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BirthplaceKyoto, Japan


University of Chicago 1987
New School University
Doctor of Literature, Honoris Causa

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Joi Ito

Joichi Ito was elected to the Board of Directors of The New York Times Company in 2012.

Mr. Ito has been director of the Media Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology since 2011. He is the founder and current chief executive officer of Neoteny Co., Ltd., a venture capital firm, and general manager of Neoteny Labs, an early-stage investment fund focusing on Asia and the Middle East. In Japan, he was a co-founder of Digital Garage, Inc., an information technology company, and helped establish, and later became chief executive officer of, the country’s first commercial Internet service provider. He is also formerly the board chairman and chief executive officer of Creative Commons, a nonprofit devoted to facilitating the ability of copyright owners to make their creative works freely available for others to use and share.

Mr. Ito also serves on the boards of directors of Sony Corporation, Tucows Inc. and Digital Garage, Inc.

Committee Memberships: Audit and Technology & Innovation.

Recent Milestones


Company Date Round Size Participants
Diffbot 5/2012Angel$2M9
Lanyrd 9/2011Seed$1.4M8
littleBits Electronics 9/2011Seed$850k6
Game Closure 8/2011Seed7
Kickstarter 3/2011Venture Round$10M18
Path 11/2010Angel$2.5M28
fotopedia 12/2009Series A$1.1M7 12/2008Angel2
Fon 4/2008Series C€6M6
Flowgram 1/2008Seed$1.3M8
GameLayers 10/2007Seed$500k3
Dopplr 9/2007Seed4
Rupture 7/2007Angel$3M6
Aviary 1/2007Venture Round$4M6
Wikia 3/2006Series A$4M10
Tiny Pictures 5/2005Seed2
Wikia 1/2004Angel2



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  3. Open-source Hardware Company littleBits Closes First Round of Financing, Enters MoMA Collection! ( [edit]
  4. Game Closure Quietly Raises Seed Round From SV Angel, Yuri Milner, Greylock, And More ( [edit]
  5. Kickstarter Fesses Up: The Crowd-Sourced Funding Startup Has Funding Too ( [edit]
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