Naomi Kokubo

Naomi Kokubo is a high-tech serial entrepreneur, angel investor and cofounder of Founders Space, ranked a “Top 10 Incubator” in Inc. Magazine, Forbes and Entrepreneur Magazine. She’s also a limited partner in the venture fund August Capital.

Kokubo was born and raised in Japan. She spent two years abroad while in school: one year in United States during high school, and one year in United Kingdom during college. After graduating from ICU in Tokyo, she joined Morgan Stanley’s Tokyo Branch as a Financial Analyst.

Later, Kokubo married, moved to the United States, and began working in film and television, including international productions for companies like NHK of Japan and Grundy Company of Australia.

After this, Kokubo moved to San Francisco and cofounded LavaMind LLC, which developed award-winning games and educational software. It also consulted on interactive projects for Disney, Intel, Ad Age, MetLife, and Qualcomm, among others.

Next, she became cofounder and COO of Spiderdance, a venture-backed startup, which became Hollywood’s leading interactive television studio. Its customers included NBC, MTV, Viacom, Time Warner, TBS, GSN, and A&E. Spiderdance produced the interactive version of NBC’s Weakest Link and MTV’s WebRIOT, which won international acclaim as the first interactive TV shows to reach one million online users.

After Spiderdance, Kokubo joined Electronic Arts (EA) as Development Director, where she managed the development process for multimillion-dollar video game titles. Later, Kokubo became cofounder and COO of RocketOn, a Silicon Valley venture-funded virtual world and social media startup.

In addition to launching companies, Kokubo has a passion for manga and anime, and has translated dozens of Japanese comic books and animations.

Today, she is the cofounders and COO Founders Space, one of the world’s leading startup incubators and accelerators, with over 50 partners in 22 countries. She spends most of her time traveling the world working with entrepreneurs, investors, and governments to promote innovation and growth.