SHANGHAI, China and LEXINGTON, Mass., Sept. 17 HighlandCapital Partners, a venture capital firm celebrating its 20th year of helpinggreat people build great companies, today announced that John Hsin and KuantaiYeh have joined the firm as Managing Directors. The new Shanghai-based teammembers bring an in-depth understanding of local market dynamics along withextensive experience in investing and growing successful companies in China.
Hsin and Yeh will be joining Chuan Thor in Highland's Shanghai office.Highland has been directly investing in China since 2006. The firm's currentportfolio includes such companies as UUSee (Internet TV and interactivebroadcasting service operator), Qihoo (search solution provider for Internetand mobile platforms) and NetentSec (Internet security provider).
"China is increasingly leading the way globally," said Dan Nova, GeneralPartner at Highland. "John and Kuantai are terrific additions to our Chinateam as we continue to further grow our presence in the region. They will beinstrumental in advancing our efforts to partner with exceptional Chineseentrepreneurs and management teams to build tomorrow's market-leadingcompanies. In addition, John and Kuantai will be valuable resources to ourNorth American and European companies that are expanding to China."
Hsin and Yeh are joining Highland from Intel Capital China, where theyspecialized in the Internet, media and technology sectors. While at Intel,they drove the firm's investments in 51.com, Adsit Media, BCD, Chipsbrand,DAC, Incesoft, LuckyPai, Montage Technology, Palm Commerce, WinkingEntertainment, Verisilicon and Yeepay.
Prior to Intel, Hsin was the Asia-based Partner for Crystal Ventures,where he co-led the firm's investments in PowerBridge Tech and SMIC. Earlierin his career, Hsin was one of founding employees of Rebound Int'l (a B2Bexchange for excess inventory in international trades) and also served as aninvestment manager at Walden International, where he co-led the firm'sinvestments in About.com, Looksmart, and SINA. Previously, he was aninvestment banker at Morgan Stanley in New York and Hong Kong. Hsin holds aB.S. in Physics from Vassar College, a Bachelor of Engineering from Dartmouth,and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
"With a deep bench and global footprint, Highland delivers an unrivalledplatform for growing ideas and companies into market leaders," stated JohnHsin. "I'm very excited to join the team and contribute to Highland'soutstanding track-record in building great companies in China."
Before Highland, Yeh was Managing Director and Chief Representative atIntel China Capital. Prior to Intel, Yeh was an investment banker at CreditSuisse First Boston based in Hong Kong, where he led the non-Japan AsiaTechnology Investment Banking business for local technology companies. Someof the notable China deals led by Yeh during this period include the InitialPublic Offerings for SMIC and Linktone, securing convertible bonds for Sinaand Netease and a private placement for China Netcom. Earlier in his career,Yeh worked at Cypress Semiconductors in various engineering roles. He hasearned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Material Science, a M.Eng inElectrical Engineering and an M.B.A., all from Cornell University.
"China is an exciting market, with a large pool of highly talentedentrepreneurs offering tremendous opportunities," added Kuantai Yeh. "I ameager to apply Highland's extensive industry expertise and resources to helpthe very best organizations become successful and sustainable companies."
About Highland Capital Partners
Highland Capital Partners was founded with the mission of helping greatpeople build great companies. Since its inception in 1988, the firm has takena sector-focused approach to investing in exceptional communications,consumer, digital media, healthcare and infor