San Francisco Career Forum 2019

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February 16th (Sat.) & 17th (Sun.), 2019

Panel Discussion

Come join us for San Francisco Career Forum exclusive two day Panel Discussion. The first day will have some of today's top IT and engineering professionals share their stories and experiences working both in Japan and the U.S. The second day will focus on professionals on the management level and what skills and experiences are in demand in their industries. Both days will provide insight into what career opportunities are available in IT and other industries.

Saturday, February 16th 2:30PM - 4:00PM
Sunday, February 17th 12:00PM - 1:30PM

If you have any questions you wish to have the panelist answer on the day, please enter them here.

Saturday, February 16th 2:30PM - 4:00PM

  • Kotaro Ono
    Founder & CEO
    In 1994, he joined Oracle Japan and from 1996, he transferred to the Silicon Valley headquarters. In 1999, he moved to the database development department, working on developing Oracle’s main product. He left Oracle in 2015 and in 2016, started teaching in elementary schools in Fukuoka through the Teach For Japan program. In 2018, he started EDTECH LABORATORY.
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    Takako Ohshima
    Mercari, Inc.
    ML/DE Team, Software Engineer
    Wine and road bikes enthusiast software engineer.
    In 2011, she was selected to be part of a project organized by IPA and after graduating from a Japanese university, she joined CyberAgent, Inc as a new graduate in 2012. The same year, she transferred to the San Francisco office, engaging in advertising related systems development. In 2017, she started working at Mercari as a data engineer within the machine learning team.
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    Yasutaka Umebayashi
    Software Engineer
    After graduating from Sophia University with a mechanical engineering degree, he interned at a web related company, which led to his entry into the software world. Gaining experience at Google Japan, he then joined CyberAgent and was responsible for the development of the ad technology “AirtTrack.” He is currently at SmartNews U.S. office involved in service backend development.
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    Yushi Nakamura
    Senior Manager, IoT business development
    As the leader of Panasonic USA's IoT service business, he is collaborating with startups in service development in an attempt to evaluate value that lead to global expansion. He joined Panasonic in 2004 and using his experience in manufacturing technology and quality improvement that he gained during his time in automobile manufacturing factory, he became involved in R&D and venture collaboration. After gaining experience in corporate planning, he transferred to the U.S. office in 2017. A father of three, his hobbies include cooking and participating in marathons.

Sunday, February 17th 12:00PM - 1:30PM

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  • Kakeru Tsubota
    SAP Labs Silicon Valley
    Currently in Silicon Valley leading the joint venture of new businesses with Japanese companies, he promotes business innovation through design thinking to over 2,000 Japanese company leaders annually. He is also a mentor and venture partner to programs such as SAP’s start up accelerator “SAP.iO,” and“LANDLOG,”a joint venture of Komatsu, SAP Japan and others, as well as the program,“Sido,”led by Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan.
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    Kohei Yamamoto
    Rakuten USA
    Senior Manager, US Incubation Office & CEO Office at Rakuten USA
    After graduating from Hitotsubashi University, he joined GE (General Electric) participating in the intensive leadership program focusing on financial planning and accounting. Since joining Rakuten, he was involved with the launch of global data platform which is one of the top CEO agendas and consistently led strategic planning, team management and product management. In 2018, he was transferred to the Silicon Valley office working directly with group CEO Hiroshi Mikitani focused on new business development in US.
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    Hiromitsu Morii
    Chief Innovation Officer
    After graduating from Waseda University, he joined TBS Television and became an advertising producer after working in the sports and information press department. He left his position to pursue a MBA degree in New York. After graduating, he joined SoftBank through the Boston Career Forum. He then transferred to the Silicon Valley office and was in charge of business development and venture investment. He is currently at Open House, a rapidly growing real estate company, promoting new business directly under the President.
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    Sakurako Umebayashi
    Product Marketing Manager
    After graduating with a degree in commercial science from Hitotsubashi University, she joined Google Japan in 2013. She transferred to the headquarters in Silicon Valley in October 2017 and is currently in charge of marketing for Google Search. During college, she studied abroad in California and her experiences there was a catalyst for moving to the USA.