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CEO at Neoteny
General Partner at Neoteny Labs, Board of Directors at Creative Commons, See All (20)
University of Chicago, The New School
June 19, 1966

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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.

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