Ted Chua
Senior Partner
Ted is a Senior Partner at Eight Roads and focuses on investments in the technology sector. Ted joined Eight Roads in 2005 bringing with him over 15 years of experience of investing in Asia and China. He also spent five years working in Boston, Massachusetts earlier in his career.

What motivates you?

Continuous improvement and integrity. I try to be a better person and investor every day and do the right thing, no matter what the circumstances. I like the game of investing. It is intellectually challenging, there is always something new to learn and there is always room for improvement. Venture Capital is one of the best ways to assist China in terms of private enterprise development, technological development, and economic development through job creation.

What’s been the steepest learning curve of your career so far?

Earlier in my career, when I made the transition from a software engineer to an investor.

What current technology trend do you get most excited about?

The convergence of deep learning, big data and the ubiquity of devices.

How do you think the investment landscape is changing in China – and what does that mean for entrepreneurs?

This is the best time to be an entrepreneur in China. The three pillars of China’s venture ecosystem – capital, talent and exit environment – are maturing rapidly. There is an abundance of risk capital and a mushrooming of angel investors and incubators. There is also far more talent out there than previously. China’s capital market is developing at a brisk pace, despite the recent volatility. In addition, M&A activities are increasing rapidly, providing alternative exits beyond public offerings.  

If you could only give one piece of advice to an up and coming entrepreneur what would it be?

Build a team and inspire them. Don’t just rely on yourself.