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Allison Baum    

Co-Founder & Managing Partner; Fresco Capital

Allison Baum is a co-founder and managing partner of Fresco Capital, a global, early stage venture capital fund investing in technology companies transforming education, healthcare, and the future of work at scale.  She started the fund in 2013 with two partners when they were all living in Hong Kong launching startups internationally themselves. She then moved to Tokyo where she built Fresco’s local team, international operating model, and strategic LP base. Fresco now has a portfolio of 60 companies, seven exits, and operating teams in five different countries. Allison is now based in San Francisco.

Prior to Fresco, Allison was an early member of the team at General Assembly, where she developed and launched the company’s first part-time and full-time programs for technology, business, and design in New York.  In 2012, she relocated to Hong Kong to launch their first business in Asia.  Previously, she was a member of the Equity Derivatives team and Cross Asset Sales teams at Goldman Sachs in New York City.  

Allison graduated cum laude from Harvard College with a BA in Economics and a Minor in Film Studies.  She is also a member of the World Economic Forum Global Shapers community, a mentor for emerging women entrepreneurs in Southeast Asia at Wedu Global, a mentor for global social impact entrepreneurs at Endeavour Capital, and was named by Forbes as one of the 30 Top Emerging VC Managers in Asia. She is also an active blogger, jogger, painter, and film enthusiast.

Speech Topics


Venture Capital, Technology, Startups, Innovation, Women in Venture, Global Strategy, Asia, Education Technology, Healthcare Technology, System Design, Innovation Ecosystems, Japan

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