William Tai Overview

  • Investor Type
  • Angel

  • Status
  • Active

  • Investments
  • 62

  • Portfolio
  • 26

  • Exits
  • 25

Exits

William Tai General Information

Description

Dr. William Tai is a Co-Founder and serves as a Board Member at Extreme Tech Challenge. He also is a Co-Founding Investor of OneOf. He also is a Co-Founder and serves as Chairman of the Board at Treasure Data. He is a Co-Founder and serves as a Special Limited Partner at ACTAI Ventures. He is a Co-Founder of Sangha Capital. He is also a board member of Ensemble Communication. He is a Co-Founder & serves as Chairman at Metagood. He serves as a Board Member at Jacana and Kickfurther. He also serves as an Advisor at Stack Capital Group and CrowdClip. He serves as an Advisor and global Ambassador at Powerledger. He served as a Board Member at Glyde. He also serves as an Advisor at Tango. He also served as a Partner at MaiTai Global. He serves as Head of the Strategy Committee, Board Member, and Advisor at BitFury. He also serves as an Advisor at Emercoin. He is a prolific individual investor and entrepreneur, and a Board Director of Voxer. He served as a Board Member at Scribd. He has been funding companies as a Venture Capitalist since 1991 and has had 23 companies he backed at the early stage grow to become listed companies. He has served on 8 public company boards from his portfolio. He has been involved in the Bitcoin ecosystem since 2010. He is an early backer of Bitfury Group having personally funded their Bitcoin mining ASIC ~8 years ago. He is the Board Chair of one of North America's largest publicly listed Bitcoin and Ethereum mining operations, $2 Billion (market cap) HUT8 Mining (NASDAQ: HUT), an Angel backer of Dapper Labs (creator of Cryptokitties and NBA Topshot), and a co-founder of NFT companies MetaGood and OneOf. As a personal VC, he is Zoom Video's first backer and among the first backers of 'unicorns' Canva, Color Genomics, Class.com, Dapper Labs, and SafetyCulture. He has had more than 20 of his early-stage companies grow to be publicly listed companies. He has an operating background as founding Chairman of network operating system pioneer IPInfusion (Tokyo Stock Exchange:4813), and Founding CEO and Chair of iAsiaWorks (IPO Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley), which operated Internet Data Centers in 10 countries across Asia in the 1990s. Originally trained as a computer chip designer, and joined the CEO of Fairchild Semiconductor at the startup of LSI Logic during the 'silicification' of Silicon Valley and was issued Badge #A001 during the formative years of Taiwan Semiconductor (NYSE TSM) which is now among the ten most valuable companies in the world. He started the semiconductor practice at Alex Brown & Sons in the 1980s, handling the IPOs of companies such as Atmel, Cirrus Logic, and Zilog. He holds a BSEE with honors from the University of Illinois, an MBA from Harvard, and an Honours Ph.D. from Curtin University where he is an Adjunct Professor of "Innovation and Economic Development" and Chairs ACTAI Global, a 501c3 uniting Athletes, Conservationists, Technologists, Artists and Innovators to fuel technology-based environmental conservation and economic development via entrepreneurship.

Business Details

Investor Status
Actively Seeking New Investments
Primary Investor Type
Angel (individual)
Corporate Office
  • San Francisco, CA
  • United States
+1 (650) 000-0000

William Tai Investments (62)

Company Name Deal Date Deal Type Deal Size Industry Company Stage Lead Partner
Blaze Technology 17-Oct-2023 Seed Round 000 Business/Productivity Software Generating Revenue 0000000 000 00.0
Fairmatic 16-Jan-2023 00000 00000 0000 Insurance Brokers Generating Revenue 0000000 000 00.0
Tract 13-Sep-2022 0000 00000 000 Educational Software Generating Revenue 0000000 000 00.0
Fairmatic 31-Aug-2022 00000 00000 0000 Insurance Brokers Generating Revenue 0000000 000 00.0
TAP Network 01-Apr-2022 0000 00000 00.00 Financial Software Generating Revenue
Calyptia 01-Mar-2022 0000 00000 000 Business/Productivity Software Generating Revenue
Fathom (Communication Software) 24-Jan-2022 0000 00000 00.00 Communication Software Generating Revenue 0000000 000 00.0
Class 28-Jul-2021 00000 00000 00000 Educational Software Generating Revenue 0000000 000 00.0
Kickfurther 29-Apr-2021 Seed Round 00.00 Financial Software Generating Revenue 0000000 000 00.0
Class 15-Feb-2021 Later Stage VC 000.00 Educational Software Generating Revenue 0000000 000 00.0

William Tai Exits (25)

Company Name Exit Date Exit Type Exit Size
Calyptia 18-Dec-2023 Merger/Acquisition
TAP Network 04-Apr-2023 0000000000
Glyde (Specialty Retail) 31-Mar-2022 000 00 00000000
Nantero 02-Aug-2021 000000000000000000
Bubble Gum Interactive 01-Feb-2021 000000000 00000000
Wish 16-Dec-2020 000 00.00
ClearaccessIP 29-Apr-2020 000000000000000000
uBiome 01-Oct-2019 0000000000: 000000
Miselu 01-Sep-2019 Out of Business
GammaNow 27-Jun-2019 Merger/Acquisition 00000

William Tai Investments by Industry, Year, and Region

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William Tai Team (1)

Name Title Deals Funds Boards Office
William Tai Ph.D Angel Investor 00 0 0 San Francisco, CA

William Tai Co-Investors (202)

Name With Exits Lead Partner Series Industry
Sangha Capital 6 0 0 Series chart Industry bar
ACTAI Ventures 0 0 0 Series chart Industry bar
Maven Ventures 0 0 Series chart Industry bar
Global Founders Capital 0 0 Series chart Industry bar
MS&AD Ventures 0 0 Series chart Industry bar

William Tai FAQs

  • Who is William Tai?

    William Tai is an angel Investor who has made 62 investments.

  • What kind of investor is William Tai?

    William Tai is an angel investor.

  • What does William Tai do?

    As an angel investor, William Tai invests personal money into promising companies, typically in exchange for equity.

  • How many board seats does William Tai hold?

    William Tai holds 4 board seats including Kickfurther, Class, CrowdClip, and Voxer.

  • What has William Tai invested in?

    William Tai has made numerous investments in companies like Blaze Technology, Fairmatic, and Tract within the Business/Productivity Software, Insurance Brokers, and Educational Software industries.

  • What has William Tai invested in recently?

    William Tai's latest investment was on 17-Oct-2023 in Blaze Technology, a company within the Business/Productivity Software industry.

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