- San Francisco Bay Area
David Lee's Overview
- Co-Founder, Partner at Kstartup
- Venture Partner at SK Telecom Ventures
- Co-Founder, Partner at XG Ventures
- Director at Google
David Lee's Summary
David was hired in 2000 at Google as one of the first 200 employees, and was the first executive to lead their overseas bd, sales, and operations. He launched Google's first international ads, opened their offices in Korea, Japan, Greater China, Australia, and helped launch Europe and Latam. There he hired the first international management teams, establishing Google's overseas revenue base. As Director of Asia-Pacific and ROW, he headed up these regions and led several major international search ad partnerships.
David is a Venture Partner at SK Telecom Ventures (the largest mobile carrier and social network in Korea), a $100M fund based in Silicon Valley, where he leads internet and mobile investments. He's also an angel investor in the US and Asia. Previously, David was co-founder of XG Ventures, a Google alumni angel fund. He has invested in over 40 companies with over 13 acquisitions. Some of his past and current investments include Tapulous (acq. by Disney), Posterous (acq. by Twitter), Olaworks (acq. by Intel), Scoopler (acq. by Google), ABitLucky (acq. by Zynga), Chai Labs (acq. by Facebook), Cue (acq. by Apple), Kabam, Chartboost, nWay, Contextlogic, etc. David is also an LP in YCombinator, and SV Angel funds.
In Korea he co-founded KStartup, the first Asian accelerator funded by Google. He has guest lectured at Stanford University, School of Engineering and the Graduate School of Business, KAIST, and is on the Advisory Board of ASES (Stanford Asia-Pacific Student Entrepreneurship Society). He also served as Venture Advisor to IDG Accel, one of the largest private equity funds in China.
His accomplishments have been featured in Forbes, Business Week, Techcrunch, etc.
"Google's Real Power"
"Google Angels Spread Their Wings"
"Korean-Americans return to Help Korean Startups"
David Lee's Experience
February 2012 – Present (2 years 9 months) Seoul and Silicon Valley
Kstartup is an early-stage accelerator located in Seoul, Korea dedicated to helping startups and entrepreneurs by providing them with product, operational and business mentoring, workshops and events, and access to a network of partners who are accomplished entrepreneurs, executives, and investors. Kstartup is dedicated to helping entrepreneurs in Korea succeed locally and globally.
Google has chosen Kstartup as their first accelerator/incubator partner in Asia and has invested in Kstartup along with several other key corporate and foundation partners.
Venture Capital & Private Equity industry
October 2008 – Present (6 years 1 month)
Board Member: Chartboost
Board Member: Sequent
Board Observer: English Central
Investments: Chartboost, Kabam, Greplin, Tsumobi, English Central
Privately Held; 1-10 employees; Venture Capital & Private Equity industry
February 2008 – 2012 (4 years)
Early Google alumni angel fund that invests in early stage companies and entrepreneurs in the mobile, internet, and media space.
Notable Investments: Tapulous (acq. by Disney), Posterous (acq. by Twitter), Schoolfeed (acq. by Classmates), Chai Labs (acq. by Facebook), aBitLucky (acq. by Zynga), Scoopler (acq. by Google), Small Demons, Chartboost, Telly, nWay, Contextlogic
Public Company; 10,001+ employees; GOOG; Internet industry
December 2000 – 2006 (6 years)
David Lee's Skills & Expertise
- Venture Capital
- Strategic Partnerships
- Angel Investing
- Business Development
- Mobile Applications
- Business Strategy
- Mobile Devices
- Competitive Analysis
- Executive Management
- Venture Financing
- Private Equity
- Product Marketing
- Go-to-market Strategy
- Online Advertising
- Social Networking
- Mobile Internet
Contact David for:
- job inquiries
- expertise requests
- business deals
- reference requests
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