Tsai Ventures is the seed and early stage venture capital arm of Tsai Capital Corporation. We look for hungry entrepreneurs with disruptive ideas and a big market opportunity. Our focus is on markets we know well: finance, media and travel. And we leverage our network to build relationships for our partners.
Tsai Capital Corporation is a global equity manager headquartered in New York City. Through original, in-depth research that digs deep into a company’s operations, Tsai Capital seeks long-term investments in businesses we believe are high-quality, growth companies that offer significant upside potential and a margin of safety at the time of purchase. The company was founded in 1997 by Christopher Tsai, President and Chief Investment Officer.Tsai Capital is an SEC-registered investment adviser.
Christopher Tsai is President and Chief Investment Officer of Tsai Capital Corporation, a global equity manager headquartered in New York City. He founded the company in 1997 and serves as Chairperson of the firm’s Advisory Committee. Tsai Capital is an SEC-registered investment adviser.
Mr. Tsai seeks long-term investments in businesses Tsai Capital believes are high-quality, growth companies that offer significant upside potential and a margin of safety at the time of purchase. His research-intensive, fundamental and long-term approach to investing has created significant wealth for his investors.
Through Tsai Ventures, the seed and early stage venture capital arm of Tsai Capital Corporation, Mr. Tsai invests in private companies and helps to build relationships for entrepreneurs.
In 2015, Mr. Tsai led a $3 million Series A Preferred Stock financing for untapt inc., a New York-based FinTech company.
In 2016, Facebook, Inc. announced that it was acquiring CrowdTangle, Inc., a Tsai Ventures portfolio company.
Mr. Tsai is a member of the board of directors of untapt inc. and is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors and the New York Society of Security Analysts.
Mr. Tsai was retained by Paul Hastings LLP, a leading international law firm, to provide expert assistance with the analysis of publicly-traded equity securities.
Mr. Tsai has been profiled in numerous financial publications including Barron’s, Bloomberg Briefs, Business Insider, Financial Planning, Investment Advisor Magazine, Private Asset Management and The Wall Street Transcript. He has been interviewed on Bloomberg Radio, China Money Network, Fox Business Network and The Street.com TV.
Mr. Tsai has contributed to Investment & Pensions Europe about investing in art as an alternative asset class. He is also the author of “Back Door to China”, a Worth Magazine article about investing in contemporary Chinese art, and a Fundweb article about the importance of portfolio exposure to Asia’s growing middle class.
Prior to forming Tsai Capital, Mr. Tsai was an equity research analyst at Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc., John A. Levin & Co., Inc., and Gabelli Asset Management. He began his career in finance at a young age, working for his late father, distinguished financier, fund manager and philanthropist Gerald Tsai, Jr., analyzing investment opportunities for the Tsai family and family foundation.
Mr. Tsai has been a benefactor of numerous museums and cultural institutions, both nationally and internationally, including the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and the World Monuments Fund, where he is a member of the International Council.
Mr. Tsai is the world’s foremost collector of works by contemporary artist Ai Weiwei. He has been profiled in Art+Auction, ForbesLife, The Huffington Post, Larry’s List, The New York Times, Private Air and Sotheby’s Magazine.
Through the Stockamp Tsai Collection, Mr. Tsai contributes artwork to many of the world’s most respected museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
Mr. Tsai received a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy and international politics from Middlebury College, where he is a member of the Middlebury College Arts Council and previously served as a Young Alumni Advisor.
Mr. Soffer has spent more than 15 years in Internet media. He helped launch and build an early online travel company called SkyAuction. He is currently Vice President of Marketing at Travelzoo® (NASDAQ: TZOO) and has served in a variety of roles at the company since 2003.
Mr. Soffer received a B.A. degree from Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT and an M.B.A. from Columbia University in New York.