Rising Through Insecurity: Material Scientist turned Unicorn Backer, Lu Zhang - Sarah Chen
Impact Investing, Impact Washing, Investment, Philanthropy
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Despite Lu Zhang’s accelerated path from researcher to founder to investor — by age 30 —she still reveals how she feels like a failure everyday! This episode is one you’d want to tune into.



– Why feeling like a failure is part of the process
– How you can make being different your unique advantage & ps: never take rejection personally
– Digital transformation has been massively accelerated by the pandemic, which opens up huge opportunities




Lu Zhang, Founder and Managing Partner of Fusion Fund, is a renowned Silicon Valley based investor, a serial entrepreneur, and a Stanford Engineering alumna. Lu is a World Economic Forum (Davos) Young Global Leader and was recently selected as a Best 25 Female Investor by Business Insider. She has also garnered other accolades including the Featured Honoree in VC of Forbes 30 Under 30, Silicon Valley Women of Influence, and Town & Country 50 Modern Swans – Entrepreneurship Influencer. Lu is also on the Jury Board of Cartier Young Leader Award.Prior to starting Fusion Fund, she was the Founder and CEO of a medical device company focused on non-invasive technology for the early diagnosis of Type II diabetes (acq. 2013).Lu is a frequent speaker at tech events and conferences such as Davos Economic Forum, Future Investment Initiative (FII), Forbes, Web Summit, SuperReturn, etc. and also serves as a mentor and advisor to several tech innovation programs in Silicon Valley. Lu is the board member of the Youth Council of Future Forum and Future Science Award. She received her M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from Stanford University.



“I still feel like I’m failing everyday, where I’m not meeting my own expectations. But being Mongolian, the personality is such that, when people challenge me, I feel excited to prove them wrong.”

― Lu Zhang, Founding Partner, Fusion Fund