He had just written a report to his superiors warning about the urgent threat that terrorists would use trucks or cars to mow people down in public places. Months earlier, a Tunisian deliveryman with a history of mental illness had driven a large cargo truck into a crowd of Bastille Day celebrants in Nice, France, killing 84 people and injuring more.
In addition to Sozo, Mr. Wickham is a veteran venture investor and startup entrepreneur.
Wickham went on to become a partner and run U. He is a past advisor to the Creandum Fund in Stockholm. In his new role at the Kauffman Fellows, Mr.
Wickham supports the leadership team in their ongoing development of the next generation of leaders in venture capital. During his tenure fromhe expanded the program into more than 50 countries and quadrupled both its operating budget and membership of the Kauffman Fellows Society. He also launched a multi-lingual book publishing arm, an annual research journal and the online Kauffman Fellows Academy.
Prior to founding Sozo, Mr. Nakamura spent over 20 years founding and building technology companies.
At Mitsubishi Corporation, he created relationships with large Japanese conglomerates, providing the credibility needed for portfolio start-ups to find alpha and beta customers. Nakamura launched the Innovation Kitchen, a Mitsubishi Corporation subsidiary, which incubated seed-stage ventures in Japan.
Before Innovation Kitchen, Mr. Nakamura worked in the telecommunications division and led multiple startup companies at Mitsubishi Corporation. Nakamura worked on many start-ups including being a founding member of Yahoo! He is a member of Kauffman Fellows Class 12 and the recipient of the Jeff Timmons Memorial Award, given to only one Fellow per year, which recognizes his outstanding contributions to the program.
During this time, Yoshihiko worked very broadly within enterprise IT, promoting and providing IT solutions to leading Japanese enterprises. He also developed a deep understanding of how Japanese companies implement and adopt new technologies and business models from outside of Japan.
As such, he is well positioned to understand the ways in which novel technologies and solutions can be best implemented across companies to provide quick global expansion. He also performed post integration work to ensure that companies were able to merge seamlessly and could keep growing.
These assignments emphasized financial and accounting analysis, as well as clear and precise reporting.
Garcia has analyzed a multitude of businesses in many different industries and markets. Garcia worked with Mr. Kartia at Innovation Kitchen.
He managed all U. Garcia was a Senior Manager at Accuracy a consulting firm where he performed a variety of financial consulting roles, from being an expert witness for international arbitration litigation, to doing corporate valuations and joint venture reviews. Kobayashi comes with over 13 years of engineering experience in the technology industry, especially IP and VoIP network technologies.
He has served in a variety of leadership positions in multiple technology service companies. Prior to joining Sozo Ventures, he served as a Hi-touch engineer at Sonus Networks, where he led the implementation and renewal of mission critical projects at VoIP network for major telecom companies.
He played a crucial role within the team during many critical phases including bridging the teams between the US and Japan and providing each team with the know-how on how to conclude the project. Prior to Sonus Networks, Mr.
Kobayashi served as a pre-sales network engineer at Softbank Telecom, a company that provides global data network to the enterprise and public office. In this position he had to interact with the sales team and the clients which helped him create an extensive network in the Japanese business community.
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