Rim Jihoon (born 28 September 1980) is an executive advisor and former CEO of Kakao] (KRX:035720), a South Korean technology company which is most well known for its mobile messenger Kakao Talk]. His appointment in August 2015, at 34 years of age, made him the youngest CEO among South Korea's top 500 companies.
Rim earned a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering and received the Industrial Engineering (IE) Best Graduate Award from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST). He started his career at Accenture and moved on to Naver, South Korea's most-visited online search engine, before joining Boston Consulting Group and later, Softbank Ventures in Seoul.
Prior to Kakao, Rim's most significant career was made along with his establishment of K Cube Ventures in 2012, which grew into one of the most reputable VC firms in South Korea.
After resigning in January 2018, Rim moved to New York and is teaching at NYU, Stern School of Business starting in 2019.
Rim was acknowledged for successfully expanding Kakao's business into finance, content, mobility and investing heavily in artificial intelligence. During his two-and-a-half-year term, revenue and operating income of the company doubled.
Acquisition of $1.6B LOEN Entertainment was evaluated as one of the best M&As in South Korea's tech industry.
In recognition of his performance, Rim was ranked No.1 in "2017 Korea's Best CEO" survey, and was also selected as "2018 Korea's Top 10 Hero" by the Maeil Broadcasting Network In academia, he received the "AIS Leadership Award", a prize presented by the Association for Information Systems to one person a year who demonstrated exemplary leadership and innovation.
Rim founded K Cube Ventures, an early stage venture capital in Korea in 2012. The firm quickly grew and became reputable enough to be ranked the 7th by CB Insights under the category of "2017, The most active 'corporate venture capital" in the world (K Cube Ventures was acquired by Kakao in 2015 and became a CVC.)
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