Sequoia

Anni Cai

  • SEA
“My favorite line is, “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” No one will remember all the times you tried and missed, only the goals you end up scoring. When in doubt, just go for it!”

The daughter of an engineer and a teacher, I loved tinkering with gadgets and pursued knowledge with ferocious zeal. I’d thought about a research career, and in fact, spent a happy high school summer at MIT studying cell signaling in yeast.

But my interests were eclectic (taking full advantage of Harvard’s liberal arts curriculum, I’d devoured everything from continental philosophy to 1800s French literature alongside my Statistics degree), and I was always restless to meet different people and explore new ideas. Investing, it turned out, was the perfect fit.

I was fortunate to start my career at Blackstone’s Tactical Opportunities group which exposed me to a gamut of asset classes and trained me in rigorous financial analysis. My abiding fascination with tech later brought me to General Catalyst, my first exposure to venture capital, or what I like to call the art of calibrated dreaming. Sequoia Capital was a firm I’d long known by reputation, and when I decided to return home to Southeast Asia after eight years abroad, I knew this was the place to be.

It’s an honor to continue the tradition of helping founders build legendary companies in one of the most dynamic regions in the world.

Founders who put people at the heart of everything they do. That often translates into customer obsession, dedication to building (and maintaining) a winning culture, gravitational pull for talent, and long-term orientation.

Outside of this soft heuristic, I fully embrace the diversity of ideas, backgrounds, and experiences that can create a great founder or a great company. And like many at Sequoia Southeast Asia, I’m a generalist and fortunate to have been part of the journey of companies across fintech, crypto, software, healthcare…the list goes on. Nothing is too complex, esoteric, or futuristic (remember, I love nerding out!)

All this is to say if you’re a dreamer and builder—I’d love to meet you wherever you are.

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