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Brian Ma
Brian Ma
Founder, General Partner
Brian was previously the Co-Founder and CEO of Divvy Homes (a16z, GIC). In 2014, he and Elpizo Choi started Weave (YCS14). In 2009, he started Decide.com an early machine learning company that predicted the future price of consumer goods. It was acquired by eBay in 2013. In 2005, he was one of the first PMs at Zillow before they launched. Brian has a BS in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington.
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Hsu Ken Ooi
Hsu Ken Ooi
Founder, General Partner
Hsu Ken was previously the Chief Product Officer of Workmate, an on-demand blue collar staffing platform in Southeast Asia. In 2014, he was VP of Product at Weave (YCS14). In 2009, he started Decide.com an early machine learning company that predicted the future price of consumer goods. It was acquired by eBay in 2013. Hsu Ken has a BS in Mathematics and Statistics from the University of Washington.
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Jessica Chao
Jessica Chao
Founding Capital Partner
Jessica is the Clinical Innovation and Partnership Strategy Lead at the University of California, San Francisco. She is also an advisor to Berkeley Skydeck. She did her residency and MBA at The John Hopkins University. In 2012, she started a health tech startup called Healtho. Jessica has a BS in Biochemistry and Doctorate of Pharmacy from the University of Washington and an MBA from The John Hopkins University.
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Franklyn Chien
Franklyn Chien
Founding Capital Partner
Frank is the CEO and cofounder of PrizePool. In 2011, he started LearnSprout, a data analytics solution focused around helping schools make sense of their data to help students. LearnSprout was acquired by Apple in 2015. In 2007, he joined Facebook when it less than 500 people. Frank has a BA in Business Administration and a BS in Economics from the University of Washington.
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Elpizo Choi
Elpizo Choi
Founding Capital Partner
Elpizo is Head of Engineering at Foundation Labs. Foundation allows people to create, explore and collect digital art NFTs. In 2018, he was a Senior Software Engineer at Harbor. In 2016, he was a Senior Engineer at Uber. In 2014, he and Brian Ma started Weave (YCS14). In 2011, he was an engineer at Buzzlabs which was acquired by IAC. He has a Masters in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Southern California.
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Francis Kam
Francis Kam
Founding Capital Partner
Francis is a Staff Mobile Software Engineer at Airbnb. In 2016, he was a Staff Engineer at Thumbtack. In 2014, he was a Senior Architect at Weave (YCS14). In 2011, he was a Senior Mobile Applications Developer at Medio which was acquired by Nokia. In 2010, he started a mobile gaming startup called Narble. Francis has a BS in Applied Computational and Mathematical Sciences from the University of Washington.
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Hsu Han Ooi
Hsu Han Ooi
Founder, Partner
Hsu Han was previously the first engineer at Mutiny (YCS18). In 2017, he was a Senior Engineer at the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence (AI2). In 2016, he was a Partner at Madrona Venture Labs. In 2009, he started Decide.com an early machine learning company that predicted the future price of consumer goods. It was acquired by eBay in 2013. Hsu Han has a BS in Computer Science from the University of Washington.
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Iterative

Magdalene Choong
Magdalene Choong
Chief Financial Officer
Magdalene has more than 15 years of experiences covering the breadth of secondary and primary markets. She was instrumental to the growth of a USD 600m venture capital fund where she setup and oversaw functions in finance, operations, compliance and human resources. She has worked in Phillip Capital, HDFC and BEENEXT. Magdalene is a CFA Charter holder and a member of the CFA Singapore Institute since 2010.
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Matthew Chng
Matthew Chng
Venture Associate
Matthew was previously the Product Operations Manager at Zenyum, a consumer-focused healthcare brand. There, he built dynamic operating processes to drive the company's growth. He was also heavily involved in various entrepreneurship programmes, such as Creator Fund and Kickstart Global in the UK. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting and Finance from The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).
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Ka Kay Lum
Ka Kay Lum
Head of Research
Ka Kay was previously the Deputy Editor at The Ken, a deeply-reported business journalism platform. There, she's covered emerging stories about startups, private capital and investment activities across Southeast Asia. Her previous work can be found in DealStreetAsia, The Edge Property Malaysia and Digital News Asia.
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Vicnan P
Vicnan P
Special Projects
Vicnan's experiences span across a wide variety of industries and functions: including data science, marketing, operations, and human capital, from early stage startups to companies like Uber & Gojek. He helps organisations build robust systems. He is also a Singapore Futures Fellow at the LKY School of Public Policy.
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Phung Yi Jun (June)
Phung Yi Jun (June)
Content Lead
June has driven content strategy for B2B and B2C companies, helping them grow through various forms of content. She started as a fashion business writer, before expanding into other industries (retail, business analytics, startups) and leading content & marketing teams. Her previous work can be found in Inside Retail Australia & Asia, Omnilytics and Dropee.
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Madhusudan Murali (Madhu)
Madhusudan Murali (Madhu)
Programmes Associate
Madhu has worked in Big Tech companies such as SAP, Qualtrics, and Microsoft - having a hand in business development, strategic programs, and sales. He spent the last few semesters in college building different startups, one of them being mersa.io, a revenue-based financing platform for software companies.
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