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The importance of being earnest

Ernestine Fu, youngest venture capitalist in Silicon Valley, shares secrets of her success and how startups in Asia can replicate it.

Ms Fu says entrepreneurs here should leverage technologies already available to make inroads into the 3D printing and wearable devices space.

"YOU must be earnest," quips the young venture capitalist (VC) at Alsop Louie Partners in Silicon Valley, in response to the question, what makes her tick. "My name is Ernestine," she adds after a brief pause.

When Ernestine Fu joined the San Francisco-based VC firm in March 2011, she was