About Dr. Shuji Honjo

Shuji Honjo
Managing Director, Honjo International

Dr. Shuji Honjo provides business consulting to Japanese and international companies, focusing on new business development, marketing, technology and innovation. He advises large corporations and investors as well as entrepreneurial companies. He is active in entrepreneurial education and community development, as a mentor with 500 Startups, Founders Institute, Net Service Ventures, Docomo Innovation Village, Fukuoka Prefecture etc.

Dr. Honjo is Visiting Professor at Tama Graduate School of Business. He is also a member of the editorial committee for Japan Marketing Association.

As a speaker, panelist, moderator, and contest judge, Dr. Honjo is often invited to major events such as New Economy Summit, Slush Asia, ad tech Tokyo, Nikkei, Kyoto University, Infinity Ventures Summit, B Dash Camp, and G1 Summit.

Dr. Honjo authored a number of books and articles. He introduced Tony Hsieh’s “Delivering Happiness” to Japan.

Dr. Honjo was born and raised in Japan. He has extensive consulting experiences with Boston Consulting Group in Tokyo and Computer Sciences Corporation in California. After BCG and CSC, he was Assistant to Chairman and Group Strategy Manager of CSK/SEGA Group, a leader in enterprise IT solutions and digital entertainment in Japan. In 1999, he founded and represented the Tokyo office of General Atlantic LLC, an IT-focused growth equity firm. Since he left Lehman Brothers Japan as SVP for principal investment in 2008, Dr. Honjo has been Managing Director, Honjo International.

Dr. Honjo has Ph.D. in International Studies from Waseda University, an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and a B.S. from the University of Tokyo.


Richard Melmon

Shuji has been my dear and respected friend for almost 20 years. He is a man possessed of charm, wit, elegance, and deep knowledge. Silicon Valley is his second home. He is a most trusted advisor.

Managing Partner, Net Service Ventures, and Managing Director, Bullpen Capital
Richard Melmon

Steve Denning

Shuji is a former colleague and long-time friend, who epitomizes trust, loyalty, drive, determination and dogged thoroughness. Whenever I asked Shuji a question, I only get an answer if he believes he really knows, in detail, the answer; otherwise, you hear him say “I don’t know” after which I will receive a thoroughly researched and complete response. I relish his friendship.

Chairman, General Atlantic LLC
Steve Denning