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Paul Hsiao, General 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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Walmart is launching its first subscription box for apparel. And this one’s for kids

The retailer on Tuesday announced it’s partnering with Kidbox, a subscription-box company akin to Stitch Fix but focused solely on selling clothes for babies, girls and boys.
April 16, 2019 | CNBC/by admin

Flowspace Raises $12M in Series A Funding Led by Canvas Ventures

Flowspace, an on-demand warehousing and fulfillment technology company, today announced $12M in Series A funding.
April 16, 2019 | BusinessWire/by admin

These 50 Start-Ups May Be the Next ‘Unicorns’

CB Insights, a firm that tracks start-ups, analyzed a variety of data to create a list of 50 private companies around the world that are on a path to a $1 billion valuation [including Canvas portfolio company Zola].
February 12, 2019 | The New York Times/by admin

18-Wheelers At App Speed: An $800M Startup Is Trying To Pull An Uber On The Trucking Business

In 2013, four years after that aha moment, McElroy cofounded Transfix, an online freight marketplace that uses algorithms and machine learning to give full-load shippers better prices and truck owners better routes.
January 3, 2019 | Forbes/by admin

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


  • MIT, BSc
  • Harvard Business School, MBA

Active Investments

  • eporta
  • Everwise
  • Flowspace
  • Fluxx
  • Hustle
  • Kidbox
  • MasonHub
  • Shoreline Software
  • Thrive Global
  • Transfix
  • Zola

Past Investments

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