“Sniper investor” Zhu Xiaohu: GSR Ventures chief’s slow but steady way of spotting future unicorns

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Known for his conservative investing in China’s often-euphoric tech startup scene, Zhu Xiaohu has caught unicorns like Didi Chuxing while making a profitable exit from Ofo just before it sank

In the tech world of chasing exponential growth to grab market share and stay ahead of competitors, Zhu Xiaohu may seem too conservative. In 2019, when many VCs were going through a so-called capital winter, GSR Ventures, which he leads, raised $450m and RMB 1bn in two separate rounds. 
“Actually we were offered more, but we chose to limit the scale,” Zhu, whom Forbes regularly names in its annual Midas List as one of the world’s top 100 venture capitalists, said. “I like to maintain the pace of investing $200m–300m every year. It’s risky if we exceed the limit.”
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