Cloris is a strategy and partnership leader and fund/VC lawyer with more than 10 years of history working in roles as co-founder, executive, legal counsel, and advisor in/with U.S. and China-based startups, funds, and corporations on transactions and operations. Cloris co-founded a language crowdsourcing startup Zuodao with backing from Zhen Fund and CBC Capital. It was acquired by Alibaba group in 2015.
She is currently advising and consulting startups on their strategy, fundraising, partnership, and international expansion to China or to the U.S. She is building ExtendNode to create a collaborative community of founders, business leaders, and investors to share educational know-how and inspirational stories about startups. She writes topics about startups, blockchain, entrepreneurship, and personal growth. She’s regularly featured by Medium as a top writer in Venture Capital and Startup.
Previously, she led business and strategy at a venture-backed blockchain startup PXN (Peatio eXchange Network) and U.S. crypto unicorn Circle in China to develop business partnerships with finance and tech companies, raise capital from institutional investors, and oversee legal and compliance matters. Cloris briefly worked with Uber as a senior legal counsel. Prior to Uber, she worked as a senior lawyer in top-tier PRC and Hong Kong law firms to advise on RMB/USD fund formation, onshore and offshore VC/PE investment, M&A, FDI, and IPO. Her notable deals include:
represented fund managers such as CITIC Capital on raising deal-based syndication fund for PE investment with billions of RMB
Cloris is originally from China. She obtained her degree in Bachelor of Laws (LLB, equivalent to J.D) with honors at the top law school at Renmin University of China. When she was in law school, she was the Executive Vice President in the Student Union and worked as the Teaching Assistant at the Legal Clinic.
After 3 years of marriage, she and her American husband moved back to the San Francisco Bay Area to be closer to her husband’s family. They adopted a dog and became the parents of the fur baby Espy.
Cloris loves cooking, especially Asian fusion, and always opens her home to invite family and friends to eat and chat. She likes traveling, drinking coffee and wine, making new friends, and learning new things by doing. She believes God has a purpose for everyone. She’s pursuing that calling with all her heart in both work and life.