Yao recently joined Smash Capital, a growth-stage consumer internet and software fund based in LA. Prior to Smash, Yao spent ~5 years at a $32 billion AUM fund, leading her team through more than 50 early and growth stage investments.
Yao enjoys working closely with founders as they strive to build and scale the next consumer internet, software, and fintech product.
Previously, Yao worked for two years as an M&A banker with Jefferies and three years on the Deloitte M&A advisory team. Her work spanned three continents, totaling 10 billion in transaction value.
Education, Personal, and Fellowship
Yao holds an MBA from the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of British Columbia.
Outside of work, Yao enjoys traveling and spending time with her young daughter.
As a member of Class 26, Yao is serving her fellowship at Smash Capital under the mentorship of Jeremy Jonker.