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 50 portfolio companies include 14 IPOs and 9 billion dollar companies at maximum. (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 ｜ 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
Kota Uno ｜Senior 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 ｜ Associate and 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.
Yuta Yamamoto ｜ Associate and Global investment
Yuta joined GMO VenturePartners in 2018 with a focus on global investments in the US, Europe, SEA, and India, where he helps support current and future portfolio companies. Prior to the current position, he worked at Hardware Club, a French venture capital where he handled its Japan operation, participated in its first fundraising and evaluated international investment opportunities. He started his career in the Real Estate and Hotel Management department at Japan Post Holdings. Yuta holds MBA from HEC Paris and BA from The University of Tokyo.
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.