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Angel investing insights with Leng Lee, co-Founder and Chief Product Officer of Oui Therapeutics

A discussion on the early days of tech adoption, pivotal career shifts, and learnings from Leng Lee's angel investing journey.

Join us as Tom Wilson from Seedcamp and Anthony Danon from Cocoa talk to Leng Lee, angel investor, co-founder & Chief Product Officer at Oui Therapeutics.

Leng was previously the first employee at Codecademy where he was the Head of Product, before joining MongoDB as the Director of Product (Cloud). He later spent a year as a Research Fellow at the Columbia University Centre for Anxiety and Related Disorders, developing a virtual reality product for social anxiety.

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  • 00:54 Leng's Journey into Angel Investing

  • 01:01 From Academia to Tech: A Career Transition

  • 04:16 Expanding Horizons: MongoDB and Beyond

  • 05:25 Advising Startups and Navigating the Ecosystem

  • 06:22 The Leap into Angel Investing

  • 07:23 Learning from Early Investment Experiences

  • 09:35 Developing an Investment Philosophy

  • 16:11 Evaluating Founders and Startups

  • 17:53 Evaluating Founders: The Art of Storytelling

  • 18:40 The No-Go Zone: Clarity and Engagement in Pitching

  • 19:21 Healthcare Investment Trends and Challenges

  • 22:28 Local vs Global: Angel Investing Perspectives

  • 23:11 The Dual Life: Balancing U.S. and UK Ventures

  • 25:24 Core Learnings from Angel Investing

  • 28:30 Supporting Founders: The Angel Investor's Dilemma

Journey in angel investing.

Leng's backstory illustrates an accidental, yet fateful shift into the tech industry, which eventually paved his way into angel investing. He describes his early ignorance of the startup ecosystem and how he became "a student of the game," learning from industry pillars.

Role of personal and professional network.

Leng emphasizes the role of networks in gaining access to investment opportunities and highlights how his participation in Codecademy's early stages led to significant networking that benefited his career.

Role of angel investing.

Leng discusses how angel investing serves as an extension of his professional life, aiding his understanding of the tech industry and enhancing his decision-making skills.

Experience and patience in VC.

Leng reflects on the personal growth and insights gained from his experiences, advocating for patience and continuous learning as crucial components of success in angel investing.

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