Linus Liang

Principal, Signia Venture Partners

Type: Associate

Site: Toronto

Linus Liang is a serial entrepreneur and investor with expertise in technology, medical devices, and social enterprises. He is currently a principal at Signia Venture Partners, a $260M early-stage venture capital fund. He leads all the firm’s investments in big data, machine learning, and AI.

Prior to Signia, Linus cofounded Embrace, a social enterprise that invented and distributes a low-cost infant incubator for developing countries. Unlike traditional incubators that cost up to $20,000, the Embrace Infant Warmer costs 1% of this price and works without a constant supply of electricity. He spent five years living in India and China to scale the company, which has now helped over 500,000 babies in 12 different countries.

Before Embrace, Linus cofounded several software companies in the mobile and social networking space; one resulted in an acquisition by Zynga and another resulted in an acquisition by Facebook.

Linus has also worked in the corporate sector as a program manager at Microsoft, a database researcher at IBM, and on the investment team at Andreessen Horowitz.

Linus graduated with a BA in computer science from UC Berkeley, an MS in computer science from Stanford University, and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.