Westwood Ventures Presents: Venture Capital 101

Wednesday, June 16th, 4:00 PM EST

Watch our Venture Capital 101 presentation covering key documents, key stages, and the basic principles of venture capital investing. The discussion will be led by Westwood Ventures’ Managing Partner Edward Tsai, and is open to all alumni and friends of UCLA. Westwood Ventures is Alumni Ventures’ UCLA-focused venture capital fund. 

There will be time for open questions during the call. During the session, we will discuss:

  • The stages of venture capital
  • Key aspects of investing (theme-building, sourcing, and winning deals, etc.)
  • Key documents involved in investing
  • Examples of what to look for when evaluating deals

* You must be accredited to invest in venture capital



About Your Presenter

Edward Tsai | Managing Partner | Westwood Ventures

Edward Tsai | Managing Partner | Westwood Ventures

Edward has over 15 years of investment and strategy experience in the U.S. and China, including a successful track record with investments including Cruise Automation ($1 billion acquisition by GM), Life360 (IPO), Palantir (IPO), and Brave Software. As well as, deep operating experience at technology and cybersecurity companies 360 and Qianxin, and service on the limited partner advisory committees at Cendana Capital and Ten Eleven Ventures. Most recently, he was Director of Investments at the enterprise security company Qianxin, where he led ¥5 billion (~$700 million) in fundraising, ran multiple M&A deals, and managed a large investment portfolio. He also served as Assistant GM for and incubated Qianxin’s ¥600 million cybersecurity spinout fund Security Capital. At 360, he led International Investments and Strategic Development.

Edward started his venture career at DCM, a global early-stage venture capital firm managing $4 billion, where he served as Vice President in the Menlo Park office. Edward began his career at Bain and Company. He holds a BS and MS degree in Computer Science from UCLA, where he served on the Academic Information Technology Board and CIO Search Committee and was Chair of Engineering Week. He is a Kauffman Fellow (class of ’15).

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