He always asked himself the same question. “Who am I?.” The struggle to gain general acceptance continued. But, he never stopped believing in himself.Organizations identify changes as a risk, while individuals see changes as an opportunity. Individual creativity is important.Now he’s providing Entrepreneurship Programs as an expert in the field to support students in starting a business from scratch because he thought we shouldn’t sell our time for organizations in the age to come.His story gives us a hint to life in the future of society.
Venture capitalist Nippon Technology Venture Partners NTVP
He was born in Kaifu-gun, Tokushima Prefecture in 1958.
Directing Shakespeare plays in a club when studying in Keio University opened his eyes to the possibiities of building something from scratch if he could devote himself for half a year. As that experience became his foundation as a company employee, he made advanced achievements in investing start-up companies.
In 1998, he established the first Investment Limited Partnership run by individuals in Japan, where he succeeded in investing DeNABayStars, and etc.
Further, he carries out “Youth Entrepreneurship Program” in Chiba City, and so on while he has been serving as a lecturer at Keio Business School since 2007.
With his belief that “Japan in the 21st century should be where unique, independent, individual, and nameless young entrepreneurs challenge frontier business of the unknown future from scratch as a job maker,” he insists on changes of preconceived ideas.
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