Steven Hong is the co-founder of Oculii (acquired by Ambarella NASDAQ: AMBA). He joined Ambarella through its $400M all cash acquisition of Oculii, where he was the CEO and Co-Founder, growing the company to become the leading provider of AI software for radar perception. Prior to the acquisition, Oculii raised more than $80 million from top-tier VC investors - including R7 - and secured commercial partnerships with leading Tier-1, OEM, and AV companies globally.
Prior to founding Oculii, Hong was a partner at Kleiner Perkins where he invested in early stage (seed/series A) HardTech companies pioneering autonomous systems, AI and machine learning, space, IoT, 3D printing, robotics, and cloud infrastructure. Before KP, Hong co-founded Kumu Networks (Self Interference Cancellation for Full Duplex Wireless - $65M from NEA, Khosla Ventures, Third Point, Cisco, and Verizon) where he was responsible for product management, fundraising, IP strategy, business development, and marketing. He started his career as a management/strategy consultant at McKinsey and Uber, where he specialized in M&A diligence and expansion strategy.
Steven holds a PhD and an MS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, where he won several best paper awards for his research and graduated at age 23, completing both degrees in three years. Prior to Stanford, he earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan.