“Future with Web3.0 & blockchain” – Fireside chat with Mike Kariya Kayamori of FTX


Date/time: Wednesday, September 28, 2022, 6:30-7:30 PM via Zoom

Language: Japanese


Harvard Business School Club of Japan will be hosting a fireside chat with Mike Kariya Kayamori, MBA 2003, CEO, FTX Japan on September 28, 6:30pm to 7:30pm Japan time via Zoom. Through this session, Kei Shibata, co-founder & CEO, Venture Republic, MBA 1998, will discuss with him on “Future with Web3.0 & blockchain” along with his story of his entrepreneurial journey, FTX, one of the largest crypto currency exchanges in the world and its young and charismatic founder, Sam Bankman-Fried.

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Mike Kayamori

Representative Director of FTX Japan Holdings


Mike brings extensive experience in Investment, Business, Management, IT and Venture Capital for over 25 years in Japan, the United States and Asia.

Inspired by the innovative and disruptive blockchain technology and cryptocurrency, Mike co-founded Liquid in 2014 (acquired by FTX in April 2022).
Prior to Liquid, Mike was a Senior Vice President at SoftBank Group, managing its Asia / India operations, investments, and joint ventures with SingTel and Bharti Group as well as the Chief Investment Officer of Gungho Asia.

Before joining SoftBank, Mike was a Senior Director at Globespan Capital Partners, an independent Venture Capital with over USD1.2B under management, with responsibilities in Japan Investment aswell as Asia business development.

Prior to Globespan, Mike worked at Mitsubishi Corporation’s New Business Initiative Group and

established Natural Lawson as well as the joint venture with Boots to create Boots MC.

Mike graduated from The University of Tokyo and Harvard Business School.

Kei Shibata

Co-founder & CEO

Venture Republic - TRAVEL jp & Trip101


TravelTech entrepreneur based in Singapore and Tokyo with 20 years of experience who led his company to an IPO, a buyout and two exits.

Kei co-founded Venture Republic in 2001 and has been serving as a CEO since foundation. Company runs a group of online travel businesses worldwide including TRAVEL jp (https://www.travel.co.jp/), Japan's largest online travel metasearch/media and Trip101 (https://trip101.com/), Singapore based global online travel media.

Angel investor in travel & technology space. Co-founder of WiT Japan & North Asia, a leading international conference focusing on travel & technology. Chairman of Venture Mitakai, Keio University's official alumni association for startup founders/CEOs.

Harvard MBA, Class of 1998. Keio University BA.