Episode 25

Siqi Mou and Kailu Guan ·  Empowering Beauty Through AI

“One of the biggest roadblocks that people always face is their own voice, because people always doubt too much. So one of the key lessons I've learned both in business school and being an entrepreneur myself is the urgency of acting. If you don't have this urgency of doing things, nothing will ever done.”

Siqi Mou is the CEO and Co-Founder of HelloAva. She is a former Bloomberg anchor and also held several positions at Morgan Stanley, PIMCO, The Federal Reserve Bank of New York before starting HelloAva. Siqi was awarded Forbes 30 Under 30 (Consumer Tech) in 2019 and Inc Magazine’s 30 Rising Stars Under 30 in 2018, and has been featured in media outlets such as the Wall Street Journal, Entrepreneur, USNews, Marie Claire, Allure, The Cut, WWD, Fast Company, etc. Siqi held an MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business, MPA from Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and B.A. in Economics from Stanford University where she was elected Phi Beta Kappa.


Kailu Guan is the Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer of HelloAva. Kailu is an award-winning multidisciplinary designer.  Her areas of concentration include human-centered design, fashion design, augmented reality (AR), and wearable technology. She has held several positions at IDEO, Intel and Hermes. Kailu has exhibited her work at SXSW, TechCrunch, Le Révélateur D’innovation Paris and MIT Media Lab. Vogue Italia, WWD, Dezeen, Fashionista, Viewpoint, and Computer Arts are among the publications that have covered her work. She graduated from Parsons and Central Saint Martins College of Arts.


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