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Alfred Lin

Alfred Lin

Alfred Lin is a Taiwanese-American venture capitalist, partner at Sequoia Capital, co-founder of Venture Frogs, and former COO/CFO and chairman of Zappos.

Alfred Lin is an entrepreneur, investor, venture capitalist, and Partner at Sequoia Capital, based in San Francisco.

Lin was born in Taiwan and immigrated to the United States at the age of six. He holds a bachelor's degree in applied mathematics from Harvard University and a master's degree in statistics from Stanford University. Lin dropped out of a PhD program at Stanford to join LinkExchange in 1996; he served as vice president of finance and acting CFO until 1998, when it was acquired by Microsoft. In 1999, Lin co-founded the incubator and seed fund Venture Frogs with LinkExchange founder Tony Hsieh, and served as general manager until 2014. Venture Frogs invested in tech and internet startups, including Ask Jeeves, OpenTable, Tellme Networks, and Zappos. From 2001 to 2005, Lin served as vice president of finance & business development at TellMe, which was later acquired by Microsoft. From 2005 to 2010, Lin served as the COO, CFO, and chairman of Zappos, which was acquired by Amazon in 2009. Lin joined venture capital firm Sequoia Capital as a partner in 2010.

Alfred Lin has served as a member of the board of directors for Airbnb, DoorDash, Dolls Kill, Truework, Cobalt, Dia&Co, Moovit, Zipline, Houzz, Achievers (acquired by Blackhawk Network), FutureAdvisor (acquired by Blackhawk Network), Kiwi, Inc., Shopular (acquired by Ebates), Humble Bundle, Stella & Dot, and NEXT Trucking.

Alfred Lin has made partner investments through Sequoia Capital in DoorDash, Instacart, Faire, FTX , Found, Reddit, Dolls Kill, and Truework. Lin has personally invested in StyleSeat, Uber, Crunched, Appbistro, Appstores.com, Schematic Labs, Flipboard, Jelli, and Cardpool. His notable exits include Uber, Schematic Labs, Jelli, Crunched, Cardpool, Appstores.com, and Appbistro.

In 2009, TechCrunch named Alfred Lin as having a "Midas Touch," since every company he had worked with had been acquired, with the smallest deal being worth $265 million. In 2013, he was named on Forbes' "30 Most Influential People in Tech." In 2021, Forbes ranked Alfred Lin as #1 on the "Midas List: Top Tech Investors 2021."

Timeline

2010
Alfred Lin joins Sequoia Capital as Partner.
2005
Alfred Lin joins Zappos and serves as COO, CFO, and Chairman.
2001
Alfred Lin joins Tellme Networks as Vice President of Finance & Business Development.
1999
Alfred Lin co-founds Venture Frogs with Tony Hsieh.
1996
Alfred Lin earns master's degree in statistics from Stanford University.
1996
Alfred Lin joins LinkExchange as Vice President of Finance and acting CFO.
1994
Alfred Lin earns bachelor's degree in applied mathematics from Harvard University.
August 15, 1990
Alfred Lin was born in Taiwan.

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Further Resources

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Below the Line with James Beshara: #63 -- Alfred Lin -- Investing In Greatness on Apple Podcasts

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June 2, 2020

Fireside Chat with Alfred Lin (Partner, Sequoia Capital)

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September 30, 2020

Innovate with Intention - Joe Gebbia + Alfred Lin

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March 5, 2019

Lecture 10 - Culture (Brian Chesky, Alfred Lin)

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October 24, 2014

The Twenty Minute VC: Venture Capital | Startup Funding | The Pitch: 20VC: The Memo: Sequoia's Alfred Lin on Why Chasing GMV Leads To Bad Behaviours, How To Approach Competition and Capital Efficiency & The Core Importance of Understanding the Difference Between Input and Output Metrics on Apple Podcasts

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January 27, 2021

News

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Author
Date
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Description
Arielle Pardes
April 5, 2021
Wired
"Now is the time to start stepping on the gas," as one prominent VC firm put it to founders.
Alex Wilhelm
December 12, 2020
TechCrunch
Welcome back to The TechCrunch Exchange, a weekly startups-and-markets newsletter. It's broadly based on the daily column that appears on Extra Crunch, but free, and made for your weekend reading. Want it in your inbox every Saturday? Subscribe here. Ready? Let's talk money, startups and spicy IPO rumors. Welcome to the depths of December, a time in which [...]
Connie Loizos
December 3, 2019
TechCrunch
When the storied venture firm Sequoia likes a deal, it will sometimes not only lead one of its financing rounds but fund it exclusively -- no matter how that impacts earlier investors. Given the firm's powerful brand, it's hard to complain (too much), even if it means that earlier backers see their stakes diluted. Such [...]
October 3, 2019
WebWire
TechCrunch, the leading technology media property dedicated to obsessively profiling startups, reviewing new Internet products, and breaking tech news, today announced 20 participants will compete in Startup Battlefield at TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco 2019. Each year, the event brings together tech titans, noted thought leaders and experienced entrepreneurs to offer unique insights into industry topics-of-the-moment. At the very heart of TechCrunch Disrupt, Startup Battlefield launch...
Greg Kumparak
September 19, 2019
TechCrunch
Twenty+ startups, each with six minutes to tell the world what they're about. If they can prove to our panel of judges that they're the best of the best, they'll walk away with $100,000 and their name forever etched on the Disrupt cup. That's the core idea behind the Startup Battlefield, a pillar of TechCrunch [...]

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