Golden Gate Ventures

Golden Gate Ventures

Golden Gate Ventures is a venture capital firm founded by Vinnie Lauria, Jeffrey Paine, and Paul Bragiel. The company has offices in Singapore and San Francisco and invests in early-stage internet related companies.

History

In late 2011, Vinnie Lauria, Jeffrey Paine, and Paul Bragiel launched a $10 million venture capital fund to invest in early-stage technology companies in Southeast Asia. The initial fund drew commitments from angel investors in Silicon Valley and Asia, especially Japan. In addition to making investments, Golden Gate Ventures hosts events such as SuperHappyDevHouse, WalkAbout Singapore, FailCon Singapore, Founders in the Bay, Social Innovation Camp Asia (Kuala Lumpur) and OpenCoffee Club-Singapore. Golden Gate Venture investors include Dave McClure (500 Startups), Aaron Patzer (Mint.com), Russel Simmons (Yelp.com) and Darius Cheung (tenCube.com). In 2015, Golden Gate Ventures launched a $50 million second fund when it initially closed on $35 million in capital from investors including Temasek and Eduardo Saverin. In 2016, the company closed on its $60 million fund, surpassing the original target of $50 million. Investors included Korea’s Hanwha Life Insurance, Thailand’s Siam Commercial Bank, and Germany’s Hubert Burda Media.

Investment Philosophy

The firm invests in early-stage start-ups that already have launched products and validated market traction in Southeast Asia, Taiwan and Hong Kong. In addition to these areas, the partners invest in companies where they can add value. As of end 2013, the firm has invested in over 15 companies. Golden Gate Ventures' investments span consumer Internet, mobile, infrastructure and Software as a Service. The firm has been accredited as a Technology Incubation Scheme (TIS) incubator by Singapore’s National Research Foundation since March 2012. A notable investment of the firm, RedMart, closed US$5.4M in funding, from Facebook.com co-founder, Eduardo Saverin.

Timeline

Funded Companies

Company
Description
Website
Industry
Location
LenddoEFL

Lenddo EFL offers loans underwritten by social media data to borrowers without established or robust credit histories.

Finance
Microcredit
Loan
Financial services
Social media
Financial inclusion
Financial technology
Singapore
99.co

99.co is a Singapore-based company founded in 2014 by Darius Cheung, Yan Phun and Conor McLaughlin.

Multiple listing service (MLS)
Real estate
Real estate technology
Singapore
Carousell (company)

Mobile and online consumer-to-consumer marketplace

Peer-to-peer
Mobile commerce
Singapore
Ayannah

A FinTech startup providing affordable financial services to underserved, unbanked, and financially marginalized communities.

Microcredit
Payment
Financial inclusion
Financial technology
Philippines
Pasig
Coda Payments

Coda Payments is a company founded by Paul Leishman, Bobby Choi and Neil Davidson.

Video game
Mobile payment
Mobile game
Payment system
Noonswoon

Noonswoon is an online dating service company founded by Kavin Mickey Asavanant, Peter Panas and Theeranit Pongtongmuang.

Online dating service
Carro (company)

Carro is a Singapore-based company.

E-commerce
Insurance
Automotive industry
Web development
Singapore
FlowAccount

FlowAccount is a Thailand-based company.

Software
Accounting
Cloud management
Thailand
Shohoz

Shohoz is a Bangladesh-based company.

Bangladesh
MyMusicTaste

MyMusicTaste is a South Korea-based company.

Website
Musician
Fan (person)
Concert
South Korea
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Associated investment funds

Investment Fund
Total offering (USD)
Total sold (USD)
Location
Date signed
Golden Gate Ventures K9, L.P.
100,000,000
Grand Cayman
June 22, 2018
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People

Name
Role
LinkedIn

8 Capita

Investor

Aaron Patzer

Investor

Adeo Ressi

Advisor

Andrew Goldner

Mentor

Andrew Vranjes

Mentor

Angela Toy

Employee

Annie Chang

Mentor

Bart Myers

Mentor

Cheung Ho Yeung 張皓揚

Employee

Chintaka Ranatunga

Investor

Damian Manning

Employee

Darius Cheung

Investor

Dave McClure

Investor

David L Yong

Investor

David Ngo

Employee

David Pardo

Investor

Doralin Kelly

Employee

George Kellerman

Investor

Jayesh Parekh

Investor

Jeff Paine

Board member

Jeffrey Paine

Co-founder

Jeremy Yap

Advisor

Justin Hall

Employee

Keizo Tsutsui

Investor

Kelvin Lim

Employee

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Further reading

Title
Author
Link
Type
Date

Documentaries, videos and podcasts

Title
Date
Link

Companies

Company
CEO
Location
Products/Services

Alodokter

Angellist

Appota

Aptoide

Ayannah (Sendah)

Carousell

Carro

Cinnamon

ClaimDi

Coda Payments

Duitpintar

Flowaccount.com

Gadjian

GoQuo

Grana

HipVan

Homage

Indoproc

Indotrading

Jojonomic

Laku6

Lenddo

MoneySmart

Nitrous.io

Noonswoon

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References

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