Akira Kurabayashi Overview

  • Investor Type
  • Angel
  • Investments
  • 2
  • Exits
  • 2

Akira Kurabayashi General Information


Mr. Akira Kurabayashi serves as Managing Partner and Head of Japan at DNX Ventures. He serves as a Board Observer at Refcome. He serves as Board Member at Adacotech and Knowledge Work. He is also an Executive Partner at From Scratch Company. He serves as Board Member at toBe Marketing. He also served as Board Observer at Growth Hack Studio and Folio. Akira has been in the venture business for 20 years in the US and Japan and backed more than 50 enterprise software start-ups: TeamSpirit (TSE Mothers 4397), Money Foward (TSE Mothers 3994), Sansan (TSE Mothers 4443), Hottolink (TSE Mothers 3680), TerraSky (TSE Mothers 3915), SynergyMarketing (Acquired by Yahoo Japan), 1st Holdings (Acquired by Orix), Shanon (TSE Mothers 3976), Kabuku (Acquired by Futaba Corporation), Beceem Communications (acquired by Broadcom) and Smart Signal (acquired by GE Intelligent Platforms), etc.). Akira currently serves on the boards of Money Forward (TSE Mothers 3994), FROM SCRATCH, Andpad, XICA, toBe Marketing, UPWARD, Kakehashi, Mazrica, Trend Express, Adacotech, Credits, and Knowledge Work and is a board observer at Folio, Studist, Spacely, Flect, Alphaeus, HERP, Resily, Alp, Techtouch, and Tutorial. Before joining DNX Ventures, Akira was Japan Head at Salesforce Ventures and Globespan Capital Partners. Prior to Globespan, Akira spent 5 years at Mitsui & Co., Ltd and led the company's venture capital activities both in the US and Japan. He was Co-Founder & Director of Mitsui Technology Investment Group in Silicon Valley. Previously, Akira spent 5 years at Fujitsu Limited in various roles including Corporate Development, Corporate Strategy, and Sales. Akira is a published author of The Corporate Venture Capital Handbook, Chuokeizai-sha, Inc. Akira holds an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, a BA and Ph.D. in Technology Management from Doshisha University, and completed the Executive Management Program at the University of Tokyo (Spring 2017)

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Primary Investor Type
Angel (individual)

Akira Kurabayashi Investments (2)

Company Name Deal Date Deal Type Deal Size Industry Company Stage Lead Partner
Kabuku 25-Nov-2015 Early Stage VC 00.000 Multimedia and Design Software Generating Revenue 00000 00000000000 00.0
000000000 0000 00000 Educational Software Generating Revenue 00000 00000000000 00.0
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Akira Kurabayashi Exits (2)

Company Name Exit Date Exit Type Exit Size
CLEARNOTE 12-Feb-2021 Merger/Acquisition
000000 08-Sep-2017 000000000000000000
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Akira Kurabayashi Team (1)

Name Title Deals Funds Boards Office
Akira Kurabayashi Ph.D Angel Investor 00 0 00 Tokyo, Japan
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