Connie Chan (陈梅陵) is a general partner at Andreessen Horowitz. She launched the firm’s Asia network and sourced investments with companies such as Pinterest and Lime.
“I’m driven by having an impact and being able to work closely with entrepreneurs,” she told Forbes.
Connie was first hired at Andreessen Horowitz as an analyst in 2011. She was paired—and still works closely—with the firm’s strongest partner, Jeff Jordan. Known throughout Silicon Valley as the “China Whisperer,” Connie is one of the few general partners at Andreessen Horowitz who is not a founder or CEO of a major tech company, breaking a founding tenet of the firm. She is also the first general partner to be promoted internally.
Ben Horowitz, one of the co-founders of the renowned VC firm, admitted that the firm needed to “promote Connie or miss out.”
“When I first started at the firm, I didn’t think this was a path,” Connie said in an interview with Recode at Vox.
She has won several awards, including being named on the lists for LinkedIn’s NextWave Top Professional 35 and Under, Wired’s Next 20 Tech Visionary, and Fast Company’s Most Creative People 2017. She is a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum and won an award for her articles on tech innovation in China at WeChat.
Before joining Andreessen Horowitz, she worked at Hewlett-Packard, Palm, Elevation Partners and Goldman Sachs. She also worked at her alma mater, Stanford, as a lecturer for a “Public Speaking for Engineers” course.Tags: Andreessen Horowitz, Asia, Women in Tech, Women in VC