Saemin Ahn (Rakuten Ventures)

Oct 10, 2017, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Campfire Kennedy Town, 4/F, Cheung Hing Industrial Building, 12P Smithfield, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, 0000

Saemin is the Managing Partner at Rakuten Ventures, the investment arm of Rakuten Group - one of the world's leading Internet service companies based in Tokyo. He is leading its corporate venture capital fund focuses on empowering the startup ecosystem to positively affect Internet services globally. The Fund’s recent investments include Go-Jek, Carousell, Algorithmia, Epic!, and SendAnywhere.

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About this event

Saemin Ahn is the Managing Partner at Rakuten Ventures. He is responsible for leading and evaluating investments (team, product, IP, market, channels), conducting due diligence and analyzing deal structure. Prior to Rakuten Ventures, Sae was at Google for 5 years from 2009 to 2013 managing Sales and Business Development for Asia. He has extensive experience in Brand Management and Content Distribution with his time at Hyundai Card and Animal Studio, an animation startup.

Rakuten Ventures is the investment arm of the Rakuten Group – one of the world’s leading Internet service companies, providing a variety of consumer- and business-focused services including e-commerce, eBooks, travel, finances, media, online marketing, sports, etc.

Rakuten Ventures manages a US$ 200 million Global Investment Fund and a ¥ 10 billion Japan Fund. Originally launched in 2013, its Global Investment Fund counts Carousell, Visenze, PocketMath, SendAnywhere, Algorithmia, and Epic! among its investment portfolio. Rakuten Ventures is run out of Singapore by Managing Partner SaeMin Ahn, Investment Manager Hogil Doh, and Principal Adit Swarup.

This early stage corporate venture capital fund focuses on empowering the startup ecosystem to positively affect Internet services globally. Rakuten Ventures partners with early and growth-stage startups to build services that can have a lasting impact in an increasingly competitive digital age. With a dedicated team based in Singapore and Tokyo, Rakuten Ventures combines the objectivity and network of traditional venture funds with the unique access to Rakuten’s global businesses to help portfolio companies unlock the distribution and expertise necessary to stay ahead of the curve.

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  • Saemin Ahn

    Rakuten Ventures

    Managing Partner


Fireside Chat


  • Jens Wernborg

    Startup Grind Hong Kong


  • Margaret Leung

    Startup Grind Hong Kong


  • Amrit Sethi

    Excella Travel

    Startup Grind Moderator

  • Keith Engine

    Startup Grind Hong Kong


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