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"It has been a great honor and privilege to work with entrepreneurs in introducing exciting innovations to society"

Scott Chou is a Managing Director at Michigan eLab an early stage venture fund that specializes in funding innovations originating from the Michigan entrepreneurial ecosystem. Scott is also a Managing Director of the Employee Stock Option Fund which is a specialty strategy venture fund for growth and late stage companies. His passion for technology ventures extends back to high school when he joined his first startup as a software engineer. Scott has since worked for five more technology ventures including Poqet Computer (acquired by Fujitsu) and ICE (acquired by AnyStream and Media100) in addition to world-renowned research and development organizations such as Bellcore (now Telcordia) and IBM. He entered the venture capital arena via the Kauffman Fellows Program, a prestigious fellowship in venture capital awarded annually to a select number of recipients. Scott completed his fellowship at Onset Ventures and CID Capital. He later joined Gabriel Venture Partners where he focused on disruptive technologies based on fundamental innovations in science and continues this role for the Michigan eLab Fund. While at Gabriel, Scott has been recognized by Always On as a top 100 VC for having led a Series A investment in NextG Networks which concluded with a $1 billion acquisition by Crown Castle. Scott received a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering with honors from Caltech as well as a Master’s Degrees from Harvard University and Stanford University.

Personal Trivia

 Some of My Portfolio Companies
 Email me at schou at alumni dot caltech dot edu
  • My email is overflowing and it is a huge professional problem for me. As of this writing my unprocessed email backlog is nearly 2000 emails and almost none of it is spam. I delete spam very quickly each day and only keep things that require some kind of action or response. I apologize in advance if you get a slow email response from me. It helps to ping me several times or write very short emails that I can quickly digest on my iPhone.
  • For some strange reason, I have nearly instantaneous response time on Facebook though. I'm not talking about private Facebook mail but public wall posts. It may have to do with the public visibility of ignoring someone or that recent alerts disappear quickly as they are replaced by new ones, neither of which is a problem with email. Email inbox items are not only private but stay there until I delete them, so I don't feel as much pressure to respond.
  • So for a faster response from me, try posting on one of the 4 Facebook pages I actively monitor daily: scott.chou, esofund, OhDontForget, VCPrimer
  • Tweet to @scottchou

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