About

Founders

David D. Kim
David D. Kim
Co-Founder and Managing Director
Telos Ventures Capital

David is forever indebted to Jesus and to the Western missionaries who followed the call to Korea in the 1880s. In keeping with his family legacy, David made a commitment at the Urbana Mission Conference to commit his life to business and missions.

David has a corporate finance and corporate law background and has been advising and investing in startups globally for over a decade. David’s experiences include Wall Street with Bank of America Merrill Lynch, corporate law with Hogan Lovells, co-founding Mulix and Total Ventures in Silicon Valley. David is also a servant, mobilizer and co-founder of Telos Ventures, the general partner of Telos Ventures Capital.

David attends Menlo Church Mountain View with his wife, Yulie and two elementary school aged children, Theo and Joelle. David was an elder at his church and active in the world of global missions serving on the boards of Asian Access, OMF (US), Taekwondo Alliance for Mission Foundation and Total IDEAS.

David holds a Bachelors of Science in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Laws from the Georgetown University Law Center.

Eric Quan
Eric Quan
Co-Founder and Managing Director
Telos Ventures Capital

Eric co-founded Telos after being called by God to find a way to integrate his business and pastoral experiences. After starting his career at Accenture, Eric increasingly pursued entrepreneurial opportunities including at Advertising.com, Quintessential Realty and The Quan Group. Eric is also a servant, disciple-maker and co-founder of Telos Ventures, the general partner of Telos Ventures Capital.

Eric’s most recent role prior to founding Telos was as the Campus Director of Menlo Church San Mateo where he lead the staff team and congregation with a combination of pastoral and executive responsibilities. Eric lives in San Mateo, CA with his wife Jennifer and their four little princesses: Jordan, Chloe, Riley and Emma. Eric is the board chair of Via Vetera, a spiritual formation nonprofit and a member of the Second Decade Society, an alumni leadership role at his alma mater.

Eric holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Sociology from Johns Hopkins University and a Master of Business Administration from the Haas School of Business at University of California at Berkeley.

The faithful Christian cannot separate his life into sacred and secular, worship and work. As Christians we are called to do all things to the glory of God, including – perhaps especially – our work.

– Ravi Zacharias

Headquartered in Silicon Valley, Telos Ventures Capital is an early-stage venture capital fund that builds and invests in Gospel-centered, for-profit ventures that have potential for liquidity thereby multiplying (Matthew 25, Luke 19) His resources entrusted to us by our limited partners.

Gospel-centered ventures aren’t just “Christian companies.” Gospel-centered ventures seek to serve the world, foster innovation, shape organizational culture and embrace a broad stakeholder perspective in Christ.

Telos invests globally and primarily in software-technology enabled solutions in the healthcare, education and general lifestyle sectors among others. We invest between $50,000 to $250,000 per company initially and are typically, though not necessarily, the first institutional investment.

Our core theology comes from a belief that we are created to work (Genesis 2:15) and that we are to do everything for the glory of God (Romans 11:36) so therefore we must do work for the glory of God (Colossians 3:23). We have further experienced that work done through startups is an amazing vehicle for discipleship and platform for sharing the Gospel.

We have learned that:

  • Startups require an ecosystem, like Silicon Valley to flourish.
  • The Gospel-centered venture ecosystem includes a network of ministry, business, academic and financial resources.
  • Missing and fragmented early-stage capital needs to be brought together to catalyze a Gospel-centered venture movement.
  • Discipleship needs to be integrated into this capital for both entrepreneurs and investors because there is no false secular/sacred divide.

Telos Ventures Capital brings not only the necessary early-stage funding but also our relationships and resources to this ecosystem to help Gospel-centered ventures succeed at His work and further His kingdom.