Chris Yeh: Make Yourself Known to Investors Early

I interviewed Chris Yeh @SmartMoney Silicon Valley & he kindly offered advice for women raising capital.  He spoke about pattern matching that investors tend to use:  “The historical pattern is that they invest in young Caucasian or South East Asian men & they invest in people who graduate from the Stanford Computer Science Department. They think to themselves that things just naturally seem to work out!  But if you dig deeper down into there is another side of which women entrepreneurs can take advantage.  Investors like to invest with pattern matching but even more so investors like to invest in people they know.  Given a choice between the pattern matching & investing in a person they know & like, they’re going to invest in the person they know every time.”

Chris Yeh has been building Internet businesses since 1995. He is the VP Marketing for PBworks, which provides highly vertical collaboration solutions that help businesses work more efficiently and effectively. Its products serve markets such as advertising and marketing agencies, law firms, and education, as well as the broader business market.  Chris is also a General Partner at Wasabi Ventures, a global venture fund, startup incubator, and consulting firm, where he leads the firm’s investment committee.  Previously, he was the first investor in and interim CEO of Ustream.TV, which provides an open and distributable platform for live interactive online video. He also helped start numerous other companies, including Symphoniq Corporation, TargetFirst, and Juno Online Services and FarSight Financial Services (divisions of D. E. Shaw & Co., L.P.). Chris is an active angel investor and advisor to a wide array of startups. He is also the founder and Chairman of the Harvard Business School Technology Alumni Association.  Chris earned two degrees from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he was named a Baker Scholar.  You can find Chris on his blog Adventures in Capitalism & on Twitter @chrisyeh

Here is the talk that Chris gave SmartMoney Silicon Valley “Silicon Valley Ecosystem”: it definitely was a ‘barn burner’! Thanks Chris