Wen H. Hsieh

Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers LLC

Wen H. Hsieh

Wen H. Hsieh

Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers LLC


You had an unusual childhood. What were you doing in the jungle?

My dad was an entomologist, so when I was four years old we moved to the middle of the Amazon jungle in Brazil—in a small village along the Amazon River between Belém and Manaus. I lived there for about three years. When I turned seven years old, my parents realized that I should probably receive some formal education, so we moved from the Amazon to Berkeley, California—in some ways, from one jungle to another.

Your travels were just getting started. How did those experiences affect you?

My elementary school education didn’t start until I was almost eight years old, after my family moved to Berkeley. A few years later, my father opened the mainland China market for Dow Chemical, so my family moved to Hong Kong, where I completed high school under the British education system. I then came back to the US to attend Caltech. Such frequent and dramatic changes in living and academic circumstances made me quite adaptable to new environments. These dynamic early-life experiences were invaluable lessons on how to adapt, assimilate and succeed.

How did living in China affect your interest in technology?

Observing the rapid changes in China from the mid-’80s to today is like watching one of those time-lapse videos where movements that happen over years are collapsed into minutes. Every aspect of life in China underwent dramatic transformation in a time period that is without precedent in the modern world. From such change, I saw that technology was a key accelerant of societal and economic progress, with a rate of change that was getting faster and faster.

What key factors do you consider when evaluating startups?

I’ve always been curious about the upper limits of science and engineering; this underpins my approach to HardTech investing. Between a theoretical ceiling that cannot be exceeded, and the floor of current progress lies vast opportunity for the development of revolutionary new products and technologies. But you can’t determine the upper limit of possibility without having a fundamental grasp of basic science and engineering principles. My deep background in engineering and sciences has been indispensable in helping me more accurately assess that delta of opportunity on a timely basis.

How would you describe your unique style of investing?

I consider myself a cofounder-type investor. It is important for a venture investor to be able to roll up their sleeves and dive in to help entrepreneurs in the trenches with company building—of course, only if such value-add is welcomed by the entrepreneurs. It’s not right for investors to just show up at board meetings and periodically ask dumb questions or make naïve suggestions. If an investor cannot measurably help the entrepreneur, then the investor has not earned the right to a seat at the board table.

* Education B.S. with honors, M.S., Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Ph.D. minor in Biology, all from the California Institute of Technology
* Languages Mandarin Chinese
* Prior Experience McKinsey & Company, Founder of OnChip Technologies


AEye (Private)

Ambiq Micro (Private)

Amprius (Private)

Crossbar (Private)

Desktop Metal (Private)

DJI (Private)

General Radar (Private)

mCube (Private)

Motiv (Private)

Pavilion Data (Private)

Proxy Technologies (Private)

Qumulo (Private)

Ripcord (Private)

Shoof Technologies (Private)

SpinLaunch (Private)

Willo (Private)



Bloom Energy (BE:NYSE)

LuxVue Technology (Apple acquired)

relayr (Munich Re acquired)

Tidal Systems (Micron Technology acquired)

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OnChip Technologies LLC

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Managing Partner at KPCB (China) Advisory Co. Ltd.

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Co-Founder at Crossbar, Inc.

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Co-Founder & Vice President of Engineering at Qumulo, Inc.

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Chief Executive Officer, Co-Founder at Desktop Metal, Inc.

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Chief Executive Officer & Director at mCube, Inc.

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President & Director at relayr, Inc.

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Partner at KPCB (China) Advisory Co. Ltd.

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Strategic Director, Madrona Venture Group at Qumulo, Inc.

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Senior Advisor at Northern Light Venture Capital Ltd.

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President, Chief Executive Officer & Director at Qumulo, Inc.

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Wen H. Hsieh
Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers LLC
MS in Electrical Engineering
Class of 2000

California Institute of Technology provides education focusing on science, engineering, academia, business, and public service. The company was founded in 1891 and it is headquartered in Pasadena, CA.

Career History
2006 - Current

Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB) focuses on investments in the life sciences, biodefense, green technology, information technology and companies with new technologies related to the iPhone and iPod touchpad platform.The firm's information technology investments focus on the consumer, enterprise, semiconductors, security and communications industries. They invest primarily in early-stage ventures that are incubating new companies with proven entrepreneurs and good ideas.KPCB's life sciences investments include medical devices, drugs, vaccines, personalized medicine, diagnostics and healthcare information technology and services. Their pandemic and biodefense investment initiative focuses on investments in companies with innovations in disease surveillance, rapid diagnostics, new vaccine technology, portable and less expensive manufacturing of vaccines and new antiviral drugs.The firm's iFund invests in market-changing ideas and products that extend the iPhone and iPod touch platform. The Fund invests across all sizes and stages. KPCB targets investments in companies that are developing applications, services and components. Their specific areas of interest include: location-based services, social networking, eCommerce (including advertising and payments), communication and entertainment.

Leader of Asia Semiconductor Practice

McKinsey & Co., Inc. provides management consulting services. It specializes in design, marketing and sales, analytics, operations, transformation and restructuring, risk, strategy and corporate finance, and sustainability and resource productivity. The company was founded by James O. McKinsey in 1926 and is headquartered in New York, NY.

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Apple, Inc. purchases LuxVue Technology Corp. from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers LLC, iD Ventures America LLC

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KLEINER PERKINS CAUFIELD & BYERS XV, LLC raised money in a private placement transaction

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