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AboutAmasia

Amasia is a venture capital firm that specializes in helping technology companies get global.

Our cross border investment and operating experience, and our access to leaders in business and government, help our portfolio companies in achieving international scale.

OurTeam

Ramanan Raghavendran

Ramanan RaghavendranChairman

Ramanan Raghavendran has led venture capital and growth equity investments in the United States, Asia, Western Europe and Latin America. He serves or has served on the boards of public companies listed on the U.S., U.K., Swedish, and Indian stock exchanges. His investment interests are concentrated in technology-enabled companies, business services, and the consumer Internet. Most of his investments over the last decade have had a significant international or cross-border component.

Ramanan is the chairman of Amasia, a venture capital firm that invests in cross-border technology companies. He also serves as managing partner of Kubera Partners. Prior to Kubera, he led the technology services investing effort at TH Lee Putnam Ventures, the growth capital affiliate of the Thomas H. Lee buyout firm. He was formerly a partner at Insight Venture Partners where he invested in enterprise software and services companies. Prior to joining Insight, he was a member of the investment team at General Atlantic where he initiated the Internet-related investment effort and led sector efforts in software and technology services. Ramanan began his career at McKinsey & Company.

Ramanan is a Trustee of the University of Pennsylvania; is an Overseer of the School of Arts and Sciences at Penn; serves on the boards of Penn's two India centers; and is the Global Coordinator of the Penn Alumni Interview Program.

Ramanan is a trustee of Magic Bus Global, a non-profit that works with 400,000 at-risk children; it was incubated by Impact Partners, which he co-founded as the first venture philanthropy fund focused on India. He is a member of the Housing and Community Development Committee of San Mateo County.

Ramanan has a B.S. in Economics, a B.S.E. in Computer Science and Engineering, and a Master of Liberal Arts, all from the University of Pennsylvania.

John Kim

John KimManaging Partner

John’s career has taken him across a diverse range of operating and investing environments from early stage startups to fortune 500 companies. For the last decade before founding cross border venture capital firm Amasia, John focused in finance, serving as Senior Vice President at Mercuria Energy Group, Executive Director at Goldman Sachs and Portfolio Manager at Korean National Investments. While in these roles he managed trading and investment strategies across a diverse set of asset classes and including commodities, public and private equity, fixed income and derivatives.

John started his career as an entrepreneur, founding music internet and e-consulting businesses before joining Merck & Co as a System Specialist. He left Merck to start his third company, a Delaware incorporated rock band called The Ally. John toured across America and recorded with top artists most notably receiving a platinum record for his album contribution with Grammy award winner Brandy. He is a Term Member at the Council on Foreign Relations, a Kauffman Fellow and a Member of the Young Leaders Circle at the Milken Insitute. John serves on various corporate and non profit boards including those of Dialpad Communications, Kairos Society Asean and the Choson Exchange, a non-profit focused on teaching female entrepreneurs in North Korea. John attended the University of Pennsylvania, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Wharton School and a Bachelor of Applied Science from the School of Engineering.

Namrata Kothari

Namrata KothariVice President

Namrata is a Vice President at Amasia, a cross-border technology investment firm based in San Francisco and Singapore. She focuses on identifying strategic opportunities for Amasia portfolio companies.

Prior to working with Amasia, Namrata co-founded Radiant Bay, an online jewellery brand that aims to add sparkle to the everyday, by making precious jewellery trendy and affordable. As CEO of Radiant Bay she conceptualised the brand and oversaw product development, marketing strategy and team building. She was previously Director and Co-Founder of Inonit.in, a product discovery website that allows women to read the latest in fashion and shopping, and find the best fashion apparel and accessories. At InOnIt, Namrata worked with over 250 merchants, directly selling their products or working with them as affiliate partners. She was also involved with product development, content strategy, marketing and customer service.

Namrata was formerly a member of the business development group at AQR Capital Management in Greenwich, Connecticut, where she worked for two years evaluating new investment products, assisting with fund raising and managing investor relations. She began her professional career at Goldman Sachs in New York as an Investment Banking Analyst in the Financial Institutions Group.

Namrata graduated magna cum laude from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science in Economics and a triple concentration in Finance, Marketing and Management along with a minor in Mathematics. She is actively involved with Penn as an alumnus, and is co-chair of the Western India Alumni Interview Committee for Penn Admissions in India.

Chung Un-Chan

Chung Un-ChanSpecial Advisor

Chung Un-Chan is a former Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea and the current Chairman of the Shared Growth Institute. Originally an academic, Chung started his career as a business associate and assistant professor at Columbia University in 1976. He subsequently moved to Seoul National University where he served as professor and eventually president. Chung has been a member of the President's Council of the University of Tokyo since 2006.

While in service as Prime Minister and throughout his academic career, Chung has conducted research on inclusive growth and the ability of small
businesses to enjoy the benefits of economic development.

Chung earned his bachelor's degree in economics at SNU and his master's degree in economics at Miami University in Ohio. He received his doctorate in economics at Princeton University and an honorary doctorate in international education at Far Eastern National University.

Milind Deora

Milind DeoraSpecial Advisor

Milind Deora is the former Minister of State for the Ministry of Information, Technology and Communications of India. When he entered Parliament in 2004 at the age of 27, Milind became one of India’s youngest members of Parliament since independence.

Prior to 2004, Milind's work focused largely on addressing the needs of underprivileged youth in South Mumbai, an interest that led to his founding an NGO called Sparsh that assisted fund-starved schools, provided free computer education in over 100 schools, and distributed uniforms and textbooks to needy students.

An alumnus of The Cathedral & John Connon School and Sydenham College in Mumbai, Milind also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Boston University in the United States. While working in the private sector in Boston, he experienced first hand the central importance of technology in modern life, which sparked a commitment to improve India’s future by helping to foster a generation of young people well equipped for the digital future.

Ernest Cu

Ernest CuVenture Partner

Ernest currently serves as President and CEO of Globe Telecom. In 2013, Ernest was the highest ranked Filipino in the Power 100 of London-based Global Telecoms Business Magazine that recognizes the 100 most influential telecom leaders worldwide. He also earned international accolade in 2012 as CEO of the Year by Frost & Sullivan Asia Pacific. In 2010, he was adjudged Best CEO by Finance Asia.

Prior to Globe, Ernest was President and CEO of SPi Technologies from 1997 to 2008. At the cusp of the new millennium, Ernest spurred the beginning of the BPO business model for the Philippines, to be widely regarded as one of the founding fathers of BPO in the Philippines. Lauding his pioneering spirit, and drawing great highlight to his career then was recognition from Ernst & Young in 2003 as the ICT Entrepreneur of the Year.

Ernest has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Management Engineering from De La Salle University in Manila, and an M.B.A. from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University.

Eric Feng

Eric FengVenture Partner

Eric Feng is currently the Chief Technology Officer at Flipboard, a personal magazine service for mobile devices with more than 100MM users worldwide. Previously Eric was the founder and CEO of Erly, a social platform for organizing and sharing personal content funded by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB) and acquired in 2012. Prior to starting Erly, Eric was also a partner at KPCB focusing on greentech and digital media investments.

Before joining KPCB, Eric was the founding CTO at Hulu, a joint venture of NBC Universal, News Corp. and The Walt Disney Company. Under Eric’s leadership,Hulu.com was recognized as the Associated Press Website of the Year (2008), the PC World Best Product (2008), and the TIME magazine Best Invention (ranked No. 4 in 2008) among other honors. Earlier in his career, Eric’s experiences include leadership roles at Microsoft Research and founding two startups which were both acquired. Eric earned his B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and received the IEC Everitt Award as the top graduating engineering student.

Danielle Garcia

Danielle GarciaVenture Consultant

Danielle has had extensive operating experience with leading technology companies, most recently serving as a Product Manager leading the mobile payments initiative at Intuit Financial Services. She began her technology career with eBay Inc, where as Senior Corporate Strategy Analyst she worked on strategic planning for eBay, PayPal, and Skype. Danielle’s experience also includes time at Apple and Zong, a financial technology business that was later acquired by PayPal. Danielle started her career at Bain and Company, where she provided consulting services to multi-billion dollar clients in the information technology, retail, and private equity industries.

Danielle has supported several nonprofits engaged in promoting youth education throughout her career. She facilitated product design for an affordable water filter to be used in rural schools with the Cambodian social enterprise Hydrologic, and did consulting work for Room to Read, the leading NGO for education in developing countries. Danielle received a Master of Business Administration from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard College with a Bachelor of Arts in History and Literature. She has lived in the Philippines, Canada and the United States.

Farina Situmorang

Farina SitumorangVenture Consultant

Farina Situmorang is a data-driven marketing strategist with years of experience working in the technology space in North America and Southeast Asia. Most recently she has been instrumental in the current Indonesian President Joko Widodo’s campaign efforts by heading the digital strategy of the campaign team during the 2014 Presidential election. She also served President Joko Widodo's Transition Team as the Delivery Unit Lead for the Agriculture Policy team. As Managing Partner of Catalyst Strategy, a boutique marketing consulting firm based in Jakarta, Indonesia, Ms. Situmorang is responsible for managing a portfolio of clients ranging from a beauty company with more than $100 million dollar in sales to one of Indonesia’s largest telecommunications companies.

Before her venture in Indonesia, Ms. Situmorang honed her marketing and business development skills working for BlackBerry's global headquarters in Canada, several startups in Silicon Valley, Microsoft, and IBM. In 2014, Ms. Situmorang’s team created a highly successful digital campaign for then Presidential candidate Joko Widodo, including launching the fastest growing political party page in Facebook’s history reaching over 30 million voters and attaining 2.5 million likes in 3 weeks. Farina received her Bachelor of Science from University of Indonesia and her M.B.A. from Kellogg School of Management in Northwestern University.

Wee Peng Yeo

Wee Peng YeoFinance & Operations

Wee Peng is a Finance and Operations Associate at Amasia. Prior to joining Amasia, Wee Peng started her career with the Financial Services Assurance team at PricewaterhouseCoopers Singapore. She has a Bachelor of Accountancy and Bachelor of Business Management, majoring in Finance, from Singapore Management University.

PortfolioCompanies

  • Logo for Iodine
    • Company : Iodine
    • Founder(s) :
      Thomas Goetz, Matt Mohebbi
    • Headquarters :
      San Francisco
    • Description :
      Iodine enables consumers to make better decisions about medications. Read More
  • Logo for Notable Labs
    • Company : Notable Labs
    • Founder(s) :
      Pete Quinzio, Matt De Silva
    • Headquarters :
      San Francisco
    • Description :
      Notable Labs is a personalized testing service for cancer patients that prioritizes combinations of FDA-approved treatments that can be immediately prescribed by a doctor without a clinical trial. Read More
  • Logo for Flirtey
    • Company : Flirtey
    • Founder(s) :
      Matt Sweeny, Tom Bass
    • Headquarters :
      Sydney
    • Description :
      Flirtey has developed a technology platform to use unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) for the delivery of physical goods. Read More
  • Logo for Memebox
    • Company : Memebox
    • Founder(s) :
      Dino Ha, Doin Kim
    • Headquarters :
      San Francisco
    • Description :
      Memebox Corporation offers Korean beauty products to the world in collaboration with digital beauty stars. Read More
  • Logo for RedMart
    • Company : RedMart
    • Founder(s) :
      Roger Egan, Vikram Rupani
    • Headquarters :
      Singapore
    • Description :
      RedMart is Singapore’s premier online supermarket. Read More
  • Logo for Swipe
    • Company : Swipe
    • Founder(s) :
      Marwan Roushdy, Addison Hardy
    • Headquarters :
      San Francisco
    • Description :
      Swipe is a consumer mobile application that allows users to view and share content that would not normally appear on social networks. Read More
  • Logo for Educents
    • Company : Educents
    • Founder(s) :
      Kate Whiting, Ron Peled, Kaitlyn Trabucco
    • Headquarters :
      Oakland
    • Description :
      Educents is a trusted marketplace for educational products and resources. Read More
  • Logo for Front Row
    • Company : Front Row
    • Founder(s) :
      Sidharth Kakkar, Alex Kurulin
    • Headquarters :
      San Francisco
    • Description :
      Front Row is math practice for 21st century classrooms: adaptive, gamified, and data-driven. Read More
  • Logo for Platzi
    • Company : Platzi
    • Founder(s) :
      Christian Van Der Henst, Freddy Vega
    • Headquarters :
      Mountain View
    • Description :
      Platzi livestreams courses on design, marketing and programming with a 70% completion rate, to over 80,000 students worldwide. Read More
  • Logo for Skillshare
    • Company : Skillshare
    • Founder(s) :
      Michael Karnjanaprakorn
    • Headquarters :
      New York
    • Description :
      Skillshare is a global learning community for creators. Anyone can take thousands of online classes or even teach a class themselves. Read More
  • Logo for GO1
    • Company : GO1
    • Founder(s) :
      Andrew Barnes, Chris Eigeland, Chris Hood, Vu Tran
    • Headquarters :
      Brisbane, San Francisco
    • Description :
      GO1 is an enterprise SaaS solution for training and professional development. Read More
  • Logo for Branch8
    • Company : Branch8
    • Founder(s) :
      Elton Chan, Matt Li, Tim Mak, Jackie Kong
    • Headquarters :
      Hong Kong
    • Description :
      Branch8 is a meta marketplace for merchants in the $500 billion Asian e-commerce market. Read More
  • Logo for BitPagos
    • Company : BitPagos
    • Founder(s) :
      Sebastian Serrano
    • Headquarters :
      Palo Alto
    • Description :
      BitPagos is a payment gateway that supports multiple currency bitcoin and credit card payments in Latin America. Read More
  • Logo for Coins.ph
    • Company : Coins.ph
    • Founder(s) :
      Ron Hose, Runar Petursson
    • Headquarters :
      Manila
    • Description :
      Coins.ph drives cryptocurrency adoption in emerging markets. The company runs the most liquid bitcoin exchange in the Philippines and offers convenient remittance services for overseas workers. Read More
  • Logo for Maicoin
    • Company : Maicoin
    • Founder(s) :
      Alex Liu, Danny Yang
    • Headquarters :
      San Francisco / Taiwan
    • Description :
      Maicoin addresses untapped markets in Asia for digital currency services. Read More
  • Logo for Boostable
    • Company : Boostable
    • Founder(s) :
      Alexander Chang
    • Headquarters :
      San Francisco
    • Description :
      Boostable provides empowers ecommerce marketplaces to offer digital advertising as a service. Read More
  • Logo for Lob
    • Company : Lob
    • Founder(s) :
      Ben Leore Avidar, Harry Zhang
    • Headquarters :
      San Francisco
    • Description :
      Lob offers a cloud-printing API that enables its users to automate the printing and mailing of documents, pictures, and more Read More
  • Logo for Percolata
    • Company : Percolata
    • Founder(s) :
      Greg Tanaka
    • Headquarters :
      Palo Alto
    • Description :
      Percolata helps retailers better manage their employee workforce in a way that meets actual customer demand. Read More
  • Logo for Referralcandy
    • Company : Referralcandy
    • Founder(s) :
      Dinesh Raju, Zaizhi Cheng
    • Headquarters :
      Singapore
    • Description :
      ReferralCandy provides referral marketing solutions to online merchants. Read More
  • Logo for Dialpad
    • Company : Dialpad
    • Founder(s) :
      Craig Walker, Brian Peterson, John Rector
    • Headquarters :
      San Francisco
    • Description :
      "Dialpad provides conference calling and enterprise phone systems to help companies streamline and unify communications in the cloud." Read More

ContactUs

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  • info@amasia.vc
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