Cathay Innovation taps Lazarow as director in San Francisco office

Cathay Innovation has appointed Alexandre Lazarow as a director in its San Francisco office. Previously, Lazarow was a principal at Omidyar Network.


SAN FRANCISCO, July 2, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Cathay Innovation announced today that Alexandre Lazarow has joined as Director in the San Francisco office. Alex will add his expertise to support Cathay’s mission to build and scale startups across the world.

“Cathay Innovation is a unique investment firm with an international outlook, an ecosystem of strategic partners, deeply engrained values and an incredible platform both in Silicon Valley and across the world” said Alex Lazarow, sharing more about his decision in a recent blog post. “I am thrilled to join, and look forward to building the Cathay Innovation platform.”

Denis Barrier, CEO and co-founder of Cathay Innovation noted “we have gotten to know Alex Lazarow for some time, including co-investing in Chime. He has a rich track record of investing in startups in the US and globally. We are excited to welcome such a values aligned, globally minded investor to the Cathay team!”

Prior to joining Cathay Innovation, Alex was a Principal at Omidyar Network, a global philanthropic investment firm. While at Omidyar, he invested in fintech, energy and mobile startups in the US and emerging markets. Alex is also a Kauffman Fellow and an Adjunct Professor with the Middlebury Institute for International Studies MBA program, where he teaches entrepreneurship.

About Cathay Innovation
Cathay Innovation is a global venture capital fund, created in affiliation with Cathay Capital Private Equity. It was founded around the conviction that supporting digital entrepreneurs by providing them with a global platform, bridging North America, Europe and China, constitutes a particularly powerful value-creation strategy. As a multi-stage fund, Cathay Innovation partners with visionary entrepreneurs, committed to driving change through technology. Such transformation is accelerated by leveraging Cathay Capital Private Equity’s extensive network with corporates and solid experience in operational excellence. Cathay Innovation has offices in San Francisco, Paris, Tel Aviv, Beijing and Shanghai.

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About Cathay Capital
Cathay Capital Private Equity is a leading international private equity firm focused on cross-border investment and committed to supporting the international expansion of middle-market companies in North America, China and Europe. The firm’s team of 75 professionals is based in New York, Shanghai, Beijing, Paris, Munich, and San Francisco and leverages its unique business model and platform to create value for companies across three continents. With $2.0 billion in assets under management, Cathay Capital Private Equity has completed over 60 buyouts and growth capital investments across three continents since its inception in 2007. Cathay Capital Private Equity invests in and assists middle-market companies in the consumer goods and services, healthcare, business services and technology industries. To learn more, please visit