Kazuhiro “Kazu” Kobayashi joined Sozo Ventures in April 2017.
Kazu is the Head of Japan of Sozo Ventures and is responsible for helping portfolio companies create business development opportunities in Japan and other global markets.
After graduating from a computer college with a major in Electronic computing and Computer Science, Kazu taught as a teacher. Then, while studying Electronics engineering technology at Devry University, he had the opportunity to return to Japan and join NCR. At NCR, he was in charge of consulting sales specializing in retail stores. Kazu has worked for several IT companies and system consulting firms for about 30 years in IT system design, development, operation, and helpdesk services for retailers, trading companies, and automobile and video equipment manufacturers. He has also collaborated with overseas companies and created new businesses. Other experience includes aspiring to be a global entrepreneur, establishing a business company, and launching several Japanese restaurants in China. Kazu majored in Electronics engineering technology at Devry University but dropped out because corporate offers were more attractive than a science degree.