Continuing our journey — Fika III & Opp Fund I

  • We’re still making concentrated bets in enterprise software, fin tech, marketplaces and healthcare IT. These sectors are growing rapidly with a promise of a lot more innovation to come.
  • While we invest all over the US and Canada, SoCal will always be home base, and we are excited to continue to be active contributors to this thriving, yet still emerging ecosystem.
  • We like to be active partners to founders and deliver on our promises. As ex-operators, we know our most important goal is to give you leverage and make your life easier.
  • While we will be writing slightly larger checks, we will continue to include our investor peers who can bring value to our syndicate. We prefer to link arms versus employ sharp elbows.
  • We seek out founders who don’t fit the mold, are drawn to solve the impossible, and value the truth.
  • We look for radical solutions that impact many and get us one step closer to a more equitable and just world.
  • We’re staying disciplined by being good stewards of our capital and don’t plan on activating Fund III until 2022.
  • We need to continue to grow our team to provide the best service possible. On this note, we are thrilled to promote John Chen to be our Investing Partner and Matt Hersh to be our Operating Partner. John has brought immense contributions throughout his tenure at Fika, capitalizing on his extensive SaaS experience from his time at Emergence Capital and Box. Matt has also been instrumental in working closely with our founders, supporting them in GTM and helping them flourish post investment. We are also hiring to expand our team, so feel free to send along great candidates!
  • Work ethic is important to us, but we need to build a scalable infrastructure to avoid team burnout.
  • We will focus on building enduring companies and long-term relationships versus focusing on vanity metrics like markups and branded co-investors.
  • We will embrace both hares and tortoises, contextualize expectations, and respect our companies’ different paths.
  • We will continue to be focused at the Seed stage, where we can start conversations early and provide a safe place for founders to brainstorm and ask questions with no strings attached. We want to hear from you before you’re ready to raise.
  • We will keep investing in our community to make the economic opportunities and the newly created wealth available to all. One key component of that is investing in diversity across the entire ecosystem.



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Tianxiang Zhuo

Tianxiang Zhuo

General Partner, Fika Ventures. Previously: GP @ Karlin Ventures, McKinsey & Co, Tech Entrepreneur, Stanford MBA.