“My measure of success is simple: At the end of the day I only succeed when founders tell other founders that I have their backs.”
Wesley Chan is a Venture Partner at Felicis where he led investments in more than 35 companies. He founded Google Analytics and Google Voice and holds 17 US patents for his foundational work in designing Google’s ads system.
Wesley is an early investor and a coach or board director in a large number of well-known billion dollar “unicorn” startups: Canva, Gusto, Guild Education, Orca Bio, Flexport, Plaid, Checkr, Carta, Credit Karma, Zipline, RobinHood and Ring (exit to AMZN).
Wesley also invested and led rounds in: CultureAmp, TrialSpark, Dialpad, Turvo, HelloSign (exit to DBX), HyperScience, Whole Biome, ProteinQure, Astranis, Okera, Ascend.io, Overture Life, TopFunnel, Spring Discovery, Juvena Therapeutics, Skip the Dishes (exit to Just Eats/JE), and YES (exit to TWTR).
Wesley was previously a General Partner at GV (formerly Google Ventures), where he built the investment team, and held board or observer seats in Angelist, Aptelligent (exit to VMW), iPerian (exit to BMS), and Dialpad. Wesley led the seed investing program and was among the first checks into Plaid, RobinHood, Vungle ($750M exit to Blackstone), Gusto, Optimizely, DataPad (exit to Cloudera), Freshplum (exit to TWTR), Namo Media (exit to TWTR), and Parse (exit to FB).
He is a recipient of Google’s Founders Award–the company’s most prestigious recognition–for leading the development of Google’s early client efforts, which led to the creation of Google Chrome.
Wesley worked at HP Labs as a senior software engineer and at Microsoft Research as a research fellow. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from MIT and completed his master’s degree at the MIT Media Lab.
Technology Review magazine featured Wesley as a “Top 35 Under 35” innovator. Wesley’s accomplishments have been covered by the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, and Fortune, and his story as a product founder is featured in Steven Levy’s best-selling Google book, “In The Plex.”