Don is Managing Director of Thomvest Ventures, and works with entrepreneurs in the areas of financial technology and marketing technology. Together with the Thomvest team, Don’s investments in financial services include Credijusto, Figure, Kabbage, Ladder Life, LendingClub (NYSE: LC), LendUp, Orchard (acquired by Kabbage), PeerStreet, Ribbon, SoFi, Tala, and Zendrive. His investments in marketing technologies include DataXu (acquired by Roku), NetBase, Singular, and Vungle (acquired by Blackstone). Don’s prior investments also included Cylance (acquired by Blackberry), FlashSoft (acquired by SanDisk), GuardianEdge (acquired by Symantec), and Okena (acquired by Cisco).
Prior to Thomvest, Don helped lead the Asian business development efforts for several startup companies in the data analysis and networking industries as part of his work with Asia Pacific Ventures. He also spent three years as an Analyst with Lehman Brothers, where he worked with clients in the software and semiconductor industries. Don received a B.A. in Chinese from UCLA and M.A.s in both East Asian Studies and Political Science from Stanford University.
We’ll see valuations start to return closer to something normal in the public markets towards the latter half of next year, and this will have an impact on private market valuations as well. To put it in perspective, the valuation multiples for high growth publicly-traded [software and subscription] companies have expanded quite a bit in 2020. This has continued to buoy valuations in the private markets we play in. If you didn’t know there was a pandemic going on, we’d be saying we were at peak bubble for promising companies that are raising competitive rounds.4 January 2021