Managing partner of Globus International
Korea → US → Netherland
Key expectations from a mentor would be:
To provide relevant guidance to mentee
Ensure to understand the issues and jointly reach a solution with the mentee
Provide real experiences, and follow up with relevant actionable items - no theories
Key skills for a mentor would be:
Active listening without judgement or pre-conceived notion
Know where to find answers / guidance, i.e., refer to the right people or resources
Communicate clearly and honestly
Desire to see others succeed
Tailored to each mentee, to understand the mentee’s compelling events, and customize the discussions and reach a conclusion with the mentee
Aligned values with the mentee, so that the mentoring sessions are meaningful
Build trusting, safe environment to discuss openly
Leadership roles in: Accenture, Ernst & Yong, Siebel Systems, Textkernel, among others.
Client List: Samsung, Honeywell, American Express, Princess Cruises, NASA, ING, Deutsche Bank among others.
As a mentor: Met with nearly 400 start up’s, and coached closely with more than 50 companies across the globe, in US, Asia and Europe in the past few years.
As an investor: Invested in more than 7 companies and continues to grow the portfolio in a measured and qualitative manner.
As a professor: Taught at an MBA school at a public university and also Bachelor’s program at a private university.
I would like to think that one of the most important aspect of mentoring is to provide relevant guidance to mentee and not just theories or high level ideas. Most of the mentees found value in hearing a real life examples of the situations and the solutions to the problems.
What are you doing today?
Currently, I work with startups and invest in startups. Either through accelerator programs such as ACE, SIRA, or through references, I meet with startups regularly and select startups to mentor depending on the startup needs and the mutual interest.
The areas of mentoring include strategy, direction, organizational structure/issues, scalable models, business models, revenue models, talent acquisition, funding, and B2B sales/marketing.
While my expertise is in the areas of enterprise software and artificial intelligence, the industry I’ve worked with have been rather broad for the moment.
How did you get there?
As I started with the defense of management consulting to executive management, through each role and company, I took away different expertise.
For example, while working in defense in the area of Anti Submarine Warfare, I used my physics background to its fullest in applying the principles and programming to derive the results.
Accenture taught me the value of methodology and project delivery with efficiency and standardization.
Ernst & Young taught me to become an effective leader and manager.
Siebel, I gained confidence in sales and learned to apply sales methodology while managing sales teams.
In Textkernel, I learned about artificial intelligence - what it is and what it is not, along with scalability 101, i.e., what to do and not to do in a growing company to grow.
In working with numerous startups, I got to see what works, and the struggles, and based on the founders and the industry, the ability to foresee the challenges that founders might face, and help avoid potential pitfalls that could cripple the startup.
Why are you doing what you are doing?
I do what I do for three reasons:
To continue to learn and grow
To share my resources - be it time, knowledge, experiences, finances, etc.
To have fun in a meaningful and worthwhile manner
What I do - working with startups - allows me to do all three of the above.
Where are you going? What is your vision?
For now, I am quite happy with what I am doing in working with multiple disciplines. While there are a couple of possibilities, i) working with multiple companies or ii) working with a single company with sharp focus, either option would result in:
Growing the business
Yielding ‘meaningful’ results (whatever ‘meaningful’ might mean)
Met Jin during Cocoon training in Riga; his unique 'zoom out' vision and extensive life experience stood out. Shared core values, but what truly set him apart was his role in evaluating my company's standing and guiding me toward my business vision. Jin's mastery of coaching, coupled with openness in sharing business-related experiences, added immense value. His inspiring nature, combined with real-life stories, resonates with the challenges in my current business journey. Jin's faith in God became a source of encouragement during tough times, notably in a financial context. In summary, Jin is more than a mentor; he's a source of business inspiration, wisdom, and practical guidance, integrating experience and a shared belief system for navigating the complexities of my professional journey.
CPO of Interactio
I was working with Jin during a crazy scale-up year at Interactio, and honestly, everyone needs a great mentor like him during such a time. His extensive experience in the tech sector, consulting, and startup investment world was really landing well through advice. Mix it with Jin's calm and thoughtful personality, and it made our regular meetings about heavy topics so much more valuable - let's say he was my mental crowbar to break through various issues during a stressful time, ha! His ability to understand tech and care about people is an amazing combination, and I feel lucky to have had him as a mentor, and I can call him now a friend.
CEO of SKYCORP
Jin has been a perfect mentor as he seems to have direct life experience for every challenge we’ve had. The ability to tap into years of deep insights, knowledge and experience is invaluable for a growing company. Jin’s mentality and view on life has been a beacon to get the bearings while sometimes feeling in over our heads.
COO of Cloudvisor
The mentorship sessions with my mentor Jin Han were extremely helpful for me as a manager and as an individual, and, therefore, I believe, supported the growth of our company. He has given great actionable tips and asked the right questions that helped me gain clarity on the path forward. I'm deeply thankful for the relationship we've built
Staff Engineer of Personio
Jin always remains calm and good spirited, even under the most stressful of circumstances. I had the fortune of working for Jin on many challenging IT projects within Textkernel and he has never failed to bring a positive attitude to work. Jin is the type of leader who gives you his full trust to make decisions. Instead of setting targets for individuals, he gives clear goals to the team and then devotes himself to helping the team achieve them anyway he can. I am thankful for the opportunity to learn so much from Jin. I miss his ability to liven up any meeting with a joke.