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One of the first in China to go to Harvard on a full scholarship since 1949, Bo Shao, who also holds an MBA from the university, worked at Boston Consulting Group before starting EachNet in China in 1999. EachNet was acquired by eBay in 2003 for US$225 million. Today he is a founding partner of Matrix Partners China.

Founded in 2007 by two US-educated and -trained returnees, David Zhang (Zhang Pin) and Shao Bo (Shao Yibo), Matrix Partners China has managed more than RMB 15.5 billion in capital and invested in over 320 companies, including Cheetah Mobile, Didi, Kuaidi, Ele.me, Koudai Shopping and Momo. Zhang has described the 100-strong firm’s investment style as “aggressive”, backing about 80 companies a year. An affiliate of Matrix Partners in the US, the firm focuses on internet & mobile internet, financial services, healthcare and SaaS companies in China.

Established in 1977, Matrix Partners is an American venture capital firm with offices in San Francisco and Cambridge in the US, as well as in Shanghai, Beijing, Mumbai and Bangalore, and has invested in prominent companies like Apple and FedEx. It participates in all stages of investment and, to date, has invested over US$4 billion and has over US$4 billion currently under management. The company has invested in more than 500 companies and was lead investor in over 150. It has seen more than 100 exits. Recent investments include US$11 million in Brightback Series A and in Klook's Series D.

Toutoushidao Capital was co-founded in 2015 by Cao Guoxiong, partner of Matrix Partners China, and Wu Xiaobo, a well-known financial writer. Mainly targeting the culture and entertainment sectors, it will invest RMB 2 billion–3 billion in the coming three years.

AngelClub is a capital management platform co-invested by co-founder of Tencent, Zeng Liqing, founder of Matrix Partners, Zhang Ying, and management at TsingVentures, Chuangfuzhi Capital and Panda VC.

Founded in 2014, EVERVC is a platform for startups and investors to seek financing and investing opportunities. As of 4Q2015, EVERVC had helped 170 startups to get investment of over RMB 900 million. It has invested in 40 startups, about 16 of which have received follow-up investment from prominent investors such as Matrix Partners China, NewMargin Capital, JD.com and Zhonglu VC.

Skyview Fund is a venture capital firm that focuses on early-stage investments in TMT industries. Founded by Andrew Ren, Skyview raised over RMB 300 million for its first venture capital fund. On March 1, 2017, Alex Cong, a former partner at Matrix Partners, joined Skyview Fund as its second managing partner.

This startup builds medical robots to serve patients and improve efficiency at hospitals.

Zhu graduated from Stanford University in 2012 with a master’s in Mechanical Engineering. That same year, he returned to China and co-founded Mobvoi. In 2014, Zhu left Mobvoi to work at IDG Capital Partners as the firm’s first Entrepreneur-In-Residence. A year later, he joined VC firm FreeS Fund, where he now serves as vice president.

Born in Shanghai in 1973, Zhang and his parents immigrated to the US in 1987. He received his bachelor’s in Neurobiology from the University of California, San Francisco in 1995 and his master’s in Biotechnology and Business from Northwestern University in 1999. Zhang worked at Salomon Smith Barney and ABN AMRO Capital from 1999–2001. He then served as managing director and head of China operations at venture capital firm WI Harper Group from 2002–2008. Zhang has since served as founding managing partner at Matrix Partners China.

Bo Shao graduated with a Harvard degree in Physics and Electrical Engineering in 1995 and worked at the Boston Consulting Group for almost two years until 1997. After obtaining an MBA from Harvard in 1999, he started EachNet in China. The e-commerce platform was acquired by eBay in 2003 for US$225m and Bo went on to other ventures like Babytree and Parent Lab Inc.Based in San Francisco, the angel investor became a founding partner of Matrix Partners China in 2008. He focuses on early-stage investments in the internet, e-commerce and new media sectors.

The Chinese affiliate of top Silicon Valley venture capital firm Sequoia Capital was founded in 2005 by Neil Shen (Shen Nanpeng), a co-founder of Ctrip, China's largest travel booking site. With more than US$6 billion under management in 2015, the firm has invested in more than 300 startups in China, including some of the country's biggest brands: Alibaba, JD.com, Didi, DJI, Sina and Qihoo 360. Sequoia, together with China Broadband Capital, also helped to bring to China LinkedIn and AirBnB, companies that both have invested in.

Vangoo Capital Partners was founded in 2008 in Hongkong as a wholly owned subsidiary of Ant Capital Partners. Ant Capital Partners completed localization in China by finishing management buy-out of Vangoo Capital Partners in 2011. Vangoo Capital Partners manages both US$ Fund and RMB funds. It focuses on the investment of medical, Internet, consumer products, high-tech, and new energy.

Lightspeed China Partners is a venture capital firm focusing on early-stage investments in China internet firms. In the past 20 years, Lightspeed China has invested in more than 60 companies in China; more than 70% of the investments were in seed or Series A rounds, where Lightspeed China was the lead investor in over 90% of the financings. In 2016, Lightspeed China launched its first RMB fund of 500 million.

Headquartered in Silicon Valley, Lightspeed Venture Partners is an early-stage VC firm that focuses on the enterprise and consumer sectors. Over the past two decades, the firm has backed more than 300 companies globally. It currently has over US$4bn in committed capital. The firm invests mainly in the US, Israel, India and China. It also works in collaboration with Lightspeed China Partners, a China-focused venture capital firm, to make investments in China. 

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