Daniel Hsu is the rare individual who has worked both in massive corporations and budding startups, as well as in the venture investing world. He started his career as an engineer at oil major ExxonMobil and more recently oversaw sustainability and strategy initiatives for two China CEOs at global retailer Walmart. He has also worked in several scrappy startups, including hardware venture d.light solar where he helped the CEO with anything from CRM to e-commerce to strategic partnerships. Most recently, he developed corporate partnerships at venture firm Village Capital, with notable clients including Microsoft, MetLife, UBS, Hershey’s, and many more. In just two years, he systematized global sales, established a new advisory business unit, and doubled annual revenues.
Daniel has deep experience across China. First arriving in 2003, he has worked in China on three separate “tours” for a total of nine years and counting. He started out in rural Hunan, later living in Nanjing, Shenzhen, and Beijing. He is bilingual in English and Mandarin.
Daniel holds an MBA from MIT Sloan and an MPA/ID from the Harvard Kennedy School. From his current base in Beijing, he advises organizations large and small on corporate innovation, venture acceleration, sales operations, and other topics.
“You cannot stay unchanging in a world that, all around, is changing.” – Antoine Saint-Exupéry