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Shohei Sakazaki - Mr. Sakazaki has experience of 14 years in venture capital investing and four years in international business consulting practice. As a venture capitalist, he invested $47 million in 22 companies, of which eight made IPO and three were acquired successfully. He also served on the boards of 11 Silicon Valley startups, three as a board member and eight as a boardobserver.

After graduating from Waseda University, Tokyo, in 1989, Mr. Sakazaki joined Nippon Investment & Finance (currently NIF SMBC Ventures), where he organized the establishment of venture capital funds and executed investments in Asian growth companies as well as US technology startups. He also experienced international investment banking at Daiwa Securities from 1992 through 1993. From 1994 through 1996, he served as Portfolio Manager of NIF Management Singapore. He left NIF in 1997 and founded an international business communication consulting firm called Trans-it, Ltd., where he served more than fifteen corporate clients including venture firms and entrepreneurial companies. He rejoined NIF again in March 2000 and served as Managing Director of the Palo Alto office until February 2006.
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