Founder & Managing Partner
Teruhide (Teru) Sato attended the United World College of the Adriatic in Italy, and thereafter graduated from Keio University. In 1997, in partnership with Softbank, he co-founded Cybercash Japan (now known as VeriTrans), an online payment company. In 1999, he co-founded BEENOS (formerly netprice), and as CEO, took it public on the Tokyo Stock Exchange in 2004. In December 2014, Teru resigned as CEO of BEENOS and is now based in Singapore investing in and advising startups from India, Southeast Asia, and Turkey.
Tokopedia, Veritrans Indonesia, CitrusPay, Droom, KartRocket, Akakce, Iyzico, Aucfan, Duriana, Paynamics, and Nearex.
Hiro Maeda is a Managing Partner at BEENEXT, an early stage venture capital firm investing in India, Southeast Asia, Japan, and the U.S. With a degree in computer science and economics from Bucknell University, he has been an early stage investor in over 100 companies. Previously, he led the investment division at BEENOS. In 2010, he launched Japan’s first startup accelerator, Open Network Lab, in partnership with Digital Garage and Kakaku.com. Hiro was selected as one of the 2016 Forbes Asia 30 Under 30 in the finance and venture capital category.
Instacart, FundersClub, Everlane, Anyperk, Virool, Skimlinks, Screenhero, Kamcord, Lob, Fril, and Qiita.
Dirk Van Quaquebeke
Dirk van Quaquebeke is a Managing Partner at BEENEXT. Prior Dirk was a founding partner at Alps Ventures an early stage investor and company builder with a focus on South East Asia. He has personally built several companies from inception to profitability and/or exit which included KochaAbo (leading online supermarket – exit 2014), Clusterhaus (leading co-working group in Europe – profitable) or Duriana (leading c2c marketplace – exit 2016). He started his career in 2006 in London’s private equity and banking industry for 5 years.
Grey Orange Robotics, Trusting Social, Gozefo, Koinex, Cognitif.ai, and Locus.sh.