Mr. Chao co-founded DragonVenture as Chairman in 1999. Thereafter, Mr. Chao also co-founded DFJ Dragon in 2005 and since then established and continues to manage DragonFund I and II. He has broad experience in technology-focused ventures in China and internationally. His experience was honed through outstanding operational experience in the semiconductor, hardware and software industries, where he served as both an entrepreneur and a corporate level officer. Mr. Chao was born in China and spent his professional career in the U.S. and Asia. He began his career as one of the original founders of Cadence Design Systems and was Cadence’s Vice President and GM of Asia, responsible for sales, marketing and operations in Asia and Japan. After Cadence, he founded and served as chairman and CEO of OCRON, a pioneer in the optical character recognition and document management space, until an acquisition by Umax Group. During his tenure with Umax, Mr. Chao was responsible for corporate investment and marketing. He later incubated and served as Chairman and CEO of VA Linux (LNUX). Subsequently, he was an early investor in and board member of AboveNet (ABVT), Oplink (OPLK), Omnivision (OVTI) and NetScreen (JNPR). Mr. Chao is currently serving as the chairman and board director of several China and U.S.-based companies. He holds an MS in Physics and in Aeronautical Engineering from Georgia State University and Stanford University, respectively.
Mr. Luh co-founded DragonVenture with Mr. Chao in 1999. Mr. Luh has years of experience in investments at all stages of development in the East Asia region and also currently serves as a venture partner of DFJ DragonFund. Born in Japan, raised in Thailand, and possessing profound knowledge of the Chinese language and culture, Mr. Luh spent his professional career in both Asia and the U.S. Mr. Luh has over 18 years of experience in capital markets, sales, strategic alliances and new business development. Prior to DFJ DragonFund, Before DragonVenture, Mr. Luh was an executive at InfoWave Communications, an early-stage, first-generation Chinese Internet company. At the time, Infowave was one of the pioneers in the Internet portal business. His position at Infowave brought Mr. Luh in close contact with Yahoo! and eBay, communicating closely with both companies on strategic direction in the international markets. In many ways, Mr. Luh influenced the early development of the Internet in Taiwan and China. In the mid to late 1980s in Taiwan as the corporate fund manager for Kosheng Enterprises, Mr. Luh accumulated public investment expertise in sectors ranging from information technology to high-volume manufacturing in Asia. Mr. Luh was also a seed investor and advisor of OSA Technologies and InphoMatch (a.k.a. Mobile365). Both companies were very successful, with OSA acquired by Avocent (Nasdaq: AVCT) and Mobile365 acquired by Sybase (NYSE: SY). With his partner Bobby, Mr. Luh also advised eFriendsNet – one of the first social networking companies in China, later acquired by French SNS Giant Meetic.
Mr. Ines currently oversees DragonVenture’s advisory business and deal origination initiatives primarily in Asia Pacific & Southeast Asia. Mr. Ines recently returned from Asia after spending several years managing DragonVenture’s regional office in Singapore. Mr. Ines began his career at Price Waterhouse, providing management consulting before joining PricewaterhouseCoopers Securities to conduct middle-market investment banking advisory services. Mr. Ines later joined M&T Bank and worked within its Investment Banking & Capital Markets Group and subsequently Saddle River Associates in its Hong Kong office, helping to expand the firm’s merchant banking and investment business in Latin America and mainland China. Mr. Ines holds a BS in Finance from Pennsylvania State University and an MBA from Duke University Fuqua School of Business.