Masatoshi Fukasawa
Principal
Masatoshi is a Principal in the Tokyo office. After a decade as a management consultant he joined mobile internet company, DeNA where he focused on venture investing and new business, also serving as CEO of DeNA Life Science.

What motivates you?

I want to make our world a better place. By supporting smart, passionate and motivated entrepreneurs I hope I can help do that. 

What’s been the steepest learning curve on your career journey so far?

When I worked at DeNA, one of the largest mobile internet company in Japan, I had the opportunity to launch completely new services from scratch and to set up and manage a new company - DeNA Life Science - as the CEO. That experience totally changed my view and persuaded me that the ability to flexibly manage unexpected issues and problems at high speed is far more important than carefully making a plan. Paradoxically, always expecting a wide range of unexpected issues becomes the key to success.

Which technology trend are you most excited about at the moment and why?

Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning. The sophistication of recognition technology has improved dramatically during the past 2-3 years, as has the ability of machines to learn and recognise complex data patterns and generate insights that can then inspire new technologies. 

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

I got a great piece of advice from my boss when I was a young management consultant. Outcome = Capability x Motivation x Environment. This means, to achieve a better outcome you have to have really strong capabilities but if your motivation is zero, then the outcome will be nothing. And you have to be operating within the right envionrment for an outcome to have any impact. 

What is the company you wish you’d backed and why?

Kyocera, it's an electronics and ceramics manufacturer and one of the most successful tech start-ups in Japan. The culture and management method of Kyocera (the so-called Kyocera Philosophy) still works very well in many industries regardless of their size and sector. Kazuo Inamori, founder of Kyocera has an exceptional track record as CEO. I respect the highly motivated and pure attitude he takes towards his business.