Deep TechMentor

Jihoon Rim is executive advisor and former CEO of Kakao, a publicly traded technology company valued at $10+ billion in South Korea; he now serves as an Executive-In-Residence at NYU Stern. Under his leadership, Kakao successfully expanded its business into finance, content and mobility industry and disrupted the market. Jihoon also heavily invested in AI and technology, making Kakao the best mobile platform in Korea. The company’s revenue and operating profit doubled during his 2.5-year term and acquisition of $1.6B LOEN Entertainment was evaluated as one of the best M&As in Korean tech industry. Prior to Kakao, Jihoon founded an early stage venture capital, KCube Ventures, in 2012. The firm grew to become one of the most reputable VC firms in Korea and was also ranked #8 by CBInsights in the category of ‘2017, The most active corporate venture’ in the world. (KCube Ventures was acquired by Kakao in 2015.)