• September 18, 2014 | SEOUL, KOREA

  • Sep 18, 2014



  • David Lee

    Co-founder of XG Ventures & KStartup

    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, based in Seoul, Korea, which is 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.

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