Founding Partner, Geodesic Capital and Former U.S. Ambassador to Japan
John V. Roos is the Founding Partner at Geodesic Capital, a venture capital firm that bridges Japan and Silicon Valley by investing in growth-stage technology companies and helping them with market entry, strategy, and overall operational support in Japan. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors at Salesforce.com and the Board of Directors at Rakuten, Group Inc. Ambassador Roos is a Senior Advisor at Centerview Partners, a preeminent mergers & acquisitions advisory firm and is an advisor to the Toyota Research Institute. He serves on the Board of Directors of The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation and is an Advisory Board member at the Stanford Center for Asian Health Research & Education. Previously, Ambassador Roos served as Chief Executive Officer and Senior Partner at Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich, & Rosati, the leading law firm in the United States in the representation of technology, life sciences, and emerging growth companies, the Global Advisory Board of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, and the Board of Directors of Sony Corporation. From 2009-2013 Ambassador Roos served as the United States Ambassador to Japan.
Ambassador Roos is a graduate with honors and distinction from Stanford University and from Stanford Law School where he was Order of the Coif.