Born and raised in Portland, OR. Was an avid, but unskilled, athlete, and never flew on an airplane before my 19th birthday. Worked my way through Reed College as a research biologist, and found myself heavily indebted after graduation. Joined Intel in manufacturing, enjoyed the work and shifted career from reserach biologist to business in the IT world. Attended business school and subsequently worked at Sequent, Cisco, and NCube in various operational roles, mostly sales and marketing. Moved to Tokyo, Japan in 1989, and made friends with Masayoshi Son, founder of Softbank, at a driving range. Subsequently convinced Cisco to work with Son/Softbank in creating a JV in Japan in 1994. in 1995, joined Softbank to head up Softbank's venture capital business. First day as a VC met with teams from US Web and Yahoo. Decided the VC world would be fun. Founded or helped start 9 venture funds between 1995 and 2009, including 4 funds in China. Retired from all the Softbank and Mobius funds in 2004, and moved with my family to Shanghai where we live today.
An idea worth spreading
China and the U.S. are inextricably linked in their future success or failure. There is no circumstance that can result in the U.S. being successful if China fails, and vice versa. As a result, it is incredibly important for Americans and Chinese to understand each other and the reality that each country faces. This is mostly clearly evident in issues related to climate change and the environment. We do not need to ignore wrong doings, but we do need to approach every discussion, on both sides, in the spirit of partnership and mutual success.
I'm passionate about
The intersection of China, U.S., Entrepreneurs, and Technology. Energy efficiency. Philanthropic efficiency. Encouraging people to experience the world, not just read about it. Life.
Talk to me about
Innovation in China, What you should know about China, water, education in the U.S., our responsibilities to help others less fortunate than themselves, making philanthropy more efficient.
People don't know I'm good at
Group travel planning, making different kinds of people comfortable with each other, helping kids decide where to go to college, forecasting disruptions to my travel plans!