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Josephine Chen
Josephine Chen

I was born in Massachusetts but spent most of my childhood in Taiwan before moving to the Bay Area at age ten. By the time I started college, I’d attended seven different schools. The resilience and adaptability I developed moving from place to place taught me to listen before I speak.

This will be the century where some of the greatest innovations come at the intersection of biology and computer science. I started doing research in immunology when I was in middle school. I did translational oncology at Genentech, and then studied a new protein target to slow Alzheimer’s in college. At Stanford, I was able to marry my interests in biology with statistics and computer science, and I am excited to meet entrepreneurs innovating at that intersection.

I think there's still tremendous opportunity in classic, vertical SaaS for entrepreneurs to bring the future forward in traditional industries like healthcare. Software can transform big, legacy industries by unlocking the insights in their data and creating new consumer experiences.

COVID is a unique inflection point for the healthcare system. Misaligned incentives across the different stakeholders in the system have doomed many companies in the past; the dirty secret is that regulation, more than anything else, has catalyzed changes in healthcare. Sweeping regulatory changes have been made as a result of COVID. This is one of the key, hallmark moments that may finally present a catalyst for initiating changes in healthcare.

Most investors consider passion for an industry or problem to be a prerequisite; I’m convinced that success can beget passion as well. Figuring out product-market fit and scaling a business can build an intense appreciation for the customer needs and the problems in the industry.

I want to dream with founders. Many times investors miss the seemingly simple ideas that can transform the future that visionary founders are able to see. I want to be able to dream with you.

I’m someone who can watch the same musical multiple times. It’s because each time is slightly different; there are little nuances that are so unique and special to that particular moment. I meet with entrepreneurs all day, but learning each person’s journey and insights never gets old. The best conversations are the ones that continue to 4AM because we are riffing on each other’s ideas.

I nearly drowned as a child. I sobbed all day, and the day after that, I asked to enroll in swimming lessons. There are moments where every founder feels like they’re drowning – I want to be their first call when that happens.

I strongly believe in immigrant founders. I saw firsthand the sheer tenacity of my parents who built a business while raising two daughters in a country where everything was foreign to them. I viscerally appreciate the challenges and the hopes of those chasing the American Dream – for many immigrants, there is more at stake than just their company.