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Chi-Hua Chien
Chi-Hua Chien
Co-Founder, Managing Partner

Chi-Hua Chien is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Goodwater Capital. Chi-Hua works closely with or serves on the Board of Directors of Amino, Care/of, Dosh, Monzo, Photomath, Stash, Sweatcoin, Weee! and Zumper. Prior to co-founding Goodwater, Chi-Hua was a General Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers where he invested in Chegg (CHGG), Chill (acquired by Tinder), Inspirato, Karma Science (acquired by FB), Klout (acquired by Lithium), Level Money (acquired by COF), Massdrop, Spotify (SPOT), and Twitter (TWTR). Previously, Chi-Hua was an Associate at Accel Partners, where he originated Accel’s investment in Facebook (FB). 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. He enjoys staying close to the Stanford community and is a regular guest in the undergraduate Technology Entrepreneurship course at the Engineering School. 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
Eric J. Kim
Co-Founder, Managing Partner

Eric J. Kim is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Goodwater Capital. Eric has led investments into leading consumer internet companies such as Kakao (IPO – KOSDAQ:035720), Musical.ly (acquired by Bytedance / Tik Tok), Coupang, Xendit, Viva Republica (Toss), Danggeun Market (Karrot), MoMo, and Everlywell.

Prior to co-founding Goodwater, Eric was a Managing Director at Maverick Capital where he helped to build Maverick’s private investment and led investments into Kakao Corporation and Coupang where he served as the early investor board representative for those companies. Eric was also startup member of two technology companies spun out of Stanford University. Eric began his career as a consultant with McKinsey & Company.

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 also received an MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. Eric serves on the advisory board of the Johns Hopkins Alliance for Science and Technology and the board of St. Thomas More Chapel at Yale University.

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