Innovate, Collaborate, Accelerate
We are an investment platform -- sourcing industry-changing startups and supporting their global growth through our network and corporate partners in Japan.

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Who We Are

Scrum Ventures was founded by Tak Miyata, a seasoned entrepreneur from Japan with startup and executive experience in Silicon Valley. He is a leader in bringing Silicon Valley trends and know-how to Japan to ignite the next generation of entrepreneurs. Along with partners, Makoto Haruta (previously at DeNA) and Hitoshi Hokamura (previously at Apple and Evernote), we invest in a wide variety of sectors.

We are a diverse team with headquarters in San Francisco and Tokyo along with satellite offices in Minneapolis, Seattle, and New York. While Japan is in our DNA, we are a global team with a wealth of international experiences, perspectives, and relationships.

We take a thematic approach to investing, identifying emerging trends, researching the landscape in detail, and discovering industry-changing startups. In addition to investing capital, we support our portfolio founders throughout their journey by providing direct assistance with hiring, strategic advice, fundraising, and more. Our partners understand the challenges of entrepreneurship and are fully committed to portfolio success.


Our partners include well established Japanese corporates who share our vision, such as Panasonic, Unisys, Fujitsu, and DeNA. They provide support and partnership opportunities for portfolio startups interested in the Japanese market and beyond.

What our founders say

Naoki Kobayashi

Naoki Kobayashi
VP Asia at Aarki

The team at Scrum Ventures supports Aarki not only through investments but also by introducing us to ...

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Edwin Olson

Edwin Olson
CEO, Founder at May Mobility

Scrum Ventures invested in May Mobility in our seed stage round almost three years ago and the ...

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Bill Hudenko

Bill Hudenko
CEO at Voi

Scrum Ventures has been an exceptional partner for Voi Inc. At all levels of their organization they ...

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Jasen Lew

Jasen Lew
CEO at Glowing

Scrum is one of the best investors I've had the fortune and pleasure working with. My partner ...

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Ko Ishiyama

Ko Ishiyama
President & CEO at ExaWizards Inc.

I discovered and have been following Scrum Ventures from when I previously worked at an AI research ...

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Takanobu Kawano

Takanobu Kawano
CEO at Vacan, Inc.

After meeting Makoto Haruta, Partner at Scrum Ventures, I immediately felt that working with them would help ...

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Scrum Ventures is a seed-stage venture firm investing across a range of industries in the U.S. and Japan. Based in San Francisco with extensive experience and networks in both Silicon Valley and Japan, Scrum Ventures accelerates portfolio companies with global opportunities and helps corporations innovate. Scrum Studio is a platform that connects global corporations with startups.