Charles Rim is the Founding and General Partner at Access Ventures, specializing in the area of consumer and B2B software companies in Korea and Southeast Asia. Previously, Charles was the managing director of Korea and Southeast Asia at Tapjoy, a leading mobile advertising and monetization platform, and also venture partner for DFJ Athena, based in Seoul, Korea. Under his leadership, Tapjoy has established itself as the leader in mobile incentivized ad platforms in Korea and the APAC region. Prior to Draper Athena and Tapjoy, Charles had been immersed in the expansion of the internet in the APAC region. He was the head of M&A APAC for Google, and led all deals by Google in the APAC region (ex-China) from 2006 to 2011. Previously, he was a director of strategy and corporate development at Yahoo Korea. He was also previously the CFO of Korea Thrunet, Korea's first broadband network and enterprise solution provider. Prior to his corporate finance career, Charles was an investment banker (Credit Agricole Group, CISA) in the APAC region, mainly transacting in M&A, IPOs, and equity markets funding. Charles graduated with a BA from the University of Pennsylvania in 1983, and received his JD from the Emory University School of Law in 1986. He enjoys the great outdoors and has a particular passion for angling in all waters.
John Chang is a General Partner and co-founder of Access Ventures. Aside from managing the fund's day-to-day operations, he serves on the investment committee and also focuses on marketing the fund's activities. Prior to co-founding Access Ventures in 2017, John spent 25 years in international finance participating and overseeing the expansion of global investment banks in Asia Pacific region. John's most recent position was as APAC Co-Head of Equities and Head of Distribution for Barclays Capital Asia Limited. In this role, he was responsible for the management and strategic development of the firm's research, sales and trading divisions for the investment bank in the APAC region. He also served on the Global Equities Executive Committee and was the Chairman for Barclays Capital Taiwan Limited. Before his days at Barclays, John was the Country Head for Barclays Capital Korea Ltd and was also responsible for establishing the Korea operations. Prior to Barclays, John was the CEO of Deutsche Securities Korea and also the head of their Korean Equities business. John was born in Seoul, South Korea but was raised in the US and Canada since the age of four. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Duke University in 1991 and currently resides in Hong Kong with his wife and two children.
Hanoi University of Technology, Top Developer Award Founder & CEO Naiscorp (Only VN co to receive Google Offer), 12 years experience building B2C, B2B and technology businesses
Venture Partner at Access Ventures one of the first 200 employees at Google, Co-founder of XG Ventures, a Google alumni fund, Co-founding Partner of SK Telecom Ventures, Partner at B&C Group
Versatile engineer with intensive focus on Telecommunication, Machine Learning & IoT at KT R&D | ETRI, prev startup experience 1X, MS & BS in Electrical Engineering from KAIST
4 years of VC experience investing in 30 startups across SEA at Pegasus Tech Ventures, Advisor & Manager at the global venture builder Antler, Corporate Innovation Consultant at Coca Cola Amatil, Bachelor of Science (Magna Cum Laude) in International Relations from Paramadina University
Lead front-end developer at FASTPORT LLC, Co-founder/CTO at Edvntr, Program Manager at VIISA (Vietnam), Bachelor of Arts (Magna Cum Laude) in Computational Mathematics & Computer Science from Wabash College, USA
Portfolio Manager, COO at Carret’s (HK) global equities long / short hedge fund (2015 – 2019), Bachelor of Arts from Williams College, USA (2010)
10+ years VC experience. Previously Administrator at DFJ Athena
Entrepreneur in Silicon Valley, Korea, Enterprise Software Specialist, Tech Columnist for KLN, Department of Astronomy @ Yale University, Yonsei University
Serial Entrepreneur and angel investor in VN. Serial Entrepreneur (3 exits, including ARIMO acquired by Panasonic), Engineering Director at Google, Professor at HKUST, Stanford Ph.D.
Investor and entrepreneur, Founding Partner at Mahanusa Capital (20+ years experience), ex-Commercial Banker (9+ years experience)
Investor and entrepreneur, Founding Partner at IDG Vietnam (10+ years experience), Owner/ Operator (McDonalds, 7-Eleven Vietnam)
Headed Microsoft M&A, Founding Director at Google M&A team, Founding Partner at Merus Capital
5 startups & 3 exits (Reality Reﬂection, Five Rocks, Tatter, Inzen), Korea Startup Guru; KAIST graduate
Founder of Skelter Labs, founder of Serome Tech(Dialpad), KAIST AI Lab graduate / network
Managing partner at DFJ Athena Korea 15+ years in Venture Capital, MIT graduate
Founding partner at Lightspeed China Partners (Shanghai & Beijing), ex-head of M&A Google Greater China; Google PM