We were all founders first before jumping to the other side of the table. Because of this we help our companies from that perspective: cutting corners, duck tape, iterations, reducing burn etc… making sure a product gets to market quickly so that you as founders to start getting clients and feedback ASAP. We all prefer to wear t-shirts and hoodies…. except Hajime, and maybe Kevin.
Tak LoFounding Partner
Tak Lo is the founder at Zeroth, the first accelerator program that invests in AI companies that solves tomorrow’s problems. In just under 2 years, Zeroth is one of the most active AI investors in the world, having invested in 34 companies and co-investing with some of the worlds top venture capitalists. Previously he started the London office of world renowned accelerator Techstars and invested in 40 cohorts.
He also works and consults with governments, having worked with the Estonian government on e-resident strategy and currently with the Hong Kong government on innovation strategy. He also is a judge of the Forbes Under 30 Summit Asia and a regular contributor to South China Morning Post, Forbes, and Bloomberg.
Tak started his career as an engineer in the US Army and a graduate from the Air Assault School. He also graduated from the London Business School and the University of Chicago. In his spare time, Tak is an adventurer. He has driven from London to Ulan Bator in an ambulance and across India in two weeks on an auto-rickshaw.
Sumner Murphy has founded a number of tech companies throughout his career. He started a successful web technology consultancy in New York and Paris. This eventually led him to found a video technology start up in the EdTech space (professional development), after which he ran product for one of the largest charter school systems in the USA. Since moving to Asia, Murphy was the EIR for Zeroth’s Z01 program, and worked on an AI powered AgTech company.
At Zeroth, Murphy is focused on program and business operations across Zeroth's different locations, and helping portfolio companies design and build great AI powered products.
Rodolfo RosiniPartner, London
Rodolfo has been CEO and founder of several startups over a career spanning over 20 years. He started his first AI company in 2010, Storybricks, and became one of the most famous game AI startups in the market. Before that he founded companies in cybersecurity providing encryption for secure communications to the military and Fortune 500s. He is a technical advisor on AI to the UK Parliament. Rodolfo was enrolled on the external program at LSE but did not finish his degree.
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Hajime HottaPartner, Tokyo
Hajime is a serial entrepreneur and an early stage investor with a strong academic background in artificial intelligence (AI) and AI web applications. Received Ph.D with a study of neural networks.
Hajime started coding when he was 12 years old and implemented his first AI code at 14 years old, which automatically correct simple grammatical mistakes. He was the inventor and product lead of AI-backed Ad Tech at Cirius Tech, which was acquired by Yahoo Japan, and also a CTO at NakedTech, which was sold to Mixi Japan.
Raymond YipPartner, Hong Kong
Raymond Yip is a Partner at Zeroth.AI, an early-stage accelerator program based in Asia focusing on AI startups. He is also a Venture Partner at XGD Ventures. Prior to that, he was a co-founder and CEO of Clickful, an online advertising solution for businesses in Asia, and a co-founder and former CEO of Shopline, a startup that was accelerated by 500 Startups in Silicon Valley. Raymond is also a mentor at Entrepreneur First and Founder Institute advising teams on entrepreneurship, fundraising and team building. Prior to startups, he has managed product design and engineering for Fortune 500 companies between the U.S. and Asia over an extensive career in technology.
Sachin UnniPartner, India
Sachin is a serial entrepreneur and a tech advisor with almost a decade of startup experience. He has deep expertise in Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, mobile-web apps and information security. Sachin is also part of two startups, which entered Y-Combinator'12 and Plug & Play Tech Centre'14. He is actively involved in the Indian startup ecosystem and has angel invested and mentored multiple startups.
Kevin ChoDirector, Hong Kong
Kevin began his career in Oppenheimer’s investment banking division, where he executed deals in the technology, retail and financial sectors. After his career in banking, he took a half year off to further his passion in technology, studying data science and software engineering independently. Kevin joined Zeroth Seed Fund in 2017, and was responsible for deal origination and due diligence. Kevin hold a BSc in Accounting and Finance from Warwick Business School, UK.
Outside of work, Kevin enjoys sailing, basketball and travel.
We work with the best investors in the world to help fuel our startups’ growth. This gives the companies an international perspective on what works in specific markets - and what doesn’t.