VP, International Business Development
Nan Zhou serves as VP, International Business Development for Human Longevity, Inc. Her most recent position was Head of U.S., Baidu Changcheng Investment Partners. She was selected by former Baidu CFO, Jennifer Li as a founding member to form the growth stage venture fund. In this senior position, she helped define investment strategy and scope, lead the $500mm USD fund raising activities, and initiated meetings with hundreds of potential LPs including FOF, family office, endowment, and wealthy individuals. She also organized and formed advisory committee of 20+ including scientists from academia & industry, and tech company executives.
Zhou initially joined Baidu in 2016 to lead Baidu’s strategic & venture investment team. There she established Baidu’s venture fund platform in Silicon Valley, and built the investment landscape for both Baidu and Baidu’s affiliated funds in the U.S. During her career at Baidu Investment, she developed in-depth industry insights in artificial intelligence (AI) and its application across different industries, self-driving cars (sensor & system), deep-tech/semiconductor/edge computing, digital health, and SaaS.
She also initiated the AI & healthcare investment coverage in Baidu, bringing the human genome sequencing pioneer J. Craig Venter to meet with Baidu CEO Robin Li in 2016. Over the past 3 years, she built an elite deal-sourcing network of 20+ VCs, 300+ scientists & engineers, and entrepreneurs in both Silicon Valley and Beijing. Her lead selected deals include Kitt.ai (Baidu’s most important acquisition in 2017), Velodyne, Falcon Computing, MoreHealth, Ripcord, Cerebras, Atomwise, Black Sesame, etc.
Prior to Baidu, Nan served as Assistant Vice President of Investment Banking at Barclays and Jefferies, in both NYC and Hong Kong. She led many technology IPO and M&A deals during her investment banking career. She was familiar with both Asia and U.S. capital market, and cultivated strong network in China.
She holds an MBA degree from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania; and B.A. of Economics from University of Maryland at College Park. She also spent half year in London to study European economics & business as LBS exchange student. She holds the honor of being named “2018 Top 100 Global Corporate Venture Rising Stars Award: rank #19.”