Stan Fung Profile:
Stan has more than 22 years of experience investing in public and private companies globally, with special knowledge of early stage venture capital, and emerging technology and growth companies in the U.S., and the Greater China region.
Stan has more than 30 years of experience working with established and emerging technology companies in various operational and advisory capacities.
Stan spent 2010 as an Asia Programs Fellow at the Ash Center at Harvard Kennedy School, where he researched and worked with fellows from China. His research focused on using technology cooperation to promote economic development, to develop trade policies, and to improve country relations. His research topic was "Science, Technology and Innovation Policy - with focus on U.S.-China Relations".
Stan was recently a Managing Director at Zero Stage Capital where he worked between 1992 and 2004. At Zero Stage Capital, he led investments in software, communications, Internet and energy-related companies. He led investments in 19 companies that resulted in 8 successful initial public offerings and 3 strategic sales to corporate partners. Previously, he was with Advent International between 1990 and 1992, where he worked in the Far East Group and invested in opportunities that had direct relevance to Asia.
Before becoming a venture capitalist, he held software engineering and product management positions at venture-backed Teradata Corporation (NYSE: TDC – a big data firm!) during its formative stage (#38), and sales and marketing positions at IBM Corporation (NYSE:IBM).
Stan has been on the judging panel of numerous business plan contests, including the prestigious MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition (which he co-founded in 1989), the MIT Clean Energy Prize, and the Harvard Business School New Venture Competition. Stan serves as a pitch judge at the Breakout Labs, a Project of the Thiel Foundation. In addition, Stan has more than 12 year experience serving on the Investment Committee of the University of Massachusetts Foundation, Inc.
Stan is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences on issues related to venture capital industry, entrepreneurship and economic development. Some recent appearances include:
• 2013 Global China Business Meeting (The Hague, Netherlands)
• 2012 New England Venture Forum (Boston, MA)
• 2010 MIT Sloan Venture Capital & Private Equity Conference (Cambridge, MA)
• 2007 - 2011 Global China Business Meeting (Frankfurt, Barcelona, Lisbon, Luxembourg, Valencia)
• 2010 China Early Stage Investor Forum (Shanghai, China)
• 2007 China Venture Capital & Private Equity Forum (Shenzhen, China)
Stan was interviewed by the AseanAffairs Magzine (Nov-Dec, 2010) for its special issue China in Spotlight in which Stan discussed Managing Investments Inside and Outside of China.
Stan earned a BS (Summa Cum Laude) in Computer Systems Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst; an MS in Computer Science from UCLA; and an SM in Management from the MIT Sloan School of Management.