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    Akul Penugonda

    Founder

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    Stealth

    United States of America

    Akul is an East Coast native who joined Acceleprise from Yext, a large SaaS company in New York. Recently, he founded Stealth. He joined Yext after college and stayed through IPO. He has spent time in various positions in both Software Engineering and Product Management, and spends time volunteering in his free time. Akul graduated with a B.S. in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University.
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    Albert Shyy

    Managing Director

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    Burda Principal Investment

    Singapore

    Albert is a Managing Director and leads Burda Principal Investments' Singapore office, where he focuses on looking for Series B stage investments in Southeast Asia. He currently sits on the board of Zilingo, Carsome, Hmlet, Priceza, and Coc Coc. Previously he was at GREE Ventures from 2014 to 2017, where he eventually led the fund's investment team in Southeast Asia and India. Prior to this, he served as a Director at Lazada Group, helping build the company’s Marketplace business across the region. Other professional experience includes co-founding an online menswear company in the US and spending 5 years as a management consultant at Monitor Group. He completed his MBA at the University of California, Berkeley and did his undergraduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania.
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    Andreas Surya

    Principal

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    Kejora Ventures

    Indonesia

    Andreas Surya, Principal of Kejora Ventures, has led the investment activity and portfolio management activity in Kejora Ventures since 2015. His past experiences include 20 years of various industry in ICT field: from cloud computing, IT infrastructure, and telecomunications.
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    Andrew Du

    Associate

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    Sequoia Capital

    China

    Andrew Du is an investor at Sequoia Capital covering both China and South Korea, focusing on internet/entertainment/ecommerce/education etc. Prior Sequoia Capital , he worked for Tencent. Andrew graduated from Peking University and the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
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    Ben Yu

    Managing Director

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    Sierra Ventures

    United States of America

    Ben Yu is a Managing Partner at Sierra Ventures, a 38 year old Silicon Valley based early-stage venture firm investing globally with a focus on Next Generation Enterprise and Emerging Technologies. Ben has been with the firm since 2000. Ben is an engineer and inventor by background. He is passionate about emerging sectors and breakthrough ideas. His investment philosophy is finding early-stage companies with great technologies that can truly make a difference and helping entrepreneurs turn ideas into market leaders. His current portfolio and selected past companies can be found on the Sierra Ventures website.
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    Bo Jiang

    President

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    Fosun Private Equity Fund

    China

    Mr.Jiang is President and Managing Partner of FosunPE. He is responsible for overall investment strategy, process, and portfolio performance management of FosunPE. Prior to joining Fosun, Bo spent 7 years with New Enterprise Associates (NEA), a leading global venture capital firm where he was an Executive Director and NEA's China spin-off fund Long Hill Capital where he became Partner. Prior to joining NEA, Bo worked with Alibaba Group, where he led the founding team of the mobile payment unit and the development and launch of the first mobile payment product in China.
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    Bryan Chang

    Principal

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    Collaborative Fund

    United States of America

    Bryan Chang is a San Francisco-based principal at Collaborative Fund. Collaborative Fund is an early-stage investment firm in NYC, backing the entrepreneurs pushing the world forward. Its notable investments include Lyft, Beyond Meat, Kickstarter, Impossible Foods, Reddit, Blue Bottle Coffee, and more. Prior to Collaborative Fund, Bryan was on the investment team at Social Capital and founding team at Mattermark, having raised over $17m+ total and later acquired by Fullcontact. He started his career at UBS Investment Bank in San Francisco.
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    Chandra Tjan

    Founder/Managing Partner

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    Alpha JWC Ventures

    Indonesia

    Mr. Chandra Tjan started his tech investment career over a decade ago, making him the first venture capitalist in Indonesia. Before co-founding Alpha JWC Ventures in 2015, Mr. Tjan founded the country’s first VC East Ventures in 2009. Since then, he has invested in more than 60 early-stage startups — including two unicorns: online marketplace Tokopedia and all-in-one travel booking platform Traveloka — and was also the first board member of both unicorns in their early days. He currently sits on the board of some of the regional leading tech companies, including FundingSocieties, Carro, GudangAda, Bobobox and OnlinePajak. Mr. Tjan graduated from University of Sydney, and is currently taking a three-year residential Owner/President Management Program at Harvard Business School. Mr. Tjan is also a member of Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO).
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    Chris Douvos

    Managing Director

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    Ahoy Capital

    United States of America

    Chris Douvos founded Ahoy Capital in 2018 to build an intentionally right-sized firm that could pursue investment excellence while prizing a spirit of partnership with all of its constituencies. A pioneering investor in the micro-VC movement, Chris has been a fixture in venture capital for nearly two decades. Prior to Ahoy Capital, Chris spearheaded investment efforts at Venture Investment Associates, and The Investment Fund for Foundations. He learned the craft of illiquid investing at Princeton University’s endowment. Chris earned his B.A. with Distinction from Yale College in 1994 and an M.B.A. from Yale School of Management in 2001.
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    Chris Yeo

    Head

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    Grab Ventures

    Indonesia

    Chris is Managing Director, Head of Grab Ventures (GV), whose mandate is to develop the next generation tech leaders in SEA. Grab Ventures does this through Venture Building and Venture Investments. For Venture Building, internal startups that Chris has launched include: GrabFresh (online groceries), GrabWheels (eScooter sharing), GrabKitchen (Cloud Kitchen) and GrabHealth (online healthcare). For Venture Investments, GV focuses on Series A+ strategic investments in sectors related to Grab’s O2O businesses and across all geographies. This also includes Grab Ventures Velocity (GVV), a scale up program for post-seed stage startups, which already has 15 startups in its portfolio across 2 batches.
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    Denny Kim

    Founder/Principal

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    7911 Partners

    United States of America

    Denny Kim is the Principal & Founder of 7911 Partners, a private investment and advisory firm focused on the FinTech sector. Denny also serves as an Advisor to Gemspring Capital, a lower middle market private equity firm with $1.1 billion in assets under management. Prior to 7911 Partners, Denny spent eleven years as a private equity investor focused solely on investing in financial services companies, having worked at WL Ross & Co. as well as J.C. Flowers & Co. Denny began his career as an Investment Banking Analyst at Credit Suisse First Boston. Denny received a B.A. in Economics from Northwestern University and MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.
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    Eddie Lee

    Principal

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    White Star Capital

    United States of America

    A Principal at White Star Capital based in New York, Eddie invests in and works alongside entrepreneurs in both New York and Seoul. Eddie was previously an Associate at the Asset Management division of J.P.Morgan in New York, where he led internal strategy for the Big Data and Business Intelligence Group. He started his career there as an Analyst of the Private Equity Group.
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    Eric Hendrickus

    Investment Associate

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    Central Capital Ventura

    Indonesia

    Eric joined Central Capital Ventura (CCV) as an Investment Analyst after graduating from Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Entrepreneurship. Now an Investment Associate, Eric is responsible for leading the investment process at CCV as well as managing the firm’s portfolio companies. To date, he has been involved in 18 investments across different fintech verticals such as payments, lending, robo-advisory, and others. Outside of CCV, Eric likes to contribute back to the startup ecosystem through mentoring. He is currently a mentor at Gerakan Nasional 1000 Startup Digital (1000 Startup Digital Movement), an initiative from the Indonesian government to grow and groom the local startup ecosystem.
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    Hernán Fernández

    Managing Partner

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    Angel Ventures

    Mexico

    Hernán is the Founder and Co-Managing Partner at Angel Ventures, where he manages deal-flow, investor relations and share duties in creating value for the investment portfolio. He is also the founder of the largest angel investment network in Latin America. He currently serves as a Board Member at the Mexican Association of PE & VC Funds (AMEXCAP). Prior to Angel Ventures, Hernán started his professional career as a corporate lawyer in PwC's Mexico City and Paris branch offices, as a consultant for the Sustainable Business initiative of the United Nations Development Program in the U.S. and Paraguay and later as a management consultant for Strategy& (formerly Booz & Company) in Mexico City. He has been named one of CNN/Expansion 30 Mexico's Promises and the Most Influential Angel Investor in Mexico according to TechCrunch. Hernán holds a master's degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the MIT Sloan School of Management and a law degree from ITAM in Mexico. AV has put together a strong and flexible team, bestinclass, in-house developed processes and attracted a multidisciplinary group of advisors, mentors and allies that not only provide capital, but most importantly, talent, relationships, and brain power. The managing team has extensive experience in company development and growth, private equity transactions, management and operation of venture capital funds, mergers, and acquisitions launching startups and new business units, as well as strategic consulting and operational administration of multinational conglomerates.
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    Jai Choi

    Managing Partner

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    Tekton Ventures

    United States of America

    Jai Choi is a founder of Tekton Ventures, a global seed stage venture firm he started in 2010. In addition, Jai has been a partner with Partner Partners since 2007, a global venture firm that invests across all stages in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa. Jai has spent over 18 years in Silicon Valley as an entrepreneur and early stage investor. Jai has invested in over 100+ early stage companies internationally including Coupang, Toss, Outdoorsy, Frontier Car Group, Signifyd, MyRealTrip, and Kyash. Jai was a partner with Ignite Ventures, a venture fund and advisory group with limited partners from major Asia-based technology conglomerates. Jai was an early employee at OnePage Software, a content personalization platform acquired by Sybase in 2001. Jai previously co-founded On-Air Networks in 1997, an online radio company acquired by Loudeye (Nokia). Jai started his career in management consulting at PA Consulting Group, working for major telecom and energy companies.
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    Jamaludin Bujang

    Managing Director

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    Gobi Partners

    Malaysia

    Jamal joined the firm in 2019 and is overseeing operations and investment activities at Gobi’s Kuala Lumpur office. He has 15 years of experience in equity research, investment evaluation, corporate finance, and M&A and an additional 14 years of experience in venture capital. Prior to Gobi, he was the CEO of MAVCAP, Malaysia’s largest venture capital firm and a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Ministry Of Finance Inc, which has directly and indirectly invested in over 1,100 startups since 2001. While at MAVCAP, he created, managed, and participated as LP in 9 funds with a combined size of over $500m. At Gobi, he successfully launched a $20m venture fund in Pakistan, in collaboration with the Fatima Group, one of the country’s largest conglomerates. He is active in the Malaysian startup scene; and has served as the Chairman of the Malaysian Venture Capital Association, a member of the Malaysian Venture Capital Development Council, a founding member and Treasurer of the Global Entrepreneurship Movement and as member of investment committees in several VC funds and government grants.
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    Jay Park

    Co-Founder/Managing Partner

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    Prysm Capital

    United States of America

    Jay Park is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Prysm Capital where he provides growth capital to disruptive management teams across the technology, consumer, and healthcare markets in the US and Asia. Prior to Prysm, Jay spent 18 years with BlackRock helping lead private equity investing activities across the US and Asia. Prior, Jay was a principal investment officer with Merrill Lynch Global Private Equity focused on investing in the emerging markets, after starting his career in Merrill Lynch M&A. Jay earned a BS degree in applied mathematics and economics from Brown University, and an MBA degree, with honors, from Columbia University.
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    Jay Zhao

    Partner

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    T Fund

    United States of America

    As an entrepreneur-turned-VC, Jay is a Partner at T Fund (aka TCL Ventures), a global CVC arm by TCL Corp, one of the largest consumer electronics companies in the world. Jay is also responsible for helping define TCL’s strategic roadmap as well as corporate's M&A and partnerships. Previously, Jay was a Senior Director / Partner at Walden Venture Capital, one of the pioneer venture capital firms in Silicon Valley, with a global presence in Asia and Israel. Prior to Walden, Jay was a Principal at Granite Ventures (ex- H&Q venture group), a premier San Francisco based VC firm that manages over $1 billion AUM.
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    Jeffrey Chi

    Vice Chairman

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    Vickers Venture Partners

    Singapore

    Dr. Jeffrey Chi is a veteran in the venture capital industry. Dr. Chi co-founded Vickers Venture Partners in 2005. He is also former Chairman and currently Ambassador of the Singapore Venture Capital Association. Dr. Chi also sits on board of SEEDS Capital (Investment arm of Enterprise Singapore) and on the advisory panels of the MAS, A*Star and the National University of Singapore Department of Industrial Systems Engineering and Management. Dr. Chi is a CFA Charter holder and graduated from Cambridge University in Engineering. He earned his PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in organizational knowledge and information technology.
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    Jenhao Han

    CEO

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    KCA Capital Partners

    Singapore

    Mr. Jenhao Han is the CEO of KCA Capital Partners (“KCA”), a growth equity investment firm focusing on value creation through cross border market expansion. KCA is sponsored by China International Capital Corporation (“CICC”) which has extensive business and government relationships to facilitate market expansion in China and South East Asia. Prior to founding KCA, Mr. Han led the Asia business for ARDIAN (formerly known as AXA Private Equity) as Head of Asia for 10 years based in Singapore. During his tenure at ARDIAN, Mr. Han was responsible for investment to over $1.3bn in Asia. He advised various financial institutions on investment strategy in alternative assets and companies on strategic cross-border initiatives in Asia. Mr. Han holds an MBA degree from INSEAD and undergraduate from Cornell University. He has extensive professional and personal experience in Asia, and is fluent in Chinese, Korean, and Japanese.
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    Julian Cheng

    Managing Director

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    Gen 1 Capital

    United States of America

    Julian Cheng focuses on deep technology investments in areas such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotics, computer vision, space, AR, connected car, healthtech, fintech, insurance, and others. Julian is passionate about supporting and mentoring founders to help them build world-changing businesses and building their character. Before becoming a venture capital investor, he managed and developed software and hardware for enterprises, microprocessors, satellites, and co-founded two start-ups in the Internet of Things and education spaces. After working at large tech companies and start-ups in SF, LA, Austin, and Chicago he transitioned to venture capital to invest in and cultivate the technical and entrepreneurial ecosystem in hopes to transform the community. He has a BS in Electrical Engineering from University of Illinois and studied engineering management at Stanford and Northwestern Universities where he obtained his Masters.
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    Junichi Nakajima

    Executive Manager

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    DG Daiwa Ventures

    Japan

    Junichi joined Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation in 2000. After this, he worked at KPMG FAS, Lone Star Funds, Marubeni (US), and Cool Japan Fund (government fund). Joined DG Daiwa Ventures in 2018 as the head of investment Dep. He graduated in 2018 from Keio University, Business and Commerce, and received his MBA, Wharton, University of Pennsylvania.
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    Kee Lock Chua

    CEO

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    Vertex Holdings

    Singapore

    Kee Lock is CEO of Vertex Holdings (“VH”), a Singapore-headquartered venture capital investment holding company. The Vertex global network of funds comprises early-stage technology focused Vertex Ventures (China, Israel, SEA & India and US), early-stage healthcare focused Vertex Ventures HC, and growth-stage focused Vertex Growth. Each of these funds is managed by independent General Partnerships, with VH providing anchor funding alongside third-party capital commitments. Mr. Chua is concurrently Managing Partner of Vertex Ventures SEA & India as well as Chairman of Vertex Growth. He also serves on the boards of several companies, including Yongmao, a Singapore public-listed company. Mr. Chua previously held senior positions in Biosensors International Group, Ltd., Walden International, NatSteel Ltd., and Intraco Ltd. He co-founded MediaRing, provider of voice-over-internet, which later listed on Singapore’s stock exchange. Mr. Chua graduated with a Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Wisconsin and an M.S. degree from Stanford University.
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    Kenneth Chew

    Associate Director

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    Vickers Venture Partners

    Singapore

    Based in San Francisco, Kenneth Chew oversees investment deals in the USA and South Korea for Vickers Venture Partners. He started his career with the Singapore government, eventually establishing and running the Seoul office for the Singapore Economic Development Board. Prior to joining Vickers in 2018, Kenneth co-founded a consumer tech startup in Silicon Valley, and also ran the Singapore outfit for KOSPI-listed Noroo Holdings, looking at food and agri-tech deals. Kenneth has an Engineering degree from the University of Michigan, and is at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
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    Kenneth Li

    Managing Partner

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    MDI Ventures

    Indonesia

    Kenneth is the Managing Partner of MDI VC Singapore, and he is responsible for MDI Ventures Global Expansion and Fund Initiatives. He is one of the founding members of MDI ventures and has been with the firm since the day of its inception. His experience also includes time at Deloitte and Systec VC, one of the earliest VC/venture builders in Indonesia. Subsequently, he also manages several private funds throughout his career. There are currently two funds that actively operate under his management. His investment follows the belief in a mix between value investing and sustainable growth fueled by venture investment. Throughout his career with MDI, his investment choice has contributed four out of seven exits for MDI. The sector of choice includes fintech, logistics, SaaS, and consumer tech. His next focus is to bring MDI Ventures as a globally respectable venture firm. He believes the combination of the VC model with a corporate-backed ecosystem should be one of the vital determinants of success for MDI ventures.
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    Luke Kornack

    Investor

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    B Capital Group

    United States of America

    Luke Kornack is an Investor in B Capital’s San Francisco office. Prior to joining B Capital, Luke worked at Financial Technology Partners in the Private Capital Markets Group advising on sellside engagements targeting non-strategic pools of capital. Prior to FT Partners, Luke spent time at Bites Media and Bowen Advisors. Luke is a graduate of Gettysburg College with a BA in Globalization Studies.
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    Michelle Suteja

    Director

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    Central Capital Ventura

    Indonesia

    Appointed as Director at PT Central Capital Ventura since June 13, 2017. She graduated in 2009 from Shanghai University of Finance and Economics with an International Business & Trade degree. She started her entrepreneurship career in Shanghai back in 2005. She started her career in the technology sector in 2013 when she founded e-commerce startup, travel, and marketplace for financial products. She mentored at Global Entrepreneurship Program Indonesia (GEPI) and Purwadhika Startup School. In 2015, she began working in a venture capital when she took a position at Monk’s Hill Ventures. Following that, she became the growth consultant/director of business development for many prominent startups.
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    Murat Aktihanoglu

    Managing Director

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    Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator

    United States of America

    Murat is co-founder and Managing Director at ERA, an early-stage venture capital fund and technology accelerator in New York City that has invested in and accelerated 208 startups since 2011. He has a Masters Degree in Computer Science and he has started multiple technology startups in NYC after having worked in Silicon Valley as a technologist. He started Entrepreneurs Roundtable, a non-profit, in 2007 in New York City to help the startup ecosystem grow and connect the entrepreneurial community with each other and investors through free monthly events that have been going on every month since 2007. He is also the author of the book “Location-Aware Applications” published by Manning Publications and a frequent speaker globally on technology, venture capital, and entrepreneurship.
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    Richard Jun

    Co-Founder/Managing Director

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    BAM Ventures

    United States of America

    Richard Jun is the Co-founder and Managing Director of BAM Ventures, a top performing early-stage consumer fund based in Los Angeles that he started with Brian S. Lee, a serial angel investor and the co-founder of Legalzoom, Shoedazzle, and The Honest Company. Prior to BAM, Richard served on Shoedazzle’s senior management team and helped orchestrate the merger of the company with its largest competitor at the end of 2013. At BAM, Richard has used his full-stack company building experience to invest in and help accelerate the growth of some of the most recognizable consumer brands that exist today. He has personally led investments in over 80 companies to date.
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    Shaun Lee

    Investor

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    Mubadala Capital

    United States of America

    Shaun Lee is an investor with Mubadala Capital - Ventures. Mubadala is the $250bn sovereign wealth fund of Abu Dabi making financial-first investments globally across 15+ sectors. Based in SF as part of a dedicated VC fund of Mubadala, Shaun focuses on early-stage / growth FinTech, software, and autonomous investments in North America. He has invested in industry-leading companies such as Brex, Gabi Insurance, Waymo, Embark Trucks, and Parkside Securities, amongst other investments. Prior to his career in venture, Shaun was a technology investment banker with UBS and graduated from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
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    Sol Lee

    Senior Associate

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    Nyca Partners

    United States of America

    Sol Lee is a Senior Associate at Nyca Partners, a leading fintech focused venture capital fund based in New York. Nyca invests across all stages of financial services and connects innovative companies to the global financial system. At Nyca, Sol focuses on identifying new investment opportunities as well as providing portfolio company support and building out the fund’s operations. Most of Sol’s prior background is in the payments world. Prior to joining Nyca, Sol was on the Payments team at Uber, focusing on analytics and optimization of card, cash and wallet disbursements and collections globally. Before Uber, Sol was an at Mastercard in Strategy & Analytics, working both on the issuer and merchant side of the business. Sol received her BBA from University of Michigan Ross School of Business.
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    Sue Xu

    Partner

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    Amino Capital

    United States of America

    Dr. Sue Xu is a Partner at Amino Capital, and her focus areas of investment include data-driven solutions and web3.0. She was interim CEO of CandyHouse, Databeyond, and CyteSi. Since 2012, she was involved in more than 160 investments, including Assemblage (acquired by Cisco), Orbeus (acquired by Amazon), Ozlo (acquired by Facebook), GrokStyle (acquired by Facebook), Woomoo (acquired by Priceline), Contastic (acquired by Sugar CRM), Mobike (acquired by Meituan/Tencent), Evertoon (acquired by Niantic | PokemonGo), Yiqixie (acquired by Kuaishou/Tencent), Voyage, AIFI.io, Vicarious, Paperspace, Whova, WeTravel, Webflow, Grail, Chime Bank. Dr. Sue Xu began her early-stage entrepreneurship when she was the founding scientist of GlycoMira (also involved in undergrad and Ph.D. laboratory spin-offs). She has three patents and over 20 journal publications, and previously was a Postdoc fellow at Stanford University.
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    Vinnie Lauria

    Managing Partner

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    Golden Gate Ventures

    Singapore

    Vinnie is an entrepreneur turned venture capitalist. He is a founding partner of Golden Gate Ventures, an early-stage VC firm in Southeast Asia with over US$250M AUM and 45+ investments to date. He is a Kauffman Fellow, and a guest lecturer at the National University of Singapore. He was rated by the Founder Institute as the top startup mentor in Asia from a pool of 2,500 mentors. Prior to Golden Gate Ventures, Vinnie built two startups in Silicon Valley: Meetro, a location-based chat service which was dissolved with many lessons learned in 2007; and Lefora, a forum hosting platform which grew to over 100,000 communities and was acquired by CrowdGather in 2010. Earlier in his career, Vinnie spent four years within IBM. Vinnie is a graduate of Boston University’s College of Engineering. Vinnie is passionate about building startup ecosystems and joined his first startup while still in high school.
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    Wai Chiew Chik

    CEO

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    Heritas Capital Management

    Singapore

    Wai Chiew is the CEO / Executive Director of Heritas Capital Management, overseeing PE / VC and Fund-of-Funds investments focused on healthcare, education and technology sectors globally.Wai Chiew has over 20 years of experience in global investment management and strategic business development, having been active in leading companies on transformational growth strategies, fundraising and M&A. In his previous roles at Temasek and other funds, he has led and managed investments across multiple industries and geographies.
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    Wei Sun

    Partner

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    Hosencare Brothers

    China

    Dr. Wei Sun is partner of Hosencare Brothers and funding partner of Digital Craftsman Venture Partners (DCVP). He has over 15 years of experience in entrepreneurship, venture financing and healthcare. Dr. Sun was an investor at Hosen Capital, leading its investments in technology and health related areas. Before that, Dr. Sun worked with Booz & Co., helping fortune 500 and leading Chinese companies to grow in China and overseas. He also had many years of product management and startup experience in the US, where he worked with Morningstar as well as served as founding members of two technological startups. Dr. Sun received his PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Rochester, MBA with honor from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and BS in Electrical Engineering and BA in English from Tianjin University.
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    Xiaoyu Zhu

    Managing Director

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    Green Pine Capital Partners

    China

    Xiaoyu Zhu currently serves as managing director at Green Pine Capital Partners, a leading venture capital based in Shenzhen focusing on deep-tech investment. Previously, he worked at top policy and investment advisory firms, as well as think tanks at Washington DC and Beijing. Mr. Zhu received dual bachelor’s degrees in international studies and psychology from China’s Peking University. He also earned his MBA from Yale University and MA from George Washington University.
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    Y.S. Lee

    Investment Professional

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    Highlight Capital

    China

    Y.S. Lee has extensive experience in IPO, M&A, and deal transactions in various sectors. He is a trilingual speaker, he can speak Chinese, English, and Korean fluently. Mr. Lee received his B.S in Economics from Fudan University.
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    Stanley Kang

    Director

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    Etri Holdings

    Republic of Korea

    Stanley Kang, is the director of Etri Holdings Inc., an investment company that specializes in technology commercialization businesses of ETRI (Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute). Through 10 years of work experience as an Investment Manager, he successfully managed to generate a very high return since the beginning of his company foundation, being listed on KOSDAQ in 2019. Before joining Etri Holdings, he worked as a founding member of two startups, taking charge of management and sales, respectively, and general technology affairs of Vietnam’s telecommunication service business. Prior to this, he worked at SK Hynix as a software developer for 10 years, as well as at a spin-off startup, successfully taking the lead of the ADSL market in Korea. Furthermore, he has extensive work experience in diverse work fields, including pre-test supervisor for domestic and international product supply and pre-training for operators.
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    Su Hyun Kang

    CEO

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    COS Investment

    Republic of Korea

    Su Hyun Kang, CEO of COS Investment, started his first software business while he was in college. Based on this experience, he has run startups for over 7 years. Su Hyun started venture investment in 2006, became the first professional angel investor in 2014, and started a PEF funded private investment fund in 2016. As the CEO of COS Investment and GP of COS private investment fund, Su Hyun is running three private investment funds while angel investing in approximately 50 companies. He supports the growth of his portfolio companies through early stage investment.
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    Jin Young Ko

    Vice President

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    Global One Asset Management

    Republic of Korea

    Jin Young Ko, Vice President of Global One Asset Management, was formerly in charge of fund management for restructuring the shipbuilding industry and Korea-Japan synergy fund formation at Capital One. At that time, he sought domestic companies that had VC technology and reviewed and invested in seawater desalination technology, BWTS technology and more. Also, he was GP and LP for PEF at Shinhan Invest M&A/PE Department. At Shinhan Invest, Jin Young did fund investment for bio companies branching to the US. He also assisted in the IPO process and invested in many beauty companies that were in need of overseas investment.
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    Seung Ha Ku

    Managing Partner

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    CreditEase

    Republic of Korea

    Seungha Ku, Managing Partner, leads the global private equity business within CreditEase and is responsible for the overall management, strategy and investment decisions. Seungha manages ~$800 million in AUM and oversees ~70 existing private equity investments globally. Prior to CreditEase, Seungha worked at private equity group within GCM Grosvenor and Credit Suisse in Hong Kong where he was responsible for sourcing, evaluating and monitoring investments. Prior to Credit Suisse, Seungha worked at Macquarie in New York where he worked on M&A and capital markets advisory activities. Seungha graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Economics and studied at Tsinghua University.
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    Kurt Koo

    Managing Director

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    Synergy IB Investment

    Republic of Korea

    Kurt Koo, Managing Director of Synergy IB Investment, majored in computer science and later became a software engineer. In 1999, he started a Dot-com company based in Manhattan. Now, he is a venture capitalist/representative fund manager who is running 3 funds. He formerly worked as a developer at WebCash, Kakao, and Nexon. During his 10 years at Nexon, he developed 4 online games such as Mabinogi, Counterstrike Online and etc. He is active in the machine learning sector as he currently serves as Head Dean/research fellow of School of AI and Tech Advisor of MarkTechPost. He finished in the top10 at the 2018 RetroSonic Contest(hosted by OpenAI) and reached the second round in the 2018 Prosthetics Challenge at NeurIPS. As a venture capitalist, he vibrantly discusses technology as well as business content. He is known as the first institutional investor who invested in the no.1 interior O2O(online to offline) startup, ZipDoc. His portfolio includes OncoQuest(ovarian cancer immunotherapy company/BioTech) and E Green Global (seed potato/ AgTech) and ST Unitas (no.1 in online education).
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    Aera Kwon

    Director

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    Daedeok Venture Partners

    Republic of Korea

    Aera Kwon, Director of Daedeok Venture Partners, was formerly in charge of strategy development at LG Electronics CSO Business Development Team. Before LG Electronics, she was ICT industry analysist at Korea Development Bank Research Center. Former positions include CSO at WADIZ and strategy development at AhnLab Strategy Planning Department.
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    Kyong Won Kim

    Representative Fund Manager

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    HYU Holdings

    Republic of Korea

    Kyong Won Kim, Representative Fund Manager at HYU Holdings, has experience in marketing, new frontiers, business management at conglomerate, public enterprise, and venture enterprise. Due to his former experience as a businessman, he seeks mutual growth with startups. He has much investment reference on outstanding startup investments and many cases of technology commercialization.
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    Ki Han Kim

    Manager

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    Hanhwa Investment & Securities

    Republic of Korea

    Ki Han Kim has been in charge of stock investment and derivatives trading at Hanhwa Investment & Securities since 2007. In 2017, there was a business transfer between Hanhwa Investment and Hanhwa Investment’s New Technology Financial Business Department and Ki Han joined as Investment Manager. His investment portfolio includes Yanolja, Agilesoda, Stradvision, Starstech, Tempuse.
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    Dong Chan Kim

    General Manager

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    L&S Venture Capital

    Republic of Korea

    Dong Chan Kim is a bio/fashion/beauty specialized venture capitalist who seeks for early-stage startup investments. He studied bio drug delivery system at Korea University Graduate School of Life Sciences. Formerly, a cosmetics researcher at LG H&H, he has experience in developing various products and launching new brands. He has authored 『All That Cosmetics』, a science-based cosmetic book, and give lectures and advises startups/college students who wish to start a business in the beauty industry. As a bio-majored venture capitalist from the Cosmetic Research Institute, he focuses his investment in the field of bio, beauty and fashion.
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    Sung Ha Kim

    Team Leader

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    Etri Holdings

    Republic of Korea

    Sung Ha Kim, currently Investment Team Leader at Etri Holdings, has been investing in 11 Deep Tech startups over 4 years. Before joining Etri Holdings, he was a CEO at Able Korea, in charge of planning and designing. Able Korea supplied 3G/4G Mobile Phone Self-Sufficiency System to domestic MVNO telecommunications industry and educational tablet PCs to e-learning service firms.
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    Si Nae Kim

    Associate

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    Neoplux

    Republic of Korea

    Sinae Kim, a VC investment professional at Neoplux graduated from Yonsei University, majoring in English language and literature. For about one year and a half since 2017, he experienced internships at several firms including The Boston Consulting Group, Deloitte M&A financial advisory, pre-IPO asset management/PEF/venture capital, and joined Neoplux in July 2019. He has invested and been involved in investments related to IT H/W, IT services, and the retail/commerce sector.
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    Yong Keon Kim

    Vice President

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    Bluepoint Partners

    Republic of Korea

    Yong Keon Kim, Vice President of Bluepoint Partners, was formerly in charge of Manufacturing/QC at PLASMART. After merging with MKS, he took lead in Global Sourcing. After that, he used his field experience to help startups by founding Bluepoint Partners. Before working at PLASMART, he was an engineer at Samsung Mobile and Samsung Electronics where he developed robots and suspension. He also developed industrial equipment while working at Bioptro and Mirae.
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    JIn Soo Kim

    Director

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    KT Investment

    Republic of Korea

    Jin Soo Kim, Director of KT Investment, has over 10 years of experience in new venture(cloud service, energy, healthcare) at Future Strategy/New Venture Development Department of KT. After that, he has invested in 20 companies for 5 years at KT Investment. His investment especially focuses on the AI, self-driving and mobile sector.
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    Payton Kim

    CEO

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    MIrae Holdings

    Republic of Korea

    Payton Kim founded 2 companies, one in Korea and the other in the US. He loves to work with staff and encourage them. He has extensive experience in retail business(Apple Premium Reseller), Internet service business, and IT product development. He excels at evangelist through leadership, marketing, sales, and product development. Mirae Holding Company brings together researchers and businesses to capitalize on the ideas developed at 4 major Institutes of Science and Technology in Korea, namely, KAIST, UNIST, GIST, and DGIST. Invest in seed, early, and expansion stage technology startups (primary focus is on seed, but also selectively invest in Series A and later-stage startups). Tech Transfer (IP transfer, License, Joint Venture, and Startup) R&BD project with the Korean government.
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    Hyoung Wook Kim

    Investment Manager

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    Kiwoom Investment

    Republic of Korea

    Hyoung Wook Kim graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a major in biology. After college, he went to work at pharmaceutical company, Chong Kun Dang and afterwards finished MBA at KAIST. He joined Kiwoom Investment in 2015 and has been investing in the bio/healthcare sector. He also is involved in overseas investment with his various global experience.
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    Tae Seok Rho

    Senior Investment Manager`

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    MIrae Holdings

    Republic of Korea

    Taeseok Rho, a Senior Investment Manager at MiraeHoldings, is in charge of seed investment and TIPS recommendation for technology-based early-stage startups. Before joining, he co-founded a commerce specialized accelerator, ‘SmartFarmer’, investing and developing startups in local regions. Prior to this, he worked at Pusan National University, giving lectures, analyzing companies, and conducting management consulting.
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    Mark Ryoo

    General Manager

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    Korea Science and Technology Holdings

    Republic of Korea

    Mark Ryoo, General Manager of Korea Science and Technology Holdings, was in charge of R&D and business development as the President of VeriFone Korea. He started working as semiconductor research at Hynix and went on to establish Orange Logic. As a CEO at Orange Logic, he directed R&D, investment promotion and later successfully led M&A with VeriFone in 2010.
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    Jae Hyun Park

    CEO

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    New Paradigm Investment

    Republic of Korea

    Jae Hyun Park, CEO of New Paradigm Investment, specializes in 4IR commercialization by accelerating innovative startups. As Managing Director of LB Investment and Senior Manager of SBI Investment, he has successfully managed 213 billion won and has done direct investment of 125 billion won along with double profit. His portfolio includes 10 IPOs and 4 M&As with companies such as CIS, Hansol Secure, Dexter Studios, Mindslab, Market Kurly, Waug Travel, Yellow Mobile, 4:33 Creative Lab, Nature Republic, Dasan Networks, Handysoft, Global Tax Free. He has job experience at SK Hynix and SK. He earned his MBA at KAIST.
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    Jin Young Park

    Senior Associate

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    Murex Partners

    Republic of Korea

    Before joining Murex Partners, Jin Young Park was in charge of projects at C-Lab and advance development at Samsung Electronics IT&Mobile Communications Department. He did market research for smartphone development and reviewed and applied for a patent and HW Layout design for design feasibility. He also was in charge of the interior self-driving robot development project at C-Lab. Jin Young was head of the project and developed algorithms for stereo-vision camera-based object detection and localization.
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    Hyuk Jin Park

    Senior Investment Manager

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    We Ventures

    Republic of Korea

    Hyuk Jin Park, Team Leader of We Ventures, was the former CFO of cosmetics distribution venture B2Link. As a founding member, he was in charge of IR(to domestic/foreign VC) and operation(KPI management) while the company’s annual revenue reached about 40 billion won. Hyuk Jin started his career as a consultant at US consulting firm PwC(LA branch) where he did risk management and management consulting.
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    Hyun Jeong Park

    Director

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    Y&Archer

    Republic of Korea

    Before joining Y&Archer, Hyun Jeong Park was a co-founder of a women-led startup. She has experience in planning a new venture for curation service, opening an online shopping platform, and directing/managing market research and merchandise planning. Prior to founding a company, she was in charge of the coordination/consultation of startup marketing as the chief consultant of a university research center. At Y&Archer, Hyun Jeong is a Director who seeks and invests in early-stage startups.
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    Young Seok Song

    Managing Director

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    KB Investment

    Republic of Korea

    Young-Seok Song, Managing Director of KB Investment, has been working in venture capital since 1997. He contributed to small and medium-sized domestic venture company’s foundation and growth by investing a total of approximately 80 billion won to 50 companies across diverse business fields. With 23 years of experience, he actively shares his opinion with the industry and has contributed to resolving current issues in the venture industry directly and indirectly through the Venture Capital Association, etc. Currently, he mainly reviews investments in series A of early-stage business startups, which often leads to investments in series B and C as early-stage companies develop. To this end, he continues his interest in investments of early-stage companies, entry of new businesses of medium-or-larger-sized companies, and overseas expansion of domestic companies.
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    Eun Kang Song

    CEO

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    Capstone Partners

    Republic of Korea

    Eun Kang Song, Founder of Capstone Partners, invests mainly in ICT. He founded Capstone in 2008 and invested in over 150 startups including Daagn, Spoon Radio, FSN, Zigbang, Kurley. Over the past 10 years, he has been hosting investment assessment channel, “Just Start! Don’t Be Chicken!” He is also dedicated to developing the domestic startup ecosystem through mentoring and examining at various venture contests. He graduated from Seoul National University with a BS in Statistics and completed his MA at KAIST School of Computing. After school, he went on to work at Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology and Samsung Research. He has experience as Associate of Cambridge Samsung Partners and invested in companies such as C-bridge System, N*able Technology and more.
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    Aaron Shin

    Managing Director

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    Ascendo Ventures

    Republic of Korea

    Aaron Shin is the co-founder and CEO of Ascendo Ventures. Prior to his business, he was an Asia-based Investment Partner at Formation 8, making investments in companies around Korea and Silicon Valley including fields in entertainment, e-commerce, consumer technology, AI, digital healthcare, VR, and more. He also helped invested companies expand their business across Asia and the United States as a follow-up to the investment. Before Formation 8, he was an Investment Officer at Softbank Ventures.
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    Wook Ahn

    Managing Director

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    SEMA Translink Investment

    Republic of Korea

    Wook Ahn is a CPA who has various audit and corporate M&A consulting experiences at Samil PWC and Samjung accounting firms. Based on the experiences, Ahn was in charge of PEF investment at GK Investment, Woori PE and Hanhwa Investment. He made growth capital investment in STS Semiconductor Communication, PK Valve, CMS Education and other companies. He manages growth capital investment in startups entering into the growth stage. In addition, based on his accounting expertise, he provides advice on the financial issues with investee companies.
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    Min Young Oh

    Head of Retail Investments

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    Ilshin Investment

    Republic of Korea

    Min Young Oh currently heads consumer retail investments at Ilshin Investment. Before her time at Ilshin, Minyoung was in the fashion industry with strategic planning and merchandising experience at Samsung Fashion and Burberry Korea. Prior to moving to Seoul, Minyoung was an investment banker, specializing in M&A advisory, both at Deutsche Bank in Hong Kong and Citi in New York City.
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    Jeremy Oh

    Director

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    KB Investment

    Republic of Korea

    Jeremy Oh, beforejoining KB Investment, served as a content expert investment judge at TimeWise Investment. He was mainly in charge of investment in Culture Contents projects,as well played a role in judging investments in diverse contents investment, such as performance, exhibition, and drama. Prior to this, he worked at film investment distributors including Warner Brothers Korea, Taewon Entertainment, and Siders, where he took part in content production, content planning, and distribution.With his know-how from these content projects, he is currently in KB Investment, taking charge of corporate investment in webtoons and web drama producers. As of COVID-19, his interest in non-contact culture content producers and platforms increased, further taking a step to review content-technology companiesthat base their culture contents on AI technology. In addition, he also takes interest in diverse industrial sectors, including fashion, service, and O2O. Asan investment reviewer, he is currently operating two culture content funds, respectively 25 billion won and 40 billion won.
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    Soung Pil Yun

    Venture Capitalist

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    네오플럭스

    Republic of Korea

    Soung Pil Yun, Venture Capitalist of Neoplux, formerly worked as an analyst at NHN Investment PE Department. His interest in engineering and finance lead him to be a venture capitalist. Currently, Soung Pil is interested in IT/Fin Tech/contents sector.
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    Phil Yoon

    General Partner

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    Big Basin Capital

    Republic of Korea

    Phil Yoon, General Partner of Big Basin Capital, has invested in approximately 33 early stage startups located in Seoul and Silicon Valley. He mainly invests in mobile, e-commerce, business software, digital contents, edu-tech, and games. His portfolio companies include OnDemandKorea, Brandi, Swingvy, Cookat, GoodTime and Tutoring. Before founding Big Basin Capital, he was in charge of investment for South Korean startups at Walden International. At that time, he invested in SUNDAYTOZ, the company which released Anipang, and introduced the potential of the Korean Startup Ecosystem. Currently, he is an adjunct professor at KAIST where he mentors college students. Phil earned his BS in Electrical Engineering at SNU and his MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. He also did his MBA at Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
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    Kang Woon Lee

    Senior Partner

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    Gu Equity Partners

    Republic of Korea

    Kang Woon Lee, Senior Partner of Gu Equity Partners, received a PhD in Materials Science at KAIST. Afterwards, he went on to develop next generation semiconductors at the Samsung Electronics Semiconductor R&D Center. He started his career as VC in 2008 by investing in IT manufacturing companies at My Venture and Atinum Investment. In 2017, Kang Woon joined Gu Equity Partners as Senior Partner. Ever since, he took the role of fund manager for semiconductor growth fund and system semiconductor win-win funds.
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    KJ Lee

    Director

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    SparkLabs

    Republic of Korea

    KJ Lee, Director of SparkLabs, is seeking out domestic/overseas startups with high potential and supporting their growth while helping them venture into the global market. Before SparkLabs, he co-founded mobility sharing startup, Gbike. At Gbike, he planned and operated the IoT-based mobility sharing platform. As CEO of Gbike, he raised investment from domestic and Silicon Valley VCs and this led to the company’s growth. Also, he was data analyst for Morning Star Chicago HQ where he analyzed and evaluated data for global funds in the US, Asia, and Europe. KJ holds a BS in Industrial Engineering from Northwestern University, a MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and a MS from Stanford University.
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    Dong Jun Lee

    Managing Director

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    GAIA Venture Partners

    Republic of Korea

    Dong Jun Lee, Managing Director of Gaia Venture Partners, is in charge of investment in the cultural contents. At present, he manages three PIFs(professional investment fund) and is especially interested in movies, TV programs, and animation. He formerly worked at IBK and Tube Investment.
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    Logan Lee

    Executive Director

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    C&Venture Partners

    Republic of Korea

    Logan Lee, Executive Director of C&Venture Partners, is in charge of TIPS operation. He focuses on the acceleration of seed investment, follow-up investment, and making inroads overseas. Formerly, at nTels, he searched for early-stage startups and supported them with seed investment. He is also a doctor of engineering with teaching experience and has supported technology commercialization at universities.
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    Min Geun Lee

    Manager

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    SBI Investment

    Republic of Korea

    Min Geun Lee joined SK Group in 2014, and SBI Investment in 2016 as a member of the Investment Team, where he experienced 20 venture investment/management/exit companies over the 5 years. SBI Investment is Japan`s leading venture capital, which has more than 2 trillion won in funds, including CVC funds. Major portfolios include AI inside, Cogent Labs, RPA Holdings in RPA, Showroom in live broadcasting/content, Ichikara, Moi, and among Korean companies, Gowid, Coinplug, and Bithumb. In addition to investment, he also takes part in fund management/raising, and works on various tasks related to Korea. In February 2020, he served as an executive officer Sales Department manager of SBI Everspin, a subsidiary of SBI Holdings.
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    Seok Jae Lee

    Executive Director

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    Wonik Investment Partners

    Republic of Korea

    Seok Jae Lee, Executive Director of Wonik Investment Partners, utilized his mechatronic knowledge to design IT components, machinery, control SW at Samsung Electronics and Samsung Motors Institute of Technology. In 1999, he set foot in the venture ecosystem. Ever since then, he has been carrying out various VC projects as a Principal. Currently, he is head fund manager of 3 funds at Wonik Investment Partners. He started a fund(on a 40 billion won scale) that specializes in investment for early stage startups. Seok Jae is maintaining intimate partnership with his investment groups by advising sourcing for personnel, additional funding, business management and more. He is especially interested in forming a new business model by converging ICT/SW/healthcare technology startups, manufacturing companies, and ICT technology.
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    Soo Mi Lee

    Analyst

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    Y Alliance Investment

    Republic of Korea

    Soo Mi Lee, Analyst of Y Alliance Investment, has over 20 years of experience in the IT industry including Samsung SDS. At Samsung, she was in charge of designing/managing applications used by Samsung Electronics employees. After that, she transferred to Samsung SDS and worked as Merchandise Designer at Solution Business Department. She was fascinated by Y Alliance Investment’s vision “Hearty Investment for the Health of Good People” and joined the company to share her experience with startups.
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    Joo Hyuck Lee

    Principal

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    SBI Investment

    Republic of Korea

    Joo-hyuck Lee has experience as a Venture Capitalist at BSK Investment. Based on investment experience, he joined SBI Investment. He has invested numerous early-stage venture corporations and has a wide human network in the start-up industry. In particular, he is interested in business sectors such as ICT, Games, and Healthcare.
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    Chang Ho Lee

    Managing Director

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    Intervalue Partners

    Republic of Korea

    Chang Ho Lee, Managing Director of Intervalue Partners, was previously in charge of Strategy Planning at OLED display company, Viatron Technology. He has experience in M&A investment assessment/IR and prolific networks with professionals in the IT industry. Before working at Vitaron Technology, he was head of R&D at an IT company that specialized in LED/optical communications/MEMS.
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    Chang Hwan Lee

    Principal

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    Kohlberg Kravis Roberts Korea

    Republic of Korea

    Chang Hwan Lee joined KKR in 2012 and is a member of the Private Equity team. At KKR, Mr. Lee has been involved with the firm's activities in South Korea and its investment in Oriental Brewery, Ticket Monster, LS Automotive, and KCF Technologies. Prior to joining KKR, Mr. Lee was an analyst with Goldman Sachs where he was involved in M&A advisory in South Korea. He holds a B.B.A., summa cum laude, from College of Business Administration, Seoul National University.
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    Hyun Suk Lee

    Principal

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    STIC Ventures

    Republic of Korea

    Hyunsuk Lee, Principal of STIC Ventures, focuses on investment in AI, Fintech, e-commerce and ICT service sector. His portfolio includes Fount, Together Funding, apptest.ai, Millie and more. Before joining STIC, he was in charge of new product planning at Samsung Electronics IT&Mobile Division. He built expertise in the IT technology/market while planning market strategies for VR, IoT, Wearable devices, convergence, tablet and more.
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    Hyung Joo Lee

    Manager

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    Samho Green Investment

    Republic of Korea

    Hyung Joo Lee is a manager at Samho Green Investment. Mr. Lee is responsible for startup investment activity and small cap M&A. Prior to joining Samho Green Investment, Mr. Lee worked as a Manager at Deloitte Korea, where he led managing financial due diligence for a variety of clients and conducting sell/buy-side advisory roles on a number of buy-outs and financial transactions. He also worked as a Senior Associate at Deloitte Korea, where he accumulated a variety of experiences in relation to audit and regulatory reporting. Mr. Lee is KICPA and holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Yonsei University.
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    Brian Jang

    Senior Associate

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    Kakao Ventures

    Republic of Korea

    Brian has joined Kakao Ventures in 2014 and invested in various early-stage startups such as Daangn Market, Cleaning Lab, Fabric Time, Veluga Brewery, and SocialBean. He is especially attracted to those who solve problems that can be found in everyday life and in business. He previously worked in the field of equity research at Hana Financial Investment.
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    Anna Jang

    Department Leader

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    Incheon Center for Creative Economy & Innovation

    Republic of Korea

    Anna Jang, Investment Department Leader of Incheon Center for Creative Economy & Innovation, has been assisting startups on funding and management for over 15 years. She holds a CMC(Certified Management Consultant) awarded by Ministry of SMEs and Startups and does lectures about startups at universities. After moving to Incheon Center for Creative Economy and Innovation, she has started a fund and has been working as Executive Fund Manager that invests in startups.
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    Ji Young Jang

    Representative Fund Manager

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    MIrae Holdings

    Republic of Korea

    Ji Young Jang, Representative Fund Manager of Mirae Holdings, has earned her bachelor in Architectural Engineering at Yonsei University and her M.E. at KAIST College of Business. She has experienced the entire construction field in person. With that experience, she converted to technology commercialization by establishing YSU Holdings and its subsidiary. She took her talents to the Agency for Defense Development and made plans to commercialize defense technology in private sectors. Currently, her area of responsibility is technology investment in hardware, fusion biotechnology at Mirae Holdings.
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    Josh Chun

    Partner

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    Bridge Alliance Partners

    Republic of Korea

    Before founding Bridge Alliance Partners, Josh Chun started a private-equity investment firm, Nautics Equity Partners, whose first M&A fund acquired an IT company. Before Nautics, Josh worked at private-equity firms, Dominus Investment and EastBridge Partners as an investment analyst. Previous to the private-equity experience, Josh was a management consultant at Oliver Wyman where he was engaged in strategy consulting projects in the financial industry, both in Seoul and Hong Kong office.
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    Ted Jeong

    Managing Partner

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    KSV Global Innovations

    Republic of Korea

    Ted Jeong has served as the Managing Partner of KSV Global Innovations (KSV), a transformative innovation-focused venture capital firm targeting early and growth-stage companies primarily in the United States and Korea. He has more than 20 years of experience as a venture capitalist and a financial executive. Before joining KSV, Mr. Jeong served in various roles of progressive responsibility at Rexahn Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: REXN), including Chief Financial Officer and Board Director. From 1997 to 2002, he served as the Senior Investment Manager at Hyundai Venture Investment Corporation, where he operated two of the first healthcare venture capital funds in Korea. Mr.Jeong received his B.S. and M.S. in Chemistry from Pohang University of Science & Technology. He also holds an M.S. in Finance from Johns Hopkins University and a Doctor of Management from the University of Maryland.
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    Hyuk Jung

    Associate

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    PKSHA Technology Capital

    Republic of Korea

    Hyuk Jung majored in Mass Communication at Waseda University and got his MA studying Global Business Communication at Fudan University. He previously worked at Lotte Institute of Business&Economy and Korea Economic Daily. Currently, he works as an Associate at Japan VC, PKSHA Technology Capital. PKSHA Technology Capital is an Asian fund focusing its investment in Korean/Chinese/Japanese companies and has raised 10 billion yen. Hyuk Jung is fluent in Korean, Chinese, Japanese and English with a broad scale of understanding in the Korean/Chinese/Japanese IT sector. He is supporting many Korean startups to branch out to all over Asia.
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    Jae Man Cho

    Head of Department

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    GAIA Venture Partners

    Republic of Korea

    Jae Man Cho is the Head of Department and Senior Investment Manager at Gaia Venture Partners. He previously worked in the Development Planning Department at a domestic broadcasting company (KBSN) and newspaper company (The Korea Economy Daily, Korea JoongAng Daily). He was in charge of funds and investment partnership through fund management, investment review, and policy management. He is currently progressing investments in Culture Content and Oceans/Fisheries as a Senior Investment Manager at Gaia Venture Partners, a venture company that operates six Fund of Funds (government-funded investment associations). Mr. Cho conducts Gaia Innovation Growth Marketing Investment Association and Gaia Fisheries Venture Startup Investment Association as his main responsibility.
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    Jin Hwan Cho

    General Manager

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    Mirae Asset Venture Investment

    Republic of Korea

    Jinhwan Cho, General Manager of Mirae Asset Venture Investment, invests in IT/mobile services, commerce, and technology-based(AI, semiconductor, etc.) companies. Before working at Mirae Asset Venture Investment, he was in charge of M&A at Coupang. He is also the co-founder of Frip(activity platform startup) where he planned business strategy and attracted investment. His resume includes planning investment at Kakao Ventures and arranging business strategy at Boston Consulting Group. Mr. Cho also has experience in planning mobile applications at a game developing company, Nexon Mobile. He seeks to give practical assistance with his experience to startups, including how to attract investment, growth investment, M&A, PMI and etc. He acquired AICPA, majored in industrial engineering, and minored in business management at KAIST.
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    Han Jin Cho

    Deputy Manager

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    JNU Holdings

    Republic of Korea

    Han Jin Choi, Deputy Manager of JNU Holdings, is a lawyer and member of Jeonnam Angel Club. He is in charge of managing/seeking companies at NUC-4 Private Investment Fund and Bitgaram Private Investment Fund (both operated by JNU Holdings). Before joining JNU Holdings, he handled legal cases and did counseling for local governments/companies.
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    Mike Cho

    Business Analyst

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    Kakao Ventures

    Republic of Korea

    Mike(Hyunik Cho) is responsible for working with teams across Asia, particularly Japan and Southeast Asia. He strives to be an effective facilitator across different markets, with an earnest and open attitude. He constantly seeks answers to ‘Why?’ and is eager to work with ‘Problem solvers’ of today.
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    Hyun Ju Cho

    Senior Investment Manager

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    Timewise Investment

    Republic of Korea

    Hyun Ju Cho, currently a Senior Investment Manager at Timewise Investment, is in charge of content investment review. Before joining Timewise Investment, she worked at ‘Sony Pictures Releasing Walt Disney Company Korea’, responsible for the distribution of films such as , and . Prior to her career at Sony Disney, she worked at CGV Program Team, where she took responsibility in scheduling screening and IMAX related work.
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    Yong Hee Han

    Senior Investment Manager

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    KB Investment

    Republic of Korea

    Yong Hee Han, Senior Investment Manager of KB Investment, earned his BA in sociology at Yonsei University. His past experience includes investment assessment in the contents and VC industry. Currently, he is vibrantly investing in B2C areas such as entertainment, consumer, and commerce.
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    Christine Huh

    Senior Manager

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    SparkLabs Ventures

    Republic of Korea

    As a manager at SparkLabs Ventures, Christine is in charge of seeking out startups with high potential and supporting their growth. Before joining SparkLabs, she worked for IDG Capital’s Korean branch, pursuing opportunities on later stages of investment. During her time at IDG, she focused on cross-border deals and helping domestic companies venture into the global market. She is especially passionate in sectors including e-commerce, fashion, consumer goods, and platforms. Christine received her BA from Johns Hopkins University where she studied International Studies, and later went on to obtain a Master’s degree from Hankuk University of Foreign Studies.
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    Ben Hyun

    Vice President

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    Evergreen Investment Partners

    Republic of Korea

    Ben Hyun, Vice President of Evergreen Investment Partners, has over 15 years of experience in industry analysis with investment outcomes in Mirae Nanotech, Partron, Ubivelox, LTC and etc. He previously worked at Korea Long Term Credit Bank, Korea Technology Investment Corporation, NHN Investment, and more. For a brief period, he was in charge of IPO and Management Planning as CFO at Kweather and Caregen. Currently, he is focusing on startup investment as a partner at Evergreen Investment Partners. His portfolio includes Laftel, EOFlow, Genesystem, and more than 20 startups. He is constantly searching to invest in startups by building relationships with accelerators, local governments, universities and etc.
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    Jong K. Hong

    Managing Partner

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    Evergreen Investment Partners

    Republic of Korea

    Jong K. Hong started his career as a fund manager with Korea Investment Trust Co.,Ltd. and worked at its London office for 5 years. He moved to Salomon Smith Barney Inc. and experienced several cross-border deals. In 1999, he entered a start-up industry and acted as CEO with e-Capital Co.,Ltd. and Solbon Investment, Inc. He established Evergreen Investment Partners,LLC in March 2016.
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    Jeong Cheol Hong

    CFO

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    Infobank Corp

    Republic of Korea

    Hong Jong Cheol is the CEO of iAccel business division, the investment division of Infobank, and is in charge of TIPS program operation and investment generalization. He is the Representative Fund Manager of Infobank Angel Fund No.1 and No.2 and has led 115 startup investments in Infobank Corp. over the past five years. He is also a leader of SW High Growth CLUB, Ministry of Science and ICT, and official mentor of Korea Institute of Startup & Entrepreneurship Development, LOTTE Accelerator, SHINHAN Future’s Lab, etc. Before joining Infobank, he was a director of a patent consulting company and conducted many patent consulting services. He is also supporting startups to build their patent portfolios as an IP expert. He registered more than 2,300 patents as a patent inventor.

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