Mr. Ron Cao is a respected venture capitalist and the Founder and Partner of Sky9 capital. During his investment career across Silicon Valley and China, Ron focuses on investing in innovative and disruptive opportunities in consumer internet, industrial internet, enterprise services, deep tech and digital healthcare. He has invested in a number of technology companies that have grown to become market leaders in their respective industries. Some of these investments include: Meituan/Dianping (HKSE: 3690), PinDuoDuo (NASDAQ: PDD), TuSimple (NASDAQ: TSP), Energy Monster (NASDAQ: EM), Full Truck Alliance（NYSE: YMM）, FinVolution (NYSE: FINV), QingCloud (SSE: 688316), FangDD (NASDAQ: DUO), Innolight (SZSE: 300308), Lianluo Interactive (SZSE: 002280), MediaV (acquired by Qihoo), MetroWave (acquired by IPG Photonics), Opulan (acquired by Qualcomm), ShareWave (acquired by Cirrus Logic), Ainemo (acquired by Baidu), 51WORLD, ByteDance, eBroke, Tujia, Doctor Trust, YiAuto, Biren Technology, Starfield, NeoX, Xbiome.
Ron has over 20 years of venture capital experience. He was Manager Director of Lightspeed Venture Partners and started Lightspeed’s China operations from scratch. Prior to Lightspeed, Ron was Managing Director of KLM Capital, where he led the company’s early-stage cross-border investments in Silicon Valley and China. Before entering the investment field, Ron started his career in the US with Motorola, Goldman Sachs and Intel.
Ron was named by Forbes China as one of the “Top Venture Capitalists of China” over multiple years. In 2013, Ron was selected by the World Economic Forum as one of its “Young Global Leaders” and served on the Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of Software and IT. Ron is actively involved with various philanthropic pursuits, especially in the areas of children’s education and impact investing. Ron has been involved on the boards of BEAM Alliance and Maitian Education Foundation.
Ron holds bachelor’s and master’s degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.