I am a co-founder of Amasia, a thesis-driven venture capital firm with offices in the Bay Area and Singapore. At Amasia, we work with founders building companies in our current thesis area: fighting the climate crisis and enhancing sustainability, through behavior change.
I started my career as an entrepreneur, founding music internet and e-consulting businesses before joining Merck & Co as a Systems Specialist. I left Merck to start my third company, a Delaware incorporated rock band called The Ally. I had the chance to tour around the US and collaborate with top artists across the US and Korea, perhaps most notably receiving a platinum record for my contribution to an album with Grammy Award winner, Brandy.
I spent the next 10 years managing trading and investment strategies across multiple asset classes for Goldman Sachs, Korean National Investments and Mercuria Energy Group.
Over the years I have been affiliated with various organizations at the intersection of entrepreneurship and education. I am a Kauffman Fellow, a member of the Young Presidents Organization and sit on the advisory boards for Kairos Society Asean and The Choson Exchange, a non-profit focused on training entrepreneurs in North Korea. I’m also a lay preacher and board member at my church, Solomon’s Porch Singapore.
If you want to stay up to date with what I’m thinking you can check out my vlog, The John Kim Show, where I make videos about the environment, faith, and how to make a safer world. You can also sign up below for my daily meditation.