Daniel Hsu is the rare individual who has worked in both massive corporations and budding startups, as well as the venture investing world. He started his career as an engineer at oil major ExxonMobil and later oversaw sustainability and strategy for two China CEOs at global retailer Walmart. He has also worked in scrappy startups, including hardware venture D.light where he helped the CEO with everything from CRM to e-commerce to strategic partnerships. Daniel combined these experiences at venture firm Village Capital to develop corporate partnerships with notable clients including Microsoft, MetLife, UBS, Hershey’s. As of 2020, he is the VP of Partnerships & Corporate Innovation at Bits x Bites, China pioneer food tech VC.
Daniel has deep experience across China. First visiting in 1999, 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, Beijing, Guangzhou, and Shenzhen. 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