Joanne Chen, ’14
Partner at Foundation Capital
Joanne is a partner at Foundation Capital where she supports the next generation of startups. As a child, Chen dreamt of becoming an astrophysicist, but she changed her mind for something even better and became an entrepreneur instead.
In 2010, Joanne co-founded a mobile educational gaming startup and after a enjoying her first taste in the world of entrepreneurism, she went on to build a career in advising other entrepreneurs and investors. Chen joined Foundation Capital in 2014 after completing her MBA at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. Prior to joining Foundation Capital, she worked at Probitas Partners where she focused on advising private equity and venture capital firms in the fundraising process and as an analyst at Jefferies & Company in the Technology, Media, and Telecom Group.
Chen, who began designing web pages at the age of 9, geeks out on drones, virtual reality and video games. Her personal enthusiasm for VR overflowed beyond the work day into her personal life where she produced a VR version of her wedding this past August.