Jihoon Rim is executive advisor and former CEO of Kakao, a publicly traded technology company valued $10+ billion in South Korea, best known for its mobile messenger Kakao Talk. He now serves as an Executive-In-Residence at NYU Stern, while teaching a course, “Managing a High-tech company.”
Under his leadership, Kakao successfully expanded its business into finance, content and mobility industry, disrupting the market and delivering services praised by users. Jihoon also heavily invested in Artificial Intelligence and technology, making Kakao the best mobile platform in Korea. The company’s revenue and operating profit doubled during his two and a half years 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 quickly 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 and became a Corporate Venture Capital.)
Jihoon also worked at Softbank Ventures, The Boston Consulting Group, Naver, and Accenture. He has an engineering degree from KAIST.