Office Hours: I'm the founder and partner at Operator Collective. I previously built RPX and SaaStr and led global intellectual property at Cisco.Featured
Hi everyone! I’m Mallun Yen. I’ve devoted the past 20 years to changing the status quo and shifting industry behaviors, as an enterprise operator, founder, and category-creator. These experiences laid the groundwork for Operator Collective, a venture fund and community I founded in 2018 to make venture accessible to a group critical to a startup’s success but largely left out: top operators from diverse backgrounds who have built and scaled the most admired companies in the world. Our 130+ limited partners are 90% women, 40% people of color; 70% of whom had never invested in venture before. Prior to Operator Collective, I built up venture-backed RPX ($0 to $100M and IPO in 3 years) and SaaStr (world’s largest b2b software community, events and learnings). I was also previously VP of Worldwide Intellectual Property at Cisco Systems and taught at Stanford Law School. I also co-founded and was CEO of ChIPsNetwork.org which now has 4,000 members and 17 chapters around the world. Ask me anything about selling to the enterprise, creating a category, diversifying your cap table, company building, leadership, being on or building a board, and more!