Ivan Zhao


I am gay and I am a software engineer and venture capitalist.//


Hi there, I’m Ivan!

I’m a designer, engineer, and dog-lover from Bellevue, WA, passionate about building products and community. Tech is slowly taking over the world and I want to help be on the right side of it, building products and supporting those who want to make a difference in the world.

I love understanding decision making frameworks, both from a technical perspective (understand Machine Learning models) and from a psychological perspective of why the brain is the way it is. This has pushed me to explore and read books in consumer psychology or do projects that analyze motivation. I want to learn as much as I can, which you can track that through my Goodreads account or follow some of my musings!

Other things of interest (in no particular order): human-computer interaction and how we use technology to define the world around us, design thinking in regards to our workspace, home, and technology, LGBTQ+ initiatives in the startup and venture capital scene, Celeste, social deduction games, baking, crosswords, art history, rock climbing, dogs, and musicals.