Bill Tai
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Bill Tai

Menlo Park, California, United States
Accredited investor
Member since January 26, 2010
- A kiter that VC's - Sponsored Athlete & Early Stage Investor. Quote_down
About Bill
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Credentials Accredited Investor, Qualified Purchaser
2001 Harvard Graduate School of Business , MBA

I am a(n):


If you are an entrepreneur, why?

Because it's FUN and has the same highs & lows as kiting.

My favorite startups:, Schematic Labs (Soundtracking), Mirror.Me

What's most frustrating and rewarding about entrepreneurship/innovation?

Rewarding: It's FUN. Frustrating: the masses never understand at first.

What's the No. 1 mistake entrepreneurs make?

Usually the main mistakes are around 1) Timing and use of resources vs. timing of need and 2) hiring mistakes and when to correct them.

What are the top three lessons you've learned as an entrepreneur?

Team matters more than the initial idea.

Full bio

Board Member of startups Glyde, Maxthon, Nantero, Scribd, & WangYou Media as well as Seed Investor in  AppMakr, ContextLogic,  Schematc Labs, & StackMob,as a Partner at Charles River Ventures. 

Individual Angel Investor in LoveMachine LLC, Slimdevices,, TVU Networks, Tweetdeck, VideoEgg and other similarly cool companies.

Previously: Startup Investor ---to--> IPO & Public Board Director of: 8x8 Inc. (NASD:EGHT), Award Software (NASD:PTEC), iAsiaWorks (NASD:IAWK), imGo (HKSE:0067), Microtune (NASD:TUNE), Network Peripherals (NASD:NPIX), Transmeta (NASD:TMTA); investor (no board seat) in an additional 8 startups that evolved to IPO on NASDAQ.

As an entrepreneur: Founder, Chairman & CEO of iAsiaWorks (NASD:IAWK), Chairman of IPinfusion (acq by Access, Tokyo Exchange:4817), Founder & President of Tradebeam (acq by CDC Software NASD:CDCS).

USA Team Rider, Cabrinha Kiteboarding
Olympic Ambassador, Int'l Kiteboarding Association (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 2016 ! )

Adjunct Professor of Innovatioon at James Curtin University, Perth Western Australia