Bernard is Co-founder & General Partner of SparkLabs Global Ventures, a global seed-stage fund. He is also Co-founder & General Partner at SparkLabs, a startup accelerator in Korea. Bernard was previously Co-founder & CEO of Vidquik, a web conferencing & sales solutions platform, and continues to serve as an advisor and board director.
Previously, he was Managing Director of the Lunsford Group, which is a private investment firm consisting of entities in technology, health care, and real estate. He was Co-founder and VP of Business Development at GoingOn Networks, a social media platform for companies. He led their product development where BusinessWeek recognized GoingOn in their “Best of the Web” list for 2007. He is a mentor for Mucker Lab, a startup accelerator based in LA. Bernard is also a guest writer to various technology journals, such as VentureBeat, Mashable, TechCrunch and ReadWriteWeb.
Prior to this, Bernard was a Director at iRG, a leading boutique investment bank in Asia, where he focused on TMT companies. Prior to iRG, Bernard was VP of Business Development & Marketing at HeyAnita Korea, a leading voice portal and solutions provider, which was joint venture between Softbank and HeyAnita, Inc. Bernard was responsible for establishing strategic partnerships and helping to build the company from its conceptual stage to a 54-person operation. Additionally, he assisted in the closing of the company’s two rounds of financing totaling $14.5 million. Prior to HeyAnita, Bernard was Co-Founder and VP of Strategic Development for View Plus, a video-on-demand company where he helped build the company from its concept stage.
Bernard completed a post-graduate fellowship with the Coro Foundation. He received his MPA in Telecom and New Media Policy from Columbia University and a BA in English and Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Specialties:entrepreneurship, helping other entrepreneurs, startup advice, company building, capital raising, business development, corporate planning, strategy, video-on-demand, wireless, online gaming, web 2.0, software-as-a-service, blogging, social networking, korea, china, and asia market entry.