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Akihiko Okamoto, President of Recruit Strategic Partners Inc.
Aki is the President of Recruit Strategic Partners, Inc. In this capacity he promotes new business development and oversees corporate venture investments both in Japan and globally, with a focus on North America and Asia.
Aki joined Recruit Co., LTD. in 2007 after having founded an online gaming company in Japan focused on fantasy baseball.
Prevoiusly, Aki has been involved in investment banking , venture capital and securities for 10 years.
At Recruit , Aki previously was responsible for new business development and brand management in the Housing & Real Estate department. Aki developed new products in the housing area, such as audience targeting tools, and also designed and promoted the strategy of integrated brand communication of SUUMO.
Recruit Strategic Partners, Inc. is a Venture Capital firm which focuses on investments in Internet-based, mobile phone-centric B2C, information service companies that provide consumers with innovative and convenient services and technologies. In addition to making investments, the company combines its own resources and information with the technologies and experience of an investment company to develop new services (R&D).
The company promotes R&D both in Japan and in the rest of the world. As an R&D-based venture capital firm, it not only gives weight to an investment's earning potential, but also to the importance of collaborative R&D to the Recruit Group and the possibility to of creating value for its consumers.
Recruit is currently focusing on strategic partnerships with companies that want to expand their markets to Japan/Asia.
To pitch your startup at this event, please apply at: http://bit.ly/RDxu3k
Format: Introductions, Q&A, 5 Pitches and Feedback.
ERA Summer 2012 Demo Day Coverage:
BetaBeat/NYO [Demo Day] http://betabeat.com/2012/09/era-demo-day-accelerator-entrepreneurs-roundtable-class-graduates/
BetaKit [CaterCow] http://betakit.com/2012/09/22/startups-creating-end-to-end-marketplaces-to-change-the-service-industry
GigaOm [Demo Day picks] http://gigaom.com/2012/09/21/4-startups-to-watch-from-entrepreneur-roundtable-accelerators-demo-day/
Huffington Post [Demo Day] http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/24/nyc-tech-startups_n_1908133.html
Pando Daily [Demo Day] http://pandodaily.com/2012/09/21/eras-summer-2012-demo-day-politics-planes-and-paperwork/
Tech Crunch [Demo Day picks] http://techcrunch.com/2012/09/21/techcrunchs-picks-from-the-era-demo-day-in-new-york/
Tech Crunch [Houdini] http://techcrunch.com/2012/09/21/houdini-aims-to-solve-the-crucial-quality-question-that-comes-with-using-amazons-mechanical-turk/
Tech Crunch [CaterCow] http://techcrunch.com/2012/09/21/catercow-takes-the-trouble-out-of-ordering-food-for-groups-in-nyc/
Techpinions [Demo Day] http://techpinions.com/business-models-not-technology-distinguish-ny-startups/10527
TheNextWeb [Demo Day] http://thenextweb.com/events/2012/09/21/meet -10 -startups-presenting-today-er-accelerator-demo-day-new-york/
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