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Mr. Yoshihisa Ueno

Director

Mr. Yoshihisa Ueno has served as our Director since October 2010. Mr. Ueno is a serial entrepreneur and venture capitalist with operations and industrial expertise in the U.S., Europe, Japan and China and over 35 years of incubation investment experience in emerging technology startups. Mr. Ueno has been our lead investor and board member of several of our affiliated companies since 2006. Mr. Ueno has been the founding partner of Synapse Company Limited and Synapse Partners Limited since December 2002, Synapse Holdings Limited since October 2013 and SMC Synapse Partners Limited from December 2010 to September 2015. Mr. Ueno has also been a director of several start-up portfolios such as Hivelocity Inc. from May 2015 and Catalyst Group Limited (Exicon Limited) from March 2015. Mr. Ueno has also served as director of Beyondsoft Corporation (a company listed on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange, stock code: 2649), from September 2005 to March 2010, CDS GS Japan Ltd. (a joint venture with CDC Corp) from June 2011 to April 2012, and Insource (HK) Ltd. (a JV with Insource Co., Ltd. (a company listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, stock code: 6200)) from December 2011 to September 2014. Mr. Ueno has managed several venture funds such as the Japan-China Bridge Fund from March 2005 to February 2011, Intellectual Property Bank (IPB) Partners Fund #1 in Japan from March 2006 to March 2010 and IPB Holding LLC in the U.S. from March 2006 to July 2007. Mr. Ueno also served as the chief executive officer at Cycolor, Inc., in the U.S. from September 1998 to June 2003, until Cycolor, Inc. was acquired by Eastman Kodak in early 2003. Mr. Ueno worked for Fujitec from April 1985 to May 1997 in various managerial capacities in Japan, China, the United Kingdom, Spain and Hong Kong. Mr. Ueno received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Takushoku University.

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