Bernard is Co-founder & CEO of Vidquik, a new web conferencing and sales solution platform. He is also Co-founder & General Partner at SparkLabs, a startup accelerator in Seoul, Korea to help Korean entrepreneurs expand beyond their borders to the U.S. and elsewhere. Prior to Vidquik, he was Managing Director of the Lunsford Group, which is a private investment firm consisting of entities in technology, media, health care, and real estate.
Previously, he was Co-founder and VP of Business Development at GoingOn Networks, a social media platform for companies and organizations. He led product development where BusinessWeek recognized the GoingOn platform in their "Best of the Web" list for 2007.
Previously, he was Director of Strategic Planning & Sales at Innotive Corp. Prior to this, Bernard was a Director at iRG, a leading boutique investment bank in Asia, where he focused on Telecommunications- Media-Technology companies. iRG was founded by #1 banking team in ex-Japan Corporate Asia, and #2 in Corporate Asia (Institutional Investor).
Prior to iRG, Bernard was VP of Business Development & Marketing at HeyAnita Korea, a leading voice portal and solutions provider, which was joint venture between Softbank and HeyAnita, Inc. Bernard was responsible for establishing strategic and content partnerships and helping to build the company from its conceptual stage to a 54-person operation. Additionally, he assisted in the closing of the company's two rounds of financing totaling $14.5 million, which led to its profitability and over $14 million in revenue.
Prior to HeyAnita, Bernard was Co-Founder and VP of Strategic Development for View Plus, a video-on-demand company where he helped build the company from its concept stage. ViewPlus was admitted into Garage.com's "Heaven" (investor & entrepreneur matching service), where less than 2% of companies were accepted. He secured partnerships with Oracle, Scientific-Atlanta, Liberate, and others to support prototype development and service deployment. Bernard also assisted in the closing of $600,000 in angel funding and a series A financing of $33 million.
Additionally, he gained experience in the strategic planning unit of Digital City Chicago, a partnership with the Tribune Co. and AOL. He also served as a legislative liaison to Governor Jim Edgar of Illinois.
Bernard was a 2007 NetKAL Fellow at the University of Southern California's Center for Asian-Pacific Leadership. He completed a post-graduate fellowship with the Coro Foundation. Bernard received his BA in English and Psychology from the University of Wisconsin - Madison and MPA in Telecommunications and New Media Policy from Columbia University. Bernard currently serves on the boards of The Mirae Foundation and Liberty in North Korea (LiNK).
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