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Yohei Sawayama

Founding Partner

Before Coral Capital, Yohei was a co-founder of 500 Startups Japan, where he invested in over 40 companies. Prior to that he was a researcher at Nomura Securities, where he worked on tech IPOs including Gunosy ($300m), bengo4.com ($80m), FreakOut ($110m), and Voyage Group ($240m). Before Nomera, he covered the TMT sector for J.P. Morgan’s investment banking division. He worked on Sony’s acquisition of So-Net Entertainment for $785m, Toshiba’s acquisition of Landis+Gyrfor $2.3bn (ASIAMONEY Japan Best M&A 2011), and Bain Capital’s acquisition of Skylark for $2.1bn.

Before his career in finance, Yohei was an engineer. He received his Bachelor’s in Computer Simulation and Master’s in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Tokyo. He still codes regularly and is likely the only VC to win major hackathons in Japan.

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16 hours ago
全体的にポジティブなのだけど、投資家の方がさらにポジティブというのが面白いw https://t.co/EBlaD8w5Sf
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【今は起業に向いているか?】
今年4-5月に、匿名で83人の起業家および18人の投資家から協力を得た結果です。「現在、起業するのに適していると思いますか?」との問いに「とてもそう思う/そう思う」と答えたのは
起業家:45%
投資家:67%
でした。かなり差があったことが印象的です
#Coral過去記事 https://t.co/tDU7c33Giu
16 hours ago
嬉しい。スタートアップ に興味を持つ人を増やすことは僕らのミッションの一つだと思ってるのでもっと頑張ります💪 https://t.co/Inh4oHRCk4
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