JOICHI "JOI" ITO
Founder & Managing Partner
Joichi “Joi” Ito is the director of the MIT Media Lab and a professor of the practice in Media Arts and Sciences at MIT. Ito has been recognized for his work in both for profit and non-profit organizations in the development of the Internet having started and run numerous companies including PSINet Japan, Infoseek Japan, Digital Garage and many others. Ito was an early stage investor in numerous companies, including Flickr, littleBits, Formlabs, Kickstarter, and Twitter. Ito has served on the boards of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), The Open Source Initiative, Creative Commons, The Mozilla Foundation and other non-profits which helped coordinate the development of the Internet.
Ito has been investing professionally since 2000 when he established Neoteny, an investment firm in Tokyo. Ito is chair of the board of PureTech Health, an advanced, clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company listed on the London Stock Exchange. He serves on the board of The New York Times Company. He also serves as a strategic advisor to the Sony Corporation where he served as a board member until June 2017. He is an Independent Senior Advisor to the Minister for Financial Services.
In 2011, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Oxford Internet Institute. In 2013, he received an honorary D.Litt from The New School in New York City, and in 2015 an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Tufts University. In 2014, Ito was inducted into the SXSW Interactive Hall of Fame; also In 2014, he was one of the recipients of the Golden Plate award from the Academy of Achievement. In 2017, he received the IRI Medal. He is co-author with Jeff Howe of Whiplash: How to Survive Our Faster Future (Grand Central Publishing, December, 2016). Ito is a member of the 2017 class of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a Visiting Professor of Law from Practice at the Harvard Law School.
Adam Mullinax brings over 9 years of experience investing in the private equity and venture capital, with a broad exposure to both B2B and B2C businesses. He brings strong expertise in sourcing, diligencing and structuring new investments, as well as working directly with portfolio companies. He is also a Vice President with Ambrosia Investments, an investment firm focused on the food & agriculture sectors and previously worked at Beechwood Capital, Arlon Capital Partners, as well as Moelis & Company and JP Morgan. B.S. in Finance from Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University.