michael is a co-founding partner of gvc and a partner in funds I, II, and III and managing partner of gvc IV and V. michael was born and raised in Tokyo and first developed his insider's perspective on Asian business from his experience as an analyst at the Nomura Research Institute in Tokyo from 1983 until 1986 (where he first met hirokazu, gvc's other managing partner), and as an international transactions lawyer with Richards & O'Neil in New York and Tokyo from 1987 until 1993. Since 1993 michael has worked as an international business consultant, corporate lawyer, venture capitalist and entrepreneur in Tokyo . He has founded or co-founded several companies and has served on the boards of a number of them. From 1999 until 2002 michael was in charge of legal and business affairs at The News Corporation Limited Japan, the Japanese operations of the international media conglomerate. michael currently serves as professor in the MBA program at the Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy of Hitotsubashi University where he teaches courses in entrepreneurship and venture capital. michael serves on the boards of ChipIn Inc. (dba "Sprout Inc."), Kai Medical Inc., ReallyEnglish.com Limited and Nanopoint Inc.
michael received a B.A. (Phi Beta Kappa) in 1979 and an M.A. in Economics and a professional law degree (Juris Doctor- J.D.) in 1983 all from the University of California at Berkeley . He is licensed to practice law in the States of New York and California.