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Paul Hsiao, Partner

Paul Hsiao is a General Partner and founding managing member of Canvas Ventures. His active Canvas investments and board seats include eporta, Everwise, Fluxx, KIDBOX, Roofstock, Thrive Global, Transfix, and Zola.  Prior to Canvas, he served as Partner at NEA. At NEA, he has worked on the following investments: Houzz, Upwork, Atheros (NASDAQ: ATHR), Salesforce (NASDAQ: CRM), Tableau Software (NASDAQ: DATA), Boingo Wireless (NASDAQ: WIFI), Glu Mobile (NASDAQ: GLUU), Spreadtrum Communications (NASDAQ: SPRD), SMIC (NYSE: SMI), Actions Semiconductor (NASDAQ: ACTS), and BCD Semi (NASDAQ: BCDS). Prior to NEA, Mr. Hsiao co-founded Mazu Networks (acquired by Riverbed Technology, NASDAQ: RVBD). He began his career at Medtronic and McKinsey. Paul received his MBA from Harvard Business School and a bachelor’s degree in engineering from MIT.

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The Next Billion-Dollar Startups 2018 (featuring Transfix)

Where are the next unicorns? They’re coming from a wide range of industries—from esports and online education, to trucking and 3-D printing, to luggage and shoes.
October 15, 2018 | Forbes/by admin

SoftBank Gives Startups Billions of Reasons to Hold Off IPOs

“We are seeing real structural shifts” in enabling companies to stay private for a long time, said Paul Hsiao, a partner at venture-capital firm Canvas Ventures.
October 15, 2018 | The Wall Street Journal/by admin

CNBC unveils its annual list of 100 promising start-ups to watch (including Kidbox)

The Upstart 100 is CNBC's exclusive list of promising young start-ups, featuring a diverse group of companies that are building brands and breaking industry barriers on the path to becoming tomorrow's household names.
October 12, 2018 | CNBC/by admin

The US has a major truck driver shortage — but the co-founder of a trucking startup that’s attracted $80 million in funding says there are 3 other issues that are making the shortage seem worse than it is

Drew McElroy, CEO and co-founder of Transfix, a New York-based freight brokerage startup, agrees that there's a constrained supply of drivers and trucks alike as the economy has improved. However, there are deeper causes to some of the delays we've seen in recent months.
September 28, 2018 | Business Insider/by admin

Kidbox, a subscription clothing box, has a social mission at its core

Watch video featured on CBS This Morning Saturday.
August 27, 2018 | CBS News/by admin

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
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Artificial intelligence, mobile, marketplace, enterprise SaaS, education, real estate, gaming


  • MIT, BSc
  • Harvard Business School, MBA

Active Investments

  • eporta
  • Everwise
  • Fluxx
  • Hustle
  • Kidbox
  • Thrive Global
  • Transfix
  • Zola

Past Investments

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