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Yipeng Zhao

Embark Ventures

Yipeng is a Managing Partner at Embark Ventures, a Los Angeles-based venture capital firm focused on early-stage deep-tech companies. Yipeng co-founded Embark Ventures in 2017 and is responsible for managing the firm's new investments and portfolio companies.

Previously, Yipeng was at ZMXY Global Investment, a China-based private equity investor, where he was actively involved in equity investments in both China and the US, including the equity investment of YangQuan City Commercial Bank and a mixed-use REITs portfolio in Taiyuan, China. He also helped ZMXY set up their venture investment arm in Los Angeles as a part of the firm's global strategy.

Yipeng started his career as a research statistician at UC San Diego, focused on nonparametric and semiparametric estimation and inference problems in econometrics. While at UCSD, he worked on applying Big Data as well as a game-theoretical econometrics approach to customer behavior research. Yipeng also has extensive research experience in financial risk management and time series data analysis.

Education, Personal, and Fellowship

Yipeng earned his BS in mathematics and economics from Michigan State University, where he was awarded a distinguished scholarship from the College of Social Science; afterward, he received an MA in economics with a focus in econometric theory from the University of California, San Diego.

As a member of Class 22, Yipeng served his fellowship at Embark Ventures under the mentorship of Peter Lee (Class 13).