31; founder and chairman, Ticket Monster, Korea’s second-largest mobile e-commerce platform; co-founder, Fast Track Asia, a company builder
Role model? My mentor and role model is YS Chi, chairman of Elsevier. He has shown me that one can be highly successful in work while making meaningful time for family, philanthropy, and mentorship. For example, he’s always taken time out of his schedule to guide me through important decisions in my life. I’ve always been work-first, and learning the right balance from YS has truly been a growing experience.
Goals for 2018 and beyond? Ticket Monster placed a big bet in building an online grocery business in Korea. Our goal is to develop this business to a point where a large portion of the Korean population is using TMON for everyday groceries, in addition to general commerce, which we serve already. Personally, I’ve been an active angel investor in Korean companies that are really starting to experience the “J curve.” For example, an anonymous app for companies called Blind is starting to take off in the U.S. I’d love to help these companies grow further.