About John Lin
Former founder of startup TownHall, acquired by Roomi, John focuses on consumer and enterprise companies that leverage unique datasets, marketplaces or communities to change the way people perform their daily jobs.
It wasn’t long ago that I was pitching my own startup to VCs and running and scaling teams. I enjoy meeting other entrepreneurs and hearing about their successes and challenges. I consider it a privilege to share what I've learned to do -- and not do -- as someone who has been in their position.
What prepared you for a position at Trinity?
Before joining Trinity, I led engineering, product, Q/A, and customer acquisition at Roomi, which acquired my startup TownHall. I've gone through fundraising and scaling a product from a few thousand users to over a million. Before creating TownHall, I worked at Globespan Capital Partners, Yelp, and McKinsey & Co, and I have degrees in computer science and business from UC Berkeley. I find it really fulfilling to work with entrepreneurs, given my own recent experiences tackling product, strategy and mobile development at a startup.
What kinds of investments do you seek?
At Trinity I work on numerous types of consumer and enterprise investments. However, given my recent background as a startup head of technology, I particularly enjoy startups that target developers or involve developer tools. I'm also interested in AI, marketplaces and mobile apps, and I'm so interested in blockchain that I advise some blockchain startups on the side just for fun!
What do you like to do outside of work?
I enjoy exploring my hometown and adopted hometowns. I'm a Silicon Valley native (originally from Cupertino), but I've also lived in Chicago, NY and Boston. I love coding and hacking for fun. For side projects, I've built a live streaming app, a job-finding app, an app to try out clothes, and some facial recognition technologies. I've also been a competitive video game player: I represented Berkeley and won the nationwide Collegiate Starleague Tournament.