Kevin Fong is a special advisor to GSR Ventures, which he helped start in 2004 to focus on investments in China. He has a 23-year track record of supporting entrepreneurs in early-stage companies to build industry leaders. New to Las Vegas he is on the board of advisors of Tracky and is working with Switch. While in Las Vegas he has helped LaunchUP, StartUP weekend, and MoMo Las Vegas. Companies in Las Vegas he’s assisted include: Rumgr, ayloo, Nularis, Twityap, gogivit, and myfacemessenger.
At GSR Ventures he works with all of GSR’s more than 50 portfolio companies working with the boards and GSR partners on issues of strategy, management, board dynamics, strategic partnerships, mergers and acquisitions, governance, and IPO strategies. He is also on the boards of Aspect Gaming, Clean Focus, and Liquidity.
Prior to GSR, Kevin was at Mayfield Fund for 20 years as a Managing Partner, where he contributed to the creation of companies with an enterprise value of US$13.4 billion—achieving more than $1 billion in returns to limited partners in the past 22 years from investments such as Alantec (NASDAQ:ALTC), Citrix (NASDAQ:CTXS), Crescendo Communications (now Cisco Catalyst product line), Legato Systems (NASDAQ: LGTO acquired by EMC), Redback Networks (NASDAQ:RBAK), S3 (NASDAQ:SIII), Prism Solutions (NASDAQ: PRZM), Vixel (NASDAQ:VIXL), InterWave (NASDAQ:IWAV), Latitude Communications (NASDAQ:LATD), and Velocity 11. His recent exits include 3Par (NYSE:PAR), which was acquired by HP for $2.35 billion where he was the lead and largest investor and non-executive Chairman of the Board of Directors. Mayfield Fund was founded in 1969 and is one of the premier Silicon Valley VC firms. Kevin started there in 1988 as an Associate and rose to become the Managing Partner.
While at Mayfield Fund, Kevin’s focus was on investments in the communications, wireless, semiconductor, software, and consumer media sectors. He has also served as an operating executive at David Systems, HP, and Nortel/Bell Northern Research.
Kevin earned an MBA and an M.S. degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University, and a B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. He is a board member of the Hua Yuan Science and Technology Association (HYSTA) the leading China/US technology organization. He has also served on the board of the Western Association of Venture Capitalist, the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, and the Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF). While he was at SVCF he helped co-found Silicon Valley Social Ventures (SV2) and represented them at the President and First Lady, Mrs. Hillary Clinton’s first ever White House conference on Philanthropy where he was a panelist with them, Steve Case (CEO of AOL) and Justin Timberlake.