Bill Tai presented at FinTech Forum Silicon Valley on Sep 21, 2016  


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16 Investments in 14 Companies
Menlo Park

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Bill Tai

Past Board member of 7 publicly listed companies he funded as startups including one he founded as CEO. Investor in another dozen that grew to become publicly listed companies. Founder, Chairman & CEO of iAsiaWorks (NASD:IAWK -, Founding Chairman of IPinfusion (Tokyo Exchange:4817 via acq by Access), Founder & President of Tradebeam (acq by CDC Software NASD:CDCS).

Founding Investor / Chairman TreasureData, Board Member of, Voxer, Lulu, Miselu, & as personal funder. Personal Angel in Tweetdeck/Twitter,,,, Canva, Cotopaxi, Hard Candy Cases,, Shoes of Prey,, TVU Networks, VideoEgg /SayMedia, and other fun startups.

 Chairman of Maxthon Cloud Browser and past Board Member of startups Glyde, Scribd;  Seed Investor in, Schematic Labs (Soundtracking),, StackMob and, representing CRV as a partner in several funds.

 World Economic Forum, 2014 Technology Pioneer Committee; USA Team Rider, Cabrinha Kiteboarding; Olympic Ambassador, Int'l Kiteboarding Association ; Co-creator

 BSEE, with Honors, from University of Illinois and an a MBA from Harvard.  Adjunct Professor at Curtin University, Perth Western Australia. Creator of startup contests with Sir Richard Branson and OzApp Awards ( Originator of the developer contest covering Latin America.

Legendary venture capitalist Bill Tai established the West Coast office of CRV in 2002.

  • 8x8, Inc. - IPO 1997
  • Avvenu - Acq. by Nokia 2007
  • Award Software - IPO 1996
  • Centrum, Inc. - acq. by 3Com 1994
  • Creative Technology - IPO 1992
  • iAsiaWorks Inc. - IPO 2000
  • ICWorks, Inc. - Acq. by Cypress 1999
  • ImGo - IPO 2001 via reverse merger
  • IPinfusion Inc. - Acq. by Access 2006
  • Microchip - IPO 1993
  • Microtune - IPO 2000
  • NCompass - Acq. by Microsoft 2001
  • Network Peripherals - IPO 1994
  • Premisys, Inc. - IPO 1995
  • Rastergraphics - IPO 1996
  • RLX Technologies - Acq. by HP 2005
  • Silicon Clocks - Acq., Silicon Labs 2010
  • SlimDevices - Acq. by Logitech 2006
  • Terayon - IPO 1998
  • Transmeta, Inc. - IPO 2000

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General Partner

Advisor / Past Board Director

Investor (seed round)

Board Director

Investor (seed) / Advisor

First Investor

First Investor
DateInvested InRoundDetails
Feb, 2016$2M / Seed (Lead)Personal Investment
Oct, 2014$20M / Series BPersonal Investment
May, 2014$20M / Series A (Lead)Personal Investment
Jul, 2013$5.3M / Series APersonal Investment
Mar, 2013$3M / SeedPersonal Investment
Feb, 2013$2.5M / SeedPersonal Investment
Sep, 2012$1.5M / SeedPersonal Investment
Jun, 2012$3M / Series APersonal Investment
Apr, 2012$4.2M / Seed
Jun, 2011$3M / SeedPersonal Investment
Mar, 2011$1.7M / Angel
Aug, 2010undisclosed amount / SeedPersonal Investment
Jun, 2010$500k / Series APersonal Investment
Jan, 2009$300k / SeedPersonal Investment
Jan, 2007$6M / Series A (Lead)
Sep, 2003$10.5M / Series B (Lead)

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