Board Member, Chair of Board Strategy Committee at Bitfury
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Bill Tai has been funding startups as a Venture Capitalist since 1991 and has had 21 of his startups become listed companies. Originally trained as a chip designer, he joined LSI Logic, a seminal Silicon Valley startup formed by the CEO of Fairchild Semiconductor after earning a BSEE with Honors from University of Illinois. After an MBA at Harvard he was issued Badge #A001 during the formation of TSMC (NYSE:TSM), now among the 20 most valuable technology companies in the world. He co-founded Treasure Data (acquired by ARM/Softbank) as Chairman; is a Board Member of Bitfury, Board Chairman of Hut8 Mining, and among the first investors in Canva, Color Genomics, Safety Culture, Tweetdeck/Twitter, Voxer, Wish.com and Zoom Video, where he was the first backer to commit at the company's formation.
He was Founding Chairman & CEO of iAsiaWorks (IPO via Goldman Sachs & Morgan Stanley) and Founding Chairman of IPinfusion (Tokyo:4813). He has served as Board Director of 8 publicly listed companies (AWRD EGHT HUT8 IAWK NPIX TMTA TUNE and IMGO) that grew from startups he funded at their formative stages. He has served on the World Economic Forum's Technology Pioneer Committee and is an Adjunct Professor of Innovation at Curtin University in Perth, Australia. He is co-founder of ACTAI Global a 501(c)3 dedicated to preserving the ocean and its related ecosystems.
Specific to cryptocurrency, his involvement predates Bitcoin, starting in 2001 as a contributor to the creation of the currency in SecondLife. Currently, Bill is Board Director (Strategy Chair) at Bitfury, and Board Chairman of Hut8, North America's largest publicly listed crypto mining operation. He is creator of the annual Blockchain Summit on Necker Island, is an early investor in Cryptokitties, holds the title "Yoda" at Fluidity / Airswap, and helped launch Australia's first ICO as Ambassador and Board Advisor to P2P Energy Company Power Ledger.