Gen Isayama | SPEAKERS | NEST | New Economy Summit 2018

Hello Future!

Gen Isayama

Co-Founder and CEO, WiL, LLC. / Exective Officer, Japan Association of New Economy

Gen has extensive experience in venture capital, finance, and entrepreneurship. Passionate about unlocking people’s entrepreneurship and creativity, he founded WiL to form a new innovation engine. He currently oversees WiL’s global investment strategy and as well as incubation and carve-out practice.


Before he co-founded WiL, Gen was Partner at DCM Ventures, specializing in online media, mobile, and consumer services. He also led strategy and operations across multiple disciplines, including corporate finance and market risk management while with the Industrial Bank of Japan. He co-founded his first company, a web design firm, as a student at Tokyo University.


Gen is a technology columnist for the Nikkei’s digital edition, Nikkei Industrial Newspaper, and the Toyo Keizai Online. He is also a member of various Japanese government committees including Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, and Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications to promote entrepreneurship nationwide.


Gen holds a BA from the University of Tokyo’s Faculty of Law and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.


Outside of work, Gen is an avid educator and enjoys teaching and sports. He also became a zealous golfer as he started teaching all his four children to play.