CEO / Co-Founder
Yumi is co-founder and CEO of Spectrum Visions and has a son with autism. Before founding the company, she has engaged in numerous activities in non-profit organizations such as Parents Helping Parents (PHP). She has given lectures in Japan and the U.S on special education, IFSP (Individual Family Service Plan), IEP (Individual Educational Program) and IET (Individual Educational Transition). Yumi also started several social groups to support children with development delays. Her story was featured in San Jose Mercury News, “Autism Mystery – Family Finds Hope Silicon Valley”. As a part-time instructor at Osaka University, she has been teaching young students entrepreneurship with her unique story.
Sei Higuchi, Ph.D.
CTO / Co-Founder
Sei is leading the product & technology development. He received his Ph.D. in Aeronautics & Astronautics from Stanford University in 2009. At Stanford, he developed the adaptive model predictive control algorithm for microkelvin thermal control system. While he was a Ph.D. student, he also supported the autism community in the Bay Area. After completing his Ph.D., he started developing Voice4u. Sei also received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Waseda University, Japan, MS in Aeronautics & Astronautics, and Ph.D. minor in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University.
Edwin C. Duerr, Ph.D.
Edwin C. Duerr is a Professor Emeritus, San Francisco State University, and co-author of Albaum and Duerr, International Marketing and Export Management, 7th Edition (Prentice Hall/Financial Times 2011). He holds a BS in Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology, an MS in International Business from San Francisco State University, and a PhD in Business Administration (International Business) from the University of California, Berkeley. He has taught international business at graduate institutions in Denmark, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands and the U.S., and has been a consultant for businesses in the U.S. and Denmark. He and his wife, Mitsuko, ran a successful importing company in San Francisco for 29 years.
Mitsuko S. Duerr, Ph.D.
Mitsuko Saito Duerr is President of Satsuki-kai, Inc., was Director (now retired), U.S.-Japan Institute, San Francisco State University. She holds a BA from Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo, an MA in International Business from San Francisco State University, and a PhD in Business Administration from Golden Gate University. She served as one of 15 commissioned study members on a three-year study of Women’s Workplace Issues in Japan, the Philippines, and the U.S., visiting each country three times and making presentations in each. She has taught International Marketing at a graduate institution in Japan, and has given guest lectures in Spain, the UK, Hong Kong, Germany, the Philippines, and the U.S. She developed and taught the first regularly-offered university course on “Japanese Business Practice” in the U.S.
Koji Osawa, Ph.D.
Dr. Koji Osawa is Co-Founder and Managing Principal of Global Catalyst Partners (“GCP”). GCP is a venture capital fund established in July 1999. They invest primarily in early stage companies active in the areas of IT sector. GCP has established three funds with a total amount of over $300M. GCP has offices in U.S. and Japan. Dr. Osawa has extensive business development and investment experience in high tech industries in Japan, U.S. and Asian countries since 1985 while employed at Mitsubishi Corporation, the largest trading firm in the world. Dr. Osawa was Division Manager of Mitsubishi International Corporation from 1993 though 1999. During this period he invested in several private companies and arranged a wide range of strategic agreements with Japanese companies to the tune of several hundred million dollars of business per year. Dr. Osawa also serves as Director of the Board of several NPOs, Global Catalyst Foundation, Digital Divide Data, Japanese Technology Professionals Association and Keizai Society. Dr. Osawa received a BS in Electronics from Keio University, Japan and Ph.D. in Engineering from Tohoku University, Japan.