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Excited to Welcome Hans Tung to GGV Capital

Hans Tung_09Really happy to share the news that Hans Tung, one of the top venture capitalists in China, is joining GGV Capital as a Partner.

As an entrepreneur and CEO, I was always amazed at the impact one key addition to our management team could make. Now, having been a VC for 5 years, it’s something we see regularly in our portfolio. A company brings in a rockstar to fill a key role on the management team and boom! – he or she makes an immediate impact, bringing new ideas, new insights and generally disrupting the status quo (in a good way). We think we’re going to see the same with Hans, and that’s great for entrepreneurs, our Limited Partners, and our firm.

We’ve had the benefit of knowing Hans for more than 8 years – often competing or collaborating to work with the best entrepreneurs in China. Hans is well-known for leading investments in several of China’s top companies, including mobile device leader Xiaomi (the fastest company ever to go from $0 to $1 billion in revenue), mobile game company Forgame (which recently completed its IPO at a valuation of over $1 billion) and e-commerce innovator Vancl (one of China’s emerging e-commerce leaders).

Over the next 5-10 years, the most significant companies in the mobile and Internet sectors will find ways to succeed across the US and China like never before, with US companies expanding to China and Chinese companies coming to the US (see our recent co-investment with Alibaba Group in Quixey). As a firm, we are laser-focused on being the #1 choice for entrepreneurs seeking to expand across these two markets. When we had a chance to add Hans to the team to further that mission, we jumped at the opportunity.

Welcome Hans!

GGV Capital Raises $625 Million for Fund IV

Today we announced the closing of GGV Capital’s new $625 million Fund IV.  This new venture capital fund is composed of roughly $520 million in US dollars and $105 million in Chinese RMB, for a total of $625 million (GGV Fund III was $610 million).  Read Tomio Geron’s article about the new fund in Forbes here.

Since the firm’s founding in 2000, we have pursued a consistent strategy – one team investing out of one fund, seeking to back great entrepreneurs and management teams in the US and China.  With Fund IV, we plan to do more of the same.  We couldn’t be more thrilled, and I thought I would share two personal thoughts:

First, our responsibility to entrepreneurs and management teams.  We could not have raised this new fund without the exceptional performance and returns generated by the entrepreneurs we’ve backed.  13 of these teams have taken GGV portfolio companies public since 2010, and several have been involved in some of the technology industry’s largest M&A transactions in the last year (including hiSoft, Buddy Media, Endeca, SuccessFactors, Tudou and Qunar).  The quotes from Lars (Founder/CEO of SuccessFactors) and Gary (Founder/CEO of Tudou) in our press release mean a lot to each of us personally, as they reflect the kind of relationships we seek to build as we invest our capital, our time and every other resource we can bring to bear to try and help drive success.

“GGV Capital was a tremendous growth stage investment partner for SuccessFactors. In an extremely competitive situation, GGV had the foresight to be decisive when others waivered.  It’s that killer instinct that stands out for me,” said Lars Dalgaard, SuccessFactors founder and CEO.  “The GGV team played a major role in our growth, from IPO to expansion into Asia to our ultimate $3.4 billion acquisition.”

Second, our responsibility to our Limited Partners (“LP’s”).  Just like entrepreneurs and CEOs do, we take our responsibility to our investors very seriously.  They are investing with us because they expect GGV to continue to deliver the above-market returns we have since the firm’s founding in 2000.  I won’t go into a tremendous amount of detail here, but suffice it to say that we appreciate our investors’ commitment to GGV (many of whom have been with us since 2000, across four funds) and we clearly understand our mandate.

Thomas, Hany, Scott and Joel founded the firm in 2000 with a unique idea and operating model – one team investing out of one venture capital fund across the US and China.  Twelve years later, we couldn’t be more excited to be investing Fund IV at a time when technologies like mobile, social and cloud computing are creating massive disruption – and the world’s #1 (US) and #2 (China) economies are increasingly intertwined.

Appirio: Strategic Investment from Salesforce, 5 Years of Growth, 1M People to the Cloud

I am a rabid fan of Appirio.  Let me put that out there as a disclaimer.  It is the kind of company every VC wants to find and invest in.  A huge market opportunity (cloud computing), terrific management team and employee base (grown from 0 to more than 400 in 5 years) and phenomenal execution (amazing customer base and financial growth).

Today, Appirio announced a strategic investment from Salesforce.com, the “big dog” in the cloud computing space.  The investment will go towards additional expansion in Europe and Asia, as well as continued growth in Appirio’s US operation.

The team put up a great blog post about why disruption has been such a key part of their strategy and success – it’s worth reading.

A few other recent Appirio news items of note:

ZDNET recently put up a great interview with Appirio CEO Chris Barbin.

MSNBC recently highlighted Appirio’s hiring momentum and creative recruiting strategies.

Congratulations to the team on 5 years of phenomenal success (looking forward to 5 more!).

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