Akira has been in the venture business for 15 years in the US and Japan, and backed more than 40 enterprise software start-ups so far in his career (TeamSpirit(TSE 4397), Hottolink(TSE Mothers 3680), TerraSky(TSE Mothers 3915), SynergyMarketing(Acquired by Yahoo Japan), 1st Holdings (Acquired by Orix), Shanon (TSE Mothers 3976), Money Foward (TSE Mothers 3994), Kabuku (Acquired by Futaba Corporation), Sansan, Beceem Communications (acquired by Broadcom) and Smart Signal (acquired by GE Intelligent Platforms) etc.).
Akira currently serves on the boards of Money Forward, XICA, FROM SCRATCH, toBe Marketing, UPWARD, Mobingi, Kakehashi, Mazrica, Trend Express and OCT and is a board observer at Flect, Folio and Refcome. He also led the firm’s seed/early stage investment in Growth Hack Studio, Clintal, SYMAX, Paradiseware, Credit Engine, SImount, DIGGLE, Zehitomo, O:, Connected Robotics, Spacely, Four Fusion, and PSYGIG. Before joining Draper Nexus, Akira was Head of Japan Investment at Salesforce Ventures and Globespan Capital Partners.
Prior to Globespan, Akira spent 5 years at Mitsui & Co., Ltd and led the company’s venture capital activities both in the US and Japan. He was Co-Founder & Director of Mitsui’s Technology Investment Group in Silicon Valley. Previously, Akira spent 5 years at Fujitsu Limited in various roles including Corporate Development, Corporate Strategy, and Sales. Akira is a published author of Corporate Venture Capital Handbook, Chuokeizai.