name Joshua Kang
en_name CEO & Co-founder
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education Seoul National University, Bachelor of Economics
career Krust, CEO
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ex. Kakao, CSO
ex. Naver, Search Engine Director
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story I received a lot of help from the Korean startup ecosystem along my career journey through Naver and Kakao, and I would like to pay it back by contributing to the development of the startup ecosystem through BASS Investment.

 

Entrepreneurship is like continuosly solving big and knarly problems. We would like to provide practical help for early startups living this era with the experience, competency, and network of the partners who have gone through the process of starting a business and solving challenging problems, as well as providing financial support along the journey of these entrepreneurs.

 

If domestic conglomerates were products of a specific stage of development in Korea, now we stand in the startup era. I hope that we can provide support along the process of solving the problems raised in our era in a creative way.

 

Moreover, our vision reaches beyond BASS Investment simply investing in the cohort of portfolio companies. We hope that successful teams that we meet in this process take the lead in the future as partners of BASS to contribute in building a virtuous cycle of providing long-term support for early stage startup ecosystem.

 

 

 

name Karl Shin
en_name CEO
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education Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Bachelor of Management Science
career ex. BASS Investment, Investment Lead
ex. Daekyo Investment, Investment Team Lead
ex. Solbon Investment, Investment Team Lead
ex. Daewoo International, Global Sales
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story In modern society, companies have an impact on the world and people in some way. So, how do companies that make a big contribution to the world start among so many companies?

 

Of course, it is the founder who ignites the start. However, there is always an existence that helps and promotes their growth next to the founders and companies who have created great growth. I believe venture capitals exist to fulfill such tasks.

 

Just like a child going thorugh childhood to adulthood, startups grow along a life cycle. BASS Investment will be there from the very beginning when the startup builds something that hasn’t existed before (0 to 1), to eventually when they start shifting from something monolithic to a large tree – scaling up by spreading its branches (1 to 10)

 

Founders who enlights the beginning of startups can change the world. We will try our best to maximize the imapct of those changes.

name Daniel Shin
en_name Partner & Co-founder
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education University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School Bachelor of Science in Economics
career Chai Holdings, Founder & CEO
ex. Fast Track Asia, Co-founder & Board Member
ex. TMON, Founder & Chairman
ex. McKinsey & Company, Business Analyst
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story Living as a serial entrepreneur for the past 12 years, I have had some very intense experiences in the startup field.

 

Luckily, I was able to gain first-hand expeirence of growing a firm in accordance with the cycle of an exponentially growing startup; starting from the establishment of the company to attracting investment, scaling-up and pursuing M&A, overseas expansion, and settlement of the organizational culture.

 

Based on this experience, I aspired to become an investor who can best understand the founder’s psychology and sincerely empathize with various ups & downs they will have to hassle through. There are many investors who can inject funds, but I believe there are very few VCs who can breathe in courage for founders when they are depressed and become a genuine thought partner when they stand at strategic crossroads.

 

The meaning of Bass Investment was born in the same vein. We aim to be bassists who can act as pace makers against the backdrop of the main vocalists on the stage to shine. BASS Investment will be there along the long winding and lonely journey of the early stage founders so they can shine the most on the stage.

name Jeongin Hong
en_name Partner & Co-founder
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education Princeton University, A.B in Economics
Seoul Science High School
career Contenttree JoongAng, CEO
Megabox JoongAng, CEO
ex. SLL JoongAng (formerly JTBC Studios), Head of Content Business Division
ex. Goldman Sachs, Head of Corporate Finance Department
ex. Boston Consulting Group, Associate
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story My interest in investment initially sparked having seen fellow peers becoming founders buidling startups after graduation.

 

I have built BASS Investment with felllow partners and teammates in order to provide sufficient support for people in the startup industry.

 

The world does not seem to change on the surface, but it has always been changing, and that pace is extremely fast. I think it is none other than the numerous startups and entrepreneurs who have led those changes in Korea until today.

 

Even today’s large corporations started off as startups a generation or earlier. I sincerely enjoy meeting entrepreneurs who innovate society to have conversations with them, and provide even the most minor support.

name Jason Lee
en_name Director
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education Seoul National University, Bachelor of Economics
career ex. LG Economic Research Institue, Senior Principal Research Engineer
ex. Truston Asset Management, Hedge Fund Manager
ex. Truston Asset Management, Equity Management Division
ex. Hi Asset Management, Equity Management Division
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story Regardless of what century we live in, I believe that great entrepreneurs have always been the greatest revolutionaries and innovators.

 

I want to be a pillar for those founders who exert bravery and stretch outside of their comfort zones.

 

We are looking for people who solve problems that they believe with passion and eartnestess that no other person can solve except for themselves.

 

Additionally, we look for those who are eager to walk the road not taken and reach the top. I believe that your success can change each and every one of our everyday lives.

 

It would be an honor to accompany every step of your adventure where miracles become a reality.

name Curtis Oh
en_name Team Manager
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education Kwangwoon University, Bachelor of Computer Engineering
career ex. Squrelab (formerly Playwings), Founder (M&A exit)
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story I have experience in entrepreneurship as a college student. Starting a business out of the blue, I was naive in the area of investment.

 

Investing was an unknown area for me, who started a business without knowing it.

 

I also have memories of making the wrong decision out of vague fear.

 

On the other hand, startup teams that had a good understanding and use of investment capital during the same period were able to obtain more opportunities for growth.

name Son Yang
en_name Team Manager
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education Korea University, Bachelor in Business Administration
career ex. Google, Startup Accelerator Program Lead
ex. LINE, Global Strategy (CEO Office)
ex. LINE, Global BD
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story I consider it a great blessing to be able to work alongside the growth of the tech industry / startups throughout my professional career.

 

At LINE, I was in charge of strategy and business development of various verticals such as social, content, fintech, AI, and AR in countries such as Indonesia, the UK, and Japan.

 

I was struck by the profound impact that new technologies / services can bring to the world, and was able to understand the significance of developing mutual growth with early stage startups while spearheading startup accelerating programs at Google.

 

My heart beats for the stories of start-up underdogs’ aspirations. Spending the night with craft beer and a deep-dive conversation about the tech industry is one of my greatest pleasures.

name Claude Kim
en_name Tech Advisor
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education Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Master of Computer Science
Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Bachelor of Computer Science
career ex. Kakao, AI Lead
ex. Naver, Search Engine Lead
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story Start-ups stumble across new problems to solve everyday.

 

I am determined to share with you the technological, organizational, cultural and other various problems that I have been pondering upon, and the know-how that I have obtained whilst working in various companies that have grown rapidly.

name Chloe Choi
en_name Talent Acquisition Specialist
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education Konkuk University, Bachelor of Public Administration
career ex. Yanolja, Tech Talent Acquisition Manager
ex. Korea Credit Data, Recruiting Manager
ex. MBC
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story The most important but difficult problem faced by early stage start-ups is regarding the top-talent acquisition.

 

In addition to BASS Investment’s financial support, we are also on board of each and every one of the portfolio company’s team building journey to provide practical help from the very beginning.

name Eryn Koo
en_name Manager
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career ex. SBI Investment, Investment Support & Risk Management Team Manager
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name Heather Kim
en_name Manager
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name Hailey Choi
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The Bassists