Soichi Tajima founded Genesia Ventures in 2016.
Prior to Genesia Ventures, Soichi joined CyberAgent Ventures, which is the CVC of CyberAgent in 2005 and was appointed CEO in 2010. He led the effort on expansion of investment area and developed the investment strategy and got involved in the decision-making of all investments in 8 countries to grow CyberAgent Ventures to be a leading Venture Capital in Asia. He was also a director of Japanese Venture Capital Association (JVCA) and contributed to develop the industry. Previously he spent 8 years at Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC) and experienced financial businesses such as consumer and business loans, syndicated loan, liquidation of credit receivable, etc. He graduated from Osaka University in Engineering.
Etsuji Otsuka started his career as a system engineer at Recruit in 1989. In 1996, he led a project building a property search web service. Since then, he had been engaged in various projects related to the internet businesses/services, such as developing market places, classified ads, internet marketing analytics, low cost server and network structures and so on. In 2008 after London business school, he joined Recruit's CVC and started investing into and supporting startups in Japan, US and Taiwan. In 2013, he founded TRIUM Partners with his colleagues to provide consulting works to enterprises and investments into mainly B2B startups.He brought many of them to IPO and M&A. Participated in Genesia Ventures Co., Ltd. in Feb 2018. He received BA and MS in Electrical Engineering from Keio Univ. MSc in Management from London Business School.
Yuto Kono works with startups in the consumer mobile/internet, digital media, marketplace, fintech, healthcare and education with a focus on Japan and South East Asia. Prior to Genesia Ventures, he lived in India for three years and led launches of new businesses at a Japanese startup. He also worked at YourStory which is India's biggest media platform for startups and entrepreneurs. At the same time he ran market research in order to support companies and venture capital firms expanding their businesses to India. Previously he worked at Quipper, an e-learning platform which have operations in more than five countries. He graduated from Waseda University in Social Science.
Masami took a year off from University of Tokyo in 2015 and contributed launching a new sales team as well as branding curation media in Candle, Co. He decided to pursue his career off the campus and choose to work in Gree, one of the largest IT media company in Japan, as an internship student. Masami involved in optimizing internet advertising as a member of web media team in Gree. After going through various fields, he became interested in Startups, which guided him joining Genesia Ventures in April of 2018. He is currently attending University of Tokyo, department of Natural Science 1.