Tom Chi - has worked in a wide range of roles from astrophysical researcher to designer to corporate executive developing new hardware/software products and services. He's played a significant role in established projects with global reach (Microsoft Outlook, Yahoo Search, Google), and scaled new projects from conception to significance (Yahoo Answers from 0 to 90 million users).
Tom has pioneered and practiced a unique approach to rapid prototyping, visioning, and leadership that can jumpstart innovative new ideas as well as move organizations at unprecedented speeds. These approaches have benefitted both industry-leading multinationals and startups alike. He was a founding team member of Google X developing technology such as Google Glass and Google's self-driving cars.
Through his investment work he was able to establish and elaborate a thesis on how humanity can become a net positive through the emergence of environmentally regenerative technology as well as radically disrupting nature-negative industries. This has allowed him to combine two areas of longtime focus - developing breakthrough technology while addressing global issues. Tom brings a fundamentals-driven (both physics and financial) approach to investment and deeply passionate about supporting entrepreneurs, building relationships, and helping to realize a future that brings humanity and nature back into vibrant harmony.
Laurie Menoud - comes to At One Ventures by way of BASF Venture Capital where she led equity investments in early-stage companies and funds in North America. She focused on frontier technologies transforming the Chemical industry, such as 3D printing, artificial intelligence, biotechnology, and robotics. Prior to BASF, Laurie built her operating experience at SRI International, where she commercialized next-generation technologies out of government-funded programs (e.g. ARPA-E, DARPA, NSF). Laurie's startup experience includes co-creating a dozen ventures related to computer vision, natural language processing, diagnostics, and robotics while at SRI. She also supported R&D strategy and startup acquisitions at Solvay and led microbiology research in a UK-based startup. Laurie holds a Master's degree in biotechnology and helped characterize the first "giant" virus which later shed new light on the origins of life. Driven by the desire to apply biotechnology toward environmental health, she joined Bluewater Bio in the UK, where she optimized wastewater treatment processes. She is passionate about entrepreneurship, bringing her experience working with startups and corporate innovation groups to successfully commercialize new technologies. Originally from France, she loves traveling, tasting new food and board sports from snow to surf.
Helen Lin - was formerly the Head of Innovation and Strategic Partnerships at FINCA Impact Finance (FIF), where she launched the Innovation Lab that sourced new fintech partnerships for FIF's microfinance operations. Through running POCs, she evaluated new technologies to support FINCA Ventures in seed-stage equity financing. Helen drove FIF's digital transformation strategy in its 20 subsidiaries across 4 continents. She has led the implementation and launch of strategic delivery channels initiatives in Africa including agency banking, mobile banking, and mobile savings and lending. Helen's first role with FIF was Regional Analyst and acting Regional Financial Controller for Africa, responsible for budgeting, treasury, and business analytics for the region. Before FINCA, Helen worked for 7 years in Investment Banking and Private Equity, including two years in China launching a new growth equity fund investing in Greater China (Baird Capital Partners Asia). She executed investment, merger and acquisition transactions, and helped scale and operationally streamline Baird's portfolio companies. Helen previously spent a year as a volunteer teacher in the Marshall Islands through the Harvard Institute of International Development (WorldTeach). She holds an MBA from INSEAD and a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin. She speaks Mandarin and French and enjoys practicing Swahili.