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Vinnie Lauria

Founding Partner at Golden Gate Ventures


Vinnie is an entrepreneur turned venture capitalist. He is a founding partner of Golden Gate Ventures, an early-stage VC firm in Southeast Asia with over 20 investments to date. He is a Kauffman Fellow, and a guest lecturer at the National University of Singapore. He was rated by the Founder Institute as the highest startup mentor in Asia from a pool of 2,500 mentors.

Prior to setting up Golden Gate Ventures, Vinnie built two startups in Silicon Valley: Meetro, a location-based chat service which was dissolved in 2007 and Lefora, a forum hosting platform which grew to over 100,000 communities and was acquired by CrowdGather in 2010. He also founded the Silicon Valley NewTech meetup, featuring hundreds of startups to a monthly audience with over 10,000 members.

Earlier in his career, Vinnie spent four years with IBM in a variety of roles, including Product Development within IBM Research and leadership in two global IBM communities around Open Source Software and Social Networking. He was a strong promoter of social software as an asset to businesses and enterprises.

Vinnie is truly passionate about building startup ecosystems, and enjoys bringing the Silicon Valley spirit to other places.

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