John has had a diverse career in the high-tech industry, the public sector and the finance world. As a Managing Director of Strong Ventures, John focuses on identifying, advising and investing in early stage startups both in Korea and the US leveraging his extensive network in the high-tech and finance industries. He is also a Managing Director of Oceans Partners and has advised many tech companies and startups in their global marketing strategies and fundraising initiatives. John was the Co-Founder and CEO of Phonevite, a leading VoIP broadcasting company based in San Jose, California. His passion for high-tech and venturing was developed at Dialpad (acquired by Yahoo!), Silicon Valley’s leading VoIP company, where he worked as an International Business Development Manager and as a Senior Product Manager, responsible for launching Dialpad’s award-winning products globally.
John started his career at the United Nations, where he was an IT manager, and helped coordinate development cooperation projects in Latin America. His experience also includes work in Corporate Banking at Comerica Bank and US Bancorp, where he served as VP of International Banking. John grew up in the Canary Islands of Spain and speaks English, Spanish and Korean. He earned both his Master in International Business and Finance, and B.A. in Economics from Columbia University.