Michi Kaifu, CEO Enotech Consulting
Michi has over thirty years of international business development and consulting experience in the information technology (IT) industries. Having lived, been educated and worked in IT in both the U.S. and Japan, she is a unique and effective bridge between the two countries.
Michi founded ENOTECH Consulting in 1999, and since then, have advised Japanese and US clients in their global IT strategy, product entry planning, partnership and investment opportunity search, technology sourcing, and market analysis. The areas of expertise include big data, robotics and AI, IoT, mobile and cloud, and other emerging technology areas.
She is a published author in Japan, with the most recent book “Big Data Champions” published in 2013. Michi serves as a member of the board of Japan Society of Northern California, a planning committee member of Japan US Innovation Awards, jointly held by Japan Society of Northern California and US-Asia Technology Management Center, Stanford University, and as a California Fellow for Kyushu University in Fukuoka, Japan.
Previously, Michi held international business development positions at a start-up mobile carrier, NTT America, and Honda Motor.
Michi holds the MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, and BA from Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo, Japan.
MOBILE AND IT STRATEGIES
Jon Metzler, Founder and President
Jon Metzler is Founder and President of Blue Field Strategies. Jon provides a variety of US and Asian technology, telecommunications and media clients with business, regulatory and strategic consulting services, including regulatory analysis and advocacy, technology and market due diligence, and market ecosystem development.
VENTURE FINANCE AND IT STRATEGIES
Chika Watanabe, President, Blueshift Global Partners
Born in Japan. Lives in the Bay Area. Loves technology and all things weird.
Ex-Mitsubishi Corp, McKinsey, Neoteny, JTPA
Yuki Sekiguchi, CEO, Startup Navigators
Yuki has over fifteen years of business and technology consulting experience with companies in Japan, Europe, and the US. Her focus has been startups since moving to San Francisco. She advises and leads tech startups on user acquisition, product marketing and growth, and help them make a presence in the US market. She also advises big corporations on new business creation and product development in Silicon Valley style through her Lean Startup workshops and consultations.
Previously, Yuki worked as a management consultant at PwC Consulting and IBM Global Business Services, as an M&A advisor at Intelligent Capital, and as a COO & VP of Marketing at Lunascape.
Yuki holds BA in Economics from the University of Tokyo.
CLEANTECH AND M&A
Chako Ando, Principal, Cando Advisors
Chako Ando, Principal has over 25 years of consulting, startup, investment banking and capital markets experience. Since 2002, Ms. Ando advised both U.S. and Japanese companies on their funding, alliance and go-to-market strategies. Ms. Ando was the COO and Vice President, Business Development of Fitech Laboratories, a cross-border software startup based in San Francisco and Tokyo. Earlier, she was a VP in the M&A department of Daiwa America; manager of a venture capital investment fund for the Industrial Bank of Japan; and a VP of derivatives credit management with Sumitomo Bank Capital Markets.