ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit 2010
Joe Zhou

Joe Zhou

Managing Partner

Keytone Ventures

Joe Zhou is a Founding and Managing Partner at Keytone Ventures.

Joe is one of the most experienced VCs in China. Joe began his venture capital career in late 1999 with Softbank China Venture Capital as Head of Beijing Office. He was a Partner at SAIF (Softbank Asia Infrastructure Fund) from 2001 to 2006. He was a Founding and Managing Partner at KPCB China when Kleiner Perkins raised its China fund in early 2007. In early 2008 he founded Keytone Ventures. He was named Top Ten Venture Capitalists by CVCF in 2000, 2001, 2005, 2006 and 2007. He was named VC of the Year in 2005 by TopCapital.

Joe focuses on identifying market opportunities in TMT, clean-tech and consumer service sectors. He works closely with the management teams of Redbaby, Borqs, Zhongte, and Analogix. Previously, he was significantly involved with many well-known investments such as Shanda ("SNDA"), Acorn ("ATV"), ATA ("ATAI"), Alchip, Unionpay Merchant and Yasi. He currently serves as an independent director for Acorn ("ATV").

Joe returned to China from the US in 1995 as Vice President of UTStarcom China. He was responsible for managing investments for UTStarcom and its major shareholder Softbank. Prior to that, he spent six years in New Jersey working at AT&T Bell Labs and at a Bell Lab spin-off, Lepton Inc. From 1982 to 1987, he spent five years teaching at Beijing University of Technology.

Joe holds a MSEE from New Jersey Institute of Technology and a BSEE from Beijing University of Technology.

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