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Part of our series featuring senior level executives with deep ties to Japan.
Before becoming a venture capitalist, Tak Miyata built and sold two startups – one in the U.S. to Google and one in Japan to the social network mixi. Armed with this first-hand understanding of entrepreneurship, he is now supporting U.S. startups getting a foothold in Asian markets.
Tak launched Scrum Ventures in 2013 and the firm has made 30 investments to date in companies in e-commerce, healthcare, education, video and the Internet of Things. Leveraging his contacts in Asia, he helps the firms he invests in to enter Asian markets earlier than they otherwise would.
In his talk, Tak will share insights based on his career bridging Silicon Valley and Asia. He’ll discuss why many of Silicon Valley’s disruptive innovations have not yet made their way across the Pacific. He’ll explain why U.S. startups should get involved in Asia, and how they can best go about succeeding there – including why Japan and Korea are better places for first steps in Asia rather than China. Tak will also talk about how the strengths of Silicon Valley and Asia are complementary, particularly as attention is turning to wearables and other devices.
Tak Miyata is the Founding Partner at the early stage venture capital firm Scrum Ventures. He has over 15 years of international experience in the IT industry both as an entrepreneur and as a senior executive. Neven Vision, Tak’s first US based startup, was acquired by Google in 2006. His second startup, Japan based J-Magic, was acquired in 2009 by mixi, Japan’s leading social network. At mixi, Tak served as the Executive Vice President of Alliance, forging partnerships in countries such as South Korea and China. Tak holds a Master’s degree in Nano Science from Waseda University.