CapitalX has raised more than $5M since August and is open for new LPs for 2021 Q1. Please apply on my website or AngelList.

Below is a summary of my previous portfolio breakout winners by valuations (estimated range):

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This also helps to demonstrate why and how an annual portfolio of 20 startups with “High Hit Rate” may work very well. Imagine — if the initial check represents 0.5% — 5% ownership (not a lead position).


How did you start out with regards to your career?

I was quite fortunate to receive a full scholarship at Georgia Tech to study Civil Engineering but quickly fell in love with spatial data analysis and GIS (Geographic Information System) at a summer internship job so I quit the PhD program and started working full time. The company sponsored me for H1B Work Visa and Green Card and once I had my immigration status figured out (I was actually fired from my 1st job), I got a 50% raise doing software consulting at Accenture.

In the meantime, I also founded…

Cindy Bi uses social media and gut instinct to raise from LPs across the globe — Seif Salama / Marketing, AngelList Venture

Notable LPs include Marc Andreessen & Chris Dixon, David Sacks, Super Angels with multiple unicorns (Michael Liou, Kal Vepuri), GPs at multi-billion funds, breakout winner portfolio founders, founding/executive members at Square, Stripe, Twitter and other tech companies etc.

Born in China, Cindy Bi immigrated to the U.S. when she was 20 to study civil engineering with a full PhD scholarship at Georgia Tech. She later founded and sold a hardware business while juggling a full-time software job at Accenture.

“I’ve always worked very hard,” she said. “I love efficiency.”

When she moved to Silicon Valley in 2010, she tapped into…

I did a quick scenario analysis of my past angel portfolio in 2016 and 2017 as if it were a rolling fund setup with annual vintages.

The conclusion looks obvious to me — Micro LPs can expect to see higher returns from rolling funds with smaller capital that’s focused on the initial checks at seed round. Check out to learn more.

Details of 2016 Vintage (6x return on paper): 1 in 5 investments has high potential of becoming a future unicorn: 5 out of 26 startups.

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Details of 2017 Vintage (7x return on paper): 1 unicorn (Rippling $1.35B valuation)…

By design — I tie my upside with GP carry.

I aim to make my LPs rich(er) who are in return encouraged to (reinvest the profit or) invest even more capital back into more startups — this makes my job a lot more meaningful.

Track record: 1 in 10 seeded startups has high potential to become a future unicorn including 3 unicorns from 2012, 2014 and 2017 seeds.

Fund Memo ← click to learn more details:

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Linked is my AngelList Fund Page for #fundraising

Fund Terms ← click to find out more about my “skin in the game”.

Top Track Record

  • I’ve seeded more than 100 startups that have raised $7B+ follow-on VC funding with combined valuations of $30B+. The $7M initial capital is worth about $50M today without active portfolio management.
  • In particular, I’ve directly invested in 11 startups on YC’s top 100. Note: YC isn’t my only deal source for CapitalX but this shows you my high hit rate.

Breakout Winners

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Examples Of My Success Getting Into Deals

  • I shared some fun facts…

Four unicorns later

Cruise2014 Seed. Unicorn Exit in 2016. Valued $30B in 2021.

Rippling2017 Seed (SPV). $1.35B valuation.

Boom Supersonic — 2016 Seed. Unicorn with $50M Series C.

High Hit Rate

Notable Limited PartnersMarc Andreessen & Chris Dixon, David Sacks, Super Angels with multiple unicorns (Michael Liou, Kal Vepuri), GPs at multi-billion funds, Family Offices, Founding/Executive members at Square, Stripe, Twitter and other tech companies etc.

Apply to become an LP

Linked is my fundraising deck — if you are…

I got inspired by Gumroad founder Sahil’s notes on his success getting into deals, so below I list some fun facts to demonstrate how I’ve won over founders to invest in their startups: from burger dinner, BBQ party, personalized & persistent messages, warm intros, matchmaking stories, “don’t get me fired” plea, lightning-fast wires, and sometimes, love letters (see Twitter DM in the end)!

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I call it “YC version” because these examples are part of my 11 direct investments out of YC’s top 100 list. To state the obvious here, all fundraising numbers are available via public info.

I published a preliminary analysis of my startup investments via a tweet storm back in December 2019, and here is a quick summary by popular demand.

I’ve invested in more than 100 startups and 8 VC Funds since 2011, mostly via my previous fund and recently with my personal capital.

As of July 2020, I’ve written 16 personal checks within a year, including 9 pre-seeds & seeds, 5 micro funds, and 2 (partial) pro rata from my previous portfolio.

The startups have gone on to raise over $7 billion after my investments and have a total combined valuation of over…

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The Perito Moreno Glacier in Argentinian Patagonia is one of the few unusual glaciers that maintains a state of equilibrium because it continues to accumulate mass at a rate similar to that of its loss.

Note: please check out “Startup Portfolio Highlights” via the medium post here

What’s the X, Y, Z here?

In the mean time, Cindy was also a full-time operator at a file API company , after her 80%-traveling consultant years at @Accenture when she also cofounded and ran a hunting-camera company on the side.

Check out @CapitalXCompany twitter bio or Cindy’s LinkedIn for a longer list of breakout winners in her portfolio.

Two Jobs At the Same Time

Cindy Bi

GP at an enterprise focused generalist investing in 20 startups a year with $100k — $500k checks.

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