1. an original, bountiful source of nourishment that empowers exceptional entrepreneurs who are changing the world.
synonyms: quality; integrity; humility; service; transparency
Goodwater Capital is a next generation venture capital firm.
We believe consumer technology is revolutionizing the world, and we are devoted to entrepreneurs who are furiously building products and platforms that consumers love.
Our mission is to empower exceptional entrepreneurs who are changing the world.
Co-founder & Managing Partner
Chi-Hua Chien is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Goodwater Capital. Prior to co-founding Goodwater, Chi-Hua was a General Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Chi-Hua serves on the Board of Directors of Path, Lithium (fka Klout), Zaarly, Chill, Level Money, and Zumper. He also invested in Chegg, Inspirato, Karma Science (acquired by FB), Spotify, and Twitter. Previously, Chi-Hua was an Associate at Accel Partners, where he originated Accel’s investment in Facebook. Chi-Hua was an early employee or co-founder of four startups including Coremetrics (acquired by IBM), where he led the marketing and inside sales teams, served as interim CFO, and was appointed to the Office of the President.
Chi-Hua fell in love with startups at Stanford University where he earned a BS in Industrial Engineering, a BA in Economics, an MS in Industrial Engineering, and an MBA. At Stanford he was named a Mayfield Fellow, President’s Scholar, and Arjay Miller Scholar. Chi-Hua also serves on the board of charity: water, a non-profit organization bringing clean, safe drinking water to people in developing nations.
Eric J. Kim
Co-Founder & Managing Partner
Eric J. Kim is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Goodwater Capital. Prior to co-founding Goodwater, Eric was a Managing Director at Maverick Capital. Eric serves as a board director or observer for KakaoTalk (mobile messaging), Coupang (e-commerce), Upsight (mobile and social analytics) and SeeChange (consumer health and wellness). Eric previously headed business development for NeoPoly, a thin-film transistor and mobile phone startup that focused on key technologies enabling touch and video for 1st generation smartphones.
Eric first learned to code as an undergrad at Yale University where he majored in Cognitive Science (Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude) and was a member of the Grammy-nominated Yale Cellos. Eric received his MBA from Stanford University, where he met Chi-Hua Chien in 2005. Eric also serves on the advisory board of the Johns Hopkins Alliance for Science and Technology and the non-profit board of the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music.