Chairman of Board
Bill Tai has been a ‘hands on’ early-stage Venture Capitalist since 1991 and has had 23 of his startups become listed companies. He co-founded Treasure Data (acquired by ARM/Softbank) as Chairman and is among the first investors in Canva, Color Genomics, Dapper Labs (originator of Cryptokitties and NBA Topshot), Safety Culture, Tweetdeck/Twitter, Wish.com and Zoom Video, where he was the first backer to commit at the company’s formation. He is Board Chairman of Hut8 Mining (NASDAQ: HUT), North America’s largest publicly listed Bitcoin mining operation.
Originally trained as a chip designer, he joined LSI Logic, a seminal Silicon Valley startup formed by the CEO of Fairchild Semiconductor after earning a BSEE with Honors from University of Illinois. After an MBA at Harvard, he was issued Badge #A001 during the formation of TSMC, now among the world’s 10 most valuable companies (~$580 Billion market value as of 2020).
He was Founding Chairman & CEO of iAsiaWorks (IPO via Goldman Sachs & Morgan Stanley) and Founding Chairman of IPinfusion. He has served as Board Director of 8 publicly listed companies that grew from startups he funded at their formative stages.
He is creator or cofounder of the worldwide startup competition www.ExtremeTechChallenge.org, the annual www.NeckerBlockchainSummit.com and the annual www.WestTechFest.com, a thousand-person technology festival held annually in Perth Western Australia where he is an Adjunct Professor at Curtin University focused on “innovation and economic development.”