There are few people within corporate Japan that understand Innovation better than Tets Eto. Since his early days at ASCII and Microsoft, his mission has always been bringing innovation to Japan. As Senior IT Director at Dentsu, the largest ad agency in Japan, it was his responsibility to create IT infrastructure. When Dentsu acquired Aegis Media, he was responsible for Global IT integration as part of PMI.
In late 80’s, when Bill Gates needed momentum to make Windows, the global de facto standard, it was Tom’s work to sign up over 20 Japanese PC OEMs as the Japanese Windows Product Manager. He, then went to Silicon Valley to start his own E-Commerce startup. Serial entrepreneur and international BizDev expert, he authored “Microsoft War Stories: How to Create a De Facto Global Standard”
One of the most successful entrepreneurs in Japan, Akira created LINE, the global social network. From early internet days, he worked as new business development manager for Nippon TV and SONY, then joined NHN Japan, which launched LINE. Under his leadership, LINE became the de facto messaging standard in Japan within just two years and went on to expand globally.
Vice Chairman, Hikari Tsushin
In the early days of mobile industry, he spun off Mitsui & Co., Ltd’s mobile unit Telepark and became its founding CEO and lead it to IPO. He also managed series of M&A making T-Gaia into the largest mobile retailer in Japan. Currently Vice Chairman of Hikari Tsushin, largest mobile retailer in Japan, and Director of Telecom Service Association of Japan.