Joanne Chen

Joanne’s passion for technology developed early, when her mathematician dad and computer scientist mom taught her how to program. By the time she was nine years old, she had turned her skills into a business and made her first webpage for a client.

Joanne began her career as an engineer at Cisco Systems and later co-founded a mobile gaming company.  She also spent many years working on Wall Street at Jefferies & Company, helping tech companies go through the IPO and M&A processes, and at Probitas Partners, advising venture firms on their own fundraising process.  She was an angel investor for two years at Hyde Park Angels prior to joining Foundation in 2014.

“I have always been passionate about technology and its potential to change the world. I love working with incredibly talented people who aren’t satisfied with status quo. And I love helping smart people make smart business decisions that will take their businesses to the next level.”

Joanne works closely with the teams at Custora, Localytics, Yozio, Simppler, AdRise, Immersv, and ZenGaming.

What She does

Joanne works with passionate entrepreneurs who leverage data assets to disrupt business functions. She combines her experience as a founder and advisor to tech companies with her interest in investing in next generation MarTech, SaaS, DroneTech, and virtual reality companies.


Joanne has a B.S. from University of California at Berkeley and an MBA from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.


Joanne is a food fanatic, music lover, and travel addict. She grew up in Canada and considers North Carolina her second home (after the Bay Area). She loves to play video games, in particular Soul Calibur, and is entertaining challenges from brave souls.


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