January 19, 2018

Strategic Partners

Service Providers & Partners

John Svioklia | Tax Advisory & Introduction
PWC (PriceWaterhouse Coopers)

John is head of PriceWaterHouse Coopers US Strategy and Partnerships. John is one of the top professors at Harvard Business School. He has led The Exchange which is an award-winning Think Tank whose executives include General Electric, General Motors, Walmart, and Google. His work as a Senior Executive has given him exceptional knowledge of how digital function and AI will evolve into the developing world.


Legal Services

Kenji L. Funahashi 

Squire Patton Boggs | Global Law Firm

Kenji Funahashi is a Los Angeles-based partner in Squire Patton Boggs’ Global Corporate Practice, with a focus on domestic and cross-border mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, including venture capital and private equity transactions.

Kenji has extensive experience representing public and privately held companies, strategic investors, venture capital funds and private equity funds on their investments and business operations around the world. He has handled more than US$8 billion in financings, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and IPOs.

Kenji’s practice also covers a wide range of corporate finance matters, from early stage startup companies obtaining angel financing to multibillion-dollar transactions for multinational and Fortune 500 companies. He works closely with clients from a broad spectrum of industries, including software, IT, social networking and analytics, life sciences and medical devices, and renewable energy, sustainability and clean technology.

Kenji has lived and worked in Tokyo as an attorney and was a Fund for International Education Scholar at Osaka University School of Law. He also has served as chair of the San Diego North Chamber of Commerce’s Economic Development Committee and Cleantech Subcommittee; president, chair and board member of the Japan Society of San Diego and Tijuana; co-chair of the Judicial Endorsements Committee and board member of the Pan Asian Lawyers of San Diego; board member of the Union of Pan Asian Communities (UPAC); pro bono counsel to a number of nonprofit entities; and recipient of the State Bar of California Wiley Manuel Pro Bono Award in 2004 and 2005.




Regard Ventures | Technical Development & Programming

REGARD offers strategy, creative design, development and marketing services for mobile, social and eCommerce apps. Experts in UI/UxD responsive design, users are connected to a positive, clean and predictable experience that bridges web and mobile seamlessly.