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Paul Kwan

Paul Kwan
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Paul Kwan

“GC influences our economy and society through creating and backing companies that continue to scale long past their entry into public markets. That work very much aligns with the firm’s mission to invest in powerful, positive change that endures, and has long been my mission as well; the need has never been greater.”

My parents came to America from Hong Kong in the late 1960s after the passage of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965, which ended de facto discrimination against immigrants from Southern Europe, Eastern Europe and Asia. My father  became a professor of astrophysics at UMass-Amherst, which is where I grew up. My mother and her two sisters became computer programmers after college in the 1970s, and my mother worked as a programmer for over 30 years. My mother’s appreciation for tech is what led me to study computer science at Stanford.

I started my career on Wall Street as the Internet we know today was taking shape. Just a few years later, I had the opportunity to join Morgan Stanley’s Menlo Park office and thrived there for 22 years, including six years running the bank’s global internet and software business and six years leading the West Coast team. That continuity became a great asset, because it took time to learn the craft of advising companies on their most important strategic and financial objectives. That continuity also allowed me to see firsthand what world-class tech companies do to create enduring value whether it was strategic, financial, operational or cultural.

Some prior career achievements I expect to build on include helping Spotify create the modern day direct listing and inventing with General Catalyst the first Stakeholder Aligned Initial Listing (SAIL) vehicle. The SAIL is a SPAC structure that aims to align with all stakeholders.

On the personal side, my wife and I are passionate supporters of healthcare research, particularly for understanding and treating neuropsychiatric disease using brain organoids. I also serve on the board of the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health.

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