Partner and Board Director


Ted Yamamoto is a partner at UTEC focusing on seed and early stage information technology investments. He currently serves on the boards of ROMS, Inc,, Ministry of Movement Pte Lld. (SWAT), Forty Two Labs Private Ltd.(, Locix Inc., Fyusion, Inc., and others. He also serves as an Audit & Supervisory Board Member of Japan Data Science Consortium(JDSC) and supports Tier IV, Inc. as a board observer. Previously, he also served on the boards of Mujin, Inc.(MBO in February 2019), Autonomous Control Systems Laboratory Ltd./ACSL ( IPO in December 2018 - 6232:TYO), Phyzios, Inc. (acquired by Google in February 2013), Naked Technology Inc. (acquired by mixi, Inc. in September 2011) ,etc. Ted joined UTEC as a partner in 2008 from Mitsui & Co., Ltd., where he was an investment partner at Mitsui Ventures, its venture capital arm, investing in US and Japanese early stage start-ups, working with the management to build global businesses. Ted read Physics at the University of Oxford and holds M.A. (Oxon.)
Prior to joining the team in July 2008, he spent 14 years at Mitsui & Co., Ltd. At Mitsui he was a core member of its venture capital operation, with 10 years expertise as venture capitalists at Mitsui's Corporate Development Division and at Mitsui Ventures - Mitsui's venture capital firm in the US and in Japan. As an investment partner at Mitsui Ventures' New York and Tokyo offices, Ted lead investments in US and Japanese start-ups, and worked with the management to build global businesses together. In 1997 he was also seconded to Nippon Venture Capital Co. as a Deputy General Manger. Ted's other experiences at Mitsui include the incorporation of FeliCa Pocket Marketing, Inc. - a Joint Venture with Sony Corp. where he served as a Senior Manager to promote new businesses around Sony's contact-less IC chip FeliCa technology. Ted studied Physics at the University of Oxford and holds M.A. (Oxon.).