Mentoring Young Leaders

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Jason L. Ma 馬良傑
Founder, CEO and Chief Mentor
ThreeEQ, Inc.

Preeminent Mentor, Rainmaker, Author, and Speaker

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Jason L. Ma 馬良傑老師 is Founder, CEO and Chief Mentor of ThreeEQ Inc., a premier global business, leadership, career, university, admissions, education, family, and personal success consulting firm. Ma believes that most people have yet to unleash their full potential. His sage advice, guidance, and network have effected many to achieve great outcomes in their own life stages and to move towards becoming the best version of themselves. Ma leads ThreeEQ to help select enterprises, HNW families, and both older and young leaders, Western and Asian, to grow and succeed.

Worldwide, Ma serves as not only a preeminent mentor of next-generation leaders and elite university admissions consultant but also a trusted boardroom/C-suite advisor and global business rainmaker. In addition, Ma is a sought-after speaker and masterclass leader who captivates, educates, and inspires audiences to reflect and act towards increasing their ROI and positive transformation, if not transcendence.

Ma is the acclaimed author of Young Leaders 3.0: Stories, Insights, and Tips for Next-Generation Achievers. He is a renowned Forbes contributor on leadership, entrepreneurship, education, and elite university admissions during 2011-6 with over 1 million views. His work has been featured in various top media, including Forbes, CNBC Asia (Managing Asia and Squawk Box), Business Rockstars, Fast Company, Channel NewsAsia, and others. Ma is a leading member of the Business 20 (B20), the private sector’s voice of the G20 community and a member of the World Chinese Economic Summit’s Global Advisory Council. His applied research complements his mission to help make the world a wealthier, happier, and emotionally healthier place.

Ma’s perspective has been enhanced by over three decades of seasoned operating and entrepreneurial experience in innovative technology, education, and expert industries—with more than 2 million miles of world travels to over 40 countries across Asia Pacific, Europe/Israel, and the Americas. Ma successfully made deals with hundreds of enterprises; co-built leading tech companies (IPO or M&A); counseled numerous families on school, admissions, and personal success; and co-founded, invested in, and exited shrewdly from a few IT, new media, edtech, and education services companies.


As an influential global business and education leader, Ma is a leading member of the Business 20 (B20) with the G20, and has served on the foremost B20 Employment and Education Taskforce from 2014 to present. The G20 is the leading international economic forum led by the Presidents and Prime Ministers of the US, China, the EU, Japan, Germany, the UK, France, India, and the 12 other top economies by GDP. He also contributed to the SMEs Cross-thematic Group at B20 Germany. As the private sector’s voice of the G20 community, the B20 leads engagement with and makes business and education policy recommendations to the G20 governments. Ma has served as a member of the B20 through the G20 and B20 presidencies hosted in Australia, Turkey, China, Germany, and currently Argentina.


Jason Ma is deeply involved in developing both Western and Asian next-generation leaders. ThreeEQ’s Private Clients are select high-net-worth families, youth, and C-suite/senior executives worldwide. They relish the personalized, 1-on-1 guidance and inspiration of Ma as a remarkably effective and trusted executive success coach to themselves as older leaders and/or as a preeminent and trusted youth success mentor to their millennial and teen children. By applying his own “3EQ” and “4S” success mentoring framework, Ma has transformed hundreds of older and young individuals not only to achieve key next-level goals and become or rise as successful leaders in business or in school, but also to move towards becoming the best version of themselves and reach sustainable joy in their lives. Ma’s former students can be found running or working at renowned enterprises, nonprofits, and startups, working in government, and attending top schools.

Being a superbly effective and compassionate US college/university planning, applications, and admissions success coach (and parent confidant) is a core part of Ma’s work for his youngest students, who are young adults and teenagers. Ma has a standout track record of helping them gain admission to all eight Ivy League schools (Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Penn, Princeton, and Yale), Stanford, MIT, UC Berkeley, Williams, Oxford, Georgetown, and all other elite colleges and universities. Testimonials abound. Ma is a sustaining member of the Western Association of College Admission Counseling (WACAC), and ThreeEQ is a member of the National Association of College Admission Counseling (NACAC).

Ma is also a Kairos Society mentor, a former Thiel Fellowship mentor, and a NYTimes Higher Ed Leaders Forum delegate.


Beyond grooming future leaders, Jason Ma serves as a trusted corporate board/C-suite advisor and global business rainmaker for ThreeEQ’s Enterprise and Family Office/Business (Organizational) Clients, both Western and Asian. Ma’s expertise adds tremendous value, profitable growth, and ROI to these clients by helping them win large-revenue customers, form strategic partnerships, launch joint ventures, target M&A, make strategic investments, and/or increase their organizational productivity. In doing so, Ma applies his seasoned global business acumen, mentorship skills, corporate rainmaking capability, and access to his worldwide decision-makers network, which includes numerous billionaires/tycoons, UHNWIs, and global and regional CEOs/C-suite executives in various tech and non-tech industries across the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe, and the Middle East. Ma’s access also includes acquirable and investable quality SMEs and startups worldwide.

Ma serves as U.S. strategic advisor at Bright Scholar Education Group 博实乐 (NYSE: BEDU), China’s largest operator of international and bilingual K-12 schools and a spinoff of Country Garden 碧桂园, one of the world’s top 3 largest real estate developers worldwide, both controlled by Asia’s wealthiest woman. Ma is a senior advisor to the Wall Street titan owner of a group of companies and to other select enterprises. He is a World Chinese Economic Summit Global Advisory Council member and a DC Finance Steering Committee member. Ma is a former APEC CEO Summit delegate, Pacific Basin Economic Council member, and has been a Forbes Global CEO Conference delegate for eight years.


The acclaimed book Young Leaders 3.0: Stories, Insights, and Tips for Next-Generation Achievers by author Jason L. Ma, along with 23 exemplary 17-to-24-year-old millennial leaders and contributors, has inspired many from teenagers to parents to billionaires and adults of all ages. Young Leaders 3.0 has been required reading in part of UC Berkeley. Ma’s continuous, applied research, which includes global business, geopolitics, education, and human capital and performance, complements his mission to help make the world a wealthier, happier, and emotionally healthier place.

Ma was Forbes contributor on leadership, entrepreneurship, education, and elite university admissions during 2011-6 with over 1 million views. Ma’s work has been featured in top media including Forbes, CNBC Asia (Managing Asia and Squawk Box), Business Rockstars, Fast Company, iHeartMedia, Channel NewsAsia, and Teen Kids News.

In addition, Ma is one of the world’s top experts (fellow experts include Tom Peters, Mark Thompson, Seth Godin, Heidi Roizen, Vinod Khosla, Guy Kawasaki) and an investor for Audvisor, a leading corporate communication and learning app. He is a luminary author and expert for IfOnly, which provides unique experiences with luminaries, including fellow authors Danielle Steele, Peter Thiel, Reid Hoffman, Biz Stone, and Ben Horowitz, and celebrities Snoop Dogg and Hall of Fame 49er Ronnie Lott.


As a sought-after orator, Ma has consistently inspired and enlightened audiences at the World Chinese Economic Summit; Global China and India Business Meetings; Multinational Corporations; Family Office conferences in the US and Asia; High Net Worth private family groups; Stanford University, UC Berkeley, and INSEAD; Los Angeles Unified School District and other K-12 school districts; and other summits around the world. Most recently, Ma captivated and enlightened a packed audience of high-achieving parents and C-suite/senior executives as the keynote speaker on preparing young people for success at a special event enthusiastically sponsored by the Harvard Business School Association of Northern California and co-sponsored by Harvard Club of San Francisco, Harvard Club of Silicon Valley, Stanford GSB Alumni, UC Berkeley Haas Alumni Network in Silicon Valley, and Wharton Club of Northern California. Ma is honored to share the stage at times with former and current world leaders, billionaires/tycoons, and global 1000 CEOs.

In addition to his own speaker platform, Ma is represented by top speakers bureaus worldwide, including A-Speakers (in Europe), All American Speakers Bureau, Harry Walker Agency, Keynote Speakers, and London Speaker Bureau worldwide, including Asia and Germany. (As the world’s leading speakers agency, the Harry Walker Agency’s nonpartisan exclusive speakers include President Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Al Gore, Dick Cheney, John Boehner, Steve Forbes, Henry Kissinger, Ban Ki-moon, Kofi Annan, Shaquille O’Neal, Bono, and other top leaders in business, politics, and entertainment. President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama are now also represented by HWA.)


Ma believes in giving back. The ThreeEQ Foundation, a small donor-advised fund, works with the Silicon Valley Community Foundation to give to causes that assist the disadvantaged. ThreeEQ also donates 5% of Ma’s IfOnly luminary-expert service revenue and provides pro bono services to charity.


Jason Ma earned a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from UC Berkeley College of Engineering. He self-financed 95% of his college costs with grants, scholarships, and paid work since age 16. Today, he is a guest speaker, donor, and Golden Bear Life Member at Cal. He had also attended the evening MBA program at Santa Clara University Leavey School of Business.


An American originally from Hong Kong (the “Asian NYC”), Ma grew up with blue-collar parents, from whom he learned a strong work ethic. Ma is multicultural, is fluent in Cantonese, and speaks Mandarin. SF Bay Area residents, he and his wife are joyful parents of two happy, high-achieving daughters. With their own dreams and aspirations, one will work as an engineer at Google upon graduation from Georgetown and the other will join the Penn/Wharton Class of 2022 this year. In the Ma family (playfully, the “MAfia”), Ma values unconditional love, high standards on what matters, and humor.


  • Co-Founder, Interim CEO and Senior College Counselor, IvyMax Inc. 飛達學院 (2007-2011)
  • Co-Founder and CEO of an Education SaaS startup (2006-2007; successfully executed an international merger)
  • Co-Founder, Interim Executive VP and Chief Strategy Officer, YeePay Inc. 易宝支付 (2002-2003; successfully exited at Series D)
  • Founder and CEO, Congruent Partners LLC (2002-11)
  • Acting CEO, CMO, VP of Business Development, Advisor, or Board Director for a few tech companies (2002-2005)
  • Leader, Education & Tech/Media/Telecom (TMT) Sectors, GLG Council (2006-2014)
  • Senior Advisor, Silicon Valley-China Wireless Technology Association (2001-2011)
  • Founding Chair, Charter Members Committee, Asia-Silicon Valley Connection (ASVC)
  • Managing Director of Asia Pacific and Japan, iPass Inc. (went public)
  • Managing Director of Asia Pacific, Celcore Inc. (acquired)
  • Managing Director of Asia Pacific, Peninsula Wireless Communications (went public)
  • Regional Director of Pacific Rim, Cylink Corporation (went public)
  • Area Sales Manager of Asia Pacific, Digital Microwave Corporation (public)
  • Network Assurance Manager, Private Networks Division, Fujitsu America
  • Network Systems Analyst, Network Analysis and Design; and Network Operations Analyst, Management Sciences, Tymnet (1984-7)

As the founding chair of the ASVC Charter Members Committee before, through, and after 9/11 in 2001, Ma led building the ASVC Charter Members Network, a microcosm of Silicon Valley’s top decision makers comprising general partners from elite venture capital firms, senior executives from large corporations, partners from top service providers, leading CEOs and entrepreneurs, and proven angel investors. At ASVC, he also organized and chaired major events and helped drive and spawn Silicon Valley’s high-level social networking movement.



The passionate ThreeEQ Team rejoices when our Students, Private Clients, and Organizational Clients win, grow, and succeed. The Advisors, Editors, and teammates in Business Development, (upcoming) Web Solutions, Finance, and Administration in our tight-knit team share our founder Jason L. Ma’s vision, values, and high standards on what matters. Blessed with unique, best-in-class proprietary know-how, methodologies, and processes, we pride ourselves in providing the highest-quality work for our Clients.

Another of Ma’s project team comprised 30 people, including 23 exemplary 17-to-24-year-old millennial leaders and contributors, and support cast. We are grateful for their help in the creation and production of Young Leaders 3.0: Stories, Insights, and Tips for Next-Generation Achievers, an inspiring and acclaimed book published in December 2014.



Alfred Chuang
Founder and CEO, Magnet Systems, Inc.
Former Founder, Chairman & CEO, BEA Systems (Acquired by Oracle for $8.5 billion in 2008)
The CEO’s CEO by Ben Horowitz, Co-Founder & General Partner, Andreessen Horowitz

Don Levy
President and Cultivator, Smith Brook Farm
Visiting Scholar & Consultant, USC, and Faculty, Boston University
Former Senior Vice President, Marketing and Communications, Sony Pictures

Mark Minevich
To learn about Mr. Minevich, please view his website above.

Martin Roll
Business & Brand Strategist, Martin Roll Company
Senior Advisor, McKinsey & Company
Best-selling author of Asian Brand Strategy
Global Keynote Speaker, Conference Moderator, C-Level Advisor/Mentor

Paul Bradley
Chairman and CEO, Caprica International
Executive Leadership Council, Thunderbird School of Global Management
Vice Chairman, Supply Chain Asia
Selected as a “New Asian Leader” by the World Economic Forum



Having earned the privilege to attend or speak at some of the world’s most influential business gatherings, Jason L. Ma has met some of the world leaders, private sector tycoons, global 1000 CEOs, and fellow business and education influencers. As mementos of these great meetings, Jason has garnered many photos with these renowned achievers.
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