Kai Sato



Kaizen Reserve

Kai Sato is the founder of Kaizen Reserve, Inc., a venture capital advisory firm for corporations and family offices, helping align their existing assets with synergistic startups. He’s also a strategic advisor to select early-stage companies, including publicly-traded microcaps. He recently served as the co-president & chief marketing officer of Crown Electrokinetics (Nasdaq:CRKN), a smart glass technology company that combats climate change. He is also a fund advisor and the former entrepreneur-in-residence of Hatch, a global startup accelerator focused on helping feed the world through sustainable aquaculture technologies. He is the author of “Marketing Architecture: How to Attract Customers, Hires, and Investors for Any Company Under 50 Employees.” He is the creator of Caddyshack to Corner Office, a golf media platform that profiles successful people whose lives were transformed by caddying. Previously, he was the chief innovation officer of Rubicon Resources, which was acquired by High Liner Foods.

Prior to that, he spent several years as a co-founder and board member of FieldLevel, where he was recognized in the Los Angeles Business Journal's "Twenty in their 20s." He has been a contributor to publications like Inc., Entrepreneur, IR Magazine, Family Capital and HuffPost; he has also spoken at an array of industry conferences, including SXSW and has been quoted by publications like the Associated Press and The Los Angeles Times. Kai previously served as an independent board member of SportTechie, advises a range of startups, and mentors various accelerators, including Techstars. He is also the board chairman of the University of Southern California's John H. Mitchell Business of Cinematic Arts Program.


    12:00 PM - 12:20 PM

    Thursday General Session 2/1/2024

    3 Essential Steps to Reaching $10M in Revenue & Becoming Cash Flow Positive

    • Go-to-Market Strategy - dominate a niche
    • Customer acquisition communications - accelerate customer word of mouth
    • Transformative Business Development, or “Let’s go whale hunting"
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