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About the Author
Aki Ohashi is the director of business development at Palo Alto Research Center (PARC).
At PARC, Aki is responsible for developing and managing client relationships in the Asia Pacific and Australia and New Zealand markets, including all aspects of setting up projects with these partners: from the initial introductory meeting and defining of project deliverables and resources, to contracting and IP term definition. Aki works with all PARC clients in this region, including Sony, Panasonic, JR East, and the Victorian Rail Track Corporation.
Prior to joining PARC, Aki was a partner with the Venture Capital Investment division of ngi group, inc. (formerly Netage, Inc.) in Japan, where he led investments in and served on the boards of internet-related startups in both the US and Japan. Before ngi group, he served as the COO of Tilefile, KK, a Netage-funded internet startup in Japan. At Tilefile, Aki worked on structuring the intellectual property agreements with a sister company in Australia, as well as helping fundraise, manage software development, and execute business and market entry strategies.
Aki has also served in management and IT consulting roles at L.E.K. Consulting and Cognizant Technology Solutions, respectively, where he led client engagements for major corporations in both the US and Japan. He began his career in technology at Mediaplex, Inc. (acquired by ValueClick, Inc.), an internet advertising technology company in Silicon Valley. Aki earned his MBA from Carnegie Mellon University and a bachelor of architecture and bachelor of science in architectural engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. While Aki was born and raised in the United States, he has spent five years living and working in Japan and communicates with clients in both English and Japanese.