People are often surprised when they find out what incredible companies were started by Asian American founders. I’ve been told by many founders that seeing our list of Hyphen Capital LPs is inspiring because they never realized that some of these companies were founded by Asian Americans, and they are Asian themselves! One founder even told me that he forwarded the website to his parents to prove to them that you can actually be successful by starting your own company. Seeing these logos and this list of names assembled together in one place is extremely powerful.

These are just a…


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Today, I received this message on LinkedIn from someone I didn’t know. It almost brought me to tears given the emotional roller coaster of this week. Reading these words gives me and many others strength and motivation to keep up the fight. It reminds me that the work we are doing is making a difference. Marching and fighting for Asian lives or Black lives and equality may sometimes feel pointless to some. But we cannot let those who are ignorant make us feel less than or foreign, because then they win. When they say hateful things like “Go back to…


I first heard about Offsyte when co-founder and CEO Emma Guo reached out to me cold off of LinkedIn after reading my post announcing Hyphen Capital (and thankfully we were reconnected by our one of our LPs and amazing founder and investor Holly Liu). I saw her impressive background from her masters at Carnegie Mellon to being a software engineer at Cisco working on WebEx to MuleSoft and then becoming a rising star at Lyft. I would later find out that she was named one of the top engineering managers in the company. One of the reasons she was so…


I’m thrilled to announce that Hyphen Capital has made an investment in Runway. Runway helps teams and founders better understand the financial health of their business. It has been called the Figma for finance because it gives visibility into valuable business data and financial metrics to leaders across the entire team rather than being limited to just the finance team. Backed by Andreessen Horowitz, Elad Gil, Naval Ravikant, Dylan Field (co-founder of Figma), Henry Ward (co-founder of Carta) and many others, Runway is one of the most competitive early stage startups to invest in right now.

How did a small…


I started Hyphen in the summer of 2020 with humble expectations. I never expected the outpouring of interest from investors and founders that I received. My initial goal was to start an angel syndicate with a few friends, find a few investments through referrals, and in the process, hopefully help a few good companies get started. To my surprise, my announcement about Hyphen Capital ended up being viewed over 200,000 times on LinkedIn and viewed over 10,000 times on Medium.

Hyphen’s mission is to invest in and support the next generation of Asian-American founders. …


It’s become very trendy to start a company in the past decade. People who would have gone to Wall Street or law school are now flocking to apply to Y Combinator instead. With the pandemic and everyone working remotely, the virus isn’t the only thing that’s spreading; the entrepreneurial DNA is also leaving Silicon Valley. Even though I will encourage almost anyone to start their own business, I will be the first to say that it’s not for everyone. As many have learned, the highs are very high but the lows are very low. Nothing is more exhilarating than when…


Photograph: Daniel Brennan

Let me tell you a story: Earlier this summer, my friend introduced me to a talented young Taiwanese-American chef named Eric Huang. He had cooked at Cafe Boulud with Daniel Boulud, Gramercy Tavern with Michael Anthony, and Eleven Madison Park with Daniel Humm. I found out later that he went to Juilliard for cello and graduated from Northwestern University. He was also an exceptional writer from what I could read on his Instagram posts. This guy was the real deal and all sorts of talented.

Eric wanted advice and feedback on his business plan for Anzhu, a high-end Chinese restaurant…


Over the past decade, I’ve been building a community of Asian-American founders in Silicon Valley. It started out with a small dinner I arranged with a few of my fellow founders when I was working on my first company. At the time, I felt like I was lacking community with other founders, especially those who had a shared cultural upbringing and challenges. I’ve shared a bit about my experience in my essay Bamboo Ceiling? Build Your Own House. There are many groups for other founder communities but I wasn’t aware of any specifically for East or Southeast Asian-American founders. Our…


Back in July of 2019, a meme was born from a Twitter thread from Accel India general partner Shekhar Kirani. It was widely mocked and ridiculed by those who thought that the concept of a 10x engineer was rooted in unhealthy and unrealistic expectations of engineers. Kirani was attempting to call out what would make an ideal engineer, one who is focused, efficient, productive, full-stack, quick to learn and extremely knowledgeable about their code. But he also stereotyped them as unable to work with people (hate meetings, poor team players, bad mentors). …


We are living in truly uncertain times. The world has been turned upside down by a pandemic from COVID-19. College seniors are missing their graduations and entering a challenging job market where companies are downsizing to survive the economic standstill unlike the world has ever seen before. The real unemployment rate of the U.S. is likely over 20%, a level not seen since the Great Depression. One could look at the news with hopelessness or they can embrace the opportunity. During the Great Recession (2008–2010), people took lemons and turned them into Uber, WhatsApp, Slack, Pinterest, Square and Venmo. …

Dave Lu

Co-founder @ Pared. Managing Partner @ Hyphen Capital. Proud Taiwanese-American dad. Passionate about marketplaces and communities.

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