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Senior Associate or Principal (in English)

Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

Job description

Scrum Ventures is an early-stage venture firm based in San Francisco. With entrepreneurial expertise and a strong network in Japan, we actively support portfolio global growth and success. Through our Scrum Studios platform, we connect global corporations with startups to partner in innovation.


We are looking for a Principal to join our Investment Team in Tokyo, Japan.

As a Senior Associate or Principal, you will be a key member of Scrum’s investment team and will take the lead of sourcing potential investments, screening companies, conducting due diligence, supporting portfolio companies, developing thesis reports on markets of interest, and being involved in marketing and brand building projects. The role will have a high degree of both autonomy and responsibility.

  • Identify high-potential investment opportunities through various channels.

  • Screen initial investments to determine if resources should be allocated

  • Conduct diligence to analyze operational, technical, and financial aspects of companies

  • Support portfolio companies with strategy and various projects

  • Build strong relationships within the technology community with aim of supporting Scrum portfolio companies

  • Take comprehensive notes on companies under review and meetings

  • Attend events, conferences, and networking functions to stay up to date on industry trends and build network

  • Build trustful relationships with our existing and potential limited partners

  • Support fund management activities in collaboration with the Fund Ops team

  • Help plan and execute marketing initiatives to build the Scrum brand

Job requirements

  • 3+ years of experience in venture capital, private equity, investment banking, or strategy consulting

  • Outstanding academic track record, pre and post-MBA candidates will be considered

  • Operational experience at a startup is preferred although not a requirement

  • Strong and demonstrated interest in technology, entrepreneurship, and venture capital

  • Strong interpersonal and quantitative skills

  • High attention to detail

  • Preference for working in a team environment and ability to self-start

  • Strong communication skills; both verbal and written

  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize in a fast-paced environment

  • PowerPoint and Excel capabilities

  • Fluency in both Japanese (native level) and English (business level)

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