Vinnie Lauria

Vinnie Lauria is entrepreneur turned venture capitalist. He is a founding partner of Golden Gate Ventures, an early-stage VC firm in Southeast Asia with over 20 investments to date. He is a Kauffman Fellow, and a guest lecturer at the National University of Singapore. He was rated by the Founder Institute as highest startup mentor in Asia from a pool of 2,500 mentors.

Prior to setting up Golden Gate Ventures, Vinnie built two startups in Silicon Valley: Meetro, a location-based chat service which was dissolved with many lessons learned in 2007; and Lefora, a forum hosting platform which grew to over 100,000 communities and was acquired by CrowdGather in 2010. He founded the Silicon Valley NewTech meetup, featuring hundreds of startups to a monthly audience w/ more than 10,000 members.

Earlier in his career, Vinnie spent four years within IBM, helping to shape how IBM was approaching social software for the enterprise. Vinnie is a graduate of Boston University’s College of Engineering. Vinnie is passionate about building startup ecosystems. He joined his first startup while still in high school.


  • Entreprenrsuhip
  • Startup Ecosystems
  • Investing
  • Internet Technology Trends
  • Asia


EmTech [Singapore] – “Vinnie joined the speaker faculty of MIT Technology Review’s EmTech Singapore 2015 on a short notice but managed nonetheless to have a big impact. His wit and deep knowledge of the subject matter were highly appreciated by our audience who didn’t miss the chance to ask several questions to him during and after his panel. I would definitely recommend Vinnie to any event manager who is looking for a knowledgeable and well-connected investor who can keep the audience engaged.
~ Daria La Valle, Regional Manager, Koelnmesse and Event Manager, EmTech Singapore (MIT Technology Review)

Capital On Stage [New York] – “”Vinnie was invited as one of just 20 venture capitalists at our Capital On Stage conference in New York. His keynote talk was personal and full of hands-on advise for the selected growth-stage startup audience. I highly recommend him to hire Vinnie for any speaking gig on motivation, investment, or venture building”.
~ Arjen Strijker, Managing Director, Capital on Stage (the global invitation-only conference about funding)

Telenor Digital Winners [Oslo] – “We have received a lot of positive feedback on your speech from visitors who were inspired, challenged and engaged by your talks.
~ Johanna Staaf, Director New Ventures, Telenor Digital, on behalf of Digital Winners (the Nordic region’s premier gathering of leaders and innovators, hosted by the largest Telco in the region)

Axis Innovation [Tel Aviv] – Vinnie brought a unique perspective on the excitement growing in the Singapore startup ecosystem whose development and growth are beginning to emulate the Israel startup world- with international investors, exciting entrepreneurs as well as deals- both strategic and exits that fuel the cycle.  The special relationship that exists between Singapore and Israel on so many fronts is now expanding into the high-tech world- as was so clear from the work that Golden Gate is doing in both countries.
~ Ed Frank, CEO Axis Innovation (Connecting innovative Israeli startups to international to international markets)


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