Anzu was a participant in NanoCellect Biomedical’s $10 million Series B financing round, announced in late November, along with Illumina Ventures, Vertical Venture Partners and 5 Prime Ventures. Existing investors FusionX Ventures and Agilent Technologies also participated.
In January, Anzu partnered with French firm bioMérieux on a $7 million investment in Banyan, of which Anzu contributed $1.8 million.
Prior to his work at Anzu, Michael spent 24 years at the Boston Consulting Group, where he founded BCG’s Beijing office, led its Greater China practice and later established its overall emerging markets practice. He has lived and worked in Beijing, Hong Kong and Silicon Valley, and advised many of the world’s leading companies in the technology and industrial sectors.
Michael is a member of UC San Diego’s 21st Century China Center leadership board.
Anzu’s co-founders were Whitney Haring-Smith and David Seldin, the firm’s other managing partners.
Haring-Smith was previously a principal at BCG, where he focused on energy, industrial goods and globalization while working at the firm’s San Francisco, Seattle and Hong Kong offices. While based in Hong Kong, Haring-Smith and Michael collaborated on a report that identified 100 high-growth companies from emerging markets.
Haring-Smith also cofounded College Abacus, which operates today as part of national student loan manager ECMC.
Seldin, for about 17 years, was president of investment firm Catalyst Inc., where he led more than 100 transactions valued together at more than $10 billion and more than 30 financing transactions valued in total at more than $3 billion. He also co-founded boutique fitness brand Flywheel Sports Inc.
Also at the San Diego office, in addition to Michael and Pope, are associate Jimmy Kan and analyst Hunter Brown. Kan, previously a hardware engineer at Qualcomm Inc., has a doctorate in materials science and engineering from UCSD. Brown, who was born and raised in San Diego, formerly worked in advanced research at the US Navy's Spawar unit. Carl Eibl, who was a managing partner from 2003 to 2015 at San Diego-based VC firm Enterprise Partners, is a venture partner with Anzu.