“Nobuhiro has been a fantastic angel investor for Material World from day one. As a founder CEO himself, he understands founder challenges at different phases of a startup and can be extremely supportive while providing practical hands-on advice useful to founders. I feel incredibly lucky to have his support!
“Nobuhiro motivates businesses, period. He provided sincere support from our day one. He provides both connections and advice at the exact time we want, and guide founders towards higher level of thinking.
Co-Founder of Money Forward, Inc., fintech thinker, Stanford GSB
“Ariyasu-san is one of the most well respected serial entrepreneurs and angel investors in Japan. He's founded and sold several companies, and is well known for his most recent company that he sold to Cookpad, a multibillion dollar Japanese internet company.
On a personal note, Ariyasu-san stands out to me as a champion for entrepreneurs. He's been in the trenches himself (founder, built product, managed team, bootstrapped). He even took a $400,000 personal loan to finance his previous company -that takes balls!
We need more people like Ariyasu-san in the Japan startup ecosystem. If he'll take my money, I'd gladly invest in his next company! If I start another company, I'd gladly take his!
Head of 500 Startups Japan
Previously VC @ DeNA, Founder & CEO STORYS.JP