Wei Lien Dang is a Partner at Unusual Ventures and leads investments in infrastructure software, security, and developer tools. He has spent more than a decade building products at startups. Wei was a co-founder of StackRox, a cloud-native security company, where he was responsible for product management, user experience, product marketing, and technical evangelism prior to its acquisition by Red Hat. Before that, Wei held product leadership roles at CoreOS (also acquired by Red Hat), Bracket Computing (acquired by VMware), and Amazon Web Services. He also spent time on the investment team at Andreessen Horowitz. Wei Lien holds an MBA with high distinction from Harvard Business School where he was a Baker Scholar, a JD cum laude from Harvard Law School, and a BS in Applied Physics with honors from the California Institute of Technology. Outside of work, Wei enjoys exploring new places with his family and playing tennis.
I joined Unusual because it serves founders with the most comprehensive support of any early-stage venture firm. Having experienced the pivotal challenges of company building firsthand, I believe founders need the hands-on resources that Unusual brings to be as successful as possible in building exceptional companies.
Founders who bring unique technical insight to solving significant problems. I’m a product builder at heart and love to understand how founders envision leading new market categories or reimagining existing ones. I also look for founders who care about building diverse, well-rounded teams to navigate the startup journey ahead.
Think about the ways in which you want to be supported by investors. Seek out investors who will bring respect, integrity, humility, and authenticity to their partnership with you. Find the ones who will have your back in tough circumstances because they believe in you and your vision.
I spent more than a decade building products at startups before becoming a full-time investor and learned hugely valuable lessons along the way. I believe founders need partners who have lived the founder journey themselves. My experience taught me how important it is for investors to bring empathy, conviction, and unwavering dedication to their partnership with founders.