Mochio Umeda: President

Mochio Umeda's visionary insights combined with his firsthand knowledge and experience in Silicon Valley are highly regarded among CEOs of large Japanese IT companies. As an opinion leader in the industry, he plays a key role in introducing the "Silicon Valley high growth mechanism" into the management thinking of those companies in Japan.

Mochio is the founder and president of MUSE Associates and co-founder of the Pacifica Fund ( an early-stage venture capital also located in Palo Alto. Before starting MUSE, he was one of the founding directors of Arthur D. Little's Silicon Valley office. Mochio is also a leading commentator on IT industry in the Japanese press, with countless published articles (In Japanese: ) in Japan's primary business publications, including Chuo Koron, Nikkei Business, Nikkei Personal Computing and Foresight. He is the author of the bestseller book "Web Shinkaron (Theory of Web Evolution)" (Chikuma Shobo, 2006).

Mochio holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from Keio University and a Master of Information Science from the University of Tokyo.

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