Dr. Ta-lin Hsu
Chairman, H&Q Asia Pacific
Dr. Ta-lin Hsu is Founder and Chairman of H&Q Asia Pacific and has been investing in Asia for over 22 years. He joined Hambrecht & Quist Group in 1985 as a General Partner and founded H&Q Asia Pacific in 1986. Before H&Q AP, Dr. Hsu worked at IBM for 12 years. In his last position in senior management, Dr. Hsu held corporate responsibility for all of IBM’s advanced research in mass storage systems and technology.
H&QAP has managed over $2.2 billion in capital and has invested in more than 360 companies. H&Q Asia Pacific is recognized as a pioneer of Asian venture capital and private equity in a number of respects, including being the first firm to bring "Silicon Valley" style venture capital to Taiwan in 1986, the only firm to open four offices in ASEAN countries between 1987 and 1991, one of the first funds to enter China in 1993 (jointly managed with the Bank of China), the first firm to execute a turnaround in Korea following the Asian financial crisis, and the first foreign private equity firm to take a Japanese technology company public in Japan in 2002.
In recognition of his role in helping turn around a major Korean financial institution affected by the Asian financial crisis, Dr. Hsu was named one of the top financiers in Asia in BusinessWeek's "The Stars of Asia" and ranked as the top 15th Venture Capitalist by Forbes' Midas List in 2007.
Dr. Hsu plays an active role in developing investment and technology relationships between the U.S. and Asia, and holds advisory positions in government, academic and industry organizations. Dr. Hsu was a founding member of the prestigious Technology Review Board, a group established to advise the Executive Branch of Taiwan on all technology matters. Dr. Hsu was one of the founding members of the Monte Jade Science & Technology organization, the premier non-profit organization promoting business and technology relations between Taiwan and the U.S. Dr. Hsu is an Advisory Board Member of the Haas School of Business at University of California at Berkeley, a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a Member of the Board of Trustees of The Asia Foundation and represents H&Q Asia Pacific at the World Economic Forum.
Dr. Hsu received a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley, a Master of Science degree in Electrophysics from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from National Taiwan University.