Jihoon is an angel investor, professor, and tech executive who loves to talk with daring people.
He began his tech career in 2003 and has been a venture capitalist for a decade while founding his venture firm KCube Ventures in 2012. The firm quickly grew to become one of the most reputable VCs in Korea and the inaugural $10M fund returned more than $1B+, being recognized as the best performed (100X+, 10 year IRR ~70%) VC fund ever in South Korea. Also, the firm was ranked #8 by CBInsights in the category of "the most active corporate venture" in the world after being acquired by Kakao Corp. in 2015.
In 2015, Kakao Corp., a tech company best known for its mobile messenger Kakao Talk, appointed Jihoon as CEO and made him the youngest CEO among South Korea's top 500 companies. Under his leadership, Kakao successfully expanded its business into finance, content, and mobility industry by launching mobile products that were praised by users. He 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 the acquisition of $1.6B LOEN Entertainment was evaluated as one of the best M&As in the Korean tech industry. (At the time he joined Kakao, the market cap of the company was around $6B and today it is at approx. $50B+)
In recognition of his stellar performance, Jihoon was ranked No.1 in the "2017 Korea's Best CEO" survey conducted by Insight Korea, a news organization, and also selected as "2018 Korea's Top 10 Hero" by Seoul's biggest business media group, MBN.
After stepping down as CEO of Kakao, Jihoon came to New York and teaches at NYU Stern School of Business as an adjunct professor after having served as a full-time Visiting Professor of Management Practice in the Department of Management and Organizations. He holds an engineering degree from KAIST and earned his doctoral degree (Doctorate of Business Administration) from Baruch College, Zicklin School of Business in 2022.