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Eddie Thai

Eddie Thai
General Partner
AVV (Ascend Vietnam Ventures)

Eddie is a co-founder & general partner of AVV, an early-stage VC firm with a mission to help exceptional teams in Vietnam and elsewhere in building iconic companies. He is particularly on the lookout for breakthrough approaches in fintech, edtech, and enterprise SaaS. In addition to activity in investment and portfolio support, Eddie oversees firm operations, investor relations, and ESG & impact.

Eddie also continues to steward the Vietnam-focused fund of 500 Global, the early-stage VC firm and ecosystem builder headquartered in Silicon Valley. As a co-founder & general partner of 500VN he led more than 30 investments, including pre-seed / seed round investments in Axie Infinity (a16z-backed NFT gaming unicorn), ApplyBoard (Fidelity-backed edtech unicorn), Trusting Social (Sequoia-backed fintech centaur), and Base.vn (enterprise SaaS; acquired).

Prior to 500 Global, he had experience in strategy and finance for companies & clients ranging from startups to Fortune 500 corporations, primarily in the technology, media, and telecommunications sectors but also financial services, manufacturing, and energy. He received degrees from Harvard University and Yale University, previously served on the global Board of Directors of the Harvard Alumni Association, and currently serves on the global Yale Alumni Association Assembly. He also volunteers in advisory board roles with the World Bank (Vietnam 2045 project), UNICEF Vietnam, and the UNDP (business integrity project).