Hiroshi Okamoto, Venture Partner
Hiroshi Okamoto is a Venture Partner based in Los Angeles, California and Tokyo, Japan. He has varied and extensive experiences in helping U.S., European and Japanese companies grow beyond their own borders.
Hiroshi started his career at KPMG Los Angeles assisting Japanese companies in audit and real estate consulting. He then further assisted Japanese companies enter the U.S. market as part of the M&A team at The Long-Term Credit Bank of Japan (currently Shinsei Bank). He subsequently became CFO of Hollywood-based independent filmmaker Trans Pacific Films and since then has had an intertwined career as both entrepreneur and investor/advisor.
He was the founder of E-Street Bagels, an early e-commerce food site in Japan, and co-founder of Irish mobile games publisher Upstart Games, both exited by selling to publicly listed companies. In between launching startups, he has held positions as Director of a Japanese venture capital firm, President of a Japanese securities firm, M&A advisor and private equity real estate investment banker.
Hiroshi is a graduate of UCLA and Harvard Business School and is a U.S. CPA (inactive). He splits his time between Los Angeles, where his family – wife, daughter, son – live and Tokyo, where he has spent a significant portion of his career. His greatest passion is seeing how much longer he can keep up with his son in all his sports endeavors.