May 24, 2016, East Palo Alto, CA — Woodside Capital Partners International LLC, a global, independent investment bank, announced today that Darrell Kong has joined the firm as Managing Director and the firm’s Chief Strategy Officer, and Steven Wade has joined as Managing Director focusing on the gaming industry.
As WCP continues to broaden the spectrum of companies it works with, Kong will help emerging technology clients raise venture capital funding as well as facilitate client introductions to potential strategic partners within the WCP community. As WCP’s CSO, he will have a leadership role in developing the firm’s growth strategy and identifying innovative opportunities to provide value-added expertise to clients most effectively.
Prior to joining WCP, Kong led the business development efforts for several professional service firms including Fenwick and West, MoFo, DLA Piper and BPM.
Kong is a graduate of UCLA and Columbia Business School.
“We have known Darrell as an active member of the West Coast technology community for over 15 years and look forward to his playing a role in WCP’s next phase of growth.” said Rudy Burger, managing partner, Woodside Capital Partners.
Wade brings 19 years of game industry experience to WCP where his primary focus will be on helping interactive entertainment companies with technology and market insight, corporate development, and M&A.
Before joining WCP, Wade spent his career launching 45 online games, four gaming payment solutions, and eight game portals alongside many well-known entertainment companies such as Square Enix, VISA/Playspan, SOHU/Changyou, Ty Inc., and Aeria Games as an executive or angel investor. He is also an entrepreneur, creating and selling three companies of his own: MMOsmart LLC, Zyon Games Inc., and Boilingcore.com. In addition, Wade spent eight years working in the Asian Pacific region acting as a gaming advisor to the Japanese, Korean, and Chinese governments.
Wade received a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations from West Virginia University. He currently serves as a board member for various companies in the video game sector, including eSports networks, gaming studios, and productivity tool developers.
“Steven brings a high level of specialized industry expertise on the hot gaming market which will add another important dimension to our technology banking team,” said Burger. “Steven’s strong reputation and experience gives us increased visibility and credibility in this space.”
About Woodside Capital Partners
Woodside Capital Partners is a global, independent investment bank that delivers world-class strategic and financial advice to emerging growth companies in the technology sectors. With a strong track record in M&A, strategic partnerships and private placements, Woodside Capital Partners has been providing worldwide investment banking services since 2001 with leading domain experience in software, Internet services, electronic communications and materials. The team of Woodside Capital Partners has completed transactions totaling more than $10 billion. Woodside Capital Partners is the Silicon Valley headquarters of M&A International, the world’s leading mergers and acquisitions alliance. Securities offered through Woodside Capital Securities LLC, member FINRA/SIPC.