Ben Harburg is a Managing Partner of MSA Capital, a venture capital firm which has invested $1b over the last 4 years into the consumer internet, gene sequencing, SaaS, and mobility sectors. In 2018, the firm had one of the most successful years of any VC fund globally, with 4 IPOs (Meituan – $55b, NIO – $8b, Mogujie – $2b, Pintec – $0.5b) and one major sale (Mobike sold for $2.7b).
The combined value of MSA’s 70 portfolio companies exceed $313b. MSA are shareholders in most of China’s sector leaders like the Beijing Genomic Institute (gene sequencing), Didi (ride sharing), Tuijia (lodging), YiduCloud (healthcare big data), and Meituan (food delivery). MSA’s most recent venture fund, a 2015 vintage, already boasts 11 companies each individually valued at over $1b. The firm’s limited partners include many of China’s leading entrepreneurs, as well as traditional global institutional investors.
Prior to MSA, Mr Harburg co-founded one of Asia’s largest commodity trading companies. He was also founding member of The Boston Consulting Group’s Dubai and Abu Dhabi offices. He was a Fulbright Scholar at Freie University Berlin, where he focused on Islamic Studies, and Neubauer Scholar at Tufts University, where he also sits on the Board of Advisors of the School of Arts and Sciences. He and his wife sit on the China Board of The Nature Conservancy, the Global Leaders Circle of Harvard Business School, the Board of the Future Forum (China’s Nobel Prize equivalent), and are co-founders of the Harvard Innovation Lab.
Mr. Harburg was the first native born American to attend the elite Tsinghua University People’s Bank of China School of Finance. He is actively involved in the US-China relations, sitting on the Board of Advisors of the Carnegie Endowment’s Tsinghua Center, the National Committee on US-China Relations, and the President’s Circle at the Brookings Institution, attached to the China Council.