To be a part of new industry creation

Tatsuo Tsutsumi

To be a part of new industry creation

PROFILE

Tatsuo Tsutsumi joined GREE, Inc. in August 2011 and led the establishment of GREE Ventures, Inc. and the formation of its USD $20 million fund. Prior to joining GREE, Tatsuo worked at Recruit Co., Ltd., where he directed new business development, overseeing the establishment and operation of a social media marketing subsidiary and developing business development strategies in areas such as e-commerce, digital content and ad technology. Tatsuo set up Recruit’s Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm Recruit Strategic Partners, Inc., spearheading efforts to form partnerships with U.S. firms, while also managing Recruit's USD $20 million incubator, Recruit Incubation Partners Co., Ltd. Previously in his career, Tatsuo oversaw the establishment of CyberAgent’s Venture Capital arm, CA Capital, Ltd. (now CyberAgent Ventures, Inc.) raising a total of USD $50 million through the two funds he managed for that business, which he led to profitability.

Tatsuo Tsutsumi

MESSAGE

Desire to prove the role that venture capital plays

I came across a certain venture capitalist when I was in university, prompting me to make a decision that my future would be venture capital. When studying computational finance in university, I wrote a thesis on the endorsement effects of venture capital. That theme was originally studied in the USA, and it stated that investing by venture capital gives endorsement to starting a business and the business will see sound medium-term growth. I conducted statistical investigation of Japanese firms only to find that venture capital does not give endorsement. In other words, I discovered that venture capital does not help in the growth of a company. This proved to be an inconvenient truth for me. Even so, venture capital continued to be interesting work for me, and I have made it my life's work to disprove the results of the thesis. Everything I do at GREE Ventures is to prove that venture capital will be helpful in fostering and supporting startups.

Making venture capital an attractive occupation

Venture capital is still not an industry recognized by many in Japan. It is my dream to make venture capital more attractive so it will be work that outstanding young people would want to aim for. We want to support startups and the birth of excellent entrepreneurs. At the same time, I would like for more people to see those entrepreneurs, be attracted to our work and gain desire to further boost the venture capital industry with us. Thus, I want to create through GREE Ventures a scenario where young people like I was at 21 will have high hopes and aim to become venture capitalists.

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