Jay Zhao






As an entrepreneur-turned-VC, Jay brings over 8 years of startup and venture capital experience. At Walden Venture Capital, Jay is particularly passionate about partnering with first-time founders in Consumer (Media, Marketplace, Commerce, Hardware) and Frontier Technology (AI, VR/AR, Robotics).

Prior to joining WaldenVC, Jay was a Principal at Granite Ventures, where he partnered with ambitious companies such as AnaplanHirevueSmuleTelltale GamesMotiv and KindlyCare. Prior to joining Granite, Jay was a Founding Partner at Health Nest, a seed fund accelerator that focuses on supporting consumer mobile startups, specifically mobile & digital health companies. Jay helped cofound the program and led the first batch investments. Jay began his career as the founder & CEO of Pureland, a cross-border e-commerce startup that aimed to deliver high-quality tea through a socially-conscious model. 

Jay is an active mentor at 500 Startups and a startup judge at Plug and Play  He also founded "Founders & VCs", a community of 2500+ active founders and venture capitalists in Silicon Valley, to generate and promote entrepreneurship contents for the startup community.

Education: Jay earned his degree from Tulane University, A.B Freeman School of Business.