President & CEO/Partner
Shinzo Nakano joined Itochu Corporation in 1989. In early 90's, he first got involved in venture investment when he worked for Itochu Technology, Inc. in Silicon Valley. He established business ties with top tier US VC firms such as KPCB and Itochu has expanded its venture investment business since then. He founded Itochu Technology Ventures, Inc., a subsidiary of Itochu Corp, in 2000 and raised its first fund for $83M as a partner. He achieved 6 successful exits including 2 IPOs for the fund. In 2006, he returned to Itochu Technology, Inc. in Silicon Valley as SVP & COO. In 2012, he became General Manager of IT business Dept of Itochu Corporation. In 2015, he became President & CEO of Itochu Technology Ventures,Inc.
Executive Vice President / Partner
Having been engaged in investments in non-listed venture companies and fundraising with JAFCO Co., Ltd., one of the largest venture capital companies in Japan, Junichiro Kono has had experiences in business planning and capital policy making for many investee companies, calculation of corporate value, formulation of business alliance plans and promotion of alliance.
Mr. Kono has served with ITOCHU Technology Ventures since April 2008 to present and been engaged in investments in IT venture companies and management support for investee companies ranging from strategic planning to the implementation. Mr. Kono is a graduate of the Meiji University, Department of Political Science and Economics.