Chiaki Yoshikawa started off on TDK’s sales and marketing team before being recruited to the Japanese conglomerate’s venture unit earlier this year.
“I received an email from TDK Ventures HR asking if I would be interested in applying for their position of startup liaison.”
Yoshikawa, who has a degree in economics from Gakushuin University, helps TDK’s portfolio companies with business development. “We introduced one of our portfolio companies, Actnano, inside the TDK booth at the Ceatec tradeshow in Tokyo. We had significant traction from visitors. It was my happiest moment – entrepreneur success is our happiness.”
Launched in 2019, TDK Ventures typically invests in seed to series B startups focusing on healthcare, IT, and industrial sectors. The firm has 26 companies in its portfolio, including the US-based water risk management platform, Divirod, which has raised a total of $1.14m in funding over four rounds, and the US-based wireless technology platform Xcom Labs.
TDK is a $13.68bn conglomerate that specializes in electronic component manufacturing and media data storage.