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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,, 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.

Leading media commentator and former Sina Weibo key man Shen Chen is a sociology graduate from Soochow University, and holds an MBA from the Capital University of Economics and Business. Previously at China Mobile and China Telecom, Shen, however, is better known for being part of the team at Sina Weibo who took the company public. With proceeds from his stock options, Shen founded Panda iMedia. Today, some 200 of his colleagues at Panda iMedia were also from Sina.

A former doctoral student of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Tsinghua University, Shen quit his studies to focus on (Shixiong Bangbangmang) and subsequently, his second startup, Licaifan, in internet finance.

Co-founder of Fenbushi Capital, China’s first venture capital firm that focuses exclusively on blockchain investment, and of Bitshares, a blockchain-based financial platform. Among the earliest investors and entrepreneurs in the blockchain industry, Shen has 12 years of experience in senior management at brokerages, hedge funds and investment banks. He received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Shanghai for Science and Technology and his master’s degree in Systems Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Shen Peng had first tried founding a startup while studying finance at Beijing's Central University of Finance and Economics from 2006 to 2010. In 2009, he joined Meituan – now known as Meituan Dianping – as its tenth employee. At the age of 23, he was in charge of Meituan's group buying business in north China. Shen was also a key player when Meituan expanded into the food delivery business. He received his master's degree in retail management from the Neoma Business School through a partnership with the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing. He founded Waterdrop in 2016 and has served as its CEO since.

The Woodford Patient Capital Trust is part of the larger group Woodford Funds. The company is based in Oxford and was formed in 2014, headed by veteran fund manager Neil Woodford. The Patient Capital Trust focuses on early- and early-growth-stage companies, with target returns of more than 10% yearly. The bulk of their portfolio comprises healthcare companies. 

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