Sam’s first startup was New Pathway Education, an edtech company which he founded in December of 2009 in Shanghai, China and led as Chairman and CEO. Sam built and eventually led New Pathway’s sale to global private equity firm CVC Capital, which then merged New Pathway with its portfolio company, EIC Education, China's leading international education company. Sam then served as a Board Member and CTO of EIC Education, which was subsequently sold to Chinese private equity firm NLD.
Before joining 500 Startups, Sam invested in companies in South Korea, China, the United States, and Southeast Asia. Some of the highlights include Siwon School, Treasure Hunter, Admithub, Netra, Futue of Play, and Smartstudy. He formerly founded and was the Head of WeWork Labs, Korea and is a Partner of Primer (Korea's first startup accelerator).
Sam received a S.B. in Mechanical Engineering and a S.M. in Materials Science & Engineering, both from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.