Perry Ha is the founder and Managing Director of Draper Athena – a venture capital firm with offices in the US, Korea and China. He has been an active venture investor since 1997 and has served on the board of many successful companies including: iPivot (acq by Intel), Demandtec (IPO and acquisition by IBM), Imparto Software (acquired by PKS), ProfitLogic (acquired by Oracle), and Zantaz (acquired by Autonomy). He also served as CEO in two different companies. He currently serves on the board of several private and public companies.
Prior to Draper Athena, he was a management consultant advising Fortune 1000 clients to better manage technology portfolios and develop new products. Prior to that, he managed an R&D Group at Amicon, a life sciences device company, which was acquired by Milipore in 1994. He was granted two design patents during his tenure at Amicon.
He actively supports the Korean American community. He is an advisor to KIC (Korea Innovation Center), an incubator established by the Korean government; a board member at KACF-SF (Korean American Community Foundation of San Francisco); an advisor at NetKAL (Network of Korean American Leaders); an advisor at Bay Area K-Group; and a founding board member of CKA (Council of Korean Americans).
He is also an active alumnus of MIT. He serves on MIT’s Board of Trustees and on the Leadership Board of McGovern Institute for Brain Research. He also serves on the Corporate Development Committee and on several Visiting Committees.
He earned BS and MS degrees from MIT and MBA degree from Harvard Business School. He was the captain of his collegiate volleyball team and was selected to the NCAA All-American third team. He is a life-long student and teacher of Tae Kwon Do, a Korean martial art, of which he is a certified Master instructor.