Michio is a co-founder and Director Emeritus of ATA, including participation in ATA’s first two funds, from the firm’s founding through 2008. A majority of Michio’s investments have included materials, semiconductor, and component companies, such as Luminary Micro (acquired by Texas Instruments), TeleCIS (acquired by QualComm), EoPlex (acquired by ASTI), and BrightScale.
Prior to ATA, Michio owned and operated Vanguard Systems Consulting (VSC), a consulting company utilized by both venture capital firms and start-up teams for defining opportunities for establishment of subsidiaries, partnerships and distributorships for U.S. corporations in Japan. To assist with this process, Michio guided a team of business development experts in Japan in forming Aisys Corporation, a consulting firm that provided marketing channels into the premier Japanese companies. Michio’s executive management level relationships range across virtually all major Japan-based consumer product and semiconductor technology companies.
Prior to Vanguard, Michio was a member of the charter team of David Systems, a pioneer in packet data networking systems. Prior to David Systems, Michio held product marketing, planning and management roles at Olivetti Corporation in the areas of networking and telecom.
Michio graduated from Chuo University in Tokyo, Japan in 1967 with a Bachelor’s degree in law.
Michio’s backgroung is available in Japanese upon request by contacting Michio at the email address provided above.