CSC Venture Capital has rebranded to Hone Capital. We hone in on superior investment opportunities, separating signal from noise.
Daisy Chew, Office Manager
Daisy is the Office Manager at Hone Capital. Prior to Hone, Daisy was Senior Learning Programs Executive at Spitfire Strategies, a national communication firm, where she managed the daily operations of its San Francisco office and orchestrated training programs for nonprofit organizations and philanthropic foundations across the U.S. and around the world. Daisy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in International Business from San Francisco State University.
Tom Cole, Managing Partner
Tom joined CSC Group in 2015 as Managing Partner of the US operations, and opened the company’s first US office in Palo Alto, California. He executed Hone’s partnership with AngelList in October 2015, and has co-led investments into 100+ high-quality technology companies. Tom has spent his career in Silicon Valley as a venture capitalist and angel investor, startup CEO, and entrepreneur with a diverse and proven 25-year track record across the software, Internet, and e-commerce sectors. Prior to Hone Capital, Tom was CEO at Beau-coup, a privately-held e-commerce startup, where he led the company through a strategic M&A exit. Prior to Beau-coup, he was a General Partner at Trinity Ventures, where he spent a decade investing in early-stage software, technology and Internet companies. Previously Tom was a software developer at Oracle, Wells Fargo, and two startups. Tom holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science from Yale University, and an MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
Cassandra Doeng, Associate
After graduating from Central University for Nationalities with degrees in Chemistry (BS) and Applied Psychology (MA), Cassandra joined CSC’s China office in 2012 where she worked in fund management, operations (business management and team performance), domestic and international investments, deal evaluation, and advising new venture teams. She helped launch start-ups specializing in creative education and online investment platforms. Cassandra currently focuses on sourcing technology-driven deals in the US and helping companies to enter China, as well as portfolio analysis and management.
Glenn Farrell, Chief Marketing Officer
Glenn has over twenty years of experience in developing brand strategy and leading global marketing programs for companies in industries ranging from biotech to software and media. Prior to Hone Capital, he was CMO of the Icahn Institute at Mount Sinai, where the team is driving precision medicine through data science. Previously, Glenn led marketing communications at Pacific Biosciences, a biotech startup that rapidly scaled and had a successful IPO. Prior to PacBio, Glenn led the brand and marketing strategy team at Microsoft for its flagship Windows product, server software portfolio, and online services. Glenn holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University in Political Science.
Purvi Gandhi, Chief Financial Officer
Purvi has over 20 years of experience in CFO roles in the international investment management industry, across Silicon Valley and Asia, along with startup company experience. Through her roles as CFO at H&Q Asia Pacific (spin-out from JP Morgan Chase), Taiyo Pacific and Allegis Capital, Purvi was involved in private equity, venture capital, public equities/hedge funds, and distressed assets. As CFO of healthcare informatics start-up MedVantage, she helped lead the company through a Series A round at a valuation of $30M, and scaled it from 12 to 60 employees prior to its acquisition by IMS. Beyond core CFO expertise, Purvi has in-depth experience in capital raising and operational expansion in Asia, and has served as a strategic advisor and board member to startups in the US and Asia. Purvi started her career at Deloitte and also worked at Charles Schwab. Purvi holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from UC Berkeley. She passed the CPA exam in the State of California.
Kendrick Kho, Analyst
Kendrick is an Analyst at Hone Capital, supporting the development and use of Hone’s quantitative tools. Prior to joining Hone Capital, he worked in renewable energy, virtual reality, consumer electronics, and management consulting. Kendrick holds three degrees from Stanford University: an MS in Management Science and Engineering, a BS in Science, Technology, and Society, and a BS in Earth Systems.
Ngan Larnauti, Accountant
Ngan is an Accountant at Hone Capital. Prior to Hone, Ngan was Assistant Director at Academy of Art University, the largest privately owned art and design school, where she managed a team of 22 employees and oversaw daily operations including publications, audits, financial management and CRM systems. Ngan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development from UC Davis and an MBA from University of Phoenix.
Li Li, General Counsel
Li was appointed Co-President of CSC Group in 2015, and oversees CSC’s legal affairs related to overseas investments, M&A, and risk management. Prior to CSC, Li was a partner at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP and Chief Representative in the firm’s Beijing Office. Li has over 20 years of experience working with major international law firms in New York, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing. She advised clients on mergers and acquisitions matters, including representing multinationals in direct investments in China and representing Chinese companies in M&A transactions overseas, capital markets, private equity, finance and general corporate matters. Li holds a J.D. degree from Columbia University.
Stephen McAnearney, Senior Associate
Stephen is a Senior Associate at Hone Capital and leads the development of Hone’s quantitative tools and early stage investment control systems. Prior to joining Hone Capital, Stephen co-Founded One Kruger, an algorithmic trading firm. Previously he worked at J.P. Morgan in the Technology, Media and Telecommunications Investment Banking group in New York. Stephen was awarded the Fulbright Scholarship for the MSc in Management Science and Engineering at Columbia University, and graduated first in his class from the double degree BEng/BSc from the University of Western Australia.
Veronica Wu, Managing Partner
Veronica was appointed Co-President of CSC Group in 2015 to lead its international expansion into the United States, and is a Managing Partner of Hone Capital. After spearheading Hone’s partnership with AngelList, she co-led investments in over 100 high quality technology companies. Prior to Hone Capital, Veronica served as Vice President of Tesla Motors overseeing its China Operations, and launched the company into China in 2014. Prior to Tesla, Veronica led the launch of Apple’s Education and Enterprise business in China from 2006-2013. Previously, Veronica held senior positions at Motorola and McKinsey & Company. Veronica holds a BS from Yale University in Applied Mathematics, and an MS & PhD in Industrial Engineering Operations Research from UC Berkeley.
How We Invest
Through unique partnerships, and proprietary research and analytics, we have created an efficient approach to building a diversified and selective seed stage portfolio.
- Hone’s partnership with AngelList, the world’s largest fundraising platform for start-ups, enables access to a large number of seed stage companies
- Our key partners also include a network of entrepreneurs, sector experts, well-connected angel investors, and Micro VC firms
- We apply a rigorous data-driven approach to analyze deal-specific information in our proprietary model to identify those start-ups with the greatest potential for superior returns
Hone Capital is the U.S. arm of CSC Group, one of the largest and most successful private equity and venture capital firms in China.
Hone Capital was established in 2015 and has invested over $100MM in early to growth stage startups in the technology sector, using our proprietary data-driven intelligence platform and our network of deep relationships with syndicate leads, sector experts, and VC firms.
CSC Group was founded in 2000 in Shenzhen as the first large-scale PE investment management firm in China. Today, CSC Group has more than $10B in AUM, and is listed on China’s NEEQ.