Co-Founder / Managing Partner
Susan Choe is co-founder and Managing Partner of Visionnaire Ventures. She is a successful entrepreneur, having founded mobile gaming publishing platform, Outspark. Prior to Outspark, Choe served as Chief Operating Officer at NHN USA, where she led the US game market entry for Asia’s flagship game portal, NHN, parent company to leading messaging app, Line. She also served in multiple capacities at Yahoo! as Director of International Operations where she supported Yahoo!’s 25 international operations, as International Director of Yahoo! Games, where she defined and implemented the growth strategy for premium games, and as Director of Corporate Development, where she led investments and acquisition efforts across games, communities and music.
Choe’s other experiences include seven years in financial services working as V.P. of Global Corporate Development for CSFBDIRECT’s online broking partnerships in Asia and UK, within Merrill Lynch’s research group, and American Express’ first online business management team. She is on the Board of Helpshift, Inc. since June 2014, and served as the Chairman of OutSpark for many years. Choe has more than 19 years of international business management in the video game, internet and financial services industries. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Political Science from UC Irvine, and a Master’s Degree in International Finance and Business from Columbia University.
Taizo Son is Co-Founder of Visionnaire Ventures and a world-renowned serial entrepreneur and visionary within the fields of mobile, internet and games. Over the past 20 years he has founded and grown multiple businesses that have achieved success as early leaders in new markets and developed into major players within the segments they lead. His success in media and mobile broadband related technologies and services includes GungHo Online Entertainment, which he founded in 2002. GungHo is best known as the creators of the massive worldwide hit Puzzles and Dragons, the world’s top-grossing game for mobile devices.
Son has been particularly successful in developing companies that bridge the gap between Asia and North America by building world-class teams and developing and executing strong strategic plans that focus on mass-market opportunities. He was involved in the launch of Yahoo Japan and was an early contributor to the company becoming one of the top internet properties in the world.
Son’s passion for developing and nurturing new companies and talented entrepreneurs has been present throughout his career and has resulted in the founding of multiple entities to pursue this interest. In addition to Visionnaire Ventures, he founded Movida Japan in 2009, a leading seed accelerator focused on helping Japanese entrepreneurs achieve global success, and Mistletoe, Inc., which is creating a venture ecosystem in Japan and the rest of Asia, comparable to the likes of Silicon Valley. His goal is to help more than 1,000 companies across Asia find their market and become innovation leaders for the next generation.
Since 2002, Son has also served as an advisor to SoftBank, a Japanese Telecom and IT conglomerate with more than 1,300 subsidiaries and affiliates worldwide, and recognized as one of the world’s most innovative companies with a long-term focus on growth. He also serves as a Director of Inter Operations Inc., and Representative Director of Chocobots Games, Inc.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Science from the prestigious Tokyo University.
Co-Founder / Managing Partner
Keith Nilsson is co-founder and Managing Partner of Visionnaire Ventures. Prior to Visionnaire, he was a Partner with TPG Growth and Xplorer Capital, both growth equity funds where he focused on global Internet and digital media investment opportunities in emerging markets.
Nilsson previously held various executive roles at Yahoo!, including Senior Vice President of Global Initiatives and Senior Vice President of the Emerging Markets Group, where his territories spanned from Latin America to Southeast Asia, India, Middle East, Eastern Europe, and Africa. Prior to this role, Nilsson was Vice President of Corporate Development for Yahoo!, responsible for all of the company’s investments, mergers and acquisitions, and strategic partnership activities. During his tenure in Corporate Development, he directly led or oversaw more than 40 acquisitions, investments and joint ventures worth more than $25 billion in transaction value, including Alibaba, Overture, Flickr and many others.
Earlier in his career, Nilsson worked in technology at Intel Corporation, and investment banking and equity research with Bankers Trust and Alex Brown in New York and Hong Kong. He has lived and worked internationally for more than 15 years across Asia and Europe; and has travelled extensively, having visited over 70 countries. Nilsson is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Board Member of the non-profit Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), and sits on various boards of start-up technology companies. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Davis, an MBA from Columbia Business School, and a Master of International Affairs from Columbia’s School of International Affairs.