Michi Kaifu, CEO
Michi has over twenty years of international business development and consulting experience in the wireless and telecommunications industries. Having lived, been educated and worked in telecom in both the U.S. and Japan, she is a unique and effective bridge between the two countries.
Michi formed ENOTECH Consulting in 1999, and since then, have advised numerous companies in the U.S. and Japan, in their global strategy. In 2008, her first book “Paradaisu Sakoku” was published in Japan. She currently writes a monthly column “Tech Mom’s New Wave from Silicon Valley” on Nikkei Business Online, one of the top Japanese publication for business executives, as well as business trend reports on “WirelessWire News”, wireless industry publication, from time to time.
Previously, Michi worked at a start-up mobile carrier, NTT America, Bain & Co., and Honda Motor.
Michi holds the MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, and BA from Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo, Japan.
1999年にエノテック・コンサルティングを設立して以来、日米両国の数多くのクライアントにグローバル・ビジネス戦略のアドバイスを行ってきています。2008年には、著書「パラダイス鎖国」が出版されています。現在、日経ビジネスオンラインに月一回のコラム「Tech MomのNew Wave from Silicon Valley」を、また非定期にWirelessWire Newsにレポートを寄稿しています。
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
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.