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In today's environment, more than ever, developing startup companies into market leaders requires guidance, focus and experience in addition to capital. With a mission of creating future industry leaders by assisting entrepreneurs, Gabriel Venture Partners is a "hands-on" venture capital firm that leverages the deep operating experience of its team to grow equity value in our portfolio companies. We take great pride in knowing that any one of our portfolio company CEOs could attest to Gabriel's assistance throughout key growth cycles in the company's history, and our passion in leveraging our collected experience, resources, and discipline through best-practice investment processes to build tomorrow's market leaders.
As an early-stage fund, we believe in focusing our investments in areas that we not only know well but can also bring relevant resources and networks into play to create rapid and valuable growth for our portfolio companies. Our core areas of investment are Networking, Communications, and Information Technologies with specific market emphasis in Wireless, Infrastructure Software & Systems, and Enterprise Software & Services. We currently manage two funds from our offices in Silicon Valley and the Mid-Atlantic Region, with a portfolio of companies located primarily on the West and East Coasts.
Given our Funds' sizes and our areas of expertise, our sweet-spot for investing lies with young companies that have already significant progress with initial product development and initial revenue traction. However, our investment thesis-driven focus means that we are always looking at innovative early-stage companies ranging from seed to later-stage, depending on sector and opportunity. Because we strive to be an active, long-term partner with each of our portfolio companies, we believe in leading each investment that we make, or else co-leading and syndicating with other top-tier venture firms who share Gabriel's philosophy of actively engaging with young companies to maximize value growth. We generally invest between $500K to $10M in a company over the life of an investment.
Gabriel Venture Partners
Scott Chou joined Gabriel Venture Partners in 2000, bringing a broad base of experience in venture capital, technology, and startup operations to the Firm. His extensive experience working with early stage technology ventures is a direct reflection of his passion for introducing innovations to society. Scott leads Gabriel's Disruptive Technologies practice and proactively manages relationships with universities as well as corporate and government labs in search of groundbreaking innovations with enormous market potential.
Scott entered the venture capital arena via the Kauffman Fellows Program, a prestigious fellowship in venture capital awarded annually to a select number of recipients. He completed his fellowship at Onset Ventures, a groundbreaking firm in seed capital investing. Scott currently serves as Chairman of the Kauffman Fellows Alumni Association. He is also the author of Maxims, Morals, and Metaphors: A Philosophical Guide to Venture Capital , a popular book used in teaching the art of venture capital.
Scott joined his first startup as a software developer while still in high school, working on a small business accounting package. He has since worked for five other technology ventures as well as world-renowned research and development organizations. At Bellcore, Scott conducted pioneering research in broadband packet switching for the Internet. At IBM, he received an Outstanding Technical Achievement Award for his design work in enterprise storage systems. Scott was also instrumental in the launch of the handheld computing market while working at Poqet Computer, a startup later acquired by Fujitsu. From there, he founded Memory Card Associates, a systems integration firm focused on portable computing. Most recently, Scott was the founding manager of the engineering and manufacturing organizations within Integrated Computing Engines (ICE), a venture-backed startup in the graphics workstation market.
Scott is a director in three Asia-Pacific joint ventures launched by U.S.-based portfolio companies. These ventures typify Gabriel's strategy of assisting companies with outsourcing and business development in Asia-Pacific. Scott speaks Mandarin Chinese and splits time between his San Francisco and Shanghai residences.
Scott serves as a director on the boards of Boston-Power, LVL7 Systems, NextG Networks, and SkyCross. In addition, Scott is a board member-elect for The Center for Venture Education, which runs the Kauffman Fellows Program. He also serves on the advisory boards of the University of Maryland Technology Visionary Series and the TiE Semiconductor SIG.
MS – Engineering, Stanford University (full fellowship)
MS – Computer Science, Harvard University (full fellowship)
BS – Electrical Engineering, California Institute of Technology (with honors)
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