Faculty: Margaret Kim

Margaret Kim, BA, MBA

Adjunct Professor
San Francisco, Online

Margaret Kim has over 25 years of experience in venture capital, venture debt, fund investing, business development and investment banking. Margaret is Managing Partner at Kala Partners, a diverse investment fund. She was until recently a Senior Vice President with GE Capital where she had been for 16 years in various roles leading venture capital, venture debt and fund-of-fund investments into early-stage, private and public healthcare companies in the healthcare industry. Earlier, Margaret was a venture capitalist at a $500MM healthcare venture fund and the first hired employee at Paladin Laboratories, a leading, public specialty pharma that was sold for $3.2Bn to Endo Health in 2014. She began her career as an investment banker at Salomon Brothers in New York.

Margaret is active with pro bono work. She has served as judge/mentor at UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business' annual LAUNCH Accelerator Competition for the last 10+years.

Courses Taught
  • Finance 318 Venture Capital & Start-up Financing
  • Business Ethics
  • Harvard Business School, MBA
  • Clark University, BA
Professional and Teaching Experience Adjunct Professor - Golden Gate University

2011 – Present (6 years) San Francisco, CA
Teach two in-person classes:

  1. Venture Capital & Startup Financing and
  2. Business Ethics: appointed to create and teach inaugural Business Ethics program

Senior Vice President - Healthcare Growth Capital/ Venture Capital, GE Capital Corporation
June 2000 – Present (16 years 8 months) San Francisco Bay Area

  • Invest in early- to mid-stage life sciences companies (biotech, specialty pharma, diagnostics, medical devices, HCIT, etc).
  • Served as director or observer on many boards. Provided strategic, financial and M&A/IPO guidance.
  • Led fund-of-fund investments into healthcare-focused venture capital funds.

Healthcare Venture Capital, Psilos Partners
July 1998 – June 2000 (2 years) New York, NY

  • Invested in healthcare technology/services companies.
  • Served on boards for the fund with $500MM AUM.
  • Acted as interim-CFO in start-up rollup investments.

Business Development, Paladin Labs
June 1997 – June 1998 (1 year 1 month) Montreal, Canada

  • Specialty pharmaceuticals company (TSE: PLB.TO); part of the team to write business plan to raise first venture capital round.
  • Founded in 1997, joined as first hired employee. In 2014, sold to Endo Health for $3.2Bn.
Investment Banker, Salmon Brothers July 1991 – January 1995 (3 years 7 months) New York, NY
  • Investment banking division - issued $3.7 Bn in IPOs and bond offerings.

Professional Associations and External Activities

Judge / Mentor - LAUNCH Accelerator Competition, UC Berkeley- Haas Business School
2006 – Present (11 years)


  • Judge for UC Berkeley's accelerator's annual startup competition. Accelerator propels early stage startups and funds exciting teams.
  • Mentor startup teams for the competition.

Board Member, Vajrapani Institute
December 2011 – March 2013 (1 year 4 months)

  • Meditation retreat center in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, founded in 1983. Located in CA.

Board Member and Chair of Board Selection Committee, Asian Community Mental Health Services
December 2006 – December 2011 (5 years 1 month)

  • Leading mental health non-profit serving Asian refugees and immigrants in Bay Area, founded in 1974.

Probono Consultant - Dept. of Psychiatry, Stanford University School of Medicine, 2012

  • Provided strategic marketing plan to rollout a new program that reduces PTSD recurrence in children.

Contributing Member, Harvard Business School Alumni of Northern California, 2006 – Present (11 years)

  • Hosted social and educational events for alums in Bay Area.