David Chao 赵克仁 茶尾克仁
Co-Founder and General Partner
David is Co-Founder and General Partner at DCM. At DCM, he guides portfolio companies in formulating corporate and product marketing strategies, developing strong management teams and implementing domestic and international partnerships. David is the Chairman of 51job (Nasdaq: JOBS), the largest HR advertisement & outsourcing company in China. He is also responsible for the investments in 99Bill (Wanda Group), All About Japan, Inc. (JASDAQ: 2454), Careem (Uber), eDreams (ODIGEO), Fortinet (Nasdaq: FTNT), Kabu.com (TSE: 8703), Musical.ly (TikTok), Recourse Technologies (Symantec), Sling Media (EchoStar/Dish Networks), SMIC (NYSE: SMI), SoFi, StarFlyer, and UCloud among others. David also serves on the Advisory Board of Legend Capital in China and is a Trustee of The Thacher School. He has been listed as one of the top venture capitalists in Asia and the U.S. by Forbes Magazine since 2004 and was named to the Forbes Midas List Hall of Fame in 2016.
Prior to DCM, David was a Co-Founder and acting CFO/CTO of Japan Communications Inc. (Nasdaq Japan - Hercules: 9424), Japan’s first publicly traded mobile virtual network operator (MVNO). Previously, David worked as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company in San Francisco, focused on communications and software industry clients. Earlier in his career, David worked in marketing and product management at Apple Computer, where he co-authored and implemented Apple Japan’s One Billion Dollar Revenue Plan, successfully growing revenues from $25 million to $1 billion. David also managed Apple's portfolio of start-up investments in the U.S. Prior to Apple, David was an account executive at Recruit, Japan’s largest HR advertising and web infomediary corporation.
The lighter side of David: At the tender age of 13, David was recruited by a renowned Sumo-house in Japan but had the foresight to turn down the offer and fly to the United States and develop his mind instead of his girth. He then dropped out of Brown University’s 7-year medical school program due to excessive vomiting induced by cadavers. Despite his achievement of playing more rounds of golf than any other student in his Stanford Business School class, David had to give up his dream of joining the PGA and resort to being a fanatical food lover, car collector, and a gadget junky.
Portfolio Companies:2Wire 51job 99Bill Adways AllAbout Bill.com BitTorrent Blockfolio Blued Brigit Button Careem Cherry Chia Clearwire CloudCar DocSend DXY eDreams EvenUp Figure Fortinet Fountain FreedomPop Grin Scooters Handshake HaoDF JCI (Japan Communications Inc.) kabu.com Kanbox KNTV Lumi Musely musical.ly (TikTok) Nok Nok Labs Outmatch Pitzi Plenty Polychain Capital Provenance Recourse Technologies Renren Scanwell Health Skylo Slice Sling Media SLIVER.tv SMIC SoFi StarFlyer Stride Health Theta Labs TravelBank UCloud VeeR Verishop
Will travel anywhere to back great entrepreneurs
Co-Founder of JCI and DCM
Audiophile, food lover, gadget junky
B.A. with high honors in Economics and East Asian Studies (Anthropology)