William Qu and Mike Ding have joined BlueRun Ventures as investment directors, focused on media, wireless and consumer services opportunities in
BlueRun Ventures (www.brv.com), a global venture capital fund, today announced that William Qu and Mike Ding have joined the firm as Investment Directors. William and Mike will focus on new media, wireless and consumer services investments in China.
“Both William and Mike have strong backgrounds in venture creation and working with entrepreneurs in the China markets,” said John Malloy, Managing Partner. “Their unique experiences and excellent track records complement our team as we continue to grow our presence and develop our portfolio in China.”
William Qu has over ten years of experience in working with start-ups, business development and investment banking. Prior to BlueRun Ventures, William worked as the Director of Investment at Capinfo, a Hong Kong listed IT services company, responsible for new venture investments and management of investee companies. William co-founded Beijing Jiajing Weiye Technologies Ltd and serves as a Director on its board. William is also one of the co-founders of China TMT association, a non-profit organization providing a communication platform for entrepreneurs and investors. William received his Bachelor of Engineering from Tsinghua University, China and MBA from Auckland University, New Zealand.
“I am excited to join BlueRun and become part of its cohesive global team.” said William Qu. “As the firm's investment efforts in China continue to grow, I see a compelling opportunity to apply my experience and leverage BlueRun's global platform to help build successful world-class companies in China.”
Mike Ding brings to BlueRun more than 10 years of experience in venture investing and starting up new businesses. Prior to BlueRun Ventures, Mike Ding worked for Nokia's Emerging Business Unit as Director for new business development and strategic investments, and also headed Nokia's China operations of Widsets, the company's popular mobile internet service. Previously Mike was a Vice President of iDTech Ventures and Investment Manager of Intel Capital where he began his venture career. Mike received his M.S. degree in mechanical engineering from Shanghai JiaoTong University in China, and his EMBA from China Europe International Business School.
“I am very happy to become a member of the global team and bring my experience in the IT and Telecom industries.” said Mike Ding. “I am very impressed by BlueRun's value-add in helping entrepreneurs to build great companies. By joining BlueRun, I hope to perpetuate this value in China.”
BlueRun Ventures has been active in China from 2001 as an early stage investor building world class technology companies. Some current investments are 3i Systems, Agape Package Manufacturing, Availink, Innofidei, MMIM Technologies (PICA), and Synacast (PPlive). BlueRun Ventures' China office will continue to increase its focus and activity with the addition of William and Mike. William is based in Beijing and Mike is based in Shanghai.
About BlueRun Ventures
Launched in 1998, BlueRun Ventures is a leading early stage venture capital fund. BlueRun Ventures' proven approach is to invest globally as a single fund in best-of-breed technologies and teams with the drive and ability to build leading global companies. BlueRun Ventures is headquartered in Menlo Park, California, with offices in Helsinki, Herzelia (Israel), Mumbai, Seoul, and Shanghai. For more information, visit www.brv.com.