tim chae

partner, 500 startups
general partner, 500 startups korea (500 kimchi)

Tim is a Partner at 500 Startups, a Silicon Valley based seed stage VC fund with companies like CreditKarma, Twilio (NYSE: TWLO), Grab (fka GrabTaxi), Ipsy, Talkdesk, Intercom, and Udemy in its portfolio. Tim is the Managing Partner of 500 Startups Korea, a $10M+ fund of 500 Startups focused on Korea which he started in 2015, leading its investments and ecosystem building initiatives. Since joining 500S in 2013, Tim has made 30+ investments into companies like Famebit (acq’ by Google), AutoLotto, PeopleFund, Althea, and Finda. For his work as an investor, Tim was named to Forbes Asia’s inaugural 30 Under 30 list in 2016.

Prior to 500S, Tim founded several bootstrapped and venture backed businesses including PostRocket (500S Batch 3 company), a social media marketing optimization software, to nuFlw Entertainment, a nightclub for high school students. As an entrepreneur, Tim was named by NFIB/McKelvey Foundation as one of the top Youth Entrepreneurs in the US in 2009.

About 500 Startups:
Founded in 2010, 500 Startups is a global venture capital seed fund with a network of startup programs headquartered in Silicon Valley with over $300M in committed capital across 4 main funds and 13 micro funds focused on specific regions or verticals of interest (including Korea). We have invested in 1,800 technology startups all over the world since our inception in 2010