B2B Summit 2022 in Tokyo
May 25th, 2022 (Wednesday) 13:00-19:00 JST
Top leaders from all over the world convene!
Where the B2B industry is today in 2022, the turning point of the unprecedented times
DNX Ventures will host the B2B Summit, a conference featuring guests worldwide to introduce the latest trends and initiatives in the ever-changing B2B industry. We are excited to bring back our annual B2B Summit in an in-person setting and have viewers online simultaneously for the first time. 2022 will bring changes in business and technology trends and changes in the global balance of power and geopolitics, and increased awareness of the impact of countermeasures on global social issues. We have invited some of the best speakers not only from Japan and the US but also from Europe and Asia, to explore the current state of the B2B industry and startups from their respective perspectives.
In this year's event, we have invited Mr. Mukul, the Asia Representative of KKR, to the panel discussion, "What Global Institutional Investors Expect from Japanese Startups." We will discuss why Japanese startups have been attracting the attention of foreign institutional investors in recent years and what opportunities and challenges they see for startups and markets in Japan.
In the following SaaS session, DNX Ventures has invited the top executives from three of the most sought-after B2B SaaS startups from Japan, Commune, Flux, and Zero Board, which we have newly invested in the past three years. The three startups are all different in terms of their businesses and visions. Still, they have all achieved hyper-growth by grasping the changes in society and the world’s demands and strategically developing their businesses.
From the US fund, we introduce ICEYE, a satellite company from Finland, and CloudNatix, a cloud infrastructure company from Silicon Valley.
We will cover topics of market trends, changes based on ESG and other social imperatives, and a new approach to our lifestyle post-pandemic life through these five sessions. The event will truly capture the "now" of 2022, including business models that adapt to lifestyles and business practices.
We hope that the B2B Summit will be valuable for those who want to grasp the changes in the B2B industry, for those looking to evolve and innovate their business by adopting the latest business models and technologies, and for startups who are taking on challenges in the B2B domain. We hope that you will be able to bring home key takeaways of the B2B trends and use them as a hint for your future business building and promotion.
Partner and Head of Asia Pacific Growth Equity / KKR
Mr. Chawla joined KKR in 2021 and is Partner and Head of Asia Pacific Growth Equity. He serves on the board of directors of Intapp Inc. Prior to joining KKR, he was managing director, joint head of technology, media & telecom, joint head of North America, and member of investment and management committees at Temasek. Between 2010-2021, he helped build Temasek’s global technology and North America franchises ultimately overseeing more than 30% of their global portfolio value; led 39 technology buyout and growth investments, and served on 11 boards. Earlier in his career, he worked at Warburg Pincus, Cisco Systems and the U.S. Federal Communications Commission. Mr. Chawla holds an M.B.A. from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, a Master’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, and a Bachelor’s degree from the Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani.
CEO / FLUX
Genji is the founder of FLUX, a company providing a digital experience platform.Prior to founding FLUX, Genji worked as a consultant at Bain & Company, where he led the development of strategic initiatives for a telecommunications service provider and due diligence for private equity funds and Japanese trading companies. Genji graduated from Keio University with a B.S. in Law.
Co-Founder, Head of Japan / Commmune Inc.
After graduating from the University of Tokyo's Faculty of Economics, he joined Google Japan and engaged in sales/marketing of Google Ads. After working in Google HQ, planning and executing product marketing in the U.S. market, he co-founded Commmune Inc. and directed product development as CPO. From 2022 he managed Japan business operations as Head of Japan.
Founder-CEO / Zeroboard Inc.
Tokeiji joined JPMorgan before moving to Mitsui, where he was involved in energy-related venture investment and new business development in the ICT Business Division. After joining A.L.I. Technologies in 2018, he led the Software Business Department and started the development of the cloud service for GHG emission calculation and visualization. In 2021, he did an MBO of the business and founded Zeroboard Inc. Tokeiji graduated from the University of Tokyo with a degree in Engineering.
Global Head of Insurance / ICEYE
Stephen Lathrope is Global Head of Insurance at ICEYE, responsible for growth in ICEYE’s Insurer business and delivering customer success.Prior to joining ICEYE, Stephen was Group CEO at SSP, a PE backed Insurer, MGA and Broker policy administration, pricing and distribution software business based in the UK, with c. $100m turnover and c. 800 customers globally. Before joining SSP, Stephen spent 20 years with Accenture, where as a Partner in the firm’s financial services practice he led the insurance industry programme in the UK and had responsibility for sales and delivery for leading UK and international insurers. He also led the UK Financial Services strategic deal origination team.
Founder and CEO / CloudNatix Inc.
Rohit founded CloudNatix in Jan 2019 with his 25+ years of industry experience. Prior to CloudNatix, he was at Google for 11 years in leadership roles managing large teams in core Datacenter infrastructure and Display advertisements organizations. He invented Linux containers and was responsible for Google-wide rollout of it and other core data center optimization technologies. Earlier, he was a Principal Engineer at Intel for over 9 years, responsible for driving Intel platform-related technologies across Linux and Unix ecosystems. Rohit has several patents in computer architecture and virtualization technologies.
Managing Director and Partner, Head of Asia Pacific and Japan / BCG Digital Ventures
Yoichiro has 20 years of experience in Japan's digital / internet space, from the very early stage of "i-mode" (the largest mobile internet platform in the 2000s) and contributed to its growth, including digital content and platform development and international alliances for NTT DoCoMo.At Disney, he led the business development for media division, where he has launched a CS channel and mobile motion picture services .As CEO/COO of several listed digital/media companies, such as Oricon Inc. (largest music media company in Japan), and Zappallas Inc. (one of the largest digital content providers in Japan), Yoichiro was responsible of overall management, especially digital transformation and has launched numerous digital services from music streaming, e-commerce and fortune-telling. Yoichiro has led BCG Digital Ventures (BCGDV) in Asia Pacific since 2021. He also leads the Tokyo Center of BCGDV, which he helped establish in April, 2016. Since then, Yoichiro has been involved in generating new business ideas and new business building including capital investment. He also serves as an outside director for companies which BCGDV invested in.
Managing Director & Senior Partner / The Boston Consulting Group
Ichiro Kaku leads BCG's Principal Investment & Private Equity team in Asia Pacific and a global leadership member of its Corporate Strategy & Finance practice area.His expertise covers corporate growth strategy, M&A, divestiture, PMI, value creation and cash generation strategy for various industries. Also experienced in supporting foreign companies building and operating their business in Japan.He holds a BA in Economics from Keio University. Has 20 years plus experience in Business Consulting at various consulting firms and worked at Sumitomo Corporation prior to joining BCG.
B2B Summit brings together B2B tech’s most sought-after entrepreneurs, investors, and corporate partners to share insights and learn from one another. As a B2B-focused early stage venture capital firm based in Silicon Valley and Japan, DNX Ventures has been cultivating strong and valuable relationships with leading entrepreneurs and corporate partners since 2011. B2B Summit is an opportunity for people to learn from market leaders with diverse backgrounds.
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CEO of Movandi
Grasp the latest B2B trends in one stop
Learn from the best in the industry. We cover the latest trends and insights from the top industry leaders.
Connect with peers to learn from one another
Our in-person Annual Summit happens in Tokyo, Japan and all attendees fly in from all over the world to connect and meet.
Get unique global perspective
DNX Ventures has a unique perspective from investing in Japan and the US in the last decade.
Vice President of Global Support, Snowflake
CEO, Alphaus, Inc.
CEO / Co-Founder, SHIPSI
Managing Partner at Halo Advisory (Former Head of Innovation at Target)
CEO of RevComm
Founder and CEO, Zoom
CEO and Co-Founder, Diligent Robotics
SVP and Managing Partner, Salesforce Ventures
Partner, Sequoia Capital
CEO of Movandi
Richard C. Koo
Chief Economist at Nomura Research Institute
CEO of OCT
CEO of TeamSpirit
Founder of Draper Associates
CEO of Sansan
Co-foudner of Fyde
CEO of Money Forward
From intimate dinners to large conferences,
DNX event series are designed to bring together our community to learn from one another.
Bites and Insights
Founders have many things to consider to run a company. Bites and Insights is a series of intimate get-togethers that bring founders and investors in a round table style where they can network, compare notes and find the right partners.
We’ve seen early stage start-ups stuck in a Product-Market Catch 22. As an early stage VC focusing on B2B startups, we help them solve the P-M Catch 22 even before we invest in a company. We bring startup founders and our corporate network to a conference style event to help them find the customers to kickstart their business. Previously, we’ve had Insurance x Autonomous Vehicle themed event in Silicon Valley to get startups, corporations, and investors to discuss the future of Insurance at the time of autonomous vehicles.
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