In our 4th episode, we sit down with Chee-We Ng, the founder of Oak Seed Ventures, to explore the world of deep tech investing. We discuss the stories and strategies of investing in groundbreaking technologies, and the enduring significance of human intuition amidst the rise of AI. Join us as we uncover the wisdom and strategies essential for navigating the ever-evolving landscape of deep tech investments.
Chee-We Ng is a former coder turned venture capitalist, specializing in AI, Cybersecurity & Next-Gen Computing. As a teenager Chee-We developed a word processor from scratch for his mother, and during his days at MIT, he worked on a chatbot that would do Q&A based on the internet (20+ years before but didn’t work nearly as well as ChatGPT!). His passion lies in finding and working with cutting-edge technical founders and help them execute strategies that drive positive global impact. Chee-We holds a Master’s and Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT with a 5.0 GPA, and an MBA from Harvard. His diverse background includes corporate investing, buyouts, joint venture formation, consulting and product marketing and development.
Oak Seed Ventures is dedicated to nurturing bold entrepreneurs in AI, Cybersecurity & Next-Gen Computing, providing crucial seed funding and support to kickstart their journeys. The team has backed top-ranked startups across these domains. Oak Seed Ventures’ investment philosophy revolves around identifying and investing in exceptional technical founders and fostering their growth through an extensive network of industry executives with deep connections in finance, telecom, internet, automotive, and manufacturing sectors. More than 80% of the startups funded by the team has received one or more subsequent rounds of investments.
Jonathan Rechtman is a communication coach, simultaneous interpreter, co-founder of Next Level Communication and Cadence Translate. Based in China for over a decade, he has interpreted for multiple presidents and prime ministers, Hollywood stars, Fortune 500 CEOs, and Nobel prize winners, and has served as a communication coach to some of the country’s most influential C-suite executives.
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World of Allocators was launched in 2020 to encourage long-term thinking and adoption of the endowment approach among asset managers in China. We are a community of investors bridging domestic and overseas practitioners to share and learn. The World of Allocators platform reflects our ambition to unite like-minded professionals across the globe.
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