Bill Tai

Bill Tai

Formal First Name

Bill Tai is a prolific individual investor and entrepreneur with decades of experience in Silicon Valley, in both technology development and financing. Starting his career as a computer chip designer, he is now a famous venture capitalist. He has been funding startups since 1991 and has had 22 of his startups become listed companies. He is among the very first investors in Canva, ColorGenomics, Twitter,, and Zoom Video. Outside of his commercial activities, Tai is dedicated to preserving the ocean and its related ecosystems and a sponsored athlete in kiteboarding.

Thoughts on technology: It comes in waves that build upon each other

Notable Investments:

  • He has invested in over 150 companies
  • He was one of the first backers of Zoom


  • Tai was a "hardware hacker" as a teenager doing "phone hacking"
  • He grew up in the Midwest, but parents are from Taiwan
  • He studied electrical engineering and computer design
  • He worked as a chip designer and moved to Silicon Vally in the 1980s
  • He has appeared as a guest on Real Vision.