Kathy Chiu is a managing partner of the FAN Fund, a venture capital firm that invests in Florida-based technology and life science “lite” early stage companies. The group launched their first fund in 2015 and their second fund in 2018. Along with two other full-ime managing partners Mitch Laskey and Ben Patz, Kathy manages the funds day to day, develops investment theses, sources and screens investment pipeline, performs due diligence on prospective investments, and helps portfolio companies with strategy, transactions, and other board level activities. Independently, Kathy is also on the board of Florida-based retailor Beall’s Inc. (www.beallsflorida.com).
Prior to FAN Fund, Kathy was the president and founder of Venture Catapult, a strategy and business development consulting practice that specializes in new market entry and has clients ranging from US based Fortune 500 to Asian technology companies. She was also a wireless venture capitalist with Denver-based iSherpa Capital responsible for deal sourcing, due diligence, deal structuring, portfolio management, and portfolio exit.
With Lefthand Networks (an enterprise IT network storage company that was later acquired by Hewlett Packard) and Level (3) Communications (NYSE: LVLT), Kathy served in product management and other sales and marketing roles. In Boston, she worked as a quantitative analyst at Cornerstone Research, where she worked on a wide range of client cases including derivative pricing, hedges and swaps, company valuation, dynamic trading model, tax shelter analyses, as well as operational responsibilities such as analyst recruiting and case team management. She also worked in the corporate strategy department of Compaq Computers.
Prior to embarking on the business career track, Kathy was an electrical engineer and worked in technical positions at Superconducting Supercollider Laboratory, Tektronix, and MIT’s Media Lab.
Kathy Chiu has an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business, and an BS and an MS in Electrical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She speaks Chinese and Taiwanese with native fluency.