Steve Lau

Managing Director

WorldQuant Ventures LLC

Steven began his career as an Option Specialist and Market Maker at Spear Leeds and Kellogg which was acquired by Goldman Sachs in 1999. He later built proprietary trading desks at UBS, Montgomery Securities, Commerzbank and at the Bank of Montreal.

Throughout his career, he has been an avid user, evaluator, advisor and investor in Financial Technology companies. Personal early stage investments include Dataminr, Pico, Credijusto and Benzinga. He has direct investments in over 60 startups across sectors. Head of WorldQuant Ventures, a global early stage investment firm founded by Igor Tulchinsky.

Focus areas include Data/ AI/ML, Fintech, Healthcare IT, ESG, Quantum Computing and Space. Since 2014, we’ve funded over 90 startups, including Ample, IonQ, PsiQ, Genies, Extend, Immuta, Verge Genomics and Skyroot.

Mr. Lau holds a degree in Mathematical Economics from Colgate University.