David Chao 赵克仁 茶尾克仁
Co-Founder and General Partner
David is Co-Founder and General Partner at DCM Ventures. At DCM Ventures, he guides portfolio companies formulate corporate and product marketing strategies, develop strong management teams and implement domestic and international partnerships. David is the Chairman of 51job (Nasdaq: JOBS) and a Board member of Renren (NYSE: RENN) - both multi-billion dollar market cap DCM Ventures portfolio companies. He is also responsible for the investments in 99Bill (Wanda Group), All About Japan, Inc. (JASDAQ: 2454), BitTorrent, Clearwire (Nasdaq: CLWR), eDreams (ODIGEO), Fortinet (Nasdaq: FTNT), kabu.com (TSE: 8703), Recourse Technologies (Symantec), Sling Media (EchoStar/Dish Networks), SMIC (NYSE: SMI), SoFi, StarFlyer, Yik Yak, and UCloud among others. David also serves on the Advisory Board of Legend Capital in China and is a Trustee of The Thacher School. He has been listed as one of the top venture capitalists in Asia and the U.S. by Forbes Magazine since 2004.
Prior to DCM Ventures, David was a Co-Founder and acting CFO/CTO of Japan Communications Inc. (Nasdaq Japan - Hercules: 9424), Japan’s first publicly traded mobile virtual network operator (MVNO). Previously, David worked as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company in San Francisco, focused on communications and software industry clients. Earlier in his career, David worked in marketing and product management at Apple Computer, where he co-authored and implemented Apple Japan’s One Billion Dollar Revenue Plan, successfully growing revenues from $25 million to $1 billion. David also managed Apple's portfolio of start-up investments in the U.S. Prior to Apple, David was an account executive at Recruit, Japan’s largest HR advertising and web infomediary corporation.
The lighter side of David: At the tender age of 13, David was recruited by a renowned Sumo-house in Japan but had the foresight to turn down the offer and fly to the United States and develop his mind instead of his girth. He then dropped out of Brown University’s 7-year medical school program due to excessive vomiting induced by cadavers. Despite his achievement of playing more rounds of golf than any other student in his Stanford Business School class, David had to give up his dream of joining the PGA and resort to being a fanatical audiophile, food lover, and a gadget junky.
Portfolio Companies:2Wire 51job 99Bill Adways AHAlife AllAbout BitTorrent Button Clearwire CloudCar eDreams Fortinet Jawbone JCI (Japan Communications Inc.) kabu.com Kanbox Keep Holdings KNTV Lumi Nok Nok Labs Recourse Technologies Renren Slice Sling Media SMIC SoFi StarFlyer Trusper UCloud WePow Yik Yak ZenBanx
Will travel anywhere to back great entrepreneurs
Co-Founder of JCI and DCM
Audiophile, food lover, gadget junky
B.A. with high honors in Economics and East Asian Studies (Anthropology)