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Venture Funding with Sophie Liao

Bridging the Cultural Gap of International Capital

Sophie Liao is a Venture Partner at the DFJ Dragon Fund, a joint

venture between the internationally recognized venture capital firm

Draper Fisher Jurvetson (DFJ) and DragonVenture. DFJ is the

only venture capital firm investing through its own global network.

Currently it has a global presence in more than 30 cities, and manages

more than $7 Billion in capital commitments. Sophie is also the

founder of Oyster Ventures, a fund focused on VR/AR and AI, as

well as Consumer-, Healthcare- and Entertainment-related tech.

Previously she was Managing Director, Asia-Pacific at Rothenberg

Ventures. She was also Director of Business Development and M&A

Advisor at Eight Solutions and Cameron Pace Group where she

initiated multi-million dollar deals. Sophie started her career as a

Director of International Business Development and Producer at

China Central Television.

Money in, money out. Venture funding is as simple as that, according

to Liao—but only if you’re on the inside. For those seeking to

capitalize, understanding the complex logistics of venture capital is

essential, as the stakes are the highest of the high. Venture money is

not long-term money. The idea for investors is to invest in a company’s

balance sheet and infrastructure until it reaches a sufficient size and

credibility so that it can, ideally, be sold to a corporation, or “exit.”

The venture capitalist buys a stake in an entrepreneur’s idea, provides

capital for the development of marketing and sales efforts, and then

cashes out with the help of an investment banker. In this lesson, you

will learn the players, processes, and keys to navigating and securing

venture funding.


Your Instructor


Sophie Liao
Sophie Liao

Sophie Liao is a Venture Partner at the DFJ Dragon Fund, a joint

venture between the internationally recognized venture capital firm

Draper Fisher Jurvetson (DFJ) and DragonVenture. DFJ is the

only venture capital firm investing through its own global network.

Currently it has a global presence in more than 30 cities, and manages

more than $7 Billion in capital commitments. Sophie is also the

founder of Oyster Ventures, a fund focused on VR/AR and AI, as

well as Consumer-, Healthcare- and Entertainment-related tech.

Previously she was Managing Director, Asia-Pacific at Rothenberg

Ventures. She was also Director of Business Development and M&A

Advisor at Eight Solutions and Cameron Pace Group where she

initiated multi-million dollar deals. Sophie started her career as a

Director of International Business Development and Producer at

China Central Television.


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