Koji Osawa, Ph.D. (managing principal and co-founder)

Koji Osawa, Ph.D. has extensive experience in investment and management of high-tech companies in Asia and the United States. Dr. Osawa was at Mitsubishi Corporation for 14 years, starting in 1985, and served as division manager, Mitsubishi International Corporation (Palo Alto office), 1993 through 1999. He was responsible for business development with Silicon Valley companies in the areas of semiconductors, communications, and software. During this period, he invested in several private companies and venture capital funds. He arranged a wide range of business agreements between these private companies and prominent Japanese and Asian companies, resulting in hundreds of millions of dollars of business. Dr. Osawa also served as general manager of MC Silicon Valley, a wholly owned subsidiary of Mitsubishi Corp., and has been responsible for managing a U.S. investment fund since 1998.

Dr. Osawa serves on the boards of Verient, KargoCard and is the board observer for Advanced Micro-Fabrication Equipment (AMEC). He works closely with SoundHound.

Dr. Osawa serves on the boards of several nonprofit organizations: Global Catalyst Foundation, Japan Technology Professionals Association, Keizai Society and Digital Data Divide.

Dr. Osawa received his BS in electronics from Keio University, Japan, and his Ph.D. in engineering from Tohoku University, Japan.

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