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Jeffrey Char

Jeffrey Char is passionate about entrepreneurship and innovation.

Jeffrey Char is a serial entrepreneur and investor. He is Founder and CEO at J-Seed Ventures and Chief Mentor at Venture Generation, a Tokyo-based venture community. He is also Director, Corporate Venture Capital, and on the Business Innovation Task Force at Tokyo Electric Power Company. Originally from Hawaii, but a long-term resident of Tokyo, Japan.   Specialties: Incubation, start-up ventures, venture capital, finance and M&A.

Jeffrey Char's Background

Jeffrey Char's Experience

Director, Corporate Venture Capital at Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings, Inc.

2015 - Present | Tokyo

I am a member of the Business Innovation Task Force and Director of the Corporate Venture Capital team.


2013 - Present | Tokyo

Co-creation platform service provider.

Co-founder and Director at Bell Energy KK

2003 - Present

An engineering, procurement and construction company engaged in designing, building and operating photovoltaic power stations in Japan.

Founder & President at J-Seed Ventures, Inc.

2000 - Present

Tokyo-based venture incubator and provider of innovation consulting services. The company also assists foreign clients in establishing operations in Japan.

Director & Advisor at LITALICO Inc.

2013 - 2017 | Tokyo

Social venture providing vocational training for people with disabilities and educational support to children with developmental disorders.

President & Representative Director at PhillipCapital Japan KK

2005 - 2009

An integrated financial services group headquartered in Singapore with approximately 3000 staff worldwide. In Japan, member companies include PhillipCapital Japan, Phillip Advisory, Phillip Estate, Phillip Financials and Naruse Securities.

Co-founder and Director at Sozon Inc.

2003 - October 2007

Tokyo-based search engine optimization (SEO) and online marketing company. Sold to ValueCommerce in 2005.

Director at Solis Corporation

2001 - 2005

Tokyo-based domain name registration company. Sold to GMO Internet in 2005.

Director at Suzuki Manufacturing Co., Ltd.

1998 - 2003

Leading high technology printed circuit board manufacturer. Sold to Nikko Principal Investments in 2000.

Co-founder & Chairman at Pario Software, Inc.

1997 - 1998

Silicon Valley-based network security venture. Sold to Lucent Technologies in 1998.

Attorney at Morrison & Foerster LLP

1988 - 1997

International law firm

International Research at KOKUSAI Securities (now Mitsubishi UFJ Securities)

1987 - 1988

Major Japanese securities brokerage firm.

Director at mashmatrix, Inc.

January 2010

Leading provider of enterprise mashup dashboards. The mashmatrix dashboard is a visually rich, intuitive console that easily aggregates data from any web service data source.

Jeffrey Char's Education

Harvard Law School

University of California, Berkeley - School of Law

Sophia University


Concentration: Economics

International Christian University

1983 – 1984

Jeffrey Char's Interests & Activities

Entrepreneurship, innovations, movies and traveling. Chocolate lover.

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