Samuel founded edtech startup New Pathway Education in Shanghai, China in 2009, which was acquired by global private equity firm CVC Capital Partners in December 2014. New Pathway Education was merged with CVC portfolio company EIC Education and subsequently, Sam served as CTO and Board Member of EIC, one of China's leading international education companies with 3500+ employees and operations in 27 cities in China. In May 2016, CVC led a sale of EIC Education to Chinese private equity firm NLD Investment LLP.
After moving to Seoul in 2016, Samuel founded NPX Capital, a global investment management firm focusing on venture capital and private equity. Samuel is a Partner of Primer, Korea’s leading startup accelerator, and he was also responsible for launching WeWork Labs Korea, which was WeWork Labs’ first international expansion. As Head of WeWork Labs Korea, Samuel and his team have been responsible for helping over 130 member companies with their growth.
Samuel is also actively involved as a director of the Hong Kong MIT Innovation Node and serves as a board member of the MIT Sandbox Funding Board. Sam received a BS in Mechanical Engineering and an MS in Materials Science and Engineering, both from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Areas of Interest
Education, Media, AI, Mobility, AR/VR, Consumer, F&B, Healthcare/Bio
5 Fun Facts
Origin: Born in Seoul, raised in the US, built a successful startup in China, and now a global citizen
Interests: All things mechanical
Travel: Needs to do more of it
Sports: Tae Kwon Do Black Belt
Certifications/Accomplishments: Co-author of a paper in Science magazine.