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Golden Gate Ventures promotes Angela Toy to COO in strategic move
Wed, 27th Mar 2024

Golden Gate Ventures has announced the promotion of Angela Toy from Partner to Chief Operating Officer (COO). This marks a strategic move in the firm’s continued international expansion and commitment to solidifying its leadership in startup ecosystems. Since its inception, Golden Gate Ventures has grown exponentially, broadening its reach across Southeast Asia, the Middle East and North America.

In her new role as COO, Angela Toy will be tasked with driving operational excellence, supporting the firm's expansion initiatives, and solidifying its corporate structure. Toy, who has been with Golden Gate Ventures since its establishment in 2011 and celebrated her 10th anniversary with the firm on the day of her appointment, brings a decade of strategic leadership and unparalleled dedication to this position.

Having made Partner in mid-2021, Toy played a key role in spearheading the company's portfolio growth. Over the past year, she has been promoted to numerous boards, leveraging her deep insight into business operations. Her appointment to COO is a natural progression, further utilising her leadership acumen and extensive knowledge of Golden Gate Ventures' portfolio.

Vinnie Lauria, Founding Partner at Golden Gate Ventures, applauds the appointment, stating, "Angela’s appointment as Chief Operating Officer is a testament to her exceptional contributions to Golden Gate Ventures, underpinned by the rigour she brings to everything she touches, and the way she challenges fellow partners to sharpen our strategic vision. Her wealth of experience and passion for fostering innovation is ideal for leading the firm through this period of expansion."

Contributing to the firm’s ambitious international growth, Angela Toy said, “I look forward to sharpening our strategic direction as we level up to an international firm, finding new synergies across different startup ecosystems and helping emerging ones leapfrog ahead.”

In recent years, Golden Gate Ventures has seen remarkable expansion by establishing its presence in various global spots. In 2022, the company capitalised on Vietnam's rising status as a leading global economy by inaugurating operations there. The following year, to exploit opportunities in the Southeast Asia–Middle East corridor, they launched an office in Saudi Arabia. Moreover, a New York presence was added recently to aid portfolio companies in fundraising from the region.