Junichi Murata
Murata is a Partner at Eight Roads Ventures Japan and focuses on investment in the tech space, with a specific interest in the digital media, SaaS and Internet of Things.

What motivates you?

Shaping the world together. Our world never stays the same. It continues to change at every moment and some people can see the opportunity for entrepreneurship. I want to share their passion, support them and shape the world with them.

What do you like about your job?

Every time I meet great people I am confident that the world is going in the right direction and tomorrow will be better than today.

Which current technology trend do you get most excited about and why?

The new ways of collecting data. The Internet of Things and Software as a Service (SaaS) are key vehicles for building great data assets. Digital media also aggregates great data assets for people’s interest graphs which generates insights for more personalised or optimised user experiences.

If you could only give one piece of advice to an up and coming entrepreneur, what would it be?

Focus on the top priority with 120% and learn how to work through difficult issues that arise. Then you will see the world differently.

What are your favourite qualities in an entrepreneur?

Commitment, passion, intellectual curiosity and strategic thinking with a mindset that allows them to think of the world as a system which can be transformed.

Which company do you wish you’d backed?

In the United States, Salesforce, which is a SaaS company providing services that improve the productivity of business people and enable them to be more creative and proactive. In Japan, M3, which has successfully built an influential media product in the healthcare sector, enabling new types of information flow and multiple stakeholder engagement.