We Have a Purpose-Driven Team
Deep-rooted in Silicon Valley, we are a purpose-driven team of technology enthusiasts, investing in founders defining the future and breaking barriers. We focus on value creation empowered by technology breakthroughs and technology penetration. We bring product focus and venture discipline into hard science backed startups. Believing technology is the force driving human race forward and making us truly free, happy and powerful, we strive to embrace the force and empower daring entrepreneurs to change the world.
Helen H. Liang, PhD, Founder & Managing Partner
Helen established FoundersX Ventures in 2016 with the support of Stanford circle of founders. Bringing over 10 years of product experience in high-tech industry, She leads a high-performing team investing in entrepreneurs defining the future and breaking barriers in biotech, Fintech, enterprise SaaS, Space tech and low carbon solutions, with 3 unicorns and more than a dozen portfolio companies valued at over $100M. She has been a guest lecturer at Stanford University and an invited speaker at TechCrunch. Helen is based in Silicon Valley.
Select Investments: SpaceX, FiscalNote, Salt Security, Jeeves, Houm, Meru Health, 1910 Genetics, Universal Quantum, Kernal Bio, Moonshot Brands
Tom Kosnik, PhD, Partner
Tom is a seasoned tech investor and consulting professor at Stanford University with expertise in technology ventures and global marketing. He was a key contributor to the Stanford Technology Venture Program and the BASES Challenge annual startup contests. Highly connected in Silicon Valley with a global network, Tom has served as an advisor and mentor to numerous tech startup founders from the Stanford circle. He is based in Silicon Valley.
Select Investments: Salt Security, Meru Health, 1910 Genetics, Markable, Orbillion Bio, Elementary Robotics
Leo NW Cui, PhD, Partner
Naiwen is a biotech expert with extensive research experience in CRISPR and Microfluidics. He is a Postdoc fellow in Professor Feng Zhang's Lab at MIT Broad Institute. He is a core inventor of 4 patents and has authored 8 peer-reviewed scientific publications. His works have led to two spin-off companies which are developing early-stage cancer diagnostics and a high-throughput drug discovery platform.
Naiwen is passionate about the converging power of bioscience and bioengineering. He co-founded Nucleate, a student-run entrepreneurship club at Harvard, and grew the program to 6 other Biohubs in the US. Naiwen holds a Ph.D. in Bioengineering from Harvard University. He is based in our office in Cambridge, MA.
Select Investments: Charge Robotics, Palitronica, Orbillion Bio
Sizi Chen, Product Partner
Sizi excels in the interdisciplinary research areas of neural science, machine learning and data science. She is passionate about digital health solutions that transform the healthcare industry via digital therapeutics and digital delivery of care. She also covers enterprise SaaS in data security and RPA. Previously Sizi worked at the MIT Media Lab with computer scientists, neuroscientists, and artists to develop non-invasive methods to treat neurological disorders. The research work was featured by The New York Times. Sizi holds a BA in Music and an MS in Management Science & Engineering from Stanford University. She is based in our office in Cambridge, MA.
Select Investments: LunaJoy, Actipulse Neuroscience, Arintra, Palitronica
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Yvonne Jiang, Product Partner
Yvonne focuses on fintech, consumer products and low-carbon solutions. She is passionate about emerging technologies in biotech, foodtech, alternative proteins and regenerative agtech. Yvonne carries out in-depth industry trend analyses and startup due diligence analyses. Before FoundersX, Yvonne was a UI/UX designer at Google and Disney. She was a key contributor to several popular games. Yvonne holds an MBA from University of California - Davis. She is based in Silicon Valley.
Select Investments: Orbillion Bio, Moonshot Brands, Valia, Creizer.
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Cyrus Hodes, Venture Partner
Cyrus focuses on enterprise SaaS, robotics and automation. He has extensive experience in global operations as an entrepreneur and technology executive. He is passionate about AI, robotics and low-carbon solutions. Cyrus co-founded of the Future Society with AI Initiative out of Harvard Kennedy School. He served as senior consultant to Fortune 500 companies. Cyrus holds an MPA from Harvard Kennedy School. He is based in Miami, FL.
Select Investments: Markable, Orbillion Bio, Elementary Robotics
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Wendy Hayes, Venture Partner
Wendy is a seasoned tech investor. She is a board member of multiple biotech companies publicly listed in Nasdaq and NYSE, including Gracell Biotech and Burning Rock Biotech. She was a partner at Deloitte Hongkong previously.
Wendy has over 25 years of experience in financial and operational risk management and has worked with public companies, investment banks, regulators, and auditors. She is a Harvard Fellow in Advanced Leadership Initiative in the class of 2021 - 2022. Wendy is based in Silicon Valley.
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John Sun, Venture Partner
John is an experienced tech investor in global markets, former Managing Partner of New Horizon Capital and Head of TMT Investments. His investment areas include healthcare, enterprise services and consumer products. John started his career at the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Accenture. He holds an MBA from Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management. John is based in Silicon Valley.
Select Investments: Yahoo / Alibaba, Didi /Kuaidi, More Health, Grab, Meru, Moonshot Brands.