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Founder & Managing Partner @
5 Investments in 3 Companies
San Francisco

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Founder and Managing Partner of Cendana Capital

Michael Kim is the founder and Managing Partner of Cendana Capital, a next generation fund-of-funds investing in private equity. Michael is a member of the LP Advisory Boards of Accelerator Ventures, Bowery Capital, Engineering Capital, Forerunner Ventures, Founder Collective, Freestyle Capital, IA Ventures, K9 Ventures, Lerer Ventures, MHS Capital, PivotNorth Capital and SoftTechVC. Prior to the founding of Cendana Capital, Michael was one of the original partners of Rustic Canyon Partners, a venture capital firm with approximately $1 billion under management.

In March 2004, Michael was appointed by the Mayor of San Francisco to a 5 year term as a Trustee of the San Francisco Employee Retirement System, a $15 billion pension fund, and served as the President of the board and the Chairman of the Investment Committee.

Formerly an investment banker, Michael was with Morgan Stanley's Technology Mergers and Acquisitions Group in Menlo Park. Michael was directly involved with 27 announced transactions worth over $77 billion for such clients as Hewlett-Packard, Ciena, Seagate, Bay Networks, Netscape and Texas Instruments. Prior to Morgan Stanley, Michael was an associate at The Chase Manhattan Bank in NYC and also worked at IBM.

He is an honors graduate of Cornell University, where he presently serves on the Cornell Council, has an MS from the School of Foreign Service of Georgetown University, and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business.

Michael formerly served on the boards of Lead21, an organization that enables entrepreneurs to advocate free market public policy, and the Pacific Research Institute, a San Francisco-based think tank that champions freedom, opportunity, and personal responsibility for all individuals by advancing free market policy solutions. He is a Trustee of the Asian Art Museum Foundation, where he is a member of the Investment Committee, and the former Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Symphonix League of the San Francisco Symphony.

Jobs (3)


Founder & Managing Partner

2010 - Current   (almost 7 years)
Jul 1, 2000
Dec 31, 2009
General Partner
Aug, 1997
Feb, 2000
Investment Banker

Investments (5)

DateInvested InRoundDetails
Aug, 2013$3M / Series APersonal Investment
Oct, 2009$4.7M / Series B
Oct, 2008$4.5M / Series B
Dec, 2006$5M / Series A
Jan, 2006$7.5M / Series A (Lead)

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