Keizai Events

27th Anniversary Shinnenkai

Join us in celebrating Keizai Silicon Valley’s 2017 Shinnenkai (New Year’s Reception) on Friday, January 27 at the Palo Alto Hills Golf and Country Club

This year, we honor Mr. Phil Libin, Managing Director, General Catalyst Partners, Co-founder and former CEO of Evernote with the Keizai Silicon Valley Outstanding Visionary Award for US-Japan Business. Phil combined Silicon Valley-style innovation with Japanese cultures of longterm growth to deliver outstanding results. Under his leadership, Evernote gained major commitments from Japanese investors, followed a distinctive pattern of international growth, and achieved great popularity among Japanese users.

We will be performing our traditional Kagamiwari (sake barrel “breaking”) ceremony. The Consul General of Japan, Mr. Jun Yamada is expected to lead this tradition.



Mr. Phil Libin

Managing Director at General Catalyst

Phil Libin a managing director at General Catalyst, a venture capital firm with approximately $3.75 billion under management and offices in Boston, New York, and Silicon Valley. Before joining General Catalyst, he was co-founder and CEO of Evernote, the popular app that enables people to “remember everything” with searchable notes that
never get lost. Prior to joining Evernote, Phil founded CoreStreet, an identity management tech company, and before that, he was founder and CEO of Engine 5, a leading Boston-based Internet software company. At General Catalyst, Libin is leading the firm’s incipient investments in the field of bots: artificial intelligence software programs that can perform human-like activities via conversational interfaces.


Tim Koide

Co-Founder of HarvestPort

Tim Koide is a Co-Founder of HarvestPort, a shared-economy marketplace for seasonally-used agricultural equipment. He was previously in a corporate development role at the Silicon Valley branch of the Mitsubishi Corporation(Americas) working on projects in additive manufacturing, controlled agriculture, and biotech. Tim is an advisor to and founding team member of The Mixing Bowl Hub, connecting innovators in the food and agricultural worlds. He received a BS from the Brigham Young University, and an MA from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, and lives in Mountain View, CA with his three-year-old son, Kanoa.


Friday, January 27, 2017

5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Reception

6:30 – 9:30 p.m. Program

10:00 p.m. Venue Close

Palo Alto Hills Golf and Country Club
3000 Alexis Drive | Palo Alto, CA 94304

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Early bird (before Monday, January 9th 11pm PST): $55 (60 seats limited)  SOLD OUT

Regular Registration (before Tuesday, January 24th 11pm PST): $75

Late Registration (before Thursday, January 26th noon PST): $100

Walk-in: $140