James is Co-founder and Managing Director of Lightspeed China Partners, a leading China-focused early-stage venture capital firm with investments in Internet, mobile, services, and information technology. Previously, James was Managing Director with Lightspeed Venture Partners (LSVP) and started the firm’s Beijing office in 2008. Headquartered in the Silicon Valley, LSVP manages over $2B in assets and has offices globally.
Prior to Lightspeed, James was Director of Corporate Development for Google, responsible for the company’s strategic investments and M&A efforts in the Greater China and pan-Asian region. During this tenure, he led investments in leading Chinese Internet companies, including Baidu, Dianping, Xunlei, Tianya and Ganji. James also served as Head of Asia Products at Google, and spearheaded Google’s early China efforts while serving as Chief Representative of the Google China Representative Office.
Before joining Google, James co-founded a venture-backed startup, iTelco Communications, which provides VOIP-based global communication products and services. Prior to that, James was with Intel, where he held management positions in engineering, marketing, product management, and business development. He also co-invented MLC NOR Flash technology, which developed into Intel’s billion-dollar StrataFlash business.
James received a MS in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University, a BS in Physics from Fudan University and received executive management training at Stanford University. James holds 14 U.S. patents in flash memory, communications, Internet security, and commerce.