Noriko Nakao
Senior Associate
Noriko is an Associate at Eight Roads Japan and focuses on the tech industry.

What motivates you?

My hometown, Osaka, is known for people who are impatient. They are always looking for more efficient ways to complete tasks, which has led to some extraordinary and peculiar inventions. I fit this profile and get excited when I see venture companies with the same characteristics.

What do you like about your job?

The best thing about coming into work is being able to meet so many talented people. It’s great that I get a peek into what the world could be like in 2020 and have the opportunity to bring that brighter future closer to reality.

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

Since joining Eight Roads in December 2014, it has been a constant learning experience, unparalleled to a BA degree or my investment banking analyst years. In particular, discussions with industry experts, venture executives, and people within the broader Eight Roads team have been great.

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

I recently crowdfunded an auto pet-feeder, an IoT device that allows people to feed their pets remotely. This product is now part of my everyday life. IoT is not a new theme, but with its vast potential for implementation, connecting the real world with the data driven digital cloud, it has begun to make a significant impact on people’s quality of life.

If you could give one piece of advice to your 20-year-old self, what would it be?

Students are in a unique position that makes them pretty much invincible. I’d probably tell myself to go and knock on more doors because people can be quite inviting and the opportunities are endless.