Kei Shibata

Venture Republic Inc.
Co-Founder & CEO

Kei co-founded and runs Venture Republic Inc., that owns Japan’s largest online travel search engine and online travel guide media “Travel.jp”. As CEO, he took the company public in 2008 (2177. JASDAQ) after 7 years of operations. While running the company, he serves as an active investor and board member of various tech startups including flocations (Singapore) and Telunjuk (Indonesia). Previously, Kei worked at Mitsubishi Corporation, Japan’s leading trading & investment firm, where he led the acquisition of Lawson Inc. and strategizing the post-acquisition business plan. He received a BA of Laws from Keio University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. He also serves as co-founder of WIT (Web in Travel) Japan, President of Venture Mitakai at Keio University, and Executive Committee Member of Harvard Business School Club of Japan.