#50: Starting a VC Fund, a Contrarian View, & Immigrant Founders with Leonis Capital’s Jay Zhao

Leonis Capital Jay Zhao

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Jay is a managing partner at Leonis Capital, an early-stage venture capital fund that invests in AI-first companies and the automation economy. Previously, Jay is a Partner at T Fund (fka TCL Ventures), a global CVC arm by TCL Corp, one of the largest consumer electronics companies in the world. Jay is also responsible for helping define TCL’s strategic roadmap as well as corporate’s M&A and partnerships. Prior to that, Jay was a Senior Director / Partner at Walden Venture Capital, one of the pioneer venture capital firms in Silicon Valley, with a global presence in Asia and Israel. Prior to Walden, Jay was a Principal at Granite Ventures (ex- H&Q venture group), a premier San Francisco based VC firm that manages over $1 billion AUM.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jayzhaolinkedin/

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Website: https://www.leoniscap.com/

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