Anyone can be a “founder”. Becoming an “entrepreneur” is another level of crazy and much more difficult.
It’s ultimately about growing your company and that often means in new markets.
We help Korean founders entering the US by removing early barriers and finding the right FIT.
We believe that right kind of vested, genuinely interested help from the right people at the right time is often the single most critical factor that separates success in the new US market long term vs. packing up and going back to Korea short time later. Even deep-pocketed Korean conglomerates have repeatedly suffered from partnering with the wrong people in the US - lightly resourced young companies obviously need to be especially thoughtful about the right “help” in the US.
It’s not about name recognition, and it’s certainly not about any of us acting self-important and simply lecturing away at our unique teams from Korea. We just need to be mutually excited about working with each other, and rally around identified priorities.
Once you have accomplished one or more of the following and have desires to enter the high-profile and lucrative US market, we are ready to help with optimal strategy, right business model, and other focus areas.
We aim to keep things informal, fun, and positive - a few more of the ingredients we believe are necessary for great outcomes. Join us with good attitude, confidence, and open mind, and together we will create value at all ends, for all involved.
With a network of other leading Silicon Valley based entrepreneurs, our goal is to provide meaningful hands-on assistance to the Korean companies coming to US with big dreams.
We share the passion but more importantly, we want to share our expertise and lessons learned through our own successes and failures.
Peter has sold his last company in 2013 and now focuses on his VR startup called Alcacruz. He has been vocal in advising and helping start ups in Korea and US. He is a co-founder of Bay Area K Group.
Chris has been part of high profile outcomes including Bungie (Microsoft), and ngmoco (DeNA) acquisitions. His last effort running a company for SK Planet opened his eyes to the shared needs of Korean founders.
Munnie & Savvie, Inc.
Steve is currently VP of Product at a EQ oriented machine learning startup, and has deep game development background having had executive roles for celebrated titles like Halo and Transformers.
Product and Design
Steve is founder and CEO of Frankly, Inc. - a communications company founded in 2013, and publicly traded on TSX since 2015. He has executive and advisory background in government, finance and technology.
Funding and exits
Josh is Industry Value Engineering VP for SAP. He leads a professional consulting team to help companies identify and capitalize on opportunities to leverage advanced technologies to transform their business processes.
Darren is a founding partner of Adivo Associates, a global healthcare consulting firm. He has over 18 years of experience in driving strategic change, accelerating businesses, and improving operations.
Ryu has a unique background of classical architecture and industrial design training coupled with software development professional experiences. He has worked as a bridge between East Asian and US multinationals.
Product and design
John has 25+ years of healthcare and technology industry experience ranging from software engineering to executive management. As VP at Oracle Corporation, he managed a range of healthcare and life science products.
Phil has been providing business and legal counsel for over 40 years to high technology companies throughout the world. He has direct experience in managing both high growth and successful acquisitions.