Startup Radar is a startup news and opinion website that was formed in 2018 with the help of 500v2, the Ministry of SMEs and Startups, and Korea Foundation for the Advancement of Science and Creativity (KOFAC) who were the main organizers of Startup Festival 2017.

The site offers startup news, articles related to the startup ecosystem, original content from guest contributors from the leading tech sectors, event/conference coverage, culture, entertainment, lifestyle, and the latest breaking tech news.

Startup Radar has a vast network of VCs, accelerators, startups, and media spans all across Asia, U.S., and the U.K.

The company will host major conferences and events in Korea, including the Startup Festival 2018, partnered pitch competitions, and various meet-ups that will serve the startup community through alliance and collaboration.

Startup Radar serves to not only be Korea’s tech and startup community but also help Asian startups go global.  In addition, help global startups to connect with Asia.

What Startup Radar provides.
– The latest startups news
– Guest contributions from the leading experts in the startup ecosystem
– Partnerships for future global conferences
– Government sponsored “Startup Idea” contest for Seoul’s High Schools
– Provide consultation for SMEs looking to expand outside of Korea
– Help global companies enter the Asian market.



TJ Park | CEO/Founder

TJ Park is the CEO/Founder of Startup Radar a global media platform, the CEO/Founder of Valuable Accelerator and the CEO/Founder of SR Innovation, SNS Micro targeting solution provider and creative agency in Korea. He manages the day-to-day investments, fundraising, portfolio, international sales/marketing and company operations for Startup Radar, SR Innovation, Gangnam Seran clinic, and DOBU Lifetech. This includes maintaining and managing an international deal pipeline, organizing the fundraising pipeline, running the due diligence process, fund management, and coordinating portfolio management for all four companies. Prior to TJ’s role as the CEO of these companies, he was international recruiting officer at SAMSUNG and the Business Manager at SAMSUNG SDI. He was also the Marketing Researcher at AC Nielsen and Account Exec at DDB Needham ad agency.


Seo Hae | COO/Chief Operating Officer

COO at Startup Radar
Seo handles the vision, finance, strategy, business development and increasing operational efficiency for the growth of Startup Radar. He excels at the back end financial details for the company as well as creating new and innovative opportunities for the company. He has much experience in patent protection laws in Korea as well as years of experience regarding sales and marketing. He deals with the day to day operations regarding management finance, consulting, and forming partnerships with sponsors. He has a direct line to the Ministry of SMEs and Startups. Seo has previously held the roles of Editor in Chief at Mirae Times and FNTODAY. He was also the Business Manager at THE DIGITAL TIMES where he was awarded the Excellent Employee Commendation. He was awarded the Department of Commerce Industry Award Minister Prize and the Ministry of Unification Award Minister Prize.


John Yoon | Editor in Chief

John Yoon has been writing about the Korean startup Ecosystem for over 4 years with over 400 online articles. He was the head editor at Seoul Space, Korea’s first tech incubator, and co-working space. Through the successful launch of Startup Festival 2017 (www.sf2017.org), he has formed a vast network while organizing the largest government-sponsored global conference in Asia. He has connections not only in Korea, but also:  China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, Indonesia, U.K., and U.S.,
He has worked closely with The Ministry of SME’s and Startups as well as KOFAC (Korea Foundation for the Advancement of Science and Creativity). He is also currently the International BD Manager at 500v2.

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Sue Nguyen | Managing Editor

Sue is a Visual Content Creator and Social Media Manager at Startup Radar. She is a creative from Berlin who has designed social media content, web graphics and print materials for businesses, art platforms and media websites in Germany and Korea. She has worked for Foundry a fashion tech startup in Seoul as well as SeoulSpace a fashion tech accelerator/co-working hub. Due to her fluency in German, English, Vietnamese and Korean she has facilitated communication for small and large businesses and worked at international events, such as Startup Festival 2017.



Charles King | CEO/Co-Founder of WizDish

Charles King has over 20 years experience of developing and commercializing VR technology. He has built substantial value as a Director of start-ups like Capteur Sensors, BizEsp, P2i and YASA Motors.

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Bill Morrow | CEO of AngelsDen

Bill Morrow has been named the most influential figure in alternative funding by CityAM and perhaps more importantly 92% of all the businesses funded since that fateful day are still growing with the help of 22,000 angels.


Jia Shen | CEO of PowerCore

Prior to founding ROCKYOU at 25, Jia had a deep experience across a range of technology companies, including consumer shopping, email authenication and security, enterprise international supply chain management, and voice XML/telephony.


Alexis Zheng | Product Lead at Uber

Alexis has more than 10 years experiences leveraging big data solutions to solve business problems in industries such as tech, financial services, travel, logistics and transportation.


Furuzonfar Zehni | Senior Associate at Fresco Capital

Currently at Fresco Capital, a global venture capital firm,Furuzonfar is involved in all aspects of investment and operations. With a portfolio of 50 promising technology companies transforming education, healthcare, and the future of work, Fresco’s core mission is building global ecosystems.

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Tarik Sultan | Founding Partner at Sultan Ventures

Tarik has worked with, advised, and led several startups, most recently as Interim CFO of Ibis Networks, a venture backed cleantech startup focused on reducing energy consumption.


Chris Bell | Regional Director of Blippar

Chris joined Blippar in Oct 2015 to launch and lead the company’s growth in APAC, based in Singapore; with overall ownership for the commercial performance of the region.


Cindy Feng | Chief Operation Officer at StartupBootcamp China

Company setup and team building, strategy development and overall operation of the company. Help local clients to build open innovation platforms to acquire tech deals and talents, including government bodies, SOEs and multi-national companies in China.


Erik Kim | Co-Founder of Goodwater Capital

Eric has led early and growth stage investments into leading consumer and mobile technology companies such as Kakao (IPO – KOSDAQ:035720), Musical.ly, Zenefits, and Upsight. Eric currently serves on the Board of Directors of Coupang, Memebox, Frank & Oak, Viva Republica, Pager, and Retrica.


Marco Mirabella | BD Manager at MOX

Marco is in charge of promotion of MOX and its company to mobile phone manufacturers. His role include supports in the selection process and due diligence for MOX new startups, portfolio management and fundraising support.


Erik Schmidt | CEO of EventBank

Eric Schmidt is focused on delivering cloud solutions that transform the way professional communities enable and enrich relationships. Over the last 15 years, Eric has founded and incubated several companies from the ground up.


Euwyn Poon | CEO of Spin

Euwyn is a software engineer and startup founder. He was a managing partner of Exponent. He previously founded Opzi, a TechCrunch Disrupt-finalist startup funded by Y Combinator, SV Angel and First Round Capital.


Sam Boyd | Founder/CEO of Guided Imports

 Sam has been living in China for over five years, where he has been running his own company since 2014 and has been globally sourcing since 2011. Sam is frequently invited to speak at industry leading events and teaches his manufacturing processes on his blog, guidedimports.com/blog.


Bechara Saab | CEO at Mobio Interactive

Mobio Interactive, Inc. is building digital tools that empower better living and faster healing. They blend science and design with internally developed technology that measures mind and body data (psychobiometrics). The company rigorously interrogate the efficacy of their products through multiple random controlled trials.


Fedor Katrukha | Marketing Director at MEL Science

Fedor Katrukha started his career in internet in one of the largest Russian e-commerce holdings – KupiVip in 2012, after he co-founded first designer oriented shopping club in Russia – fabika.ru, since autumn of 2017 he is leading all marketing activities in subscription based educational startup MEL Science.


Joshua Konowe | CSO at SilentCircle

. Prior to Co-founding Uppidy, Joshua boot-strapped two successful, profitable dot-com’s (eAgent & BrandClick) with two exits in just over 7 years from 2002-2009. He was voted one of the “Top 35 under 35” by Bisnow.com.


Vinnie Laura | Founding Partner at GoldenGate Ventures

Golden Gate Ventures is an early stage venture capital fund for stratups in Southeast Asia with strong ties to Silicon Valley. With two startups behind him, he is an active advisor and mentor.


Jackey Wang | Partner of 500Startups

A full-time entrepreneur, part-time world traveller. A proud graduate of UC Berkeley in engineering. Passionate about innovation and you can often find her tackling great problems everywhere. Jackey is the co-founder of Tickle Labs and now is the 500 Startups’ venture partner in Taiwan.


Liviu Antoni | Founder of Altergaze

After 16 years of experience in working with CG content ranging from games, advertising, animation and interactive media, Liviu became one of the founders of Altergaze — one of the first VR hardware companies to focus on mobile and smartphone technologies.


Samuel Doe | Chairman/Founder of 26Latitude

Samuel Doe is a serial entrepreneur with over 28 years’ of experience across various industries such as: video games/software development, mobile, internet, social media, digital vending, maritime, and automotive.


Kyle Welburn | Co-Founder at Cultivation Capital

Kyle leads the operations team of nine staff members which manages three venture funds and three accelerator programs. Last year they oversaw 53 transactions and $13.1M in investments.


Matt Plumer | Principal at Yield Lab & Cultivation Capital

Matt manages the day-to-day investments, fundraising, portfolio, and company operations for the Fund and the Yield Lab Accelerator. This includes maintaining and managing a deal pipeline, organizing the fundraising pipeline, running the due diligence process, and coordinating portfolio management and fund management.


James Kyle | Int. Expansion PM at Mobike

Prior to Mobike, Kyle served as Chief of Staff for the President of Intel China and was Director of Sales and Marketing for the Lenovo account. In August 2017, Kyle joined Mobike and was tasked with helping Mobike achieve their international expansion goals


Bryan Chang | Principal at Collaborative Fund

Bryan was also the first employee as a software engineer/Data Scientist at Mattermark, Inc. which has been changing venture capital by tracking growth signals of over 160,000 startups. Their goal is to help investors discover, track, and close deals with startups faster and with more confidence.

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Judy Sindescuse | CEO of Capital Innovators

Judy is a visionary leader with a proven track record of starting companies and making them profitable, delivering the highest possible return on investment.

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Ryo Umezawa | Partner at J-Seed Ventures

Ryo has been with J-Seed Ventures since 2005, participating in several partner companies where he frequently assisted in starting up the businesses, marketing, and business development. Most recently, Ryo was a country manger for HomeAway and Tinder Japan.


Daniela Fuentes | Co-Founder at Gravity Sketch

As an innovation designer, she bridges science, engineering, and design. As an entrepreneur, she pushes to build ideas into successful realities. She is particularly interested in the human aspect of technology and the incredible possibilities our digital identities can bring to future products and services.


Ahryun Moon | Mentor at Alchemist Accelerator

Ahryun Moon is an alumni-mentor of Alchemist and also the CEO of GoodTime.io. As a female entrepreneur in Silicon Valley, she raised $2.2M in funding for GoodTime.io which provides a B2B SaaS solution in the enterprise talent acquisition space. She is well versed in entrepreneurship, B2B sales, fundraising and Silicon Valley ecosystem.


Masaru Ikeda | Co-Founder at The Bridge

Masaru Ikeda currently acts as co-founder of The Bridge, one of Japan’s leading online media outlets covering the startup scene in Japan and the rest of the world. He started his career as a programmer/engineer, and previously co-founded several system integration companies and consulting firms.


Pavel Matveev | CEO at Wirex Limited

Pavel is the CEO of Wirex Limited. He is a blockchain entrepreneur with substantial financial/trading knowledge and more than 10 years of Investment Banking experience.


Martin Kefer | Founder at Motus Operandi

Martin Kefer is a former ABB robot scientist researching robot applications, robot technology, robot vision applications, and so on, in short, all things industrial robots. He is living in China for almost 5 years now, and since roughly 1 year he started working on his startup Motus Operandi.


Rudy Wimmer | Managing Partner at CBi China Bridge

Rudy is responsible for empowering the organization to reach its full potential, strengthening the ability for the company to deliver beyond expectations. Creating and enabling the culture of China Bridge to drive our clients to “Their Next” through an insight-based approach to innovation and design strategy.

Brian Dixon, COO

Brian Dixon| COO at Capital Innovators

Brian handles vision, strategy, business development and increasing operational efficiency for the growing Capital Innovators organization. This includes facilitating future financing and venture deal structure, strategy, and business development consulting and improving operational structures within the companies.


David Kim | Managing Partner at NP Equity Partners

David Kim, after several years of pioneering in the Internet and technology space in the US and throughout Asia, currently serves as the Chairman of Animoca Corporation, one of the largest mobile app developer and publisher in the world with its affiliate listed in Australia (ASX:AB1).


Caroline Pepek | Global Communications Manager at MassChallenge

Caroline oversees marketing and PR activities across MassChallenge’s six global locations and leads strategic communications for the MassChallenge global brand. At MassChallenge, Caroline specializes in attracting and sourcing high-impact, high-potential startups.


Shintaro Yamakami | CEO at Colopl Next

Shintaro is the CEO of Colopl Next, the investment vehicle of Colopl Inc., Japanese mobile game giant. Colopl Next manages Colopl VR Fund dedicated to VR investments.


Clayton Jacobs | Editor in Chief at ReadWrite

 I’m here to create great media content for a native Chinese audience to bring the knowledge existing in the West together with local analysis to paint the big picture on technology markets in order to help Chinese businesses make the most educated decisions possible.


Daniel Eom – Executive Director at Valuable Accelerator

Valuable Accelerator goal will be to help entrepreneurs in Asia expand to new global markets. Daniel has a proven track record of starting companies and making them profitable for investors. He is also the Executive Director at 500v2 and was the former CEO at Wedas Company.


Andrew Spivey – BP Manager (APAC) at EventBank

Andrew is an experienced Business Development Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the information technology and services industry. Skilled in Customer Service, Sales, Business Development, Strategy, and Leadership.


John Albright | Co-Founder at Relay Ventures

During his tenure in the venture capital business, John has gained extensive experience assisting entrepreneurs shape their vision and capital plans into successful long term growth programs which typically involved an aggressive financing strategy.

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David Kim |  Founder of 500V2

David Kim is the Founder and CEO of 500V, an Alliance venture company which has over 500 innovative companies based on LIFE and TECHNOLOGY both online and offline. David is also the CEO of Tobu Life Tech Co. Ltd which he has been leading since 2000.

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Alex Toh | Director at Telenor

Alex covers the APAC region and is
responsible for identifying potential startups and deal execution till completion. He also supports other Telenor innovation efforts such as startup accelerators and internal innovation workshops.


Shikha Mehra | Senior Research Associate at Jindal Global Law School

After pursuing her undergraduate degree in Economics and Physics at the University of Pennsylvania, Shikha completed her LLB and LLM from the Jindal Global Law School, specializing in Tax Law.

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Joseph Chan | CEO at AsiaPay Limited

Joseph spearheaded his company and product development together with his management team, to become one of the most successful electronic payment service and technology company in Asia, with operations covering 16 countries.


Julian Williams | Founder at WizDish ROVR

Julian is an experienced control system developer, technical lead and architect for television broadcasting with 30 years’ experience with the BBC in the UK and USA. Computer games have interested Julian since the late 70’s and the Wizdish ROVR concept grew out of this interest.


Mariia Shutak | Marketing Strategist at Cards Corp.

Mariia is an experienced marketer, strategist and a digital nomad at andCards, the coworking space management software.
She loves the freedom that remote work gives her, and advocates it in her life, work and travels around the world.


Matt Shampine | General Manager at WeWork

Currently General Manager, Korea at WeWork. Was previously was Managing Director, APAC at WeWork helping to launch our markets in Asia and Australia. Advisor for Handshake, Loverly and the Halcyon Incubator in DC. Angel investor in Shakr, 3Claps, Jackpocket, Indinero, Thunderclap, Squir, Authenticated Digital, and Rukkus.

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Samin Sha | Senior Analyst at China Channel

Samin previously held positions at Huawei International Marketing and later at ADWO, one of China’s largest Chinese mobile ad platforms. Particularly, he was an influencer in ASO (App Store Optimization) and wrote many articles and conducted trainings across the country.