Top 50 Rising Stars 2021 continued (in alphabetical order by CVC unit): Michelle Moon, principal, LG Technology Ventures

“Michelle Moon has very quickly acquired the necessary skills to become a solid performer within the investment team,” said Dong-Su Kim, CEO of LG Technology Ventures (LGV), the South Korea-headquartered electronics, chemical and telecoms conglomerate’s corporate venturing group.

“In less than a year, she already worked on some marquee deals including Amwell which recently went public,” Kim added. “She is also a true team player supporting the managing directors with various assigned tasks.”

Moon said: “I am one of six people on LGV’s investment team. I am involved in all steps of our investment process from sourcing, due diligence and deal execution to portfolio management. Since joining this team in October 2019 [as a senior investment associate], I have been involved in a number of investments including H2O.ai, an autoML enterprise SaaS company; Amwell, a leading telehealth company which went public on the NYSE recently; and OTI Lumionics, a material discovery platform.

“I see working at LGV as a compelling opportunity to simultaneously create both financial and strategic value. LG Corporation, a century-old organisation, has an incredible legacy inventing and commercialising a wide range of products, ranging from OLED televisions and smartphones to the world’s leading EV lithium-ion batteries. Constantly rejuvenating and reinventing itself to be at the forefront of technology, LG has always been focused on aggressively pursuing both internal and external sources of innovation. I see what my team at LGV does as a critical piece of LG’s open innovation efforts.

“On the other hand, LG has deep expertise in large-scale manufacturing and go-to-market strategies. I find these capabilities to be incredibly relevant when I speak to entrepreneurs who are idea-rich but usually resource-light. This is one of the most natural cross-pollination opportunities that I see between LG and the startups that we invest in.”