Sequoia China managing partner Neil Shen is funding future unicorns


Neil Shen has quite the entrepreneurial pedigree. The renowned investor founded Sequoia China in 2005; its parent company, Sequoia Capital, is the most revered of Silicon Valley venture capital firms. As Sequoia China’s managing partner, Shen is famous for getting involved with the most promising new companies on the ground floor, and his firm has invested in more than 600 companies since then, including many of China’s best-known names, about 60 of which have become unicorns.

Before founding the firm Shen was a successful entrepreneur himself, twice: first as co-founder of, now, which has become China’s most popular travel site; and as co-founder of Home Inns, China’s largest budget hotel chain. He previously worked as an investment banker at Deutsche Bank Hong Kong, Chemical Bank, Lehman Brothers and Citibank. He is a director of companies including BTG Hotels, mega app Meituan, wealth management service provider Noah Holdings and online agricultural marketplace Pinduoduo.

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In the early 1990s, Neil Shen became one of the first people from mainland China to work as a Wall Street banker.

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