Keizai Events

Latest Trends for the Connected Car

Event Overview:

As Internet connections spread to devices beyond just personal computers and mobile phones

the “Internet of Things” has become one of the latest buzzwords in Silicon Valley. One industry facing the potential of great changes with the introduction of Internet connections is the automobile industry. As Internet connections become a standard part of the automotive experience, there is the possibility of not only broadening the infotainment options consumers can use in their cars, but also changing the relationship between the automobile manufacturer and the consumer, improving the customization of cars and making cars an important node within intelligent transportation networks. In our event, we bring together people involved in the industry to discuss this fascinating topic.


Eita Kitani

Department Manager, Strategic Planning & Coordination Mitsubishi Corporation Americas

Eita Kitani is responsible for new business research, planning and development in the Silicon Valley branch of Mitsubishi Corporation (Americas). Mr. Kitani has been engaged in new business creation and development in Mitsubishi Corporation for 10 years. His past experiences include involvement in the Corporate IT System Development Division, manager of Nanotech Partners, Ltd, a $50M private equity fund focused on nanotechnology, and manager of Corporate Strategy and Research Dept. where he worked on smart community projects. He also was seconded to Hitachi, Ltd. for an employee exchange program where he worked on Middle East marketing.
After returning to Mitsubishi Corporation in 2008, he was engaged in Smart City projects in Japan. In 2011, he was transferred to Silicon Valley branch to investigate technology and business models with potential in the mid to long-term. His coverage has varied from Smart infrastructures, Cleantech, Robotics, Bio Chemicals/Fuels, Next-generation Automotive, Water technologies, Next-generation Agriculture, New manufacturing technologies, Shale gas/oil related technologies, etc. Mr. Kitani received a BA in Economics from Hitotsubashi University.

Hakan Kostepen

Executive Director, Panasonic Silicon Valley

Hakan Kostepen is an “Executive” Director at Panasonic Silicon Valley Center in Cupertino, CA and responsible for Product Planning Strategy & Innovation for Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America. Panasonic Automotive “Global” Product Planning Strategy & Innovation group leads in car integration and development of all Panasonic Company domain company technologies and products for automotive OEM customers and end consumers. Mr. Kostepen has broad Systems Engineering and Advanced Product Development experience with Panasonic, Automotive Systems, Ford Motor Company, Visteon, EDS, and US Air Force. Along with various Automotive “Real Time” Embedded Systems Applications and Advanced Automotive Infotainment Systems Software Development

Latest Trends for the Connected Car

Jay Onda

Principal, NTT DoCoMo, DoCoMo Capital

Jay Onda specializes on being in the innovation forefront, focusing on areas such as Internet of Things and consumer focused services. He also works closely with early stage startups as a mentor and advisor. Jay has worked with various divisions of NTT DOCOMO HQ in Japan and within DOCOMO Innovations. Prior to working in the telecommunications industry, Jay has worked as a Product Manager and User Interface Engineer for startup companies in Silicon Valley providing innovative ideas and solutions. He has also worked as a designer working with top industry brands such as Nike, Sony, Logitech, HP and others.

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Daisuke Minamide

Managing Partner, CyberAgent Ventures

Daisuke Minamide is Managing Partner, CyberAgent Ventures
With over 15 years experience in the mobile industry, Daisuke is currently serving as a managing partner at CyberAgent Ventures U.S., investing in global start-ups. Previously worked for NTT DOCOMO as a start-up relations manager and marketer to help DOCOMO find and collaborate with start-ups resulting in deals with Evernote, Flipboard, Qik/Skype, etc. As a venture capitalist at DOCOMO Capital based in Palo Alto, Daisuke led the first venture round of Evernote in 2009 and engaged as a board observer.

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George Betak

President, SF BayLEAFs

George Betak is an engineer and a technology enthusiast. He sees technology not as means unto itself, but rather as something that’s supposed to enrich lives. George grew up in Southern Germany, and began following electric cars when he was in college. His professional career started at BMW FIZ in Munich, and most recently he has worked with Motorola and Yahoo, supporting global product launches. George’s goal is to help establish the SF BayLEAFs as one of the best informed and technologically savvy non-profits

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Phil Keys

Analyst, Blue Field Strategies


March 18, 2014

PROGRAM: 6:00 P.M. – 8:15 P.M.
NETWORKING: 8:15 P.M. – 9:00 P.M.
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
650 Page Mill Road, Palo Alto, CA

$15: Early Registration, for first 30 people, by Monday, March 3rd (11:00 pm)
Please take advantage of early bird discount. Quantity is limited so act fast! We sold out at our last forum so register now.
$20: Regular registration by Friday, March 14 (11:00 pm)
$35: Late Registration by Monday, March 17 (12:00 pm)
$50: Walk-ins (Seats are limited and may not be available)

Food, including sushi and beverages, will be served.