Nigel manages our current portfolio and leads the development of proprietary tools for monitoring our investments. Prior to joining CSC Upshot, Nigel worked at Barclays in the Southeast Asia Investment Banking group. He holds a BA in Economics from Harvard University.
Valerie has worked as an office manager and executive assistant with 8 years of industry experience. She has previously also worked at Hercules Technology Growth Capital. Valerie has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Management from California State University.
Debra has worked as CFO/Controller for over 17 years in several bay area early stage venture firms. She has an MBA from Santa Clara University and a B.S. in Accounting from San Jose State. She is an active member of several PE-CFO groups.
Founder & Partner
Ming founded Upshot Ventures in 2015, and established CSC Upshot in partnership with AngelList and the CSC Group, to help founders and operator angels seed their companies.
Ming has built her career around her passion for connecting capital to technology innovation between the US and Asia. She raised CSC Upshot with capital sources from China, represented by the CSC Group and Baidu, to invest in innovative technology companies in the US. Prior to Upshot, she spent six years in Shanghai as a venture capitalist at SVB Capital (part of SVB Financial Group), headed up its Asia practice. In that capacity, Ming built up SVB’s presence in China and opened its Hong Kong office. During her time in China, she helped Chinese entrepreneurs build globally scalable companies. She served on the board of China Venture Capital and Private Equity Association.
Prior to China, Ming also co-founded PacRim Venture Partners in Menlo Park, CA, which like CSC Upshot connected capital from Asia with innovative companies in the US. She began her career as an engineer at Sun Microsystems, designing microprocessors and earned three patents for her work there. Her engineering and operational background contributes to the value she brings to the founders and operator angels with whom she works.
Ming currently sits on the board of AAMA (Asian American MultiTechnology Association) and is a member of the Wellesley College Business Leadership Council. Ming holds an MBA from MIT Sloan, a MS in Electrical Engineering from USC and a BA in Physics from Wellesley College.
Our partner, Hone Capital, is the U.S. arm of CSC Group, one of the largest and most successful private equity and venture capital firms in China. CSC Group was founded in 2000 in Shenzhen as the first large-scale PE investment management firm in China. Today, CSC Group has more than $10B in AUM, and is listed on China’s NEEQ.