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Peter Liu, WI Harper's Founding Partner and Chairman, has helped build over a hundred companies across the Pacific Rim. His involvement with Asian venture capital dates to 1983, when Dr. K.T. Lee, then Finance Minister of Taiwan, invited him to help birth the venture capital community in Taiwan.
Eager to promote its tech-related industries, the government of Taiwan believed the U.S. venture capital model would be essential for the success of its development strategy. Peter Liu spearheaded Walden International's Asian operations to participate in this opportunity. While helping shape Taiwan's new venture capital industry, Peter Liu developed a strong network of business partners in the public and private sectors of the Greater China region.
In 1993, Peter Liu established WI Harper as an advisory services arm of Walden International. WI Harper would later become an independent entity, with a sole focus on venture capital investment in the U.S. and Greater China. WI Harper was one of the first companies to become involved in fostering economic cooperation between the U.S. and Greater China. The firm's philosophy of bridge-building is reflected in its Chinese name, Mei Guo Zhong Jing He, which means Chinese Business Partnerships Between the U.S. and Greater China.
WI Harper currently manages six funds totaling over US$400 million from its headquarters in San Francisco and branch offices in Beijing, Taipei, and Singapore. WI Harper's portfolio includes over 90 companies in high-growth areas of information technology and life sciences.
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David Lam brings over 10 years of private equity, technology and investment banking experience to WI Harper. He is responsible for investment activities in information technology companies. Prior to joining WI Harper, David was a Vice President at The Carlyle Group, a global private equity firm, where he led and managed investments in telecommunications and technology-enabled business services sectors for its U.S. venture and growth capital fund. While at Carlyle, Mr. Lam served on the Board of Directors and as the Audit Committee Chair of Actelis Networks, and as a Board Observer of Air2Web, eScreen, Ingenio and Panasas. Previously, David served as Director of Business Development at Panasas, a leading provider of distributed networked storage systems. Mr. Lam also spent several years in marketing and business development roles at CIENA Corporation (Nasdaq �CIEN�), ONI Systems (Nasdaq �ONIS�), Cisco Systems (Nasdaq �CSCO�) and Proxim (Nasdaq �PROX�), and worked in the M&A group at Robertson Stephens & Company. Prior to Robertson, Mr. Lam served as an Executive Fellow in the California Governor�s Office.
David earned an M.B.A. from the MIT Sloan School of Business where he was a Merit Scholar and recipient of the Patrick G. McGovern Award for Entrepreneurship. He earned an MA in Sociology and a BS in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University, and completed coursework at Beijing University and the Beijing Language Institute. Mr. Lam currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Silicon Valley chapter of the Asia America MultiTechnology Association.
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