This year, we are expecting over 1,000 investors at Slush, and some of them are sharing their stories on stage too. The Slush team is really looking forward to having Hemant Taneja and Lu Zhang speaking at this year’s event!
Hemant Taneja, Managing Director at General Catalyst
Hemant Taneja is Managing Director at General Catalyst that focuses on early-stage and transformational investments. General Catalyst has managed eight VC funds totaling approximately $3.75 billion in capital commitments. Hemant joined the company in 2001 and launched its Silicon Valley office in 2011.
Hemant’s investment thesis is known as “economies of unscale”, which describes the belief that small, tightly focused companies can leverage web services, datasets, and AI to successfully launch and compete against much larger, more established competitors. Hemant invests in founders with authentic missions that have the potential to change entire industries, and the current investment portfolio companies are in the fields of medicine, finance, and education, including companies such as Stripe, Snapchat, Color Genomics, Gusto, Livongo Health, TuneIn, ClassDojo, Grammarly, and Gridco Systems.
Moreover, Hemant is Co-founder of Advanced Energy Economy, a public policy advocacy group focused on advanced energy solutions, and is a member of the board at the non-profit education organization Khan Academy. Hemant holds five degrees from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has been a lecturer at both MIT and Stanford University.
Lu Zhang, Managing Partner at NewGen Capital
Lu Zhang is Founding and Managing Partner at NewGen Capital, which is a San Francisco based early-stage VC firm supporting entrepreneurs who aim to build globally disruptive platform technologies and business models with the potential to drive systemic change. NewGen Capital portfolio companies include Bluefox.io, a real-time, actionable traffic analytics for brick-and-mortar businesses, and Stratifyd that works on data-driven visual analytics to augment a human’s ability to mine actionable insights to make faster decisions, to name a few.
She was first introduced to the investment scene after receiving her M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from Stanford University. After graduation, Lu was Founder and CEO of Acetone Inc, a startup aiming to develop a non-invasive technology for the early diagnosis of Type II diabetes. Lu was 23 years old when the company was acquired in 2012 by a private medical device company and later by a public one, for more than $10 million.
Before founding NewGen, Lu gathered experience as Venture Partner at Fenox Venture Capital, where she participated in over 20 investments and assisted in M&A of the portfolios. At the beginning of this the year, Lu was included in the Forbes’ 30 under 30 Venture Capital list. She was also awarded the Forbes Asia 30 under 30 of Finance category and awarded as the T&C 50 Modern Swans Influencer.
Previously published investors include Ela Madej and Seth Bannon from Fifty Years, Albert Wenger from Union Square Ventures, and Tom Hulme from Google Ventures. Check out the full list here!