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Kihong Bae

Managing Director

Strong Ventures

Kihong Bae

Managing Director

Kihong is the author of ‘Startup Bible’ and ‘Startup Bible 2’, Korean bestseller books inspiring the next generation of startup entrepreneurs, and has extensive experience dealing with a wide spectrum of technology companies both in Silicon Valley and South Korea. As a Managing Director of Strong Ventures, Kihong selectively identifies, invests and advises in early stage startups both in Korea and the US leveraging his extensive network and experiences in both markets. He was responsible for the successful global launch of Musicshake, a user-generated music community, at TechCrunch40 and has served as its General Manager in North America. Previously, he was a Senior Marketing Manager for Microsoft Korea, in charge of middle-market marketing. Prior to Microsoft, he was the Sales and Marketing Director for Zionex Inc., where he catapulted the company to be Korea’s No.1 supply chain management solution provider.
San Jose, USA

Alfredo Coppola

Co-CEO

USMAC Business Development

Alfredo Coppola

Co-CEO

Alfredo is the Co-CEO of the US Market Access Center, the longest-standing high-tech business incubator in Silicon Valley for foreign companies seeking to successfully enter the Silicon Valley and the greater US Markets. Alfredo joined US MAC in 2004 as a management consultant and then joined the management team in 2008 as Director of Business Development, where he expanded US MAC’s partner programs and introduced the “Go Global” Silicon Valley market accelerator program. Alfredo has over 20 years of business development and management consulting experience in the information technology sector. He has advised over 150 early-stage technology companies in his career and he also worked with large multinationals such as Adobe, Microsoft, Nortel Networks, Deloitte and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Prior to US MAC, Alfredo was president and co-founder of two Canadian digital media companies, where he established offices in Ottawa, Toronto, and San Francisco, California.
San Jose, USA

Alex Ha

Vice President of Technology

CDNetworks Inc.

Alex Ha

Vice President of Technology

Alex is in charge of the Service and Support groups at CDNetworks and his responsibilities include managing pre/post sales engineering, customer/partner relationship management, technical customer support and IT. Since joining CDNetworks in 2005, Alex held leadership roles in sales, marketing and product management. Alex has led CDNetworks’ flagship product lines including Dynamic Web Acceleration and Dynamic Network Acceleration. While in charge of the China, Japan and Korea product management teams, Alex became an expert on China network operations and regulations. Alex’s China expertise and experience of building dynamic acceleration offerings inspired him to build CDNetworks’ unique differentiator, China Acceleration. Prior to joining CDNetworks, Alex was an executive at Bixon Networks and software developer at Samsung Petrochemical. Alex received his B.S. in Computer Science from Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea.
San Jose, USA

Albert W. Kim

CEO

Brainer Consultancy

Albert W. Kim

CEO

Mr. Kim is the founder of Lapha & Company, Inc. and Brainer Consultancy, Inc., currently holding the post of CEO of the Brainer Consultancy, Inc. Brainer Consultancy, Inc., a business consulting firm based on ERP, has corporations in Korea and the U.S. It is the first Korean consulting company which has expanded itself to the U.S., serving American customer companies since 2007 with the branches in San Jose and Irvine, California, Addison in Texas, Moonachie in New Jersey. Mr. Kim has graduated from Korea University, did his military service as bachelor officer at the Air Force and served as a senior consulting manager of Accenture Korea and director of Global Solution Center. He later founded the business consulting company and has been since consulting numerous companies in the U.S. and in Korea.
San Jose, USA

Sunghyun Hwang

VP of HR

SK Planet, Inc. and shopkick, Inc.

Sunghyun Hwang

VP of HR

Sunghyun Hwang currently serves as VP of HR for SK Planet, Inc. and shopkick, Inc., companies focused on creating mobile content and services that drive everyday consumer commerce, where he has worked since November 2014. Prior, from October 2010 to October 2014, he served as Eng. HRBP at Google Inc., where his responsibility extended across a variety of different departments including HR Strategy, Talent Review process development, Performance Review process, Compensation planning, Org. Development, and Re-organization. Previously, he served as Head of HR for Korea / HRBP for JAPAC Marketing at Google from July 2007 to October 2010. Additionally, he served as Co-founder and Senior Consultant for Linkage Korea from November 2005 to June 2007, as Senior Consultant for Towers Perrin from October 2002 to October 2005, and as HR Manager for Yahoo! from October 1999 to October 2002. He will receive his Masters in Positive Organization Development from Case Western Reserve University in May 2016.
San Jose, USA

Byoung Jo Kang

B.J. Kang Law PC

Byoung Jo Kang

Byoung Jo Kang is a business lawyer with an U.S. income tax expertise and represents U.S. taxpayers abroad or foreign taxpayers in the United States. Mr. Kang regularly advises high-net-worth U.S. and foreign individuals, multinational companies and nonprofits in connection with U.S. income tax issues. Mr. Kang is admitted to practice law in the State of Maryland, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the United States Tax Court. He is also a Virginia licensed Certified Public Accountant. Mr. Kang earned his Juris Doctor (J.D.) from the Catholic University Columbus School of Law (2011), a Masters of Arts (M.A.) in Regional Studies: East Asia from Harvard University (2002), a Masters of Arts (M.A.) in Korean Literature from the Seoul National University (1999), and a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Korean Literature from the Seoul National University (1997). Before establishing B.J. Kang Law PC, Mr. Kang worked as an Attorney for Flott & Co., served as the Director of Finance and Administration for the National Communication Association, and as the Controller and Vice President for the Middle East Institute (2007-2010). He was employed at Diamond Properties, LLC as the Assistant Controller (2006-2007) and was a member on the financial staff for the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University (2002-2006). Prior to coming to the United States, he co-founded one of the first online education companies in South Korea (2000).

Han Kim

General Partner

Altos Ventures Investment

Han Kim

General Partner

Han Kim is a General Partner and co-founder of Altos Ventures, focusing on investments in the areas of mobile and software services. He also concentrates on companies with significant business in Asia, leveraging the firm’s substantial contacts in the region, particularly in Korea. Han currently serves on the board of ADOP, Bluehole Studios, Bookjam, Pandora.tv, Spicus, and Woowahan Brothers, and works closely with BCNX, Coupang, I-um, SeeControl and Vesta Corporation. He also led the firm’s prior investments in Nable Communications (153460), DemandTec (IBM), Instill (iTradeNetwork), Digital Market (Agile), Evant (Manhattan Associates), and iOwn (Citigroup).
San Jose, USA

Eugene Lee

Entrepreneur in Residence

Artiman Ventures Semiconductor

Eugene Lee

Entrepreneur in Residence

Eugene Lee is an Entrepreneur In Residence at Artiman Ventures. He is a seasoned leader and entrepreneur with a track record of founding, building, growing and selling transformational companies at the intersection of people, software and networks. He is currently an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Artiman Ventures, an early-stage venture capital fund, where he is investigating and incubating “white space” opportunities. Previously, he joined Socialtext as “CEO 2.0” and member of the Board of Directors in November 2007, leading the company’s growth to cash flow positive and SaaS profitability. Lee led the company to a successful exit in April 2012, when Socialtext was acquired by Bedford Funding, a $1.4 billion private equity firm.
San Jose, USA

Yvette Lee

Yvette Lee Lawgroup Legal/IP

Yvette Lee Lawgroup Legal/IP

Yvette Lee

Yvette Lee Lawgroup Legal/IP

Yvette Lee has been a successful, active attorney in the San Francisco Bay Area for many years. She is truly a citizen of the world, being Korean in origin, and she has established extensive networks throughout the Pan-Asian region through her varied business and legal experience. She received her bachelor’s degree in Political Science in 1981 from Ewha Women’s University in Korea, and went on to acquire her master’s degree in City and Regional Planning at Ohio State University in 1984. Ms.Lee then served as a Senior Manager at Citibank’s regional headquarters in Seoul for ten years before returning to the United States permanently in 1995. While working for Citibank, she further enhanced her business knowledge by attending MBA classes at Yonsei University. She acquired her Doctorate in Jurisprudence from Golden Gate University in San Francisco in 1998. Ms. Lee was admitted to the California Bar in 1998, and has over fifteen years of professional legal experience as the sole and supervisory attorney in her own firm. She is also a licensed California Real Estate Broker, and a CEO of ACE Property Management,Inc.

Jeff Snider

Vice President of US Market Entry

USMAC Business Development

Jeff Snider

Vice President of US Market Entry

Jeff builds and runs the US Market Access Center’s programs for companies entering the US Market through Silicon Valley. He is an entrepreneur, speaker and mentor. Jeff is the creator of the Lean Market Entry Program for International Entrepreneurs at US Market Access Inc. He is a seasoned international entrepreneur, co-founder and executive at two Euro-/Silicon Valley startups – TouchWave acquired by Ericsson and Adomo acquired by Avaya. Jeff’s focus is to adapt and apply Lean Startup and Customer Development methodologies to international companies entering the US market through Silicon Valley. His specialties include: Market entry, business model validation, business development and venture capital.}
San Jose, USA

Michael Yang

Founder and Board Member

Become. Com Markrting

Michael Yang

Founder and Board Member

Michael is the Founder and Board Director of the Board of Become, Inc., a leading global online shopping search engine and marketing services company in Silicon Valley, California. He founded Become.com in 2004, raised over $37 million in venture capital and built it into a global company with operations in US, Asia, and Europe. Prior to this, Michael founded mySimon.com, a pioneering Internet price comparison shopping company in 1998, and served as its CEO; mySimon raised $30 million in venture capital and was successfully acquired by CNET for $700 million in 2000.
San Jose, USA

Phil Yoon

General Partner

Big Basin Capital Investment

Phil Yoon

General Partner

Phil is a General Partner of Big Basin Capital. He founded Big Basin Capital in 2013 to invest in early-stage startups in Korea and the US. Previously, he was the Investment Director at Walden International, a global VC headquartered in Silicon Valley, where he led the firm’s investment in SundayToz (KOSDAQ IPO) and HiDeep. Prior to Walden, he was with Intel Capital in Santa Clara, CA. Earlier in his career, he was a software developer at an EDA startup Neolinear, and a technical sales lead at Cadence.