Eric Tao is a Partner at Keytone Ventures, a China-focused venture fund that manages over US$400 million in capital. Eric focuses on identifying market opportunities in high technology and cleantech sectors and works closely with the management teams of ZhongTe logistics, IZP, Borqs, Tongfang Energy, Babeeta, and Lattice Power, among others.
Prior to Keytone Ventures, Eric worked at KPCB China, covering wireless and cleantech investments. Eric started his venture capital career as an investment manager with Qualcomm Ventures in San Diego, California. In this role he covered venture investments globally, including applications/software/content, handset & wireless supply chain, and infrastructure and enabling technologies.
Before VC, Eric was significantly involved in two startups. He was a co-founder of an E-commerce comparison shopping portal, responsible for fundraising and operations; he also founded a clean energy startup in the US where he was responsible for fundraising and business development in China.
Education, Personal, and Fellowship
Eric holds a BS from Tsinghua University and MS and PhD degrees from Stanford University, both in engineering.
He holds three international patents and two US patents.
A member of Class 16, Eric is served his fellowship at Keytone Ventures in Beijing, China under the mentorship of Joe Zhou.