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Paul Hsiao, Partner

Paul Hsiao is a General Partner and founding managing member of Canvas Ventures. His active Canvas investments include Everwise, Fluxx Labs, Kidbox, Roofstock, Thrive Global, Transfix, and Zola. Prior to Canvas, Paul was a partner at New Enterprise Associates (NEA), where he led an early-stage investment in Houzz, as well as, had the privilege of helping eight companies go public on the NYSE or NASDAQ and seventeen companies with successful M&A exits during his 10-year tenure with the firm.

Paul was an entrepreneur before he became an investor. He founded Mazu Networks, a venture-backed startup and pioneer in network security that was built from technology developed at MIT. The company was acquired by Riverbed Technologies and today provides enterprise IT organizations with the ability to manage, secure and optimize their business services. Paul began his career working in product development at Medtronic, and leading market entry strategy for China at McKinsey & Company.

Paul holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BSc in Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering from MIT.

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Fireside Chat with Anurag Gupta and Paul Hsiao

Fireside Chat with Anurag Gupta, VP at Amazon Web Services and Paul Hsiao, Partner at Canvas Ventures.
May 16, 2018 | SaaStr/by admin

Wedding-Planning Startup Zola Raises $100 Million

The round, led by Comcast’s venture capital unit, brings Zola’s total funding to about $140 million. Lightspeed, Thrive Capital and Canvas Ventures also participated.
May 3, 2018 | Bloomberg/by admin

Zola CEO on the business of weddings

Zola CEO and Co-Founder Shan-Lyn Ma discusses her business, which is disrupting the wedding registry industry.
May 3, 2018 | CNBC/by admin

Kidbox raises $15.3 million for its personalized children’s clothing box

Kidbox, a clothing-in-a-box startup aimed at a slightly younger crowd than StitchFix, has raised $15.3 million in Series B funding to expand and scale its business.
April 24, 2018 | TechCrunch/by admin

Eporta: The Stunning Global “Airbnb Of Interior Design” Raises $8 Million

“We’re the of Airbnb for design,” cofounder Aneeqa Khan tells Forbes. “We connect trade buyers directly with people who make wonderful products around the world.”
April 17, 2018 | Forbes/by admin

Interiors Marketplace eporta Raises $8M, Led by Canvas Ventures

This London-based B2B interior marketplace startup, has now raised $8 million in a Series A funding round led by US investor Canvas Ventures.
April 10, 2018 | TechCrunch/by admin

Why You Have To Raise $100m+ If You Want To Go Big Today, The 5 Fundamentals To Starting and Scaling A Successful Marketplace & Why Female Founders Under-Promise and Over-Deliver

Audio Interview of Paul Hsiao, with Harry Stebbings
April 9, 2018 | The Twenty Minute VC/by admin

Startup dollars creep northward, from Silicon Valley to S.F.

The South Bay has long been seen as the headquarters of tech and innovation. But in recent years, venture capitalists have been pouring more money into San Francisco instead.
March 9, 2018 | San Francisco Chronicle/by admin

Blockchain Will Work in Trucking – But Only If These 3 Things Happen

Opinion piece by Jonathan Salama, Chief Technology Officer at Transfix
March 2, 2018 | TechCrunch/by Ching Wu

Thrive Global Raises $30 Million in Series B Funding to Scale Its Behavior Change Corporate and Media Platform Around the World

Thrive Global, the behavior change media and technology company founded by Arianna Huffington in November 2016, has raised $30 million in its Series B funding round to dramatically accelerate its technology and product growth and scale its impact around the world.
November 29, 2017 | BusinessWire/by admin

Venture Capital Micro Funds on Pace for Record Year

Venture capital's old guard is under pressure by smaller, specialized competitors that are increasingly creating the first institutional relationships with entrepreneurs. "The early stage market ($15 million or less) is changing rapidly," said Paul Hsiao, co-founder and general partner at venture capital manager Canvas Ventures, which raised its first fund in 2013. "New names will rise to threaten the top five to 10 ​ (venture capital firms)."
October 16, 2017 | Pensions & Investments/by Ching Wu

Panel discusses characteristics of AI at World Mobile Congress America 2017

Moderated by Paul Hsiao from Canvas Ventures
October 12, 2017 | Digital Engineering/by admin
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Artificial intelligence, mobile, marketplace, enterprise SaaS, education, real estate, gaming


  • MIT, BSc
  • Harvard Business School, MBA

Past Investments

  • Houzz
  • Gaikai
  • Boingo
  • Elance-oDesk
  • SayMedia
  • 42Floors
  • All past investment made while serving as partner at NEA