Victor Liu is an explorer and adventurer. He was born in Hong Kong, studied in Thailand before attending Universities in America. He received his BS in Urban Planning from the University of California at Davis and his MBA in Finance from New York University. He has lived and worked in CA, OR, NY, TX, and in Tampa Bay areas of Florida the past 13 years. Besides two short stings working for Macy’s in-store development and for Citicorp in new product development early in his career, Victor has owned and operated several businesses until retirement from operation 3 years ago.
Since 2010, Victor has been an active angel investor with direct investments in 70+ startups and 20+ as part of group investments. He has done with 25+ exits so far. In 2014, he received the Angel Investor Extraordinaire award from The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) Tampa chapter. Victor has been a mentor, on judge panel of pitch competitions, and regularly attending various accelerators’ demo day.
Victor is very supportive of Florida startups and invested in more than a dozen FL companies, including several local Tampa Bay startups: Exmo – later Event Joy, SavvyCard, and UpValet with more to come. Victor enjoys meeting bright, energetic, and resourceful founders and fellow successful investors.
According to Victor, FL and Tampa Bay have come a long way in the past 7 years. Then there was almost nothing happening related to startup. He only found a Tampa chapter of a FL East Coast angel group. He joined an angel group in Sarasota and later one in Orlando. Now there are incubators/co-working spaces everywhere: Tampa Bay WaVe, TEC Garage, The HuB, USF Connect, Oxford Exchange, and Station House… There are investor groups plus new ones in the forming stage, and several funds have raised money for startups in the past few years.
It takes many to work together to build, nurture, and support our startup ecosystem. It will take time but we are on the right path. Victor wants to continue to do his part and help put Tampa Bay on the map to attract and retain talents to our areas.