John is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Strong Ventures, a seed fund with offices in Koreatown, Los Angeles and Gangnam, Seoul, which primarily supports and finances startups in Korea and Asian-American founders in the US. In addition, John is a Venture Partner of Primer, S. Korea’s first and top startup accelerator program, as well as the Executive Director of KOLABS, a co-working space created in partnership between BAM Ventures and Strong Ventures, in the heart of Ktown LA. Prior to becoming a seed investor, he co-founded and headed Phonevite, a top internet telephony startup which grew to profitability serving thousands of schools, non-profits and community groups. John started his Silicon Valley career as a Senior Product Manager and Business Development Manager at Dialpad, a hybrid Korean-Silicon Valley Voice over IP company that was acquired by Yahoo!, and which became Yahoo! Voice. His experience also includes working in finance as a Vice President of Corporate Banking at US Bank and Comerica Bank, and in IT Management at the United Nations in New York. John holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a Master of International Affairs, both from Columbia University. Having grown in the Canary Islands of Spain and being of Korean descent, he is fluent in both Spanish and Korean as well.