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Venture Capitalist - Associate

In a nutshell:

We are seeking a Japanese/English bilingual Venture Capitalist to join the D4V (Design for Ventures) Team in Tokyo.

As a D4V Capitalist, you will have the opportunity to work closely with startups across multiple industries in a collaborative environment. You will interface with a wide range of stakeholders (e.g. Startup Entrepreneurs, Portfolio Companies, IDEO Designers) and uncover promising startups and help grow their businesses in Japan and beyond.

Note: This is a role with D4V, working directly with the D4V Team and selected IDEO members. D4V and IDEO are co-located in IDEO Tokyo’s Studio in the Omotesando neighborhood. More information about D4V.

Why D4V?

D4V (Design for Ventures) is a venture capital firm in partnership with IDEO. We enable early stage Japanese ventures to create impact in the world through design, insights, capital, mentorship and networks.

As a new player in Japan’s venture ecosystem, we aim at unlocking Japan’s creativity and entrepreneurial spirit by co-creating with the ventures in which we invest.

The D4V Team helps ventures thought its entrepreneurial, financial and managerial experience, and harnesses IDEO’s collective know-how, resources, and networks to build products and services, ship to users, get market traction, raise capital, and scale beyond Japan.

Once here you will:

Identify investment trends and opportunities by:

  • Research: keeping an eye on industry trends, performing market research, and sharing it with the team
  • Deal sourcing: setting up meetings with prospective opportunities through networking, startup events and cold calling
  • Deal screening: call/ meet with prospects and evaluate opportunities

Evaluate investment opportunities and conducting due diligence:

  • Market research: Assessing the market potential as well as competitor dynamics
  • Startup evaluation: Analyzing business plan, assessing the strength of the company/ team, modeling and calculating the value of the opportunity
  • Expert interviews: Gathering information from industry experts, technical consultants, stakeholders who know the target startup, potential competitors, and potential acquirer
  • Documentation: Preparing investment committee documents.

Execute new deals and supporting auditing/ reporting requirement by: 

  • Legal & Finance: Reviewing legal documents with the legal experts, and assisting senior venture capitalist to negotiate of deal terms
  • Administrative and audit: Support the coordination of the deal process with the target startup and office manager, support documentation reporting as required by auditors.

Support portfolio companies by: 

  • Mentorships: Provide portfolio startups with required mentorship and support as required
  • Monitoring: Develop, track and evaluate startup performance and KPIs
  • Sprints: Collaborate with IDEO to develop and run design sprints for portfolio startups

Support fundraising activities as required 

Blog posts to check out:

Relevant experience and mindset: 

  • Excellent Japanese (ideally fluent) and English verbal and written skills
  • At least 3 years of working experience, ideally in at least one of the following fields:
    • As a founder or early employee of a startup
    • Engineering experience (In a startup or enterprise tech companies)
    • Startup/ seed accelerators
  • Passion and pulse for Japanese startups, entrepreneurship, the venture ecosystem
  • A high comfort level in working within a self-directed culture and navigating ambiguity
  • Openness to critique from other disciplines and curiosity to learn from a spectrum of perspectives
  • Excellent discretion, demonstrating sound judgment in dealing with confidential dialogues and information

What does D4V offer you?

D4V and IDEO are places unlike any other. A place where you can enable new ventures to grow, alongside thoughtful individuals who lead with curiosity, empathy, and optimism. We work hard, but we also craft moments that allow our community to pause, create, and connect. We encourage our community to bring their whole selves to work, respect the need for work-life balance, and allow for autonomy in your career.

Application instructions:

Please submit your resume and cover letter in English.


Equal Opportunity Employer

IDEO is an equal opportunity employer; applicants are considered for all roles without regard to race, color, religious creed, sex, national origin, citizenship status, age, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, marital, parental, veteran or military status, unfavorable military discharge, or any other status protected by applicable federal, state or local law.

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