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Pre-2000 in the US Mr. Blackwood was a quantitative analyst, coding up and implementing AI-driven algorithms that were both deployed internally and sold to clients. In Asia since 2000, he spent 12 years in corporate VC and PE, taking a brief break to found and sell a start-up in Beijing from 2006-2008. Deals ranged from B2B logistics to online B2C retail to infrastructure and energy; and geographies included Mongolia to India to ANZ and everything in between. He has published several VC / PE business cases via INSEAD.
Since 2013 Mr. Blackwood has spent his time operating his own quantitatively-driven (AI-based) social impact fund; angel investing in tech ventures in the US and Asia; and serving on the boards of numerous companies from startups to Metanet (a USD $1B independent Korean technology consulting services firm, owner of Korea Accenture and AT Kearney), and on the Investment Commiiee at NUS Enterprise.
Mr. Blackwood studied Computer Science at Stanford (BA) and Finance/Entrepreneurship at INSEAD (MBA), and speaks several languages.