Irving Kau has joined Elementz Ventures as a Managing Partner offering his key strengths of fund management, investor relations, research, and leadership to the partnership. Irving brings his extensive experience in both global public investment and global private investment with access to North American and Asia-Pacific-based outlets. During his career, he has worked on the buy-side/investor, sell-side/advisor, and corporate side. Over his career, he has successfully completed over $100M in investments for 15+ companies and taken 8 companies public onto NASDAQ. He is a detail-oriented, global leader focusing himself on follow-through, execution, and task completion. He deeply values character and ‘doing the right thing’ in each and every circumstance despite any potential short-term effects. Irving is also a Managing Director of KW Capital Partners, a private equity group focusing on pre-IPO investment in N. America that brings innovative and technology companies to a public NASDAQ-listing. Based on its unique niche, expertise in growth industry sectors and capital markets, KW routinely returns an average ROI between 50-90%.
Previously Irving was head of Asia Office for GHS (now Seaport Global), a full service investment bank. He founded and developed the Asia team execution and strategies sourcing deals globally. He was CFO for Asia market Ag leader Origin Agritech Limited (NASDAQ:SEED). During his tenure of over seven years, while based in Beijing, Origin averaged a forward PE ratio over 35x and possessed an average daily volume of over 1.5M shares (over RMB6.6B market cap, top 25 international NASDAQ company in 2010) with a roster of many blue-chip investors including Fidelity, Wellington, Citadel, Baron, Heartland and MUFJ. With a background both in finance and science, while publishing several peer-reviewed academic papers, he has the ability to understand the technical aspects of financial, management, and advisory work within many natural science industries.
He holds an MBA from Rice University in Finance & Strategy and has studied for his Ph.D. at USC in Business Strategy. He also holds FINRA Series 7, 86 & 87 licenses. Irving lives in Irvine CA along with his wife, Linda is and three amazing teenage children.