Hike Ventures


Hike Ventures is a San Francisco based venture capital investing in seed-stage applied AI start-ups that utilize AI to solve well defined problems in ways that traditional software has not yet been able to accomplish. Hike offers access to a unique network of Japanese and South Korean corporations and VCs in Silicon Valley, giving its portfolio start-ups the opportunity to source partnership, licensing, and investment deals. Hike only invests in teams of domain experts developing tech with global applications.




AI/ML, B2B, Business Intelligence




South America (LATAM), Asia




Mikihiro Yasuda

Miki is a trained executive and entrepreneur who started his career as a programmer and built expertise in company growth and VC investment. He led executive roles in notorious tech companies such as Netscape and was a member of the Board of Director (BOD) for several companies. Miki was a board member and CTO/COO at Kakaku.com wherein he built the tech team and led new business developments. He joined Digital Garage and became a board member while developing its international operations. He became CEO of Open Network Lab, an incubator for global-minded entrepreneurs in Japan, and CEO of Neo, a San Francisco based lean startup consulting company. Later on, he joined DeNA San Francisco where he led its early-stage investment. Board member at UCSF Health Hub and McGill Japan Advisory Board. BS from Rochester Institute of Technologies and MBA from McGill University.

Taka Shoji

Taka is an experienced leader and investor with expertise in startup incubation, international investment, and market entry in Japan. Prior to co-founding Hike Ventures, he was the managing director of Digital Garage’s investment vehicle, DG Incubation, wherein he led the hands-on team, helping portfolio companies grow through data analysis support and Japan market entry. In addition, he was in charge of DG’s seed to mid-stage investments in the US, India, and Southeast Asia. Before joining Digital Garage, he was PM of Baidu Japan, wherein he helped improve freshness contents coverage and localized search engine to the Japanese market. Taka was also a venture partner at Zeroth.Ai, an accelerator for AI and machine learning companies. BBA from Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University.