In today's episode we speak to Eugene Zhang - Founder and CEO at TSVC, also one of the early senior members at Cisco and founding team member at Juniper. TSVC was founded in 2010 proud to be a leading early stage venture capital fund in Silicon Valley, investing in forward thinking ideas and cutting edge de-technologies as well as parking with exceptional founders and extraordinary entrepreneurial community. It has been ranked in the top early stage VC funds in Silicon Valley. Over these 11 years they have delivered outstanding returns for their investors by funding 160 startups in the deep tech focused areas such as SaaS, AI, GIPS, FinTech, Biotech, Blockchain and Semiconductors. With unicorns such as Zoom to their name.
We kick off by learning about Eugene's story and how his gotten to this point:
Employee working for high-tech companies
Worked with a lot of good and smart people
70 billion dollars
Started with angel investing
What drove you to drive opportunities and what special criteria did you think was important?
Religious about all founders with technical background
Background and reason for starting a business
The team to have fire, conviction
Significant sacrifice, no brainer
A vision, stubborn but can listen
Leadership skills, who and how does someone wow you?
When you lead, people follow
The first angel investors were friends
What technology do you believe is ground breaking?
Facing many unknown
Realistic or pipe dream
Openminded to what is different
Solar is so cheap
AI - formulation material, testing takes forever
Block chain, significant impact
NFT - Non-fungible token
Do you think you have a high tolerance for risky things or is it how you process risk?
Don't mess with Crypto
Every time we release a cheque I feel no risk
You let 3 pass
Debate goes a little crazy
Do you ever engage in discussion with founders who need help with culture?
Play the assisting role
We don't change structure
We leave you to run your own show
We ask them to raise the transparency
Zoom has a unique culture
Lastly, what do you do for fun and when do you have free time?
Listening to podcasts
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