It’s 2012. And the venue, the sidelines of a tech event in Singapore. A scrum of young entrepreneurs have crowded around Vinnie Lauria—a young investor, recently arrived from the US—jostling for his business card. Their goal? Just a few hundred thousand dollars from a seed investment pot estimated at $5 million.
The firepower at Lauria’s disposal—and consequently, his stardom among entrepreneurs—has dramatically risen since then.
Golden Gate Ventures, which Lauria founded with Singaporean Jeff Paine and fellow American Paul Bragiel, recently closed its third fund at $100 million. It is working on completing a second $200 million ‘growth fund’ in partnership with Hanwha Asset Management, one of the top fund managers in South Korea with over $80 billion in assets under management.