Ranked by Jiemian and Toutiao as one of China’s top 50 VC investors, Herry has spent ten years with Lightspeed China Partners bringing an unusual and exciting approach to venture capital. A proponent of creating an “alliance culture” between partners and young generations of entrepreneurs, he approaches every investment as having high risk with the potential for big impact, which made him the first institutional investor of companies including PPDai (NYSE), online hospitality marketplace Tujia, and rideshare company Yun Man Man, etc. Naturally, Herry puts himself into that risk-taking headspace by skydiving and spelunking.
“It’s all similar to VC investment,” he says of his out-of-the-office passions, which also include lifelong accomplishments in Weiqi (Chinese chess). “You need to be strategic about every move and think several steps ahead,” he says, “instead of focusing on the now.” Herry is also globally ranked amateur radio operator.
Sure, these are unconventional ways to hone your strategic skills, but Herry’s mission is to create a safe place for entrepreneurs to take risks and share even their craziest ideas. He believes that fostering a curious yet competitive environment ultimately produces results.
Herry joined Lightspeed from McKinsey, where he worked as a strategic and operational consultant. His interest in venture capital was piqued while working on a due-diligence project for Tiger Global, when he discovered a passion for helping great people start their dream work from scratch. Today, he hopes to help shape the next generation of Davos-worthy economic visionaries.
“I hope I can make LCP a platform that allows top young investors and entrepreneurs to work together on crazy ideas,” he says, “so they can bring long-lasting positive value to humankind.”