Our Team

 

We’re experienced investors and entrepreneurs, and we’re on a mission to help build and grow young technology businesses across geographies.

Erik Ford

Erik Ford

Founder/CEO, Renn Ventures | Venture Partner, GMO Venture Partners | Head of North America, GMO Payment Gateway

Erik founded Renn Ventures in 2015 to help the GMO Internet Group launch their US investment and business operations. He is the US Venture Partner for GMO Payment Gateway Inc and GMO VenturePartners. Based in San Francisco, Erik leads the investment, business development, and innovation discovery in the US. To date, the US portfolio represents 30 companies across industries such as technology infrastructure, FinTech, e-commerce, AI, and IoT. Prior to GMO PG and GMO VP, Erik has been a founder and entrepreneur across some of the most innovative ventures in e-commerce. Erik’s initial experience included investment banking and private wealth management at leading firms. He earned a B.S. in International Business while helping found the Entrepreneurship program at the University of Tampa. He also holds certificates from Stanford University GSB on M&A and Corporate Entrepreneurship.

Ryu Muramatsu

Ryu Muramatsu

Founding Partner, GMO Venture Partners| EVP & Board Member, GMO Payment Gateway

Ryu Muramatsu is a co-founder and Executive Vice President of GMO Payment Gateway Inc and a Founding Partner and Director of GMO VenturePartners. GMO Payment Gateway is the largest online payment service provider in Japan, public since 2005. Currently, he resides in Singapore to focus on Asian market. Prior to founding his first payment startup, Ryu worked for JAFCO, the largest VC in Japan and JAFCO Ventures in Silicon Valley. He was in charge of Business Development and Japanese connection of its US based portfolio companies. As an investor and entrepreneur, it’s 120 portfolio companies include 14 IPOs and 5 billion dollar companies. (GMO Internet Inc., GMO Payment Gateway Inc., Qihoo 360 Technology Co. Ltd., VECTOR INC., Mercari, Inc.) Ryu earned his B.A. degree from Waseda University.

Tatsuro Yanai

Tatsuro Yanai

Global Investment Manager @ GMO Payment Gateway

Tatsuro Yanai is a global investment and business development manager of GMO Payment Gateway Inc. He is based in Tokyo and primarily covers investments into US startups. Prior to joining GMO Payment Gateway Inc., Tatsuro worked for The Boston Consulting Group in Tokyo, where he engaged in several strategy consulting projects for major Japanese enterprises. Prior to that, he worked for Komatsu Ltd, the world’s second largest heavy equipment manufacturer, as a financial analyst. Tatsuro earned his B.A. degree from Waseda University.

Yuta Yamamoto

Yuta Yamamoto

Analyst @ GMO VenturePartners

Yuta Yamamoto is an Analyst based out of our Tokyo office. He supports global investments in the US, SEA, and India, where he helps support current and future portfolio companies through research, networking, financial analysis, and other support. He holds a Masters of Business Administration from the prestigious HEC Paris.

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