Ron Cao

Founder and Partner

Ron is Founder and Partner of Sky9 Capital, a technology venture capital firm focused on early-stage opportunities in China. With presence in Shanghai, Beijing, Hangzhou, Shenzhen, Nanjing and Silicon Valley, Sky9 Capital with its partners are currently managing over $1.1 billion in assets across 5 funds since 2011. 

Prior to founding Sky9 Capital, Ron was Partner with Lightspeed Venture Partners and started Lightspeed’s China operations from scratch in 2006 and subsequently co-founded Lightspeed China Partners. Prior to Lightspeed, Ron was Managing Director of KLM Capital, a cross-border venture firm with offices in Silicon Valley and China. Ron started his career in the US with Motorola, Goldman Sachs and Intel.

Over his 20-year venture capital career, Ron has invested in a number of technology companies that have grown to become market leaders in their respective industries. Some of these investments include: 51WORLD, ByteDance, eBroker, Fangduoduo (NASDAQ: DUO), Full Truck Alliance, Innolight (SZSE: 300308), Jingling, Lianluo Interactive (SZ: 002280), MediaV (acquired by Qihoo), Meituan/Dianping (SEHK: 03690), MetroWave (acquired by IPG Photonics), Opulan (acquired by Qualcomm), Pinduoduo (NASDAQ: PDD), Finvolution (NYSE: FINV), QingCloud, Rong360 (NYSE: JT), ShareWave (acquired by Cirrus Logic), Tujia, Ainemo (acquired by Baidu), Zhaoyou, and others.

Ron was named by Forbes China and CBN Weekly as one of the “Top Chinese Venture Capitalists” / “China’s Midas List” over multiple years. In 2013, Ron was selected by the World Economic Forum as one of its “Young Global Leaders” and served on the Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of Software and IT. Ron is actively involved with various philanthropic pursuits, especially in the areas of children’s education and impact investing. Ron has been involved on the boards of BEAM Alliance and Maitian Education Foundation.  Ron received both his B.S. and M.Eng. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.