Meet the Partner: Daisy Cai
4. If you weren’t in this career, what would you be doing?
My career dream early on was to be a diplomat. I aspire to be someone who can connect people, connect nations, solve problems, stay strong, and make many friends from all over the world. Although this dream didn’t work out, I am glad that my career is no less exciting than my childhood dream job.
5. What do you look for in a founder or executive team?
From founders and executive teams, I look for two things – leadership and execution capability.
Leadership determines if the founder can sell the company’s long-term vision to its customers, employees, and investors. It takes all kinds of support from the stakeholders to build a successful company. We look for leaders with true passion, and genuine sincerity for people around them.
Execution capability is also a differentiator. I have asked so many successful peers in VC/PE world, “people” or strong management team often ranked as one of the important factor for success. Reliable, diligent, and smart entrepreneurs are required quality of a founder.
6. What’s something many people may not know about you?
Believe it or not, I used to be a Kong Fu master. I was a member of Tsinghua University’s varsity team of Chinese Martial Art (Kong Fu). I have lost the flexibility over time and can’t do most of the moves now. But I benefited from years of harsh training and appreciated the sportsmanship quality learned when young.
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