So much of a company’s success and the execution of its vision rely on the calibre of its people. Today, I’m extremely honored and excited to welcome my friend and someone I admire with the utmost respect to the 500 Startups team. Jeffrey Lim is joining us at 500 Startups Korea. Jeffrey and I will be the General Partners of our future Korean funds going forward.
Today, we’ve made a large step towards furthering our mission of working to help create global scale companies out of Korea with Jeffrey joining on board.
Jeffrey has over 17 years of operating and investing experience in startups. He joins us from his 2.5 year stint as Head of Google Campus Seoul where he helped open Google’s first startup focused Campus property in Asia. Before that, he was a VP at SundayToz (KOSDAQ: 123420) which acquired his social gaming company, RocketOz, that he founded. Before that, he was an investor at SoftBank Ventures where he actively managed multiple funds with a focus on internet, online and mobile game, semiconductor, education, telecommunication and media. Before that, he was an early employee of Bitfone which was acquired by HP in 2006.
Jeffrey graduated from KAIST with an undergraduate degree in Industrial Engineering and Masters in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford.
I’ve wanted to bring a partner on board to run 500 Startups Korea together for a quite a bit now and I’ve always had Jeffrey on the top of my list. Jeffrey’s role is extremely important as we continue to grow in investment capital and increase our role as a Korean VC – investing and servicing not just global market companies, but domestic market focused startups too.
It’s been a real joy working with Jeffrey side by side during his tenure at Google Campus Seoul. I’m looking forward to the calibre of work that we’ll be able to do together at 500 Startups.