Bob Lin - Board to Board Interview
Updated: Dec 9, 2020
Bob Lin is the co-founder and previous Chairman of Healthink, the largest medical emergency service and the largest consumer genomic testing services company in China. He is the original co-founder of Acorn Campus and Acorn Venture, a pioneer incubator VC fund in Silicon . Bob has more than 40 years of angels and venture investment expertise with multiple IPOs. He also has long history of hands-on entrepreneurial start-up and international business, marketing, and management experiences.
Bob is well known for launching 30 successful investment including Avanti (IPO ’95), AltiGen (IPO ‘97) , LightLogic (Sold to Intel for $400M ’01), Vertex Network (Sold to Mitel for $200M ’99), MPS (IPO ’04, now $7B), Pine Photonics (a co-founder, sold to Opnext ’03; IPO ‘07), Fortinet (IPO US ’09, now $8B), MONDAY Tech (sold to Yahoo ‘08), Luxnet (Founding board member, IPO Taiwan ’10), Winning Health (IPO China, ’11, now $4B), Sumilux (Acquired ’16), TechPoint (IPO ’17), BaseVenture (acquired ’18), CSPA (acquired ’19), Farasis (Board member 2010 - 2018; scheduled IPO 2020, now $3.5B), Healthlink (IPO in process, scheduled 2021)… etc.
Bob currently serves on the board of Healthlink of Beijing, Farasis Energy of California, R2.ai of Silicon Valley, Knowing of Taiwan. He has also served in the past as a board director or advisor to Pine Photonics, Monday Technologies (sold ’08), Greatland Electronics (IPO ’09), and Luxnet of Taiwan, Winning Health of China. Bob is also the General Partner of consulting company PHYCOS of Taiwan, as well as a Senior Partner of boutique investment bank OceanIQ Partners.
Bob is also the author of 8 top selling books in Asia: “Find Your Way To Success & Happiness” in 2003 (Top seller of the year); “Creating Value to Differentiate” in 2004 (Honored with the National Level Golden Book Award); as well as “Build Your Career From Where You Are”, best seller in 2005. His 4th book “It is easy to be super happy” became the top seller in late 2007. His 5th book “Family Education of the Successful People” sold out the first prints the 3rd week after launch in 2011. His 6th book “Angel Investment” became the Top 10 best seller on Amazon.com of China and also #1 on the chart of best selling investment book in Taiwan in 2014. His 7th book “Entrepreneurs Think Differently” was well received in both Taiwan and China, followed by his 8th book “Play your way to success”.
Bob was also the leading columnist for the largest business/investment newspaper in Taiwan “Economic Daily News”, and “Commercial Times” as well as many leading investment magazines in China. He has been a long time guitarist and pianist in the popular rock band “Southern Breed” in the ‘60s in Asia and “Silicon Valley Band” present days.
Bob served as Chairman of Global Monte Jade Association, considered one of the most influential Chinese hi-tech executive associations worldwide. He was the Chairman in Chinese Association of International Trade (CAIT) twice in a row and a Board member of Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce twice. He has also served both as the Commissioner and the Chairman of Santa Clara County – HsinChu County Commission. Bob has a MSEE degree from University of California at Santa Barbara. He has been very active in community services.
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