Howard Lee

Co-Founder & Managing Director

Founders Equity Partners

About Howard Lee

Howard is Co-Founder and Managing Director at Founders Equity Partners, a venture investment firm focused on both early stage and secondary opportunities, based in San Francisco, Calif. He has more than thirteen years of experience in venture capital and growth equity investing, and more than twenty-one years of experience in research, development, and marketing in emerging and established technology companies and research institutions. His extensive investment experience includes crossborder investments with both US/Asia/China as well as US/Europe. Howard has also been both a GP and LP investor.

Howard’s investment areas have included mobile, IT, cloud infrastructure, communications, and solar project finance. Some of his successful investments include Infinera, Infravio, and LGC Wireless. He has advised numerous companies in the ecommerce, data center infrastructure, online learning, and video streaming sectors.

Prior to Founders Equity, Howard was a General Partner at Crystal Ventures, a venture capital firm focused on early-stage infrastructure and enabling technology companies in both the US and Asia, and Vice President and co-founder of Volendam Capital Advisors, a venture fund that invests in technology companies in the US and Europe.

Mr. Lee has held operating roles in product management and marketing at Applied Materials and has worked in semiconductor research at the US Army Research Labs. He has also held engineering positions at IBM and Unisys.

Mr. Lee holds a BS and a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University, and an MBA from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France.

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