Joicho Ito, Neoteny, Japan

Joichi Ito is the president and founder of Neoteny. Joichi is a leading Internet visionary and entrepreneur in Japan, recognized in 1997 by Time Magazine as a member of the "Cyber Elite", one of the world’s 50 most influential people in technology. Joichi began his work with the Internet in the early 1980's and was one of the first people in Japan to explore the use of computers as a communications medium.

Joichi was the original founder of Yahoo! Japan. He later established Infoseek Japan, K.K. and currently serves as the company's Director and Chairman. Joichi has also founded six other companies, including Eccosys (1994), which he later merged with Digital Garage (1995). Digital Garage is one of the first one-stop service providers for companies in Japan that want to do business online. He was also the President of PSINet K.K. (Japan), the Japanese subsidiary of one of the worldOs leading Internet Service Providers. Joichi is an Advisory Board Member of Be Inc., Member of the Board of Energy Conversion Devices, Inc. (Nasdaq:ENER), Board Member of PSINet, K.K. (Japan), Director of Bithaus Laboratory (Japan), Chairman of Sanoh Systems Solutions,Inc.(Japan),Member of the Committee for Economic Development K Keizai Doyukai (Japan), Board Member of Foundation for Global Education and Communication (Japan), Juror of Prix Arts Electronica 1995-2000 (Austria), Host Monthly Live TV program, IT Business Live on Business Breakthrough TV (Japan), National Land Agency Study Group on Tokyo in the Context of Global Culture (Japan), and Guest Researcher of Kokuryolab's Electronic Commerce Research Project (Japan).

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