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Garry Tan

Garry Tan

An entrepreneur, designer, investor, and software engineer. He is the co-founder and managing partner of In initialized Capital, and a former partner of Y Combinator.

Garry Tan is an entrepreneur, designer, investor, and software engineer born on March 21, 1981 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. He is the co-founder and managing partner of Initialized Capital, and a former partner of Y Combinator. He is also the co-founder of the blogging platform Posterous and Posthaven. According to AngelList, Garry Tan has made 88 personal investments and 28 exits.

Awards

The Midas List: Top tech Investors 2019

On April 2, 2019 Garry Tan was ranked #21 on the 2019 Midas List; an annual list by Forbes ranking "The Best Dealmakers in High-Tech Venture Capital" for the given year. 

Midas Brink List (2018)

On April 3, 2018 Garry Tan made the 2018 Midas Brink List; an annual list by Forbes presenting short biographies of the top up and coming venture capitalists for the given year. 

Top 50 Angel Investors in Silicon Valley (2018)

Alejandro Cremades, a journalist working for Forbes, ranked the top 50 angel investors in the world based on their investment volume and successful exits according to data he pulled in from Crunchbase. He ranked Garry Tan 28th out of the top 50 angel investors.

Top 20 Angel Investors of 2014

Garry Tan was named one of the 20 top performing angel investors in 2014 by CB Insights. 

40 Under 40 in Silicon Valley (2013)

The Silicon Valley Business Journal included Garry Tan in their 40 under 40 in Silicon Valley 2013 list. The list is made up of the the top performing people under 40 years old working in Silicon Valley in 2013. 

Education

High School

Garry Tan attended American High School in Fremont, California. 

Stanford University

Garry Tan studied computer systems engineering at Stanford University from 1999 to 2003. During his time at Stanford University Tan participated in the following activities and societies: Asia Pacific Student Entrepreneurship Society, Stanford Consulting, and the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity. 

Entrepreneurship

Initialized Capital

Garry Tan is the co-founder and managing partner of a venture capital firm called Initialized Capital. He co-founded the company in January 2012 alongside the creator of Reddit, Alexis Ohanian. Initialized Capital focuses the companies investments into primarily providing seed and series A funding for early stage startup companies. The company has approximately $500 million in capital under its management and has over 200 companies in its portfolio with 6 exits. 

PostHaven

Garry Tan co-founded PostHaven in March 2013 with Brett Gibson. The purpose of founding PostHaven was to work towards creating "the world's simplest, most usable, most long-lasting blogging platform". 

Posterous.com

In January 2008, Garry Tan co-founded an blogging platform called Posterous.com after participating in the 2008 Y Combinator program. The platform officially launched in July 2008, and experienced strong growth. The company grew 10x in 2009 and 2.5x in 2010, and in January 2011 Posterous.com was acquired by Twitter. 

Plantir Technologies

From September 2005 to October 2007 (2 years and 2 months), Garry Tan worked as a lead engineer for Plantir Technologies, and also helped co-found the company when he joined the Plantir Technologies team as their 10th employee. During his time at Plantir Technologies Tan managed a team of engineers to define product vision and design features of a financial analysis platform. 

Career

Y Combinator

From December 2010 to November 2015 (5 years), Garry Tan was a partner of Y Combinator. He worked with over 700 Y Combinator startups who were included in 10 batches of Y Combinator cohorts, and wrote software for Y Combinator such as the internal alumni social network, Bookface, and the Y Combinator Demo Day website. 

Microsoft

From July 2003 to September 2005 (2 years and 3 months), Garry Tan worked as a program manager for Microsoft. During his time at Microsoft Tan worked on mobile synchronization and device management software. 

Sun Microsystems

From June 2002 to January 2003 (8 months), Garry Tan worked as a software engineer intern for Sun Microsystems. 

TheMan.com

From June 2000 to September 2000 (4 months), Garry Tan worked as a software engineer intern. 

Sapient

From June 1998 to January 2000 (1 year and 8 months), Garry Tan worked as a software engineer intern for Sapient. During his time at Sapient Tan worked on web application development. 

Family

Garry Tan is married to Stephanie Lim. They have one child together. 



Timeline

September 2019

Lead engineer and founding team member of Plantir Technologies

From September 2005 to October 2007 (2 years and 2 months), Garry Tan worked as a lead engineer for Plantir Technologies, and also helped co-found the company when he joined the Plantir Technologies team as their 10th employee. 

July 2019

Software engineer at Sun Microsystems

From June 2002 to January 2003 (8 months), Garry Tan worked as a software engineer intern for Sun Microsystems. 

April 2, 2019

Featured on The Midas List: Top tech Investors 2019

On April 2, 2019 Garry Tan was ranked #21 on the 2019 Midas List; an annual list by Forbes ranking "The Best Dealmakers in High-Tech Venture Capital" for the given year. 

2019

Attended Stanford University

Garry Tan studied computer systems engineering at Stanford University from 1999 to 2003. 

April 3, 2018

Makes the Midas Brink List

On April 3, 2018 Garry Tan made the 2018 Midas Brink List; an annual list by Forbes presenting short biographies of the top up and coming venture capitalists for the given year. 

2014

Makes Top 20 Angel Investors of 2014 by CB Insights

Garry Tan was named one of the 20 top performing angel investors in 2014 by CB Insights. 

March 2013

Founding of PostHaven

Garry Tan co-founded PostHaven in March 2013 with Brett Gibson. 

2013

Makes 40 Under 40 in Silicon Valley list

The Silicon Valley Business Journal included Garry Tan in their 40 under 40 in Silicon Valley 2013 list. The list is made up of the the top performing people under 40 years old working in Silicon Valley in 2013. 

January 2012

Founding of Initialized Capital

Garry Tan is the co-founder and managing partner of a venture capital firm called Initialized Capital. He co-founded the company in January 2012 alongside the creator of Reddit, Alexis Ohanian. 

December 2010

Partner of Y Combinator

From December 2010 to November 2015 (5 years), Garry Tan was a partner of Y Combinator. 

January 2008

Founding of Posterous.com

In January 2008, Garry Tan co-founded an blogging platform called Posterous.com after participating in the 2008 Y Combinator program. 

July 2003

Program manager at Microsoft

From July 2003 to September 2005 (2 years and 3 months), Garry Tan worked as a program manager for Microsoft. During his time at Microsoft Tan worked on mobile synchronization and device management software. 

June 2000

Software engineer intern at TheMan.com

From June 2000 to September 2000 (4 months), Garry Tan worked as a software engineer intern. 

January 1998

Software engineer intern at Sapient

From June 1998 to January 2000 (1 year and 8 months), Garry Tan worked as a software engineer intern for Sapient. During his time at Sapient Tan worked on web application development. 

March 21, 1981

Birth

Garry Tan was born on March 21, 1981 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

People

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Further reading

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Design for Startups by Garry Tan

Y Combinator

Web

September 19, 2018

Ending The Crypto Winter with Garry Tan and Brett Gibson of Initialized Capital - By

Trent Lapinski

Web

October 30, 2018

Former Y Combinator Partner Garry Tan on What Too Many Startups Get Wrong

Polina Marinova

Web

August 3, 2016

Garry Tan Book Recommendations

Garry Tan

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Garry Tan's profile on Product Hunt

Product Hunt

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Midas List 2019

Alex Konrad

Web

April 2, 2019

PreMoney 2018: Meet Garry Tan, the Former YC Partner Forging his own Path - 500 Startups

Emily King

Web

September 17, 2018

Reddit Co-Founder Alexis Ohanian Reveals How to Build a Tech Company Without an Engineering Degree

Sissi Cao

Web

November 26, 2018

Silicon Valley 40 under 40: Garry Tan

Linda Taafe

Web

December 13, 2013

Documentaries, videos and podcasts

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#37 Kim-Mai Cutler / Garry Tan, Initialized Capital: Tech Utopia, The VC System, Changing SF, #BUIDL

April 11, 2018

20VC: Initialized's Garry Tan on The Most Important Thing A Seed Investor Can Do For Founders, How Ownership Requirements Change With Evolution of Funds & Why There Is Not Too Much Capital Chasing Too Few Deals - The Twenty Minute VC

April 1, 2019

Crypto's roller coaster year

November 6, 2018

Design for Startups -- Garry Tan (Co-founder + Managing Partner, Initialized Capital)

March 5, 2019

Design for Startups by Garry Tan (Part 1)

September 19, 2019

Design for Startups by Garry Tan (Part 2)

September 19, 2018

E08 - Ending The Crypto Winter with Garry Tan and Brett Gibson of Initialized Capital

November 1, 2018

E866 Future of Early-Stage: Garry Tan, Initialized; Hunter Walk, Homebrew; Andrea Zurek, XG Ventures

October 19, 2018

Early-Stage VCs Are Set To Deliver Outstanding Returns - Garry Tan, Initialized Capital

October 5, 2016

FundersClub Live Q&A with Garry Tan of Initialized Capital

January 24, 2017

Garry Tan - Y Combinator Alumni Back at Startup School 09

October 30, 2009

Garry Tan on Traction

December 19, 2013

Initialising a new generation of founders

November 6, 2018

Investment Panel: Naval Ravikant, Meltem Demirors, Garry Tan | Blockstack Summit 2017

August 11, 2017

Keynote w/Garry Tan

October 11, 2018

Megatrends in tech and missed opportunities with Garry Tan of Initialized Capital

December 19, 2018

Stanford Seminar - Garry Tan of Y Combinator

December 15, 2014

This Week in Startups - Garry Tan, Co-Founder of Posterous

June 29, 2010

What too much money means for tech

June 25, 2016

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