Jimmy Lu Managing Director (Group)
Jimmy Lu is the Managing Director of the WI Harper Group. Jimmy oversees WI Harper’s global operations and brings to the firm over 20 years of high technology and venture capital experience. He currently serves on the boards of CNano Technology Limited, China Diagnostics Medical Corporation, Kindstar Global Co. and StemCyte Inc.
Prior to joining WI Harper, Jimmy co-founded and was a General Partner of iD Ventures America (formerly Acer Technology Ventures), which manages numerous funds, including Acer Technology Venture Fund and IP Fund One. The funds were early investors in iRobot Corporation (NASDAQ: IRBT), Harmonix Music (creators of the Guitar Hero and Rock Band franchises, acquired by MTV/Viacom; NYSE: VIA), ArtX Inc. (acquired by ATI Technologies; NYSE: AMD), Allayer Communications (acquired by Broadcom; NASDAQ: BRCM), Monolithic Power Systems (NASDAQ: MPWR) and Fortinet (NASDAQ: FTNT).
Jimmy joined the Acer Group, a leading worldwide technology company, in 1992, and as General Counsel worked closely with senior management to negotiate and structure the Acer Group’s international joint ventures, strategic alliances, acquisitions, global financings and commercial transactions. He assisted in establishing Acer’s first international venture capital fund, Fund 21 Limited. Before joining Acer, he was with Bingham McCutchen in San Francisco, specializing in M&A and venture transactions, debt and equity financings and public securities work. He also spent several years as a banker with JP Morgan in New York City. Jimmy looks back fondly to when he was first introduced to entrepreneurship and venture investing as the director of a community outreach program, sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, that trained disadvantaged high school students from South Boston High how to operate their own small business.
Jimmy has been a panelist or speaker at many conferences sponsored by international business and legal organizations and has also guest lectured and presented at Yale, Harvard, Stanford and Wharton.
Jimmy earned a B.A. from Yale College, an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a J.D. from UC Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall). He is currently the Chair of the Association of Yale Alumni and an Associate Fellow of Trumbull College. He is also a member of the University of Florida College of Engineering West Coast Advisory Board.