JD . . . Kaki Kaiwa
CEO, Entrepreneur, and TV Personality in Tokyo, Japan
JD is founder/CEO, developing Kaki Kaiwa, an AI intensive "edutaining" eikaiwa app focused on the Japanese mkt.
He speaks fluent Japanese and has a deep understanding of Japan having lived in Tokyo since highschool. He is a serial entrepreneur and internet visionary having created numerous World firsts for the internet and mobile markets, developed Top 10 ranking social media app Who's Free, and Winner Red Herring Top 100 Europe award.
He played a key role in an internet startup that was acquired by a leading public technology company in 2002 for $40M.
JD has been an entrepreneur since childhood and is author of 2 business lifestyle books. Pre-internet days JD was instrumental in the SunMerry franchise chain's success, and the first non-Japanese to graduate from the World's only Donut University in Japan. Since the mid 90's he has been an internet pioneer always at the epicentre of where the Web meets Mobile & TV.
JD has been an advisor, mentor and judge for tech events such as StartupLive, Seedcamp, and Starcube:
JD was a TV personality in Japan having regular weekly spots on high-profile Japanese TV shows such as The TONIGHT Show, CNN Daybreak, and Waratte iitomo (guinness book record longest running comedy show), Chikyuu Marukajiri, Tondemo History, and many more appearing with famous Japanese celebrities in Sanma san, Tamori, Tokoro Jouji, Takeda Junji, Tonnels, SMAP, and major TV ads such as TOYOTA & COCACOLA.
He created a number of original popular entertaining English learning TV shows for Japan and Czech TV such as JD's Dokugaku Eikaiwa & JD's EZ English.
He had popular weekly magazine columns:
JD is author of 2 books, a media personality, record-breaking athlete, speaks 4 languages, & trained table-tennis for the Olympics at the infamous Waseda University.
From being a TV celebrity in Japan, establishing Australian football (AFL) across Japan and Europe, commentating the AFL Grand Final to Japan, and being a ping-pong ball away from making the Olympics in Table Tennis, JD has packed many varied lives into one action packed bio ... and still expanding!
JD has had some crazy life experiences including secretly climbing the Egyptian pyramids, climbed Mt Fuji backwards and walked down barefoot in a rare Guinness Book of Records attempt.