Anis Uzzaman, Ph.D. is the General Partner and founding member of Fenox Venture Capital. He serves as the CEO of the company, overlooking overall management and operations.
Located in Silicon Valley, USA, Fenox Venture Capital provides early stage and final round funding. With several multi-million dollar funds under management, Fenox Venture Capital focuses its investment in IT, Health IT, Artificial Intelligence, IoT, Robotics, Big Data, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, FinTech and Next Generation Technologies.
As a leader of the IBM and Cadence Management Teams, Anis led numerous strategic investments in the software development, microelectronics, and e-commerce space. A serial entrepreneur in the retail and technological sectors, Anis provides mentorship in fundraising, operations, and exit strategy to entrepreneurs.
Anis has invested in over 80 startups in the United States, Japan, and South East Asia. Some of the prominent USA startups in the Fenox portfolio include Jibo, Genius, Affectiva, Afero, Scanadu, Jetlore, Meta, Expect Labs and ShareThis. Anis is an investor and board member of Tech in Asia, the largest tech media blog in Southeast Asia. Anis also sits on the board of directors of Jibo, Affectiva, Afero, Lark, Jetlore, DLE, Infoteria, I AND C-Cruise and ZUU.
He holds a B.Eng. degree from Tokyo Institute of Technology in Japan, an M.S. in Engineering from Oklahoma State University, and a Ph.D in Computer Engineering from Tokyo Metropolitan University in Tokyo, Japan. Anis is an honored guest speaker in international conferences, workshops and seminars, has published more than 30 technical papers, and is the author of the “Startup Bible – The Silicon Valley Way of Developing Success” and “A Global Investor’s Viewpoint on Japanese Companies” that launched in Japan; “Startup Success – The Six Steps To Building A Successful Startup” that launched in Korea; “Startuppedia – Guide To Build Startup – Silicon Valley Way” that launched in Indonesia; and “Startup Bible – Silicon Valley Way of Developing a Successful Startup” that launched in Taiwan.
Brent Traidman is an Advisor for Fenox Venture Capital, and is based out of Chicago.
Over the past 15 years, Brent has held many management positions for IT and Software related companies, leading large teams for Public and Private firms. Brent is also a Board Director at Edyn, a Fenox Venture Capital backed leading provider of IoT devices for the home and garden. Brent also is a mentor and advisor for many global accelerators and incubators in North America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.
Brent is a keen developer and retainer of technology talents through professional coaching and development, and advises the portfolio’s founders and CEO’s on building world class teams.
Brent holds a B.A. in Psychology and Economics from the University of Michigan.
Investment Manager & Executive Director of Startup World Cup
Chris Abshire is an Associate on the investment team at Fenox Venture Capital, where he helps manage the US due diligence process and market research activities. He also is the Executive Director of Startup World Cup, a platform that creates innovation and entrepreneurship opportunities for startup ecosystems all over the world.
Prior to his role at Fenox, Chris was an engineer in the energy industry. His main responsibilities included data analysis, operations engineering, and economic forecasting.
Chris holds a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Kansas.
Fenox Korea CEO
Chris Bae serves as CEO of Fenox Korea. He is responsible for fundraising, corporate partnership, and startup incubation and investments in Korea and across Asia.
He has more than 20 years of experience as CFO & COO in several publicly traded companies, including Pandora TV, CTL, and Kaon Media. He specializes in diverse industries, such as broadcasting & tele communication, media, IT, contents & M&A.
He has a wide range of experience in financing and IR consulting from both manufacturing and media industries. He led more than USD 25M of corporate financing and generated significant revenue increase through new business development initiatives.
Prior to joining public companies, Chris spent 7 years at Samsung, providing business consulting services for retail businesses & e-businesses. He also spent 3 years at KTB network, which is the largest venture capital firm in Korea and invested more than USD 5M into media, contents, and IT companies.
Chris holds an MBA from University of Korea. He also co-authored “Why Venture – The World’s Choice” and “City Marketing” that launched in Korea.
Fenox Taiwan Partner
David Kuo serves as the partner of Fenox Taiwan. He is responsible for fundraising, corporate partnership, and startup investment in Taiwan and Great China.
David has more than 24 years of experience and served as a Senior Vice President in different banks, such as Taiwan Shin Kong bank, Citibank, China Trust bank and ANZ bank. He specializes in diverse banking areas in both consumer and corporate banks, including IT, Product and Sales departments. He led the different banking departments to adopt and launch new FinTech solutions and helped the business development, such as Setting up remote banking channels (ATM, online and mobile banking), Cash management, Factoring, E-Trade, Custodian systems for banks, which resulted in huge revenue and profit growth.
Before joining Fenox, David conducted joint-venture investments with his investment partners in China, US and Japan. The portfolio companies of his investment spanned different industries, such as Energy, Environmental, Bio and High Tech.
David holds a Bachelor of Applied Mathematics degree from University of Chinese Culture.
Director of Finance & Operations
Harumi Akimoto serves as Director of Finance and Operations at Fenox Venture Capital.
After graduating from State University of New York, Harumi spent over a decade traveling the world working for prestigious luxury brands. She has extensive experience in merchandising and retail operations for top brands including Valentino, Hugo Boss, Celine, among others.
Harumi then moved on to start her own eCommerce business offering premium apparel for Japanese consumers around the world.
Yoichiro (Pina) Hirano serves as an Advisor at Fenox Venture Capital.
Pina is the Founder and CEO of Infoteria Corporation, the number one Enterprise Application Integration and Mobile Content Management software company in Japan. He also serves as a director, chairman of the board. In just 8 years, he led the company from start-up to successful IPO at Tokyo Stock Exchange, also achieving Japanese EAI Market Share No.1 for 9 years in a row.
Pina is the Chairman of Made in Japan Software (MIJS) consortium, an association of approximately 80 ISVs in Japan. He also serves as the Chairman of the Blockchain Collaborative Consortium (BCCC), Japan’s first blockchain industry organization
Pina taught Management of Tech-startups at Aoyama Gakuin University Graduate School from 2008 to 2011 as a visiting professor. Prior to founding Infoteria with Yoshiyuki Kitahara, CTO of Infoteria, he led a team of Product Marketing and Strategic Planning for 10 years at Lotus Development Corporation, which is now a part of IBM Corporation. Before Lotus, he had developed one of the best-selling Japanese word processer as a Software Engineer.
Ryan Hamilton manages the US and Southeast Asia investment teams at Fenox Venture Capital. He sources Seed and Series A startups in North America and Asia across sectors including IT, Health IT, Artificial Intelligence, IoT, Robotics, Big Data, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, FinTech and Next Generation Technologies. He also facilitates enterprise partnerships between portfolio startups and multinational corporations.
Prior to his role at Fenox, Ryan worked within private wealth management and private equity.
Ryan received a Bachelor’s degree from the University of California Berkeley.
Ryuta Shiiki serves as an Advisor at Fenox Venture Capital.
Ryuta is the Founder and CEO of Dream Link Entertainment Inc. (DLE), the #1 Flash animation studio in Asia, best known for its flagship animation “Secret Society Eagle Talon.” The series is broadcasted nationwide by NHK and widely accepted across generation segments.
Headquartered in Tokyo, DLE is expanding its business globally with a brand officer in North American and a joint venture in Taiwan. Ryuta-san’s professional career started at Sony, where during his 10-year tenure he worked at Sony International Singapore and as a General Director for Sony Vietnam in Hanoi. Subsequently, he developed a deep understanding of the content industry as the Head Officer of Overseas Licenses at Sony Pictures Visual Works (currently Aniplex). Since founding the company in 2001, Ryuta secured partnerships with global content leaders, including Hasbro and Warner Brothers Animation. Producers Guild of America recognized such efforts, and inducted Ryuta as its first member from the Anime industry in Japan.
Back in his home country of Japan, Ryuta serves as an advisor to the Governor of the Fukuoka prefecture to promote the revitalization of Japanese regions. With a strong passion for connecting Japan and the world through entertainment, Ryuta brings unique domain expertise in the content market as an advisor to the team.
Shameem Ahsan is a General Partner of Fenox Venture Capital. Based out of Bangladesh, Shameem leads our Bangladesh operations.
Shameem has received “Best Young Entrepreneur of Bangladesh” award from the Prime Minister of Bangladesh at Dhaka Chamber of Commerce Business Award, Top Outstanding Young Person in Bangladesh by JCI and Award for contribution in e-Business sector by Computer Jagat. He is the member of Prime Minister’s Digital Bangladesh Task Force, Government of Bangladesh which is the highest policy-making body to monitor and implement the vision of building Digital Bangladesh.
Shameem is the President of Bangladesh Association of Software & Information Services (BASIS), the national association for Software and IT enabled services companies in Bangladesh. He is the Co-Chairman, Standing Committee on Digitization of Trade bodies of Federation of Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce & Industry. He was a Executive Committee member of Bangladesh Tennis Federation and a member of Bangladesh National Tennis team. Shameem is also an ICT entrepreneur and co-founded Akhoni.com Ltd., eGeneration Ltd., Benchmark-eGeneration Ltd. & Element 5 Fashion.
Shameem was speaker at many international conferences and seminars organized by Global Sourcing Forum NY, TiEcon Silicon Valley, Sweden IT Industry Association, Danish Federation of Small & Medium Enterprises, Denmark IT Industry Association, Syntens Netherlands, Paris Chamber of Commerce, University of Bremen, Aalborg University, Denmark, UK Trade & Investment, Europe Technology Summit, Norway etc. Shameem is a graduate from University of Central Oklahoma, USA.
Fenox Japan CEO
Toshitada Nagumo serves as CEO of Fenox Japan. He is responsible for fundraising, corporate partnership, and startup investment in Japan and across Asia.
Toshitada founded and managed his own consulting firm and has more than 10 years of experience in growth strategy consulting, new business development support, fundraising, M&A, and IR consulting. He specializes in diverse industries, such as Telecommunication, Media, IT, Renewable Energy, FinTech, and High-tech. He served a large number of clients not only in Japan, but also across the US, EU and Asia ranging from startups to large global corporation.
Prior to founding his own consulting firm, Toshitada was a Senior Strategic Consultant at Nomura Research Institute, one of the largest consulting and system integration firms in Japan. He provided strategic consulting, such as business development, global business expansion, Japan market entry, technology evaluation and more to large Japanese corporations as well as global large corporations in the US, EU and Asia. He also promoted the new IT paradigm, “Ubiquitous Networks”, “M2M”, which can be described as prior version of IoT, at the time. He has greatly contributed to the IT evolution resulting in business/market through various publishing and lecturing activities. While being with NRI, he worked at US subsidiary, Nomura Research Institute America in New York, for several years. A large number of his engagement includes US entry/business expansion strategy to large Japanese corporations and vice versa.
Toshitada holds a Bachelor and Master of Engineering degrees from University of Tokyo.
Vivek Ladsariya serves as Partner at Fenox Venture Capital, managing investments in the US and Southeast Asia across sectors including digital health, IT, big data, IoT, and marketplaces. He works alongside entrepreneurs in product development, enterprise partnership, M&A exit, and entering international markets such as the US, Japan, Singapore, Indonesia and India.
Prior to his role at Fenox, Vivek was a serial entrepreneur having started and led two companies – a game rental company and an advisory business to early stage investors. He developed significant experience building product and companies and continues to use the expertise to support entrepreneurs.
Vivek holds an MBA from Yale University and a B.Eng in Electrical Engineering. At Yale, he delivered a lecture series on venture capital for entrepreneurs.