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Liu Jiang
Liu Jiang

In many ways, venture capitalists are the gatekeepers to funding. As an immigrant and the oldest of three girls, I care deeply about widening those gates and equalizing access to opportunity.

In high school, I spent part of my summer at the World Bank working on their open data initiative and their mobile app. I witnessed how data-driven governments spurred economic innovation and how mobile devices enabled civilians’ financial independence.

Infrastructure, developer tools, security, intelligent apps, data center technologies… I’m fascinated with the transformation of the enterprise.

I studied computer science, electrical engineering, and management engineering at Stanford. I enjoy decomposing systems - whether they’re software, hardware, or organizations - and analyzing the interdependencies among their components.

My Dropbox experience convinced me that as with web and mobile, every successful company will eventually have an AI strategy. Technology is extending from bits to atoms, and AI is already augmenting or replacing physical world functions.

I’m also intrigued by companies that are reinventing large industries, such as healthcare, financial services, logistics, manufacturing, and real estate. Many of these industries have yet to capitalize on the potential of data and analytics.

I spend much of my free time tinkering with frontier tech. Some of my projects include 3D printing robot arms, editing bacterial genomes, programming crypto wallets, developing AR apps for the Hololens, designing autonomous car displays, and conducting computer vision and NLP research.

Thanks to some travel hacks, I've explored over 50 countries, many of them solo. When you’re journeying alone where no one knows you, you’re more introspective and honest with yourself. Each discovery is your own, and you embrace getting lost in the right (or wrong) direction.

As a long distance runner, I find that summoning the resolve to get started is the hardest part; the rest is just dogged persistence.

Our meetings center around exchanges of ideas rather than one-sided Q&As. It’s easy to use logic and be a skeptic, but I try to understand a founder’s vision and dream with her.

We love getting to know founders early on, and the strongest relationships are built outside of a formal fundraising process. If you’re hesitating to reach out to us, just do it. The answer is always no when you don’t ask.