I wish I could say that I have a wide-range of interests – sadly they are confined to technology, entrepreneurship, community and civil society. At this point, I’ve lived equal parts of my life in Singapore, and in Silicon Valley – as a result, I believe in free markets and efficient government! I love bringing people together, planned serendipity and vigorous debates over cold beverages.
I am currently the VP of Personal Financial Management at NerdWallet. I split my time between San Francisco and New York City, and am always looking to meet interesting people and brainstorm new business ideas.
I graduated from Harvard Business School in May 2011, and worked on a variety of projects over the course of my time there. These included a social travel startup Cleverbootz, a research study focused on learning more about the levers of performance within the academic environment at HBS, projects with Twitter and Eucalyptus Systems. and a startup to encourage fresh grads to pursue entrepreneurship as a career.
Shiyan is currently employed at NerdWallet, a consumer finance site committed to delivering quality analysis in order to help consumers make better financial decisions.
Prior to NerdWallet, she was employed at a major hedge fund.
In the summer of 2011, she worked as a Summer Associate at Innovation Works, Kai-Fu Lee’s tech incubator/seed fund in Beijing, China where she advised incubated companies on obtaining Series A financing and evaluated follow-on investment opportunities emerging from the incubator
In the summer of 2010, Shiyan was a Summer Associate at Okta where she worked in sales and product management.
Prior to HBS, Shiyan was a Senior Associate at Institutional Venture Partners (IVP) where she worked with IVP portfolio companies Constant Contact (CTCT), Cortina Systems, Dust Networks, eHealth (EHTH), MotoSport and Twitter.
Shiyan began her career at JPMorgan in the Investment Banking Division in San Francisco. While at JPMorgan, Shiyan worked on strategic and financing transactions for a number of leading technology companies including Cisco, Clearwire Corporation, Expedia.com and JDSU.
Shiyan serves on the board of Stanford Rugby Foundation.
Shiyan earned an MBA from Harvard Business School, as well as a B.A. in Economics and a B.S. in Biomechanical Engineering from Stanford University.