Q&A with Daisuke Mitani, senior director, KDDI Open Innovation Fund

Kazuhiko Chuman, general manager of Japan-based telecommunications firm KDDI’s Open Innovation Fund, said Daisuke ‘DK’ Mitani joined the unit’s San Francisco team two years ago and took the senior director earlier this year.

During his time at the fund, Mitani’s new investments have included:

  • Germany-based artificial intelligence-equipped search engine Xayn;
  • UK-based emerging country-focused public transport data aggregator WhereIsMyTransport;
  • US-based meeting management software provider Bizly; and
  • US-based precise GPS technology provider Swift Navigation.

Follow-on investments:

  • US-based compliance platform…

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Edison Fu

Edison Fu is a reporter and Asia liaison at Global Corporate Venturing.