Winnie Yu is a manufacturing and product development expert who champions entrepreneurship. She is a principal and director of development for Lab IX, a startup investment program of Flextronics, created in 2013 to support start-ups as they navigate the unique challenges of successfully launching and scaling new hardware products. Prior to joining Lab IX as a hardware investor, she worked in research and development, and product development at Western Digital and SVTC Technologies, and is heavily involved with a wide range of startups in the semiconductor, hardware and big data sectors. She has developed products in a wide range of markets including biotechnology, solar, microelectronics systems, optical waveguides, high voltage devices, and hard drive and data storage systems. An inventor who holds eight patents, Winnie has a Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. As a true adventurer, she enjoys hiking, skiing and traveling in her free time.