Juan Luis Leung Li
“The power of technology and entrepreneurship lies in their leveling and transformative powers. I believe world-changing startups and teams can come from anywhere regardless of background, prior experience or education – it is a privilege and honor to work with and support them.”
I am forever indebted to entrepreneurship. My parents were the first entrepreneurs that inspired me; they left a small village in China as farmers, moved to Mexico City without speaking the language and became restaurant entrepreneurs. I look to work with equally passionate and driven founders.
At General Catalyst, I focus on early stage investments and I am a champion for Boston entrepreneurs. Some areas of interest include SaaS, SMBs, marketplaces, commerce, mobile and education. Regardless of space, I am excited by startups with unfair advantages – from hungry and visionary teams to defensible products that have scalable distribution strategies.
My personal path has had a few turns. At 15, I moved to the U.S. without my parents. To fund college, I worked countless jobs, from selling hot dogs to answering switchboard calls. Most recently, I was in San Francisco as part of the team at Javelin Venture Partners where I focused on Series A investments, working closely with companies such as MasterClass and FEM Inc. My experience in technology covers a wide spectrum – co-founding Ripple Concerts, a marketplace for live music, working with seed companies while at Primary Venture Partners in New York, helping the digital turnaround efforts at McGraw-Hill Education and advising large companies like AMD, IAC/InterActiveCorp, IMG, Ticketmaster, Universal Orlando and VeriFone on their financing strategies while at J.P. Morgan.
As an adopted Bostonian, I am naturally a huge Boston sports fan. I graduated from Boston University with a B.S., summa cum laude, in Business and a minor in Statistics; I earned my MBA from Harvard Business School. While at Harvard, I co-founded Rock Venture Partners, a program for students to invest in student-led startups. Also, I care deeply about educational causes and, over the years, have been a big supporter of Student Sponsor Partners, an education-focused non-profit helping underserved students, where I’ve served as a member of the Leadership Committee. In our spare time, my wife and I enjoy eating our way through Boston and teaching new tricks to our goldendoodle puppy.