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Tharon Smith

Advisor China, CN

Fellow, Kauffman Fellows Program and Founding Partner, Strontium Group.

Fellow, Kauffman Fellows Program and Founding Partner, Strontium Group.

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Fellow Kauffman Fellows Program July 2010 - present
Founding Partner Strontium Group August 2007 - present
Director of Research - Venture Capital Investment Fudan University August 2007 - present
Ph.D. in Economics Claremont Graduate University 2000 - 2010


Fudan University Venture Capital 2007 - 2011
Claremont Graduate University International Economics and Finance 2002 - 2010
Claremont Graduate University - Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management 2000 - 2002
Clark Atlanta University Business Administration and Management, General 1996 - 2000

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Advisor With
  • • China
  • • Europe
  • • Brazil
  • • Venture capital
  • • Africa
  • • Emerging Markets
  • • Environment
Markets of Interest
  • • Events
  • • Green
  • • Transportation
  • • Financial Services
  • • Social Impact
  • • Robotics

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Alessandro Piol
They're my mentor  •  Partner and co-founder, AlphaPrime Ventures and Board Member, Columbia University SEAS Board of Visitors. Harvard Business School grad.
She is an intelligent and well-educated woman, with a vision of what she wants to do, and she relentlessly goes after it. She is more succes ... s-driven than money-driven.
Todd Embley
They're my friends  •  Program Director, Mentor of Awesomeness and Coconuts, Chinaccelerator.
Tharon is one of the most genuinely helpful people I've met in China. She is very smart, understands startup culture and immediately sees th ... e big picture globally including how to plan for the path ahead. Tharon is also very well connected and is always more than willing to open up her personal network in order to help startups achieve valuable relationships. Tharon is one of those rare people that combines strategic knowledge with the ability to effectively communicate in a language that startups understand clearly.
Matthew Brandt
Founding Partner, LYB International. Wharton grad.
Tharon has an amazing background (highly educated, fluent in Chinese, plugged into China at levels that few westerns ever achieve), is full ... of energy and doing big things. She is the real deal through and through.