Martin Garcia is a Principal at Sozo Ventures, a cross-border venture fund focusing on assisting U.S.-based technology startups in global expansion, especially in the Japanese market; the firm has offices in Palo Alto and Tokyo. Martin is responsible for the firm’s finances as well as financial due diligence for targeted companies.
Martin comes to Sozo Ventures with vast international business experience that includes work in the US, Spain, Mexico, Argentina, and Puerto Rico. His projects have spanned five continents in an array of diverse countries (US, Spain, Japan, Indonesia, Brazil, Libya, France, Italy, and many more), and he has travelled to 58 different countries. He is half-American and half-Spanish and is native-level bilingual in English and Spanish, and speaks fluent Portuguese.
Martin’s professional experience includes working for large financial firms where he performed financial due diligence on both large and small transactions for multinational companies. He has also worked for small venture-focused firms such as Innovation Kitchen, a Mitsubishi Corporation’s incubation firm. In this position, he managed all U.S. operations and ensured that early-stage portfolio companies in Japan received U.S. exposure in order to secure U.S. market and financing opportunities.
Education, Personal, and Fellowship
Martin has undergraduate business degrees from the Universidad Antonio de Nebrija (Spain) and the University of Tampa. He also received an MBA from University of Chicago and holds a CPA license.
As a member of Class 19, Martin served his fellowship at Sozo Ventures under the mentorship of Managing Member, Koichiro Nakamura (Class 12).