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Michelle Bailhe

  • Growth
Storytelling is an undervalued art in most companies, and especially in technology. The difference between good and legendary companies is how well they tell the story of how they make people's lives better.

Backstory

I was raised by a former Buddhist monk and a banker—hopefully, I’m a good mix. My father was a monk in Thailand, then went to college in the US and became a filmmaker, author and composer. My mother was raised by Midwestern, Irish Catholic parents, mostly put herself through college, and worked her way up in a career in finance. She was a capital partner to companies for 30 years and a founder herself. My father taught me to dream and my mother taught me a relentless work ethic to achieve them. You could find a younger me always learning—I used to “play” the digital encyclopedia Microsoft Encarta as a video game, traveling from the arctic to Zimbabwe, bouncing from chemistry to capoeira.

Starting my career at McKinsey, I got to see great leaders and organizations up close. I wanted to learn how world-class technology was built, so I went to Google as a Team Lead in the Creative Lab, but I ended up learning the most about storytelling. Looking back, that group attracted a lot of great crypto talent, from the artists behind CryptoPunks to a founding member of Uniswap. I did some early stage investment scouting for Google, but I wanted to better learn what a great business looked like, so I went to Hellman & Friedman, a private equity firm known for intellectual and financial rigor and good values. After cutting my teeth there, I was fortunate to get a call from Sequoia. It was a dream team and opportunity, combining what I loved about investing, serving great leaders, and being on the forefront of technology—always learning.

On the lookout for

Excellent founders building potentially world-changing businesses. We’re all generalists at Sequoia. Already I’ve been lucky enough to help us partner with companies across crypto, fintech, enterprise software, consumer, gaming and biotech. I relish any opportunity to work with a fantastic founder.

I spend most of my proactive time in crypto. Crypto—broadly defined—is a platform shift. It has the potential to become the medium for value on the Internet, rewriting how we buy, sell, reward and own. It’s seeping into finance, art, gaming, social networks and much more.

I’m proud to work closely with FTX, Fireblocks and Pilot. If you’re a founder building in crypto/web3 or have some other ambitious idea, I’d love to meet you.

Get in touch with Michelle

Personal Side

  • Big extended family
  • Friends
  • Live music
  • Art
  • Comedy
  • Reading
  • Travel
  • Skiing

Press & Media

Companies

Current Companies

  • Fireblocks is an all-in-one platform for storing, transferring and issuing digital assets.
    Current Stage

    Growth

    Partners

    Ravi Gupta,
    Michelle Bailhe

    Partnered In

    2021

  • FTX is a crypto-derivatives exchange.
    Current Stage

    Growth

    Partners

    Alfred Lin,
    Michelle Bailhe

    Partnered In

    2021

  • Getir is the pioneer of 10-minute grocery delivery.
    Current Stage

    Growth

    Partners

    Michael Moritz,
    Michelle Bailhe,
    Luciana Lixandru,
    Ravi Gupta

    Partnered In

    2021

  • LayerZero is an omnichain interoperability protocol that enables trustless cross-chain dApp development.
    Current Stage

    Growth

    Partners

    Shaun Maguire,
    Michelle Bailhe

    Partnered In

    2022

  • Pilot provides bookkeeping, tax preparation and CFO services for startups and small businesses.
    Current Stage

    Growth

    Partners

    Pat Grady,
    Michelle Bailhe

    Partnered In

    2020