Homan Yuen from Fusion Fund

Homan Yuen

Partner at Fusion Fund

Palo Alto, CA, USA


Last updated September 18, 2020

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Who I Am  

A Little About Me

Homan is an experienced entrepreneur and investor who identifies and cultivates new businesses and technologies. He has broad skill sets in business/technical/corporate strategy, international partnerships, business development, product development, manufacturing, R&D, fund raising, and deal structuring. His interests and expertise include: innovative markets and technologies, operations and management, culture and leadership, artificial intelligence, connected automotive technologies, mobile products and solutions, energy, semiconductors, and electrical engineering. Based upon his Ph.D. research, Homan co-founded Solar Junction in 2007 to produce the world's most efficient solar cell for both terrestrial and space markets. Along with his team, Homan built up the company, raised several rounds of venture financing, achieved two world-record milestones, and manufactured product in high volume for numerous U.S. and overseas customers. Completing the entrepreneurial cycle, Solar Junction was acquired by an international firm in 2014. Homan obtained his Ph.D. and M.S. from Stanford University in Electrical Engineering and Materials Science and his B.A. in Physics from the University of California at Berkeley. (Go Bears!) He is an inventor on over 60 patents and patent applications and is an author on numerous refereed publications on areas including lasers, solar cells, semiconductors, optoelectronics, and devices. Homan is frequently invited to speak on various topics in technology, business, and entrepreneurship at many universities, panels, and conferences around the world.

Interesting Factoid

Accidental VC and entrepreneur. I was supposed to be an astrophysicist.


Languages

English
Spanish

Countries Visited

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New Zealand
Argentina
Chile
Ecuador
Australia

What I Do  


Professional Experience

Partner

2015 - Present
Helping early-stage technology companies become successful businesses. If you are starting and growing a company which has a unique technical differentiation or barrier in your business model - we are interested! Our entrepreneurial and technical expertise enable us to provide useful input and support to our portfolio companies, whether it is strategy, team building/organization, fundraising, etc. Fusion Fund is focused on companies based and operating in the US. Our portfolio currently consists of over 50 companies in technology-focused industries.

Solar Junction

CTO, Board of Directors and Co-Founder

2007 - 2015
My co-founders and I started and led Solar Junction to develop, productize, and manufacture high-efficiency solar cells for utility-scale energy providers and aerospace industries. As is necessary for many entrepreneurs, my roles truly involved "whatever needed to get done"​: ranging from corporate and business strategy to scraping deposited metal off the equipment walls with scotch-brite.
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What I Stand For  

What Inspires Me  

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Favorites  

Hobbies

Hiking
Saxophone
Sleep
Gardening
Sports
Guitar

Food & Drinks

Brisket
Ribs

Games

Minesweeper

Sports, Teams, Athletes

Curling
Dragon Boating
Basketball
Soccer
Football

California Golden Bears
Golden State Warriors

Bucket List  

Antarctica

Take a picture next to an emperor penguin.

Education  

School

Ph.D. – Doctor of Philosophy, Materials Science & Engineering

M.S. – Master of Science, Electrical Engineering

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