Min Kim

Founder. at ICON. Prior to Tapastic, he worked at Deutsche Bank with the internet and new media investment banking team.
Summary

Min Kim is a prominent figure in the South Korean cryptocurrency, fintech, and blockchain technology space, with over a decade of experience in finance and blockchain technology as an entrepreneur, mentor, and venture capitalist. He is the founder of the ICON Project, a leading public blockchain project in the world, and also serves as a council member of the ICON Foundation, a public-benefit, non-profit organization that supports the open development of decentralized technologies. 

Before his involvement in the blockchain industry, Kim worked as an Investment Banking Associate at Deutsche Bank's technology investment banking division in San Francisco and founded IVELA Global, an American-based e-commerce firm that focused on providing personal care products from South Korea. He also served as the Chief Operating Officer at Tapas Media, a U.S. digital content distribution platform, and Chief Strategy Officer of DAYLI Financial Group, Korea's largest fintech holding company, where he currently serves as a Venture Partner at DAYLI Venture Capital, the venture capital unit of DAYLI Financial Group.

Biography

Min Kim is a renowned figure in the South Korean cryptocurrency, fintech, and blockchain technology space, with over a decade of experience as an entrepreneur, M&A consultant, mentor, and venture capitalist. He is the founder of the ICON Project, a leading public blockchain project in the world, and serves as a Foundation Council Member at the ICON Foundation.

Prior to his involvement in blockchain technology, Kim started his career in the wider world of business and finance. He worked as a Research/Teaching Assistant at UC Berkeley, and then as a Research Analyst at FMV Options Inc., a California-based company providing financial advisory services to real estate firms.

In 2005, Kim joined Deutsche Bank, where he worked as an Investment Banking Associate at the technology investment banking division based in San Francisco. During his time at Deutsche Bank, Kim was part of the Internet and new media investment banking team, collaborating with team members to spot the next big trends in the Internet and new media niche. He left Deutsche Bank in 2009 to found IVELA Global, an American-based e-commerce firm that focused on providing personal care products from South Korea.

In 2012, Kim joined Tapas Media as the Chief Operating Officer (COO), helping to establish “Tapastic,” a platform that supported the publishing, sharing, and reading of Indie comics. In 2014, he moved to South Korea and founded DAYLI Financial Group, a fintech holding company focused on developing solutions for blockchain, cryptocurrency, artificial intelligence, and robot advisory.

DAYLI Financial Group is one of the largest fintech companies in South Korea, acting as an umbrella corporation for about 25 different firms involved in various fintech and technology development projects. Kim currently serves as the Chief Strategy Officer of the firm, leveraging his expertise in M&A as well as IPOs from his many years of working in Silicon Valley.

In July 2017, Kim began serving as a Foundation Council Member at the ICON Foundation, which supports open development of decentralized technologies by providing financial support and by advising on business and technology development practices. The ICON Project aims to be one of the largest blockchain networks in the world, and Kim is a co-founder of the project, designed to connect independent blockchains without the need for intermediaries.

Kim holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, and a business degree from Columbia University.


Vision

As the founder of the ICON Project, Min Kim's vision is to build a decentralized network that can connect different blockchains, institutions, and individuals, enabling them to interact and transact with each other without intermediaries. He believes that this can lead to greater efficiency, transparency, and security in various industries, including finance, healthcare, and government.

In addition to this, Min Kim is a strong advocate for open development and collaboration in the blockchain industry. He sees the ICON Foundation as a platform to support the growth of decentralized technologies and communities, and he aims to provide financial support and guidance to those who are building innovative solutions on the ICON network. Overall, Min Kim's vision is to create a more inclusive and connected world through the power of blockchain technology.


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Min Kim
Occupation
Founder & Council Member at ICON Project
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Founder
Education
Business Administration from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, and a business degree from Columbia University
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Fri Mar 01 2024
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