Kei co-founded Venture Republic in 2001 and has been serving as a CEO since foundation. Company runs a group of online travel websites and services worldwide including LINE TRAVEL jp, Japan’s largest online travel metasearch/media (Over 20 million monthly visits. Formerly known as Travel.jp. http://www.travel.co.jp/), Trip101, Singapore based “influencer generated” global online travel media (https://trip101.com/) and allstay, leading mobile accommodation search services in Korea (http://www.allstay.kr/). In 2018, he led the company to bring in LINE Corporation, leading global mobile messaging company as a strategic investor/partner.
In 2008, he led the company to an IPO (2177. JASDAQ) after 7 years of inception and to LBO by management in 2012. In its history, the company had built one of the leading online comparison shopping businesses in Japan through running “coneco.net” which was acquired by Yahoo! Japan.
Angel investor in TravelTech. Serving as a board of director for various startups including BeMyGuest (Singapore) and TravelMassive.
Also served as co-founder/organizer of WIT (Web In Travel) Japan & North Asia, largest international business conference in North Asia focusing on tech & travel, Chairman of Keio University’s alumni association for startup founders/CEOs, Executive Committee Member of Harvard Business School Club of Japan and co-chapter leader of Travel Massive in Singapore and Tokyo.