Francis Ho, Ph.D.

Senior Vice President & Managing Director
“We’re the ideal partner to help your new venture connect with the global Samsung platform—to accelerate your technology development, product design, or go-to-market plans.”

Francis Ho is Managing Director and Co-Head of the Samsung Catalyst Fund (SCF). Francis has a background in venture capital, business development, strategy consulting, marketing, and engineering, with extensive operating experience in multiple industries including semiconductors, optics, networking, and storage. Prior to Samsung, he was vice president of Strategic Marketing at Inphi Corporation and has held roles at McKinsey & Company, JP Morgan Partners, and ONI Systems.

Francis holds a Ph.D. in physics from Stanford University, where he was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, and holds a M.S. in applied physics and a B.S. in physics from the California Institute of Technology. He holds six U.S. patents relating to semiconductor technologies.

When you were growing up, what did you picture yourself doing as a career? And have you met that goal?

I thought I would become a scientist. But now, I get to meet and work with some of the most amazing scientists in the world.

What do you like most about working at Samsung?

The ability to bridge between the scale and strength from Samsung and the technology and business innovation from startups, to make a difference in really big ways.

Beyond the financial investment, what unique value does Samsung Catalyst bring to startups?

We bring deep industry expertise via our Innovation Fellows; we partner with startups to power our New Business Creation programs; and we facilitate stronger relationships with our global business units.

What do you like to do outside of work?

Eating, biking, trail running, losing to my son in chess and tennis, and studying math, sciences, languages, etc.