About John Lin
Drawing on his experience as a real estate tech entrepreneur, John focuses on vertical marketplaces and workflow companies, ranging from those in finance to mobility and healthcare. He is especially interested in companies that change the way people perform their daily jobs or habits.
My job as a venture capitalist is to do whatever I can to make an entrepreneur’s company one to remember.
What prepared you for a position at Trinity?
Before joining Trinity, I led engineering, product, and customer acquisition at Roomi, which acquired my startup, TownHall. I've gone through fundraising and scaling a product from a few thousand users to millions. Before creating TownHall, I worked at Globespan Capital Partners, Yelp and McKinsey & Company, and I have degrees in computer science and business from UC Berkeley. I also have advised and occasionally even invested in many startups on the side, ranging from an on-demand dermatology company to insurance workflow tools.
What kinds of investments do you seek?
At Trinity I work on numerous types of consumer and enterprise investments. The best entrepreneurs tend to have the right balance of deep knowledge about a sector and a clear and thoughtful point of view regarding how to move forward. Some focus verticals for me include fintech, healthcare tech, real estate tech, logistics and transportation, delivery and ecommerce, and tools for developers.
How do you help your companies?
No two companies are the same, and different companies have different needs. Some entrepreneurs mostly want help with hiring, while others send me their Invision mockups every week. I’ve helped entrepreneurs hire VPs, build revenue models, scope out specs and raise debt. My job as a venture capitalist is to do whatever I can to make an entrepreneur’s company one to remember.
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