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Steven Lau

WorldQuant Ventures

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There are two major things that stand out about Steven. One, he displays an incredible level of intelectual honesty. It isn't often that you will find a VC willing to admit that they misjudged the size or growth curve of a market they made several thematic bets in, including your own company! While our startup has been successful, there were variables we both got wrong associated with our market that have held the company back, and made Steven's investment less valuable. Instead of blaming the company for getting it wrong, his intelectual honesty regarding his own view was grossly apparent in several difficult conversations about the direction of the company. Two, Steven is one of the best people to work with from a personal standpoint. He is always interested in how YOU are doing, he's empathetic, and always has the time to talk through those big philosophical decisions. I remember very specifically having the difficult conversation with Steven about the long term trajectory of our company being limited and our desire to sell. I personally apologized to him for his return not being greater, and the only thing he said to me was, "what are you thinking about starting next, please come to me first so that we can fund whatever it is."
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