutions to building a wide range of high performance network appliances. Yonghui has also had engineering leadership and developer roles at Juniper Networks and NetScreen. Outside of work, Yonghui enjoys spending time with his family and friends as well as exploring his passion for the outdoors. Yonghui graduated from the Wharton Executive MBA Program in San Francisco with honors in 2020.

About Jerrod Hill
Jerrod Hill, WG'15, is a member of the Amazon Web Services Venture Capital Business Development team based in NYC where he focuses on funds across the United States. Prior to AWS, Jerrod worked in startup investing, management consulting, and education. He also worked at two accelerators, including DreamIt Philadelphia and Techstars NYC as well as worked at two investment funds, including Bowery Capital and Wharton Impact Investing Partners. During this period, Jerrod also worked in management consulting at the Boston Consulting Group in NYC, where he focused on strategy and people and organization projects for financial institutions.

Jerrod started his career as a science teacher with Teach for America, where he taught chemistry, physics, and physical science in Atlanta Public Schools. He has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from The Ohio State University, a M.A. in Secondary Teaching from Georgia State University, and a MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Tuesday, October 5, 2021
12:00 PM ET - 1:00 PM ET

WCNY Supporting Members - $10 (WCNY supporting membership costs $95/yr at Join/Renew Membership)
Other Wharton Alumni & Alumni Guests - $20
Gold & Benefactor Members - $0

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