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Joe Zhou
Managing Partner at Keytone Ventures


Joe Zhou is the Founder and Managing Partner at Keytone Ventures.

Joe is one of the most experienced VCs in China.  Joe began his venture capital career in late 1999 with Softbank China Venture Capital as Head of Beijing Office.  He was a Partner at SAIF (Softbank Asia Infrastructure Fund) from 2001 to 2006.  He was a Founding Managing Partner at KPCB China when Kleiner Perkins raised its China fund in early 2007.  In early 2008 he founded Keytone Ventures.  He was named Top Ten Venture Capitalists by CVCF in 2000, 2001, 2005, 2006 and 2007.  He was also named Venture Capital Professional of the Year in 2010 by AVCJ.

Joe focuses on identifying market opportunities in technology, mobile internet, healthcare IT and devices.  He works closely with the management teams of China PnR, Cloudmind, Borqs, and Analogix.  Previously, he was significantly involved with many well-known investments such as Shanda ("SNDA"), Acorn ("ATV"), ATA ("ATAI"), Global Education ("GEDU"), Alchip and Unionpay Merchant. 

Joe returned to China from the US in 1995 as Vice President of UTStarcom China.  He was responsible for managing investments for UTStarcom and its major shareholder Softbank.  Prior to that, he spent six years in New Jersey working at AT&T Bell Labs and at a Bell Lab spin-off, Lepton Inc.  From 1982 to 1987, he spent five years teaching at Beijing University of Technology.

Agenda Sessions

  • Chinese venture capital: reflections on the trade war and COVID-19