From Humble Beginnings to Lifetime Friends
Our families came to America with a one-way ticket, little money, and our entire lives packed in a few suitcases. Growing up in immigrant households, we lived by stretching a dollar as far as possible. And in order to assimilate into the American culture, we’ve developed an insatiable curiosity to learn from anyone, anywhere. We do not take anything for granted.
Even though we grew up with very little, we embraced the American Dream that by doing an honest day’s work, we can achieve success. Through grit and determination, we fought our way and worked all throughout our childhood and school to pay for our own education. Our paths crossed after college, where we became roommates and have remained friends for the past 15 years – and counting.
We believe it’s not a coincidence that some of the most valuable and iconic technology companies in the U.S. were founded or co-founded by immigrants or children of immigrants. These entrepreneurs include Steve Jobs (Apple), Sergey Brin (Google), Jeff Bezos (Amazon), Eduardo Saverin (Facebook), Larry Ellison and Bob Miner (Oracle), Andrew Viterbi (Qualcomm), Jensen Huang (Nvidia), Max Levchin, Luke Nosek, Peter Thiel, and Elon Musk (PayPal), Jerry Yang (Yahoo), Pierre Omidyar (eBay), and many more.
Our history shapes our firm’s values of being budget conscious, building authentic relationships, and upholding integrity. We take our values seriously, and we consider ourselves lucky to have landed in venture capital careers where we can help the next generation of entrepreneurs with those similar values achieve their success.
Our Professional Background
Our careers have included experience in finance, operations, and venture capital. We have been trained by leaders and legends on Sand Hill Road having invested at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB) and Institutional Venture Partners (IVP) – both firms were founded in the early 1970s and have backed some of the most iconic companies in the world including Amazon, Google, Netflix, and Twitter.