Tom Yoritaka is a London-based venture capital investor, a non-executive director/interim executive/advisor for startups and a former corporate executive at global technology companies. He is a Founder & Managing Partner at Apricot Venture Capital, a pan-European VC firm investing in deep-tech startups in the region. He sits on boards of a number of European and Asian startups in his personal capacity. He also advises several industry advocacy organisations in the UK. He is also a Member of the Board of Governors of the University of Plymouth in the UK.
Tom was the former Global Managing Director of Cisco Entrepreneurs in Residence (Cisco EIR) – the company's corporate venturing group for early-stage companies. As the global head of Cisco EIR, he worked with startups innovating in IoT, AI, big data, cloud, cybersecurity and blockchain. Cisco EIR provided startups with opportunities to build strategic relationships with Cisco Business Units and executives, co-working space, software, financial support and potential strategic investments from Cisco. He was previously the Senior Director & General Manager of Social Solutions & Platforms, building and managing Cisco’s Web software products designed to advance social interactions, knowledge management and collaboration for Cisco customers and partners.
Prior to joining Cisco, Tom held various executive and leadership positions at Yahoo! and Microsoft. He also worked as a strategy consultant at The Boston Consulting Group & McKenna Group. He holds a master's degree from Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government, an MBA with honors from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business and an undergraduate degree in applied mathematics, statistics and economics with honors from Northwestern University.