Kevin Zhang

Kevin Zhang partners with founders building the next generation of financial technology and business software products. Prior to BCV, Kevin led product as the first business hire at Fundera, a financial services marketplace.

Partner
Bay Area

About Kevin

What is the first company you invested in? 

I first met Will Falcon over lunch at a Thai restaurant near the Facebook offices in New York, long before he incorporated the company that would become Lightning AI. I remember feeling immediately impressed with his vision for how his new open source project, already popular with machine learning researchers, could evolve into an ecosystem of tools for refining and deploying ML applications.

 

What do you love about working for Bain Capital Ventures?

What I respect and value the most is our willingness to do the right thing, and to optimize for long-term relationships. It’s often easier to choose immediate gain, but I have seen our team repeatedly opt to make tough calls and double-down in support of founders and companies.

 

Do you have an investment ethos?

I believe that outsized impact starts when determined individuals. One of the privileges of venture investing is getting to meet remarkable people with uncommon track records, growth trajectory, and insight. I work with many first-time and early-career founders, including the first four investments I led for BCV: Will at Lightning AI, Sara and Gregg from Alloy Automation, Mike and Devon at Vesta, and Kash, Tejas, and Josh at Hightouch.

 

What is compelling about your domain?

In my last life, I delved deep into financial services as Head of Product at Fundera, a marketplace for business financing. Part of what I’ve learned is that financial services is an early adopter not only of vertical software, but also productivity tools and data analytics capabilities. Achieving greater efficiency, and making the right underwriting decisions, often makes the difference between a sustainable business or a bailout and loss for taxpayers.

What are your interests and passions outside of BCV?

As someone who is fascinated by unique characters, it’s probably no surprise that I’m an avid follower of politics and international relations. I grew up on fantasy novels, trading cards, real-time strategy games, and suburban wonders like Chili’s and Barnes & Noble. If Microsoft can turn World of Warcraft into a metaverse, you’ll probably find me living out the rest of my days on a riverside farm in Elwynn Forest. Whenever I find myself in an art museum, I’ll generally make a beeline for Ellsworth Kelly and any Hudson River School painters.

 

What advice would you give your younger self?

I spent too much time thinking that only “other people”, whether more skilled or otherwise qualified, get to be entrepreneurs, venture investors, business executives, or generally to have an impact on the world.

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Kevin's Portfolio

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Mintlify is a continuous documentation platform to maintain quality documentation as you scale.

Partner(s) Kevin Zhang
Invested 2022
Apps
Seed

Finley simplifies debt capital raise and management.

Partner(s) Kevin Zhang
Invested 2021
Apps
Early

Playbook is a modern creative file manager. Store, tag, and organize your files and folders beautifully. Designers, sign up today and get 4TB storage!

Partner(s) Kevin Zhang
Invested 2021
Apps
Early Growth

Hightouch is the leading Reverse ETL platform.

Partner(s) Kevin Zhang
Invested 2021
Infra
Early

Column Tax enables mobile banks and fintech companies to offer top tier tax features to their end users.

Partner(s) Kevin Zhang
Invested 2021
Fintech
Seed

Aqueduct can do billing, invoicing, quoting, and accounting in one afternoon.

Partner(s) Kevin Zhang
Invested 2021
Fintech
Seed

Relay is banking designed for growing businesses. Easily collaborate with your team, manage payments and issue corporate cards - all from your bank.

Partner(s) Kevin Zhang
Invested 2020
Fintech
Early Seed

With no integrations and a simple keystroke, Magical lets anyone automate soul-crushing tasks by moving data between tabs.

Partner(s) Kevin Zhang, Ajay Agarwal
Invested 2020
Apps
Seed
Case Study

The apps integration platform for e-commerce.

Partner(s) Kevin Zhang
Invested 2019
Apps
Seed

Lightning enables companies of all sizes to train state-of-the-art AI models on hundreds of cloud GPUs and TPUs from their laptops.

Partner(s) Matt Harris, Kevin Zhang
Infra
Seed