John Kojiro Moriwaka
CEO of YuzuVision, CEO of Silicon Valley Ventures, CEO of StartupFire, Executive Vice President & CIO of Moriwaka Medical, Director of Startup Grind Tokyo, Ambassador of Startup World Cup
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Based in Silicon Valley, USA, and Tokyo, Japan, Prof. John Kojiro Moriwaka serves many important roles in various organizations. He founded and became CEO of YuzuVision in Silicon Valley in 2019. YuzuVision offers Japan’s finest polarized lenses, brought to you from San Francisco. He is the Founder & CEO of Silicon Valley Ventures, which supports startups to large corporations’ innovation activities. He is Executive Vice President & CIO of Moriwaka Medical (48-year-old medical innovation company), which sells, repairs, designs, makes medical devices, and equipment. He founded #StartupFire, an Online Accelerator, and organizes startup events in Silicon Valley, Japan, and India.
He is partner of Riftal, the leading fintech and blockchain development company in Estonia.
He is advisor and visiting professor of I University (opening April 2020), teaching entrepreneurship & innovation.
He published a book about ‘leadership & innovation’. He is often invited to leading universities, hospitals and organizations within Japan and abroad, not just as a promoter of innovation but as a charismatic motivational speaker.
He is co-chapter director of Startup Grind Tokyo (Japanese chapter of Startup Grind originally from Silicon Valley, held in 120 countries, in 350 cities, 1 million entrepreneurs community), and ambassador of Startup World Cup (the largest startup pitch competition held in 54 cities around the world, 1st prize is a 1 million USD investment).
He is a mentor of Alchemist Accelerator (No.1 B2B accelerator in Silicon Valley), and an angel investor of HBS Angels Alumni Association, and Life Science Angels in Silicon Valley. He is mentor of E-Cell (Entrepreneurship organization), and advisor of Tinkers laboratory at Indian Institute of Technology Bombay. He is also an official columnist of Forbes Japan, Risona Bank, Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun, and Yamaguchi Shimbun.