Mr. Paul A. Waide
Paul is a co-founder of Amalfi Capital and serves as the fund’s Chief Investment Officer.
Prior to Amalfi Capital he spent two years as a vice-president at Winnington Capital in Shanghai. He was initially charged with setting up mainland China private equity operations for Winnington’s Trophy Fund.
He has completed investments in growth stage internet companies and in 2009 spent his time managing some of the fund’s existing investments in internet, media, and entertainment industries.
In June 2003 Paul co-founded Pacific Epoch Ltd., a research firm that developed quantitative and qualitative research products for hedge funds investing in Chinese internet, media, and telecommunications companies. Paul created and sold research products to eight of the top 20 hedge funds worldwide by assets under management. In 2006 he and his partner sold Pacific Epoch to JL McGregor & Company. JLM Pacific Epoch went on to raise a round of investment from Goldman Sachs and continues to offer the most comprehensive coverage of online games and Internet-related research in China. (JLM Pacific Epoch is now part of Pacific Crest, 2011)
From 2001 through June 2003, Paul worked in the regional strategy group at Alcatel Asia Pacific in Shanghai. He was the youngest member of Alcatel’s Asia Pacific leadership team. At Alcatel he was responsible for competitive intelligence on mobile hardware vendors in Asia and for coordinating competitive intelligence gathering across the region. Prior to Alcatel Mr. Waide worked for a technology strategy consultancy in Singapore advising multinationals and government entities on how to exploit internet technologies.
From 1997 through to November 2000, Mr. Waide worked as a financial journalist in Jakarta – where he was the youngest accredited foreign correspondent – and Melbourne, where he initiated coverage of technology, media, and telecommunications companies for what was then Bridge News (now Reuters). He also served as a reporter at Bloomberg News and internet.com.
Paul received a Bachelor of Arts with majors in Economics and Asian Studies from the University of Melbourne.
Paul also serves as an independent non-executive director of Capital Vue, a financial information services company based in Shanghai.
Ms. Tristen E. Langley
Tristen is a Director and co-founder at Amalfi Capital.
She covers the sectors: Internet, wireless and network communications, software, services, semiconductors, clean energy, water/wastewater treatment, materials, agriculture, mining, mobile, media and gaming.
Tristen also serves as a Venture Partner at Southern Cross Venture Partners (SXVP), an early and expansion stage fund focused on private investments in technology and clean energy companies.
Tristen was a Business Development and Marketing Manager at Skype Technologies for North America, where she initiated and negotiated online partnerships for the world’s fastest growing Internet voice communications company. Skype currently serves over 500M registered users.
She also held positions with Samsung Semiconductor in California and with RenRen / Oak Pacific Interactive in Beijing, China.
From 2002 to 2005, she was an Analyst with the top-tier US venture capital firm, Draper Fisher Jurvetson (DFJ) where she initiated the firm’s investment in and led the due diligence for Skype Technologies (sold to eBay for $4.1 billion), a peer-to-peer communications firm. She was also involved with DFJ’s portfolio companies, Xfire (sold to Viacom for $100M), Visto (wireless email), Anagran (flow routing), abazab (video telephony) and Media Lario (lithography optics).
Prior to DFJ, Tristen was a Senior Associate with the Australian technology venture capital firm, Allen & Buckeridge (A&B). At A&B she led the firm’s investment in the CRC-spinout Wedgetail Communications (sold to Quest Software for $57M), a security software firm. She joined Wedgetail’s founding team as Manager, Operations & Planning, where she was engaged in sales, IP management and budget planning.
Tristen Langley holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. She completed her graduate studies in software engineering at the Fraunhofer IESE, Germany. She earned a Bachelor of Science (First Class Honors) from the University of NSW and was the recipient of the University Medal.