Akira Kurabayashi
Managing Partner / Head of Japan
Areas of Focus
SaaS/Cloud Computing
Digital Marketing
Fintech

Akira has been in the venture business for 20 years in the US and Japan, and backed more than 50 enterprise software start-ups: TeamSpirit (TSE Mothers 4397), Money Foward (TSE Mothers 3994), Sansan (TSE Mothers 4443), Hottolink (TSE Mothers 3680), TerraSky (TSE Mothers 3915), SynergyMarketing (Acquired by Yahoo Japan), 1st Holdings (Acquired by Orix), Shanon (TSE Mothers 3976), Kabuku (Acquired by Futaba Corporation), Beceem Communications (acquired by Broadcom) and Smart Signal (acquired by GE Intelligent Platforms) etc.).

Akira currently serves on the boards of Money Forward (TSE Mothers 3994), FROM SCRATCH, Andpad, XICA, toBe Marketing, UPWARD, Kakehashi, Mazrica, Trend Express, Adacotech, Creadits, and Knowledge Work and is a board observer at Folio, Studist, Spacely, Flect, Alphaus, HERP, Resily, Alp, Techtouch and Tutorial.

Before joining DNX Ventures, Akira was Japan Head 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 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 The Corporate Venture Capital Handbook, Chuokeizai-sha, Inc.  Akira holds an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, a BA and Ph.D. in Technology Management from Doshisha University and completed Executive Management Program at University of Tokyo (Spring 2017)

Areas of Focus
SaaS/Cloud Computing
Digital Marketing
Fintech
Active Investments
Connected Robotics
Credit Engine
Diggle
Flect
Folio
Four Fusion
Growth Hack Studio
KAKEHASHI
Mazrica
Alphaus Cloud Simplified
O:
ANDPAD
ParadiseWare
Psygig
Refcome
Spacely
SYMAX
ToBe Marketing
TrendExpress
UPWARD
Zehitomo
Axiverse
Trajectory
RESTAR
Resily
Inner Resource
Alp
Tanomu
Studist
From Scratch
SImount
XICA
PocketChange
Adacotech
Table Check
Hexabase
TechTouch
Hubble
HERP
Tsunagu.AI
Flow Solutions
Rehasaku
Overflow
Creadits
Tutorial
Medup
Yesod
Beatrust
UPSIDER
Stock
Enpay
Magic Moment
Exited Investments
TeamSpirit
Clintal
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