Alfred Lin at Le Web '09. Photo by Scott Allison.
|Alma mater||Harvard University(B.S.)
|Occupation||CFO/COO of Zappos|
Alfred Lin is a businessman and venture capitalist at Sequoia Capital and currently sits on the boards of Achievers, Houzz, Humble Bundle and Stella & Dot and also works with Trippy. Alfred focuses on consumer internet, enterprise and mobile companies. He was born in Taiwan and moved to New York City at the age of six or seven.
Prior to Sequoia Capital, Alfred was the Chairman, COO and CFO of Zappos.com which was acquired by Amazon.com in 2009. While at Zappos, Alfred managed all financial, administrative and strategic operations. Previously, Alfred was the VP of Finance and Business Development of Tellme Networks (MSFT) and co-founded Venture Frogs, an incubator and investment firm with Tony Hsieh. Venture Frogs invested in companies such as Ask Jeeves (ASKJ), OpenTable (OPEN), MongoMusic (MSFT) and even Zappos.com (AMZN). Prior to Venture Frogs, Alfred was the VP of Finance and Administration at LinkExchange which was sold to Microsoft for $265M.
Alfred holds a B.A. in Applied Mathematics from Harvard and an M.S. in Statistics from Stanford. Tony Hsieh, the founder of Zappos, stated that he first recognised Lin's business acumen while running a student-owned pizza parlour at Harvard: Lin, his best customer, was buying whole pizzas, splitting them into slices and selling them for a profit.
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