Joanne Chen is a partner at Foundation Capital. Joanne’s passion for technology developed early, when her mathematician dad and computer scientist mom taught her how to program. By the time she was nine years old, she had turned her skills into a business and made her first webpage for a client.

Joanne began her career as an engineer at Cisco Systems and later co-founded a mobile gaming company.  She also spent many years working on Wall Street at Jefferies & Company, helping tech companies go through the IPO and M&A processes, and at Probitas Partners, advising venture firms on their own fundraising process.  She was an angel investor for two years at Hyde Park Angels prior to joining Foundation in 2014.

Joanne works closely with the teams at Custora, Localytics, Yozio, Simppler, AdRise, Immersv, and ZenGaming.

Joanne works with passionate entrepreneurs who leverage data assets to disrupt business functions. She combines her experience as a founder and advisor to tech companies with her interest in investing in next generation MarTech, SaaS, DroneTech, and virtual reality companies.

Joanne has a B.S. from University of California at Berkeley and an MBA from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.


Fund's investment verticals: information technology, energy, financial services, software, and consumer sectors.