Mr. Jimmy Lu is a Senior Partner in the San Francisco office, bringing over 25+ years of high tech and venture capital experience. Having a background in technology investing, he focuses much of his time now on healthcare related investments.
Mr. Lu is actively involved as Board Director of DeepBiome Therapeutics (microbiome drug discovery company leveraging deep learning methodologies), Panorama Medicine (advanced computational approaches addressing RNA-based diseases), Kindstar Globalgene Technology (China’s leader in specialty clinical lab testing), PaperG/Thunder (cross platform marketing technologies) and Wonder Workshop (educational toys/devices teaching children how to code). Previously he represented WI Harper on the boards of CNano Technology, China Diagnostics Medical Corporation (Chemclin), StemCyte Inc., Circle Pharma and Quixey.
Prior to joining WI Harper in 2010, Mr. Lu co-founded and was a General Partner of iD Ventures (Acer Technology Ventures), with key investments that included iRobot Corporation (NASDAQ: IRBT), Harmonix Music (creators of Guitar Hero and Rock Band franchises, acquired by MTV/Viacom; NYSE: VIA), ArtX (acquired by ATI Technologies; NASDAQ: AMD), Allayer Communications (acquired by Broadcom; NASDAQ: BRCM), Monolithic Power Systems (NASDAQ: MPWR), Fortinet (NASDAQ: FTNT), and Atrua Technologies (acquired by AuthenTec, later sold to Apple; NASDAQ: AAPL).
Mr. Lu joined the Acer Group, in 1992, and as General Counsel, worked closely with senior management to negotiate and structure Acer’s international joint ventures, strategic alliances, acquisitions, global financings and commercial transactions. Before joining Acer, he was with the McCutchen law firm in San Francisco, specializing in M&A and venture transactions, debt and equity financings, and public securities work. He also spent several years covering Fortune 100 companies as a banker with JP Morgan in New York City.
Mr. Lu earned a BA from Yale College, an MBA from Harvard Business School and a JD from UC Berkeley School of Law. Mr. Lu has spoken at many conferences sponsored by international organizations and has guest lectured and presented at Yale, Harvard, Stanford and Wharton. He has served as the Chair of the Yale Alumni Association and a trustee of the PK Yonge Laboratory School. He is currently a member of the Yale President’s Council on International Activities, the Vice-Chair of the Yale Alumni Magazine board and an Associate Fellow of Trumbull College. He also serves on the University of Florida College of Engineering West Coast Advisory Board and is a member of the advisory board of Elm Street Ventures.