Ryu Muramatsu ｜ Director / Founding Partner
Ryu Muramatsu is a co-founder and Executive Vice President of GMO Payment Gateway Inc and a Founding Partner and Director of GMO VenturePartners. GMO Payment Gateway is the largest online payment service provider in Japan, public since 2005. Currently, he resides in Singapore to focus on Asian market. Prior to founding his first payment startup, Ryu worked for JAFCO, the largest VC in Japan and JAFCO Ventures in Silicon Valley. He was in charge of Business Development and Japanese connection of its US based portfolio companies. As an investor and entrepreneur, it’s 100 portfolio companies include 11 IPOs and 5 billion dollar companies. (GMO Internet Inc., GMO Payment Gateway Inc., Qihoo 360 Technology Co. Ltd., VECTOR INC., Mercari, Inc.) Ryu earned his B.A. degree from Waseda University.
Tomohiro Miyasaka ｜ Director / Partner
Tomohiro worked for SBI Holdings, Inc.,an internet bank group in Japan. At SBI Holdings he co-founded SBI Sumishin Net Bank, Ltd., an online bank startup. He joined GMO VenturePartners in 2008. At GMO VentureParters he has invested in many companies and became a Board of Director for portfolio companies. He earned his B.A. degree from Keio University.
Kazuyasu Sugiyama ｜ Rep. Director
Kazu was in charge of fund raising, management and legal at Softbank Investment(Currently SBI Investment) and Nippon Venture Capital. Also at Nippon Venture Capital he was a head of venture capital fund raising and managment business. Through, the business he was involved in various numbers of fund raising and management including GMO VenturePartneres. Kazu became representive director of GMO VenturePartners at October of 2016. He earned his B.A from Hitotsubashi University.
Sachiko Shiota ｜ Director
Sachiko joined GMO VenturePartners in 2006. Sachiko is responsible for investment, fund raising and fund management.
Prior to joining GMO, Sachiko worked for Orix Inc. There she was responsible for startup investment and M&A advisory.
Currently, she is a director of Vasily Inc, GMO VenturePartner’s portfolio company.
Sachiko earned her B.A from Waseda University
Sho Nakagawa ｜ Senior Associate
Sho joined GMO VenturePartners in 2012. He has diverse background in working with Asian companies and also conducted investments in tens of successful startups especially in Fintech / AI / Market Place domain. He is currently in charge of investments in US, South East Asia and India.
Sho earned his B.A from the University of Tokyo.
Prior to joining GMO, Sho worked at Rebright Partners, which is a venture capital firm investing in internet and mobile startups in Southeast Asia.
Kota Uno ｜ Associate and Incubation investment
In 2009, Kota joined ABeam M&A Consulting and engaged in business due diligence and value-up plan construction after investment. After that, I have charge of a marketing project of a pharmaceutical company at M3, Inc which operates a portal site for medical staff. I work for this fund from 2017. Master of Engineering, Hokkaido University.
Yui Utsunomiya ｜ Incubation investment
In 2010, Yui joined Ajinomoto Co., Inc. and was in charge of business development of Seasoning and Life Science products. After that, He worked for Tokyo Sushi Academy Singapore Pte. Ltd. as a managing director.
Yui joined GMO VenturePartners in 2017. He earned his master's degree in Management of technology from Tokyo Institute of Technology.
Ishibashi Hideto ｜ Design Fellow
Hideto is an information architect, a business concept designer, and a service planner. His work is to plan, design and develop websites, web services and applications. His motto is from philosophy to implementation.
He became an advisor of GMO Venture Partners since 2005. Recently, as a Design Fellow, he supports portfolio companies through his experience as a designer.
Hideto graduated from Kurume National College of Technology.