Tess Hau is an investor and advisor to high performing startups, deep tech companies and extraordinary founders across the world.
A respected leader and subject matter expert, Tess is a sought-after speaker, lecturer, and advisor on venture capital, startups, entrepreneurship, strategy, Southeast Asia expansion and growth. She has been both speaker and moderator on numerous prominent VC and entrepreneurship panels. She was featured on Thrive Global’s list of “Top Women to Watch 2019”.
Among her many roles: Founder of venture fund Tess Ventures; Venture Partner at Spike Ventures, a venture capital fund for alumni of Stanford University; Co-founder of a stealth startup; and as a previous advisor to the Stanford Office of Technology Licensing, Tess was COO of GCBC Stanford Graduate School of Business. She was also appointed as Chief Ambassador by the Dean of Engineering at the University of Waterloo. Tess is a Member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).
Tess Ventures invests in crypto, Web 3.0, DeFi, NFTs, GameFi, the Metaverse, artificial intelligence, fintech, and privacy and security. Her portfolio companies include Animoca Brands, Aitomatic, DeHorizon, Azarus, Metaverse AI, Wonderverse, iZumi Finance, Plentina, Nubank and others.
Tess had multiple successful investments and exits through various entities before founding Tess Ventures. Examples include fintech, virtual reality, personalized medicine, construction tech, marketing automation, blockchain technology and others.
Tess is an internationally recognized champion of health issues, women’s leadership, and diversity initiatives relating to gender and race. She is passionate about education, mentoring and developing women leaders, and connecting entrepreneurs across cultures.
Outside of work, Tess enjoys track racing with the Porsche Club. She believes in making this sport more inclusive and diverse. She also enjoys wine tasting, snowboarding, karaoke singing, and playing volleyball.