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Our Team

Meet Our Highly-Skilled, Diverse, Results-Driven Team

We are multilingual, international, and experienced. We have the expertise to help you build a great company.

Hiroyuki Murai

Managing Director, Investment

Hiroyuki Murai

Managing Director, Investment

Background

Hiroyuki’s has extensive experience in building and growing online businesses and is regarded as a visionary leader within Recruit. He ascribes to a servant leadership management style and inspires the professionals around him to live up to their full potential. He has spent more than five years living in ASEAN countries and travels around the world giving talks to entrepreneurs and investors.

Shingo Kato

Senior Vice President and Head of US Investment, Investments

Shingo Kato

Senior Vice President and Head of US Investment, Investments

Background

With a background in software engineering and AI research, Shingo’s area of expertise is AI, IoT, and Robotics.
He has also worked as a system engineer and, for seven years, was in technical sales, selling collaboration software such as Lotus Notes.

Portfolio

Conversica
Dashbot
DataRobot
Element
Fortella
Lawgeex
Layer
Nymi
Plenty
Savioke
ShoCard
Starship Technolgoies

Hitoshi Matsuda

Senior Vice President and Head of India Investment, Investments

Hitoshi Matsuda

Senior Vice President and Head of India Investment, Investments

Background

Hitoshi invests in the Asia market and helps to develop companies’ Japan market entry strategy. He was responsible for establishing a joint venture with the ANA Group. He has also engaged in business development and finance management as a vice president and CEO.

Portfolio

Open
Fyle
CleverTap
Locus

Youngrok Kim

Senior Vice President, Investments

Youngrok Kim

Senior Vice President, Investments

Background

Youngrok’s main focus is on blockchain technology. He has worked for ARCH Venture Partners in Chicago as a consultant. He started his professional career as a server engineer at Goldman Sachs where, for six years, he managed technology infrastructure and workplace technologies. He majored in computer science at Aoyama Gakuin University in Japan and earned his MBA degree at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Portfolio

Node
Curvegrid
Provenance

Kevin Yangyang Wu

Vice President, Investments

Kevin Yangyang Wu

Vice President, Investments

Background

Kevin’s main focus is on fintech. He is passionate about meeting entrepreneurs with the vision to build a great product that solves real-life problem and improves people’s lives — and helping them succeed. He is also leading the technical due deligence group in Recruit.

Portfolio

Fundbox
Accel Robotics
Properly

Hironori Onoue

Vice President, Investments

Hironori Onoue

Vice President, Investments

Background

Hironori focuses on investments in fintech, AI and machine learning (ML), and blockchain in the Asia market, and he is responsible for technical due deligence. During his time at Recruit, he has also launched web services as a software as an engineer and, as a research engineer, led ML projects to adapt ML models for group companies. Prior to joining Recruit, he was a software engineer and business consultant at a startup.

Portfolio

Rubique
niki.ai

Yuki Tanaka

Vice President, Investments

Yuki Tanaka

Vice President, Investments

Background

Yuki’s areas of specialization are the blockchain industry and the Israeli market. He has a background in engineering and entreprenuership, and before joining Recruit Strategic Partners, he worked as a technical lead overseeing multiple products within Recruit Group. He has also worked as an application engineer at Goldman Sachs where he was responsible for settlement and clearance systems, as well as CEO and CTO at several startups.

Portfolio

Beam
BlockFi
Breez
Coti
Loyyal

Gen Ukegawa

Business Development, Market Development

Gen Ukegawa

Business Development, Market Development

Background

Gen supports startups as they develop in the Japan market and he excels at helping businesses create connections and strengthen their network.
He has been a product manager for location data platform and worked as a marketing consultant for Recruit Group.

Yuki “Newki” Tanaka

Technology Analyst, Market Development

Yuki “Newki” Tanaka

Technology Analyst, Market Development

Background

Yuki’s focus is on blockchain technology. He has also worked in Japan as a software engineer and a sales engineer. He has a deep interest in practical applications for blockchain.

Shizuka Nishida

Fund Management, Operations

Shizuka Nishida

Fund Management, Operations

Nan Nan

Fund Management, Operations

Nan Nan

Fund Management, Operations

Background

Nan Nan is responsible for pre-investment due diligence, post-investment
management, and the management of CVC Funds.

Silu Hu

Fund Management, Operations

Silu Hu

Fund Management, Operations

Yoshie Sugawara

Head of Staff, Operations

Yoshie Sugawara

Head of Staff, Operations