Perry Ha is the founder and managing director of Draper Athena. He has been an active venture investor since 1997 and has invested and served on the board of many successful companies including: iPivot (acquired by Intel), Demandtec (IPO then acquired by IBM), Imparto Software (acquired by PKS), ProfitLogic (acquired by Oracle), and Zantaz (acquired by Autonomy). He also served as interim CEO in two different companies.
Prior to venture capital, he led the technology management practice at Gemini Consulting and advised Fortune 1000 clients manage technology portfolios and develop new products. Prior to that, he managed an R&D Group at Amicon, a life sciences device company, which was successfully acquired by Milipore in 1994. He was granted two design patents during his tenure at Amicon.
He is an advisor to NetKAL (Network of Korean American Leaders), an advisor to Korea Innovation Center (KIC), advisor to KACF-SF (Korean American Community Foundation of San Francisco), a founding board member of CKA (Council of Korean Americans), a member of the corporate development committee at MIT, and a member of the leadership board of MIT’s McGovern Institute for Brain Research.
He earned BS and MS degrees from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He was the captain of his collegiate volleyball team and was selected to NCAA All-American third team. He is a life-long student and teacher of Tae Kwon Do, a Korean martial art of which he is a certified Master Instructor.