Birong has a stellar STEM education background and a strong interest in the social sciences. Early in her career, she worked as an engineer at Ventro Corporation and Agilent Technologies in the Bay Area. After returning to China in 2005, she pivoted her field of work, devoting her energy and passion to education. She translated and published two educational books from English to Chinese. She also co-founded a bilingual children’s library, Peekabook House, which has grown into a well-recognized independent children’s library, with four branches in Beijing. She has been an active sponsor of Peekabook House since its inception, and continues to serve as its advisor.
After moving back to the Bay Area, Birong has acted as an angel investor, investing in startups in the biotech, education, healthcare sectors. In 2015, she partnered with fellow alumni of Peking University to form SV Tech Ventures. Since its founding, SV Tech Ventures has been active in investing in early stage startups, mainly in the areas of healthcare, new energies & materials, consumer products, IOT technology and media & telecommunications. Birong now serves as the Financial Controller at SV Tech Ventures.
In her spare time, she volunteers with a variety of non-profit organizations, and is an active sponsor of KQED.
Birong received her BS degree in biochemistry from Peking University, MS in Computer Science from UCSC, and PhD in Molecular Biology from UCLA.