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Harvard University, BA 1994
Applied Math
Stanford University, MA 1996

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Alfred Lin

Alfred is a venture capitalist at Sequoia Capital who works with consumer internet, enterprise and mobile companies. He currently sits on the board of Achievers, Airbnb, Houzz, Humble Bundle, Kiwi, Romotive, and Stella & Dot.

Previously, Alfred was Chairman and COO/CFO at Zappos until 2010. He joined Zappos in 2005 and was responsible for operations and finance. Alfred focused on bringing focus, strategy and financial discipline in order to grow the business efficiently and profitably. Prior to joining Zappos, Alfred served as VP of Finance and Business Development at Tellme Networks, helping grow that business from no revenue to over $120M in recurring revenue per year, 30% cash margins and a $0.5B estimated contracted revenue backlog.

Prior to joining Tellme Networks, Alfred co-founded Venture Frogs with Tony Hsieh. Venture Frogs is an incubator and investment firm that invested in Internet startups, including Ask Jeeves, Tellme Networks, and of course, Prior to Venture Frogs, Alfred served as VP of Finance and Administration at LinkExchange, where he managed the sale of the Company to Microsoft for $265M.

Alfred met Tony Hsieh (Zappos CEO) in college, when Tony was running a pizza business and Alfred was his #1 customer.

Recent Milestones


Company Date Round Size Participants
Uber 2/2011Series A$11M7
Crunched 1/2011Seed$1.4M6
Uber 10/2010Angel$1.25M15
Appbistro 8/2010Angel$600k7 8/2010Angel$590k9
Schematic Labs 8/2010Seed8
Jelli 1/2010Seed$2M13
Cardpool 1/2010Seed17



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