1. Please give us a quick introduction of yourself.
Hello, my name is Roy Kim and My Korean name is Hyunwoo Kim. I’m working in BM(Business Management) Team of Buzzvil as a Head of Finance. I’ve been working for Buzzvil for about a year and a half since August 29th, 2016. I was born in the hospital located within the four gates of Seoul, where there is now Microsoft Korea. Sometimes, I’m asked if I’m from a province, but If I were in Joseon Dynasty, I would be definitely a real Seoulite born within the four gates, which was only possible to noblemen at that time 🙂
I graduated elementary to high school in Seoul except for a year and a half in the middle and stayed in the United States for about eight years from 2001 to 2009. Actually, I was thinking of going to the army after one-year language training abroad, but just happened to get experience in career for two years after graduation. After I finished university, I tried to find a job related to economics, which was my major. Then luckily, I got hired by Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade as an economy officer of the diplomatic office. I was in the San Francisco Consulate General, and my main duties were to make and manage business network of Silicon Valley and San Francisco, identify major economic trends and write reports, and support Korean companies in entering into the local areas. After then, thinking of doing something more active, I turned to a local game company and took charge of local publishing. The company brought games from Korea and localized them to the United States market, and I was actually involved in launching two to three Korean games in the United States.
After then, I slightly became bored with what I was doing. Though I started working right after graduation, I hadn’t still known about what I liked and what I wanted to do as well. So, I began to teach English to refresh myself, and I kind of liked it. However, I returned my industry thinking that I had to develop my competence in finance and accounting in the long run.
Giosis, which I worked for just before joining Buzzvil, is a company aiming to become a global open market launched by Gu, Youngbae, the founder of eBay G-market. Working as a member of G-market until 2012, I began to handle finance system planning in Giosis. My main duty was to build overall finance/accounting system, and after being recognized for my job performance, I became a team leader and planned the company’s major system with team members. The functions in admin that I made were more than 30, and I also developed separate admin for finance inter-working with SAP. That work was not directly related to financial accounting but required knowledge in it. Therefore, I not only built basic knowledge about financial accounting but also took a role to inter-work all the corporations of Korea, Singapore, the United States, Japan, China, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Indonesia with a system and manage them.
After dealing with that work for about three years and a half, I converted to tax and accounting to take the lead in preparation for the company’s IPO, and took charge of the capital increase of 100 billion won and responses to the tax investigation by the National Tax Services. Looking back, I could get lots of experiences and develop myself in that company, but I had to leave that company due to its sluggish growth and my inner conflict.