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Hwang, Victor W. & Horowitt, Greg

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Victor W. Hwang is a venture capitalist and entrepreneur living in Silicon Valley. He is co-founder and Managing Director of T2 Venture Capital, a firm that grows startups, invests capital, and assists the development of innovation economies worldwide. T2VC’s clients have included dozens of investors, governments, and corporations, including the World Bank, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and Cisco, among many others.

Victor has spent his career at the intersection of private venture and public policy. He has founded or been involved in the original team of numerous startup companies. He is the former President of Larta Institute, which mentors hundreds of startups companies for federal agencies, such as the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. He practiced law as a corporate attorney on transactions ranging from angel and venture investments to multi-billion dollar corporate mergers and public offerings.

He received a law degree from the University of Chicago. He received a bachelors degree with honors from Harvard University.

He has lived across America—including in Boston, Chicago, Iowa, Indiana, Los Angeles, Louisiana, North Carolina, Washington, D.C., and Austin. He has traveled to all 50 states and to 49 countries.


Greg Horowitt is a serial entrepreneur, lecturer, and advisor to governments and economic development organizations around the world including the U.S. State Department, Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), and Aspen Institute. In addition, he is co-founder of Global CONNECT, a think tank based at the University of California, San Diego, which focuses on the development and growth of innovation economies.

Under his leadership, Global CONNECT has grown to encompass one of the world’s largest networks of innovation hubs: more than 40 programs in 20 countries. He was formerly the interim Managing Director of CONNECT, an organization which is generally credited with San Diego’s success as a technology leader. He is also a lecturer and advisor to UC San Diego’s Rady MBA Ventures Program.

He has served as Entrepreneur-in-Residence for a Silicon Valley venture capital firm, and was President and CEO of a venture-backed enterprise software company in Silicon Valley. Before that, he held senior executive positions with a Berkshire Hathaway portfolio company, Fechheimer. Greg graduated with high honors in Biochemistry, (and minors in Economics and Music Performance), from the University of California, San Diego.

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