Again in 2011, Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz curated a listing for Forbes of the 7 strongest individuals in tech you’ve by no means heard of. Quantity 5? David Lee. The investor has backed behemoths like Airbnb, Stripe, Slack, and Dropbox; simply to call just a few. Subsequent week he’ll be giving the closing keynote at our PreMoney Investor Convention, and we couldn’t be extra thrilled.
Lee, a former Google exec who has been featured on Forbes’ Midas Listing and Enterprise Insiders’ The Silicon Valley 100, was beforehand the managing associate at SV Angel. Whereas there he invested in a number of the greatest unicorns in Silicon Valley—as Andreessen and Horowitz put it, “Title any attention-grabbing Silicon Valley startup and you will discover that David is an investor and advisor.” After seven years with SV Angel, Lee ventured off to begin his personal $50 million fund, Refactor Capital.
Refactor isn’t your run of the mill VC agency—their tagline states that they spend money on founders “fixing basic human issues,” and their portfolio options various corporations within the well being and biology sectors. They’re not simply in search of the following huge CRM—they’re in search of individuals who need to make the world a greater place by tackling advanced issues that had been beforehand untouched within the tech business.
A Trigger Near Dwelling
The corporate’s mission is smart when you think about Lee’s previous. Lee has a bachelor’s in physics from John Hopkins, a masters in electrical engineering from Stanford, and a regulation diploma from NYU. And whereas his academic pedigree is spectacular by any requirements, he describes on his weblog how a most cancers prognosis had a big affect in his resolution to remain in class longer.
At simply 24 years outdated Lee was recognized with stage IV lymphoma, and after numerous hours of chemotherapy and radiation, he received the information he’d been ready for—he beat it. Whereas being most cancers free was a pleasure, he was nonetheless given a 5 yr “ready interval” to ensure the most cancers didn’t return. Lee made it via these 5 years, and now he’s paying it ahead.
Apart from his investments within the well being sector, Lee additionally participates in a fundraiser hosted by considered one of his portfolio corporations, Notable Labs—a drug testing service that helps oncologists discover therapy choices for sufferers with blood cancers. This yr they gathered over 30 high Silicon Valley, New York, and LA enterprise capital buyers to assist elevate cash in a VC Public sale to profit the Leukemia & Lymphoma society. They featured tales like Lee’s, in addition to considered one of a younger boy Lee met with 5 years in the past—who’s now nearing 5 years of being cancer-free.
Most cancers survivors David Lee and Rhett Krawitt
David Lee is simply one of many inspiring audio system that will probably be at PreMoney this October, so don’t miss your likelihood to study from a number of the greatest movers and shakers within the business.
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