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Sonya Huang

  • Growth
“What I admire most in a founder is imagination. Technology is a great enabler, but it takes imagination to harness that technology and create something useful and delightful.”

I’m a Silicon Valley kid at heart. I was born in Mountain View and grew up in the gravity well of innovation that was 1990s Silicon Valley. It was a fascinating time, from learning to code in third grade to witnessing blockbuster IPOs and the dotcom bubble burst.

Growing up in the Valley made me believe deeply in the American Dream and technology’s role in creating a better future. My parents are immigrant engineers, and technology and entrepreneurship gave them the vehicle to create something lasting. I see venture capital as a conduit to amplify the best founders and the best ideas and give them every possible unfair advantage.

I worked at Goldman Sachs and private equity before joining Sequoia. My time in the financial world helped train my eye for operating and financial KPIs, and I try to bring this strategic finance mindset to bear in service of the companies I work with.

I chose to work at Sequoia because it’s deeply fulfilling to see a founder transform from “outsider” to leader. We get to partner with companies in their earliest, most delicate stages, and watch them bloom. It’s an honor to be a wingperson on that journey.

I seek to partner with founders who take incredible care and joy in their craft. One of the companies I work with, dbt Labs, has a beautiful company value that I think about every day: “Work done well is its own end. We do great work because it is an expression of who we are, a contribution of our unique talents and perspectives to a purpose larger than ourselves.”

I also like to work with founders who are thinking a decade ahead, rather than solving the problems of today. They see the future impact of the technology they’re building the way an artist sketches—it’s hazy at first, and then it comes into view. Emily Weiss at Glossier comes to mind: she’s constantly pushing the boundaries of what a consumer brand can be.

These days, I spend a lot of time in fintech and software, seeking to find companies that are reinventing legacy financial services and enterprise technology in a design-first, user-first way. I’ve also been spending more time in Latin America and am blown away by the scale of founder ambition.

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Current Companies

  • Attentive is a personalized text messaging platform for innovative brands.
    Current Stage

    Growth

    Partners
      Pat Grady,
      Sonya Huang
    Partnered In

    2019

  • Census is the data automation platform that syncs users' data warehouse with all their business apps.
    Current Stage

    Early

    Partners
      Mike Vernal,
      Sonya Huang,
      Lauren Reeder
    Partnered In

    2020

  • Cribl helps customers easily sift through data to find the nuggets they need.
    Current Stage

    Growth

    Partners
      Pat Grady,
      Sonya Huang
    Partnered In

    2020

  • Dashlane secures users' digital identity across a wide range of platforms and devices.
    Current Stage

    Growth

    Partners
      Jim Goetz,
      Sonya Huang
    Partnered In

    2019

  • dbt helps data teams work like software engineers to ship trusted data faster.
    Current Stage

    Growth

    Partners
      Sonya Huang,
      Matt Miller
    Partnered In

    2020

  • Fintual offers a simple way for consumers in Latin America to invest online.
    Current Stage

    Growth

    Partners
      Sonya Huang,
      Kais Khimji
    Partnered In

    2021

  • Glossier is an online direct-to-consumer beauty brand.
    Current Stage

    Growth

    Partner
      Sonya Huang
    Partnered In

    2019

  • Gong delivers insights on every customer interaction at scale so revenue teams can make smarter decisions.
    Current Stage

    Growth

    Partners
      Carl Eschenbach,
      Sonya Huang
    Partnered In

    2019

  • Pendulum is a biotechnology company working to improve the human microbiome.
    Current Stage

    Growth

    Partners
      Jess Lee,
      Roelof Botha,
      Sonya Huang
    Partnered In

    2017

  • Streamlit builds software for quickly creating and deploying data apps.
    Current Stage

    Growth

    Partners
      Sonya Huang,
      Dannie Herzberg,
      Matt Miller
    Partnered In

    2021

  • Tecton provides data management for ML.
    Current Stage

    Early

    Partners
      Sonya Huang,
      Bill Coughran,
      Matt Miller
    Partnered In

    2018

  • Thumbtack is an online platform for managing the home.
    Current Stage

    Growth

    Partners
      Bryan Schreier,
      Sonya Huang
    Partnered In

    2013

Enduring Companies

  • Amplitude is an analytics platform that enables organizations to see and predict which combination of features and actions translate to business outcomes.
    Current Stage

    IPO

    Partners
      Pat Grady,
      Sonya Huang,
      Ravi Gupta
    Partnered In

    2018

  • Armis is the first agentless, enterprise-class security platform for unmanaged and IoT devices.
    Current Stage

    Acquired

    Partners
      Carl Eschenbach,
      Sonya Huang,
      Kais Khimji
    Partnered In

    2015

  • Nubank provides next-generation mobile banking and financial services to the Latin American market.
    Current Stage

    IPO

    Partners
      Doug Leone,
      Sonya Huang
    Partnered In

    2013