Scott Kupor is COO at Andreessen Horowitz responsible for all aspects of running the firm. He was previously VP and GM of Global Customer Support & SaaS at HP. Scott joined HP in 2007 through the $1.6 billion acquisition of Opsware. At Opsware, Scott led the company’s private financing activities and its IPO in 2001. Scott also started the Asia Pacific operations via strategic partnerships with NEC, NTT, and Samsung. Prior to Opsware, Scott worked with software companies at Credit Suisse and Lehman Brothers. Scott graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University and Order of the Coif and with distinction from Stanford Law School.
For more than 35 years, Dixon has influenced and guided entrepreneurs, investors and executives in the computer, communications, and internet industries. Dixon was named to the Forbes Midas List for four consecutive years and received the 2013 Special Achievement Award in VC from the International Business Forum. He was elected to the Board of the National Venture Capital Association in 2005 serving on the Executive Committee and as Chairman in 2008/9. Under Dixon’s leadership, the NVCA developed a widely embraced set of recommendations (NVCA 4-Pillar Plan) to stimulate liquidity in the U.S. venture capital industry. This plan resulted in bipartisan Congressional support for new job creation legislation and simplification of the IPO process for young emerging companies. Known as the JOBS Act, President Obama signed it into law in 2012. Dixon led DCM Ventures' investments in About.com (Acquired by The New York Times Co.), @Motion (Acquired by Openwave), Clearwire (Nasdaq: CLWR), Coradiant (Acquired by BMC), Force10 Networks (Acquired by Dell), Foundry Networks (Nasdaq: FDRY), Internap (Nasdaq: INAP), Ipivot (Acquired by Intel), and Neutral Tandem (Nasdaq: TNDM). He is the past Chairman of Network Equipment Technologies (NWK) and serves on the Board of Directors of DIRECTV (DTV).
Prior to co-founding DCM Ventures, Dixon launched the venture capital industry’s first fund focused solely on telecom, investing in such noteworthy companies as Alantec, Bridge Communications, Centillion Networks, Network Equipment Technologies, Optilink, Picturetel, Polycom and UUNet. He also founded and ran a strategic technology consulting firm, served on the faculty of the IBM Systems Research Institute in New York City for 10 years and published a seminal text Data Communications which was adopted as course text by more than 60 universities worldwide.
Dixon has traveled extensively to six continents to serve on advisory boards and give highly sought after presentations on entrepreneurship, technological trends, job creation, government policy and innovation. He also serves on the Executive Committee and Advisory Board for the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research Institute (SIEPR) and is on the Board of Overseers at the Hoover Institution at Stanford. His non-profit activities also have included serving as Chairman of San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum and as a trustee at the University of San Francisco where he currently chairs the Investment Committee.
Andrew Braccia is from Santa Rosa, CA and joined Accelin 2007.
Andrew focuses on consumer-oriented mobile and web services companies. He was the first investor and board member in Slack, lynda.com (acquired by LNKD), Squarespace, Vox Media, MyFitnessPal (acquired by UA), 99designs and Cloudera. He also works closely with the teams at Braintree (acquired by EBAY) and Etsy (ETSY),Xero (XRO) and UserTesting.
For more than a decade, Andrew ran a variety of Yahoo’s search and marketplace businesses. Duringthis time he oversaw the acquisitions and integrations of Flickr,Del.icio.us, Inktomi and Overture.
Andrew graduated from the University of Arizona, where he sits on the business school board.
Ph.D., Director of the Leading Change and Organizational Renewal Executive ProgramStanford University
Charles O’Reilly B.S. (Chemistry), University of Texas at El Paso; M.B.A.(Information Systems), Ph.D. (Organizational Behavior) University of California at Berkeley.He has taught at UCLA, Berkeley, and been a visiting professor at the Harvard Business School. His teaching has concentrated on strategy, leadership, and the management of human resources. He has won teaching awards at Berkeley and Stanford and recently received both a Lifetime Achievement Award and the Distinguished Scholarly Contribution Award from the Academy of Management.
Charles’ research focuses on leadership, innovation, and organizational culture and change. He has also developed and served as faculty director of several Executive Education programs, including Leading Change and Organizational Renewal and The Human Resources Executive Program. He has consulted widely with firms in the U.S., Europe, and Asia.Charles has published more than 100 articles and several books. His most recent research focuses on organizational culture, the impact of senior management on innovation and change. His upcoming book, Leading in the face of Disruption: How Ambidexterity Solves the Innovator’s Dilemma (Stanford University Press, 2016), explores why successful firms sometimes fail―and what it takes for leaders to help their organizations survive and prosper over long time periods. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Society and American Psychological Association as well as a member of the Academy of Management.
Tim is a proven venture investor and experienced global executive. He has been named to the Forbes Midas list, as one of “12 Most Influential Tech Investors” by CNET, an Always On Digital Media & Mobile Power Player, and received the Gamification Summit award for Special Achieve-ment in the Industry.Tim leads Mayfield’s consumer investing practice which focuses on areas such as the Internet of Things, consumerized health & wellness, crowd-sourcing, collaborative consumption, mobile-first service and product marketplaces, vertical communities, and enabling platforms and ser-vices.Tim’s has over a decade of investment experience with firms such as Norwest Venture Partners & Gabriel Venture Partners. His operational experience includes working in Japan for Gateway Inc and as a trilingual Engineer for General Motors, where he led project teams in China, Korea, and Japan.
Tim’s notable investments include:AdChina(acquired by Alibaba);Basis(acquired by Intel Corporation), a wrist-based health tracker and online personal dashboard;ngmoco(acquired by DeNA);Playdom(acquired by Disney), leaders in mobile & social gaming;Iridigm Display Corporation(acquired by Qualcomm), MEMS-based reflective display provider.
Tim holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and an MS in Electrical Engineering/System Engineering and a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan.
Jean-Francois “Jeff” Clavier is the Founder and Managing Partner of SoftTech VC, one of the most established seed VC firms in Silicon Valley, having closed 150 investments since 2004. An early angel investor in Web 2.0, Jeff and his team have backed successful startups like Mint (Intuit), Kongregate (GameStop), Brightroll, Milo (eBay), Wildfire (Google), Bleacher Report (Turner), Fitbit, Eventbrite, Sendgrid, Poshmark, Hired, Postmates and Vungle. The firm is currently investing out of its $85M Fund IV, making 16 commitments of $850K per year in mobile/cloud saas, consumer hardware, marketplaces and healthcare IT.
Rob founded Shasta Ventures in 2004, and is passionate about anything with an engine, including robots, satellites, and new modes of transportation. He is particularly interested in connected hardware, collaborative consumption, and The Internet of Things. Some of Rob’s notable investments include smart-thermostat company Nest; Relay Rides, the leading peer-to-peer car-sharing marketplace; and Fetch Robotics, which builds robots for warehouse automation.
At Stanford, Richard has been Director of the US-Asia Technology Management Center since 1994 and Executive Director of the Center for Integrated Systems (now dba the Stanford SystemX Alliance) since 1998. He serves on advisory boards for government S&T programs and research institutes in Canada, Japan, and Thailand, and as an advisor to start-up companies, accelerators, and VC firms in the U.S., China, Japan, and S. Korea. He was the first-ever non-Japanese person asked to join the governance of a Japanese
national university, serving on the board of directors and then on the management council of Tohoku University, 2004 – 2010.
Howard Hartenbaum joined August Capital in 2008. Prior to joining, he served as a General Partner at Draper Richards LP where he was the founding investor in Skype.
Before entering the venture capital field, Howard was at Hughes Electronics, Honda Motor Company and Teledyne Relays.
Current Investments: Beckon, Callisto Media, DITTO, Eat Club, Gigwalk, OpenGarden, OrderAhead, RelayRides, and Reputation.com.
Previous investments: Skype (acquired by eBay – EBAY), Photobucket (acquired by Fox Interactive Media – NWS), Bebo (acquired by AOL – TWX), Netkraft (acquired by Adea Solutions), PowerReviews (acquired by Bazaarvoice - BV) and DimDim (acquired by Salesforce.com – CRM)
Japan Program Director,Walter H, Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center,Stanford University
Takeo Hoshi: Henri and Tomoye Takahashi Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Professor of Finance (by courtesy) at the Graduate School of Business, and Director of the Japan Program at the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, all at Stanford University. He received 2006 Enjoji Jiro Memorial Prize of Nihon Keizai Shimbun-sha, and 2005 Japan Economic Association Nakahara Prize. His book Corporate Financing and Governan ce in Japan: The Road to the Future co-authored with Anil Kashyap received the Nikkei Award for the Best Economics Books in 2002. B.A., University of Tokyo (1983). Ph.D. (Economics), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1988).
Gen has extensive experience in venture capital, finance, and entrepreneurship. He founded his first company, a web design consultancy, as a third year student at Tokyo University.
Before he co-founded WiL, Gen was a partner at venture capital firm DCM, specializing in Internet media, mobile, and consumer services. Then, at the Industrial Bank of Japan, he led efforts across multiple disciplines, including corporate finance and market risk management.
In addition to his work at WiL, Gen authors columns for the Techology section of the Nikkei Newspaper’s digital edition and the Toyo Keizai Online. He is also a popular speaker on venture and innovation.
Gen holds a BA from the University of Tokyo’s Faculty of Law and an MBA from Stanford Business School.
Martin Kenney is a Professor in Community and Regional Development at the University of California, Davis; a Senior Project Director at the Berkeley Roundtable on the International Economy; and Senior Fellow at the Research Institute for the Finnish Economy. He has been a visiting scholar at Cambridge, Hitotsubashi, Kobe, Stanford, and Tokyo Universities. He co-authored or edited six books and 150 scholarly articles on industrial clusters, entrepreneurship, venture capital, innovation, university-industry relations, and value chain upgrading. His first book Biotechnology: The University-Industrial Complex was published by Yale University Press. His most recent edited books Public Universities and Regional Growth, Understanding Silicon Valley, and Locating Global Advantage were published by Stanford University Press where he edits the book series Innovation and Technological Change in the Global Economy. His forthcoming co-edited book Building Innovation Capacity in China: An Agenda for Averting the Middle Income Trap will be published by Cambridge University Press in 2016. He is a receiving editor at the world’s premier innovation research journal, Research Policy. His research has been funded by the NSF, the Kauffman, Sloan, and Matsushita Foundations, among others.
Japan Program Research Associate, Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, Stanford University
Kenji Kushida is the Japan Program Research Associate at the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center at Stanford University, Project Leader of the Stanford Silicon Valley – New Japan Project,and a research affiliate of the Berkeley Round table on the International Economy. He holds a PhD in political science from the University of California, Berkeley, and has an MA in East Asian studies and BAs in economics and East Asian studies, all from Stanford University. Kushida’s research interests are in the fields of comparative politics, political economy, and information technology. He has five streams of academic research and publication: institutional foundations of Silicon Valley’s economic ecosystem; political economy issues surrounding information technology globally; institutional and governance structures of Japan’s Fukushima nuclear disaster; political strategies of foreign multinational corporations in Japan; and Japan’s political economic trans formation since the 1990s. Each stream has produced several journal publications and working papers, including “A Strategic Overview of the Silicon Valley Ecosystem: Toward Effectively "Harnessing" Silicon Valley," “The Politics of Commoditization in Global ICT Industries: A Political Economy Explanation of the Rise of Apple, Google, and Industry Disruptors” and co-authored “Cloud Computing: From Scarcity to Abundance” and co-edited books
including “Syncretism: The Politics of Economic Restructuring and System Reform in Japan”(APARC/Brookings 2013). Kushida has also written general audience books in Japanese, including Biculturalism and the Japanese(Chuko Shinsho, 2006, Amazon Kindle 2015) The World of International
Mitch launched JAIC's US investment arm in 2000, and invested across 35 startups. His investments includes LiveRamp (Acquired by Axciom), Fortinet (IPO), Swell (Acquired by Apple), W.I.S Technologies (Acquired by Micronas)and others. At Draper Nexus, he specializes in Enterprise Internet Services/Software in US and Japan.
Prior to JAIC, he held various positions at JETRO New York, including working closely with major Japanese corporations for their business partnership with US Start-ups. He has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Curtin University of Technology in Australia and an MA in Economics from Boston University.
Aki’s experience includes fields as diverse as construction, venture capital, and product management. Before WiL, he headed up Digital Garage’s investment arm, resulting in 30+ venture rounds that included Kip, Udemy, Intercom, Kamcord, AdStage, FundersClub, and Glide.
During his tenure at Digital Garage, where he’d started as a web producer, Aki moved to San Francisco to launch the company’s U.S. office.
Then, while in residence at Twitter, he was instrumental in the company’s expansion to Japan. At the same time, he drove the Japanese rollouts of top services including Path and LinkedIn.
Aki graduated from the Department of Architecture at Kansai University’s Faculty of Engineering. Before teaching himself computer programming and starting his tech career, he worked at the construction firm Kumagaigumi as a site foreman.
Ethan Kurzweil, a partner in the Menlo Park, Calif. office, joined Bessemer in 2008 where he focuses on investments in consumer technologies and cloud computing - and leads Bessemer's roadmap on developer platforms.
Ethan’s portfolio includes consumer companies including Twitch, Life360 and Piazza; developer platforms including Twilio and Sendgrid; and cloud computing pioneers including Intercom, Simply Measured and Hightower. He has also been actively involved with the firm’s investments in Playdom (sold to Disney), adap.tv (sold to AOL), Zoosk, Crowdflower, Reputation.com, Sweet Labs, Skybox Imaging, and Mojave Networks. He currently serves on the board of directors of Twitch, Simply Measured, Intercom, Crowdflower, Hightower, Piazza and Sweet Labs. Ethan joined BVP from Linden Lab, the creator of Second Life. Previously, he held a series of positions at Dow Jones & Co., including leading new business development efforts and managing the turnaround of The Wall Street Journal international editions. While an undergraduate at Stanford, Ethan co-founded SSB-Bart Group, a provider of software and services that make the Web accessible to users with disabilities, and served as head of business development.
Ethan earned a BA from Stanford University – where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa – and an MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School. He serves on the Bay Area advisory board for New Leaders, a national non-profit dedicated to ensuring high academic achievement for all students through recruiting and supporting great school leaders. And despite living in California, he is still a life-long Boston Red Sox fan. Follow Ethan on twitter at @ethankurz.
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Claudia Fan Munce is the Managing Director of the IBM Venture Capital Group and Vice President of IBM Corporate Development. The Venture Capital Group’s serves as the strategic corporate venture unit of IBM that optimizes investments for make-buy-partner in support of IBM's strategic priorities globally, focusing on growth markets and disruptive technologies. The group also serves as strategic advisors to key IBM clients in developing their innovation strategy.
Claudia joined IBM Research Division in 1985 and held many technical and business leadership positions before assuming her current role as the global leader in 2004. She is frequently cited as a pioneer and leader of the fast growing corporate venture community by major media and she is a frequent contributor with her articles on innovation and corporate venture capital published by Business Week, HBR, and many others. Claudia is a board member of National Venture Capital and also served on the board of Latin American Venture Capital Association, and Women in Leadership of Private Equity in China. She is the current chairwoman of Global Corporate Venturing, advisor to AAAs/Lemelson Foundation and advisor to many venture capital firms. In March 2015, the Worth Magazine named her one of the top 20 most influential players in the Silicon Valley investment community.
Ms. Munce was born in Taiwan and grew up in Brazil. She holds a MS degree in Computer Science Engineering from Santa Clara University, and a MS degree in Management from Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
Toshi has over 20 years of experience in management of and investment in high-tech companies. Toshi is responsible for TransLink's investments in Appcelerator, CloudOn, deCarta, Eye-Fi, Guavus, Nexenta, Noom, Ubooly, Wildfire (acquired by Google) and Workspot, as well as supporting TransLink's portfolio companies with their customers and partners primarily in Japan.
Toshi was the President of Hikari Tsushin's VC operation in the U.S. where he managed their investment team in Palo Alto. Under Toshi’s leadership, Hikari expanded their operations to a team of six investment professionals. Toshi directly led Hikari Tsushin's investments in successful companies such as WebEx (NASDAQ: WEBX, acquired by Cisco) and SiRF (NASDAQ: SIRF).
Toshi also has startup leadership experience as Senior Vice President of Everypath Inc. He founded the Japanese subsidiary of Everypath and served as its General Manager and Representative Director where he was responsible for sales, marketing, project management, customer support, and R&D. Toshi grew Asian operations to a team of over 20 professionals, which generated over 60% of Everypath's worldwide business.
Early in his career, Toshi worked for Mitsubishi Corporation, the world's largest trade and investment firm, where he was in charge of multiple investment and business development projects in the IT industry. During his tenure at Mitsubishi, he enjoyed roles in sales, marketing, project management, and business development. He worked with highly successful start-ups such as Parametric Technology Corporation (NASDAQ: PMTC) to expand business in the Japanese market.
Toshi received his MBA degree from Stanford University and a B.S in Mechanical Engineering from Keio University in Japan.
Keith Rabois joined Khosla Ventures in March 2013.
He served as the Chief Operating Officer at Square from August 2010 until January 2013 where he lead the company's business operations including marketing, communications, business development, distribution, human resources and risk management. Keith specializes in transforming early-stage startups into successful businesses and has deep expertise in the financial services industry and government affairs.
An accomplished executive, entrepreneur and angel investor, Keith has held leadership roles atPayPal, LinkedIn, Slide and began his career practicing law at Sullivan & Cromwell. Keith was an early investor in several high-profile Internet companies including YouTube, served on the Board of Yelp (NYSE: YELP) from 2005 to Jan 2014, and currently serves on the board of directors of Xoom (NASDAQ: XOOM). Keith holds a JD from Harvard Law School and an undergraduate degree in political science from Stanford University.
Prior to Meritech, Craig was Chief Executive Officer of Gaia Interactive, which he grew from a 1/2 million to over a 20 million monthly visitor pioneer in social games and online communities. Prior to joining Gaia, Craig served as an EIR at Benchmark Capital. Previously, Craig was Chief Operating Officer of Ancestry.com (ACOM), where he helped lead the company’s pivot from a free family social network to a family history subscription service and grew the company from under $10 million to $150 million in sales and from tens of millions in losses to tens of millions in profits. Before Ancestry.com, Craig held senior positions at AIG: he was head of marketing and internet for all of AIG's Japanese and Korean divisions totaling over $5 billion in sales; and the general manager of AIG's property management software subsidiary, a $90 million sales company whose growth rate quadrupled during
Craig's tenure. Previous to AIG, Craig was Chief Executive Officer of Cendant Japan, a joint venture startup he founded with Cendant and Mitsubishi Corporation that he helped grow from inception to over $20 million in sales and profitability. Before that, he worked in product, marketing, finance and operations roles at Cendant during its growth from less than a $1billion to over a $40 billion public company.
Mike Volpi has been a partner at Index Ventures since 2009. He currently serves on the boards of Pure Storage, Hortonworks, Sonos, Elastic, Confluent, Lookout, SoundCloud, Zuora, Wealthfront, Interana, Skyport Systems, and Big Switch Networks, and was previously a director of Cloud.com [CTRX] and StorSimple [MSFT].
Prior to joining Index, Mike held a number of executive positions including Chief Strategy Officer at Cisco. He also serves on the board of EXOR SpA (EXO:IM). Mike has a B.S in Mechanical Engineering and an M.S. in Manufacturing Systems Engineering from Stanford University, and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Executive Vice President & COO, NTT DOCOMO Ventures, Inc.
After Akimoto joined NTT in 1987, he mainly engaged in business related to the launch of overseas projects. Since 1999, he has worked for NTT DOCOMO. He has served as COO of DOCOMO Communications Laboratories USA, Inc. (currently DOCOMO Innovations, Inc.), President & CEO of DOCOMO Capital, Inc.(he discovered Evernote at that time), Chairman of DOCOMO Innovations, Inc., responsible for the launch of Silicon Valley R&D office, investment for startups and collaboration support with NTT DOCOMO. Most recently, he led R&D strategic investment at R&D strategy Department, engaged consistently in the achievement of Open Innovation through the collaboration with startups.
Tommy Goji is Managing Partner at UTEC. Since he co-founded UTEC as partner in April 2004, he focused UTEC's investment strategy on seed/early stages, built team, and raised three UTEC funds totaling JPY 30 billion (approx. USD 250 million) as of July 2015, based on the Japanese law named "The Limited Partnership Act for Investment" that he originally drafted in 1997-1998 at the then Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) of Japan. He is Managing Director of Japan Venture Capital Association.
Masahiko Honma is co-founder and general partner of Incubate Fund, the largest seed stage investment group in Japan, with the focus on investing in mobile, gaming, and internet media startups in Japan. Our total asset under management is US $180M from investors like Tencent, Yahoo, SEGA, Mixi, Mitsui Sumitomo Bank, and Japan’s government fund.
Masahiko has made good track records of creating and supporting mobile gaming startups like Pokelabo(Acquired by GREE with over US$170M) and Gumi(Public in Dec.2014). Now Incubate Fund actively invests in O2O, IoT, and Entertainment sectors in Japan.
Managing Partner, Globis Capital Partners, Chairman of Japan Venture Capital Association (JVCA)
Soichi Kariyazono is a managing partner at Globis Capital Partners. Having co-founded GLOBIS VC in 1996, Mr. Kariyazono has led internet service and software deals. His major track records are Gree, Works Applications and Netage Group. Prior to joining GLOBIS, he worked for the Management Consulting Division of Sanwa Research Institute Corporation. Mr. Kariyazono has authored three books on entrepreneurial strategy.
Mr. Kariyazono serves as the chairman of Japan Venture Capital Association (JVCA) since July 2015.
He received a BA in Law from Keio University in Japan and an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Business.
Shinzo Nakano is President & CEO of Itochu Technology Ventures, Inc.(ITV). ITV is a venture capital arm of Itochu Corporation, one of the largest trading conglomerates in Japan. He founded ITV in 2000 as a general partner and raised $83M for its first fund. He was named President and CEO of ITV in 2015 and currently runs its 4th $81M fund. ITV is a subsidiary of IT business department of Itochu Corporation and it invests in IT related startups in Japan and abroad. The LPs of its funds include Itochu Corporation, but the majority of the funds was raised from outside institutional investors. He received BA in Law at Keio University and joined Itochu Corporation in 1989.
Hiroaki is the Founder and Partner of Miyako Capital, a venture capital firm affiliated with Kyoto University. Prior to that, he worked for the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) of the Japanese Government, where he took an initiative role in developing the start-up investment ecosystem by setting new legal, accounting, taxation system. Hiroaki also worked for Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Venture Capital (MSIVC) as an Investment Manager.
Hiroaki received a Bachelor's degree in Economics from Tokyo University in2001, earned his MBA from Columbia Business School in 2007.
Shin leads consumer internet investments at Globis.His expertise lies in digital media, mobile services, digital contents and e-commerce. He takes a hands-on approach to his portfolio companies initiating strategy development, organization/process development, partnership development, and global expansion. His track record includes; IPO Kayac, Aucfan, and istyle; M&A nanapi, and Shimauma Print System etc. Prior to joining Globis, Shin led global management consulting projects at Arthur D. Little.Shin received a BA in Economics from the University of Tokyo (graduation thesis with Honors Award) in Japan and an MBA from Harvard Business School (Second Year Honors).
Ken Yasunaga serves as a Managing Director at Innovation Network
Corporation of Japan (INCJ) since 2013. Before joining INCJ, Yasunaga served as a Co-founder and Managing Partner of Entrepia Ventures. Yasunaga spent 9 years in New York and Silicon Valley investing to IT related US venture companies. Since 2007, he started investing to Japanese early stage ventures. Yasunaga also served as a director of Japan Venture Capital Association between 2010 and 2013.
Yasunaga started his career at Nissho Iwai Corporation, where he managed more than $500 million of IT related investments.