President & CEO at A2O, Inc.
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Kaz was formerly a managing director and a board member of ITOCHU Technology Ventures, Inc. (ITV), a venture capital firm based in Tokyo. Prior to joining ITV in 2006, he was responsible for the business development and strategic investment of ITOCHU’s ICT & Media Group mainly in the U.S. and Japan. He has led Venture Investment efforts in the US, investing in early-stage Silicon Valley technology companies since 1997. And he was also responsible for ITOCHU’s first U.S. technology venture capital fund, Horizon Ventures to be established in 2000. He is currently President & CEO of A2O, Inc., a management consulting firm based in Tokyo, Founding Board Member(Former President) of TiE Japan, Venture Advisor of Monta Vista Capital and a board member of Macnica Fuji Electronics Holdings, Inc. (TSE:3132).
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Japan’s Waseda University.