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We’re excited to announce Grace Chou is joining Felicis Ventures as a Senior Associate on the investment team. Grace honed her operational strength in strategy and business development at Walmart eCommerce where she spent over four years leading various strategic projects in M&A, partnerships, and investments globally.
Grace’s expertise in e-commerce and retail is a tremendous addition to the Felicis investment team and her experience as an operator allows her to add incredible value to founders while easily championing our founder-friendly culture. Because we have a sector-agnostic approach to early-stage investing, we know Grace will have an important role in the future of Felicis with her ability to discover great opportunities and build deep relationships quickly, particularly with companies working on new technologies driving the future of consumer businesses.
In her time at Walmart, Grace saw the rise of digitally native brands and worked on business model innovations around the world, including the development of Walmart’s investment thesis for India. Internationally, Grace led Walmart’s $50M investment in Dada (China’s largest on-demand O2O grocery platform), and worked on key initiatives including the Walmart/JD.com partnership. She also worked on acquisitions across a range of technology startups (Adchemy, Luvocracy, PunchTab, Stylr, Yumprint) and transformative e-commerce brands (Jet, Moosejaw, Modcloth, Shoebuy). Prior to Walmart, Grace spent two years in tech investment banking at Houlihan Lokey.
Grace grew up in Taiwan and – like many others on the Felicis team, including Aydin Senkut, Sundeep Peechu, and Dasha Maggio – is a first-generation immigrant. Her self-made spirit enables her to see around the corner and help Felicis continue its streak of investing early in top companies with only a fraction of VC fundraising and her tenacity is evidenced through her early achievement on the piano. As a high schooler, Grace passed the highest piano exam offered by the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.
Fluent in both Mandarin and English, Grace has traveled extensively and we’re impressed by the inspiration she finds in different backgrounds and diverse perspectives. Her global perspective aligns with our geography-agnostic approach since our portfolio companies span 18 different countries and the founders of Felicis portfolio companies have 37 different countries of origin.
Equally important to her talent, we’ve found that Grace epitomizes Felicis’s values: to learn and adapt rapidly, to lead with transparency and integrity as a team, and to ultimately garner success unconventionally with empathy. We’re fortunate and grateful to have Grace as part of the Felicis family. Please join us in giving her a warm welcome. You can reach her at [email protected] or on LinkedIn.