Albert Lee is currently the design partner at NEA (New Enterprise Associates), the world's largest venture capital firm, which invests in technology and healthcare innovation at any stage. NEA investments include Uber, Coursera, Duolingo, Casper, and Pocket. In this role, Lee connects design talent with institutions and seeks out design-centric companies to invest in, as well as works closely with portfolio companies like Goop, Casper, and The Wing—supporting them with product, design, brand, and organizational development strategies and execution. He also champions the understanding of design within the tech eco-system and actively seeks out design-centric investments.
Albert was previously the managing director of IDEO’s New York office, where he brought more than a decade of experience in digital product, communication, and venture design. He specialized in developing new offerings and incubating ventures for clients based on consumer insights in a wide range of industries, including retail/fashion, financial services, and consumer technology for clients such as Target, American Express, and Ford. He previously held a director role at the design firm 2x4, and founded their Asia office in Beijing. Earlier in his career he was a design architect at Frank Gehry’s office.