EE402A Colloquium

Intelligent Software Expands across Japan and the U.S.: What Roles Can Venture Capital Play?
Thursday, October 29, 2015 - 4:30pm to 5:50pm
Skilling Auditorium
Harumi Kato (NEC Capital Solutions Ltd.); John Fallows (Kaazing); Yoshi Yokokawa (Alpaca)
Abstract / Description: 

In this panel discussion, venture capitalist Mr. Harumi Kato, Partner with the Innovative Venture Investment LP Fund; Mr. John Fallows, President and CTO of Kaazing; and Mr. Yoshi Yokokawa, CEO of Alpaca, introduce their activities and discuss expansion across Japanese and U.S. markets by intelligent systems software firms. What do entrepreneurs in rapidly emerging new technology areas need to know about international expansion? How can venture capital investors help in this process? Kaazing, a Silicon Valley startup founded in 2007, enables the new generation of real time, interactive, collaborative Web applications, e.g. for Internet of Things gateways, by means of its groundbreaking HTML5 WebSocket standard and platform software innovations. Alpaca, an artificial intelligence software firm founded in 2013 with roots both in Japan and the U.S., is bringing deep learning solutions to the personal investing sector through its algorithm building platform, Capitalico. The Innovative Venture Investment Limited Partnership is jointly managed by NEC Capital Solutions and SMBC Venture Capital Co., Ltd.


The Autumn 2015 series explores the role of international partnerships of various types (joint development projects, M&A, corporate VC, etc.) in developing advanced intelligent systems. An intelligent system can be defined as a complex technology combination that integrates relatively sophisticated data analysis with some learning function or real-time environmental adaptability. Distinguished speakers from industry and government will showcase examples with at least one Asia partner in domains such as IoT (Internet of Things), autonomous vehicles and other robotics, smart wearable devices, and next generation energy and transportation systems.