Chief Executive Officer & Managing Partner
In 1987 Yuji Horiguchi joined Recruit Co., Ltd. He held positions at Recruit spanning accounting, finance, corporate planning, legal, and new business development, eventually managing media production for a core component of Recruit’s business as the editor for 7 of Recruit’s magazines. Yuji joined IMJ as a corporate officer in 2005 and was promoted to CFO in 2008, in which role he headed numerous projects such as M&A, business transfers, capital policy, companies and divestiture, tax planning strategies, financing plans, labor issues, stock option design, and MBO. Additionally, he contributes to the business development of numerous companies as an outside director. In 2012 he founded IMJ Investment Partners, an investment branch of the IMJ group, and as representative director he worked on the launch of incubation programs in Japan and began investment activities in Japan and Silicon Valley. Furthermore, in order to expand investment opportunities in the Southeast Asian market and achieve a more global status for the company, in Feburary 2013 he established a new headquarters in Singapore, where he currently resides and leads investment activities.
Partner and Head of Southeast Asia
Ryu began his career at the finance department of Mitsubishi Corporation, where he was involved in interest rate, foreign exchange, and equity trading, as well as researching macroeconomic and financial trends. After being transferred to the subsidiary in Singapore, Ryu was taken by the region’s incredible economic growth and entrepreneurial dynamism. With the goal of acting as a bridge between Japanese investors and companies and Southeast Asian startups, he joined Spiral Ventures in May of 2015. He is in charge of deal sourcing and growth of portfolio companies in Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Philippines, and Thailand. Ryu holds a B.S. in Political Science from the Law Department at Keio University and is a certified member of The Securities Analysts Association of Japan.
Charlie had engaged in audit services for several listed companies and Initial Public Offer consultation services for unlisted companies at Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu LLP. After being transferred to Deloitte Singapore, he was responsible for conduct audit, tax, company set-up, accounting advisory such as fast accounting closing, cost accounting and bookkeeping), and internal control consultation services. He joined in Spiral Ventures in Nov of 2018. He is in charge of fund management and growth of portfolio. He holds a B.S. in Faculty and Commerce at Keio University, Certified Public Accountant (CPA) qualification in Japan and USCPA.
Sujit Kunte, CFA
Principal and Head of India
Sujit began his career in Nomura Securities (previously Lehman Brothers) in India and Japan, where he led the planning and development of web solutions and analytics for fixed income institutional investors. Later, he worked with Dream Incubator, a Japanese strategy consulting and venture capital firm, in Singapore and India. He supported business development activities for Japanese companies in India and Southeast Asia through consulting and M&A advisory. Thereafter, he was involved in venture capital investment into early-stage companies in India. In January 2021, he joined Spiral Ventures and is in charge of identifying new investment opportunities and growth of portfolio companies in India. Sujit holds a BE from VJTI, University of Mumbai in Computer Engineering and an MBA from INSEAD. He is a CFA charterholder and is fluent in Japanese.
Investment Analyst and Head of Indonesia
Gio began his career in Japan as an Overseas Business Development Division employee at IKK Inc. and responsible for Indonesia market research, business plan and marketing activity. Gio joined Spiral Ventures in 2019 and he is in charge of deal sourcing and supporting entrepreneurial growth in Indonesia. Gio holds a bachelor’s degree in Communication ( Public Relations ) from Padjadjaran University.
Representative in Japan
Takeo Takahashi had engaged in credit rating and composition of CMBS (Commercial Mortgage Backed Securities) at Moody's and Morgan Stanley Securities (current Morgan Stanley MUFG Securities). Subsequently, he joined J-Will Partners (Private Equity Firm) and he led fundraising of the flagship fund and various services for domestic investors. In June 2017, Takeo joined Spiral Ventures and is responsible for investor relations and branch representative operations. He received a BA in Economics from Keio University.
David Soukhasing arrived in Indonesia in 2013 to manage the accelerator program and investment implementation of a global impact investor supporting high-growth double bottom line companies. Previously, David worked for several years at a small-cap European Private Equity firm investing in Clean Tech technologies and at an online recruitment startup based in Paris. David is also an advisor for several startup networks including Ashoka, Unltd, and Mandiri Incubator. David holds a double Master degree in Corporate Law and Finance from Sciences Po, France.