Golden Gate Ventures is an early-stage VC firm in Southeast Asia with over 23 investments to date. With offices in Singapore and San Francisco, the firm helps bridge Silicon Valley and Asia through investment, experience, and network. The firm invests in internet & mobile startups regardless of sector: ecommerce to payments, mobile applications to SaaS platforms. Golden Gate Ventures has been ranked as a global Top 50 startup investor by Mattermark comparing over 300 incubators, accelerators, and VC firms based on web traffic, mobile downloads, employee count, and social media reach.
What we look for:
We love great teams! We focus on companies building out consumer internet products and services for Southeast Asia. You’ll catch us frequently traveling between Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam. We prefer companies with a launched product (stealth is fine) or that have establish valuable distribution partnerships in the region.
As a seed-level investment firm, we look at a wide range of companies and we’re always happy to co-invest with other investors that can help bring value to the table. Just like the valley VC model, we take a minority equity stake. As we want you, the founders, in-control of your company.
How we add value:
We view each of our investments as a partnership. As serial entrepreneurs turned investors, we can help with lessons learned on growing your user base to growing your team. We have a great network of mentors willing to help out and open doors. We can also be an asset by bringing in key strategic investors, and leveraging our network to help with partnerships around the region (and back in the valley).
Are you pre-launch?
For startup that are at an idea-stage, or pre-launch, Golden Gate Ventures has a strategic alliance with JFDI.Asia for their S$25k/100 Day Bootcamp program. Bootcamps run once to twice per year. Under JFDI, you’ll work directly alongside other startups and an army of mentors to launch your product and get it to market.
How to connect with us:
The best way is usually through a referral or at an event. You can always cold email us, but the most attention is given to referrals. When you do contact us, it’s nice to keep it brief, include a link to your website/app, and list some details on traction.