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“My role as a venture capitalist is to help people do what they want to do. I get excited about novel ideas. About really smart people pursuing what they are really excited about. About goal alignment.”
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“The most exciting part about the startup process is when the company puts its idea on the line by telling the ecosystem of entrepreneurs, customers and venture capitalists what its value proposition is and why its vision and passion matters. At that point the company is presenting itself as something original, something with some degree of novelty and definitely authenticity. Then you find out if there is any receptivity. That is the exciting part. When you are right, everyone wins. When you’re wrong, everyone loses.”

Gus Tai, General Partner
gus@trinityventures.com

Gus joined Trinity Ventures in 1996. He specializes in funding early-stage companies and in particular, enjoys helping entrepreneurs at the time of company formation. A Forbes Midas List recipient, Gus has an established track record at working with founders to help build teams and refine business models. Prior to Trinity Ventures, Gus began his operational career in engineering management at Digital Equipment Corporation. He also worked at Bain & Company, consulting to technology firms on new product development and business strategy.

Focus
Consumer Services and Consumer Enabling Technologies

Education
M.I.T. Leaders for Manufacturing Fellow
M.B.A., M.I.T. Sloan School of Management
M.S., Materials Science and Engineering, M.I.T.
A.B., Applied Mathematics, Harvard University

Active investments

Callisto Media
Dot & Bo
MaxPoint Interactive
Moovweb
PlayFirst
Trion Worlds
WetPaint
Zulily (ZU)

Past investments
Blue Nile (NILE)
CubeTree (acquired by SuccessFactors)
eSurance (acquired by White Mountains Insurance – WTM)
FatBrain.com (FATB)
Green Patch (acquired by Playdom)
Invio Software (acquired by Veritas – VRTS)
Kiva Software (acquired by AOL/Netscape – AOL)
Modulus Video (acquired by Motorola – MOT)
mSpot (acquired by Samsung)
Photobucket (acquired by Fox Interactive Media – NWS)
Posterous (acquired by Twitter)
SpeedEra Networks (acquired by Akamai Technologies – AKAM)
Sygate Technologies (acquired by Symantec – SYMC)
TruAxis (acquired by Mastercard)

Gus is also a student and proponent of various mindfulness and somatic awareness based practices. At the 2012 Wisdom 2.0 conference he joined fellow VC Luke Nosek (Founders Fund) on stage to discuss “Consciousness-based Venture Capital”. The two were moderated by former Trinity EIR, Joe Hyrkin.