About Us

Ponddy Mission

Create and commercialize the most effective life-long learning solutions, integrating machine learning technologies with exciting self-learning materials and live teachers, individually personalized for various age groups and professions across the globe.


Affinity Knowledge Learning System TM

Using our patent pending technology, the Affinity Knowledge Learning SystemTM (AKLS) groups and categorizes elements that share properties and often appear together into Word, Character and Radical Ponds. These affinity properties can increase both learning effectiveness and retention. AKLS incorporates an artificial intelligence (AI) engine that uses these affinity properties and other information to tailor the learning needs of individual students and optimize learning experience and results.

Founder and CEO

Franz Chen, CFA

Based in Silicon Valley, USA, Chen has more than three decades of technology entrepreneurship, including several successful global operations. Before founding Ponddy Education, Chen managed and invested in companies in the areas of education and technology. Chen has a track record of building and picking successful companies, including RIQ Technology (sold in 2006), Turnstone System (IPO in 2000), and Neon SA (IRR of 26%), to name a few.

Chen holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation and received a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University. At the age of 17, Chen completed the English language teaching program at ICPNA, Peru. He has a multi-cultural background and is fluent in Spanish, English, and Chinese (Mandarin and multiple dialects). Chen is passionate about Personalized Learning. In 2006, he created the first Chinese word segmenter that supports both traditional and simplified Chinese that is free for public use.

What Investors Say about Us

Derek Chen

Chairman of Chenco Holdings and President of International Leadership Foundation

Mr. Chen is the Chairman of the Global Advisory Board of the International Leadership Foundation, a well-recognized organization developing leaders in the United States, Asia, and Pacific Rim countries in the fields of public service, entrepreneurship, and international business and politics. Previously, he served as President of the foundation from 2006 – 2015. In addition, Mr. Chen is the Chairman and founder of Chenco Holdings Company. The Chenco Group of Companies has completed over $12 billion in transactions since 1996, including investments in high-tech venture capital.

Dr. Liu Xin

Chairman of MBDK International Holding Group

Dr. Liu is President of MBDK Investment management company. For the past 10 years, he has invested in over 20 start-ups across various geographies, including USA, China, Germany, and Israel. Besides his remarkable achievements in investment management, Dr. Liu is very active in community and volunteer work. He currently serves as the president of the International Commission on the EMBA alliance of global business schools. Dr. Liu is well known for his assessment on global business trends. He studied at Peking University, Fordham University and the University of Maryland.

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