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Dennis Liu looks after Global Strategy & Business Development for Ford’s Research & Innovation Center, Palo Alto. He heads Ford’s Silicon Valley corporate development efforts managing investment activity and relationships with VCs, Corporate Innovation / CVC outfits, and the greater startup ecosystem. Prior to his current role, he led feature-set development for a number of Ford’s digital products as well as a rotation in Greenfield Labs, a skunkworks JV between Ford Smart Mobility, LLC., and IDEO, created to design, build and invest in emerging mobility. There, he was an early employee who led business design for Bikeshare and Dynamic Shuttle.
Dennis is a strong advocate of startups, having a breadth of experience across industries and verticals as an operator as well as strategist. Dennis began his career at Deutsche Bank in the Structured Finance group (MBS), leaving to begin his first startup in the aftermarket automotive space, sourcing product directly from Asia. After that, he spent the next few years in internal-consulting roles at BSH (Bosch – Siemens JV) and Karl Storz (healthcare / medtech) focusing on sales and distribution, market expansion, and portfolio strategy. Before returning to pursue his MBA, he took the opportunity to work in Shanghai, China, a key emerging market, in a business development capacity. After his MBA, and following a stint at a VC firm, MK Capital, he worked on a couple of startups attempting to disrupt stagnant industries with technology solutions.
Dennis is from Irvine, CA. He earned a B.S. from the University of California – Riverside and an MBA from the University of Michigan – Stephen M. Ross School of Business. He has also spent significant time in the Greater China region, working as well as taking the opportunity during his MBA for a semester exchange to HKUST (Hong Kong University of Science & Technology). He enjoys playing basketball, racquetball, and attempts to golf, when not having coffee and drinks with startup guys / gals helping them navigate the complex automotive landscape of OEMs, T1s, and affiliate organizations.