Fellows Directory

Shin Iwata


Shin leads Atomico’s operations in Japan and is based in Tokyo. He works closely with Atomico’s portfolio companies and partners, using his network and deep experience to help them scale both inside and outside Japan. Shin sits on the board of Gengo Inc.

Prior to joining Atomico, Shin was President of Skype Japan K.K., where he developed crucial relationships in Japan with local partners. He was an integral part of establishing key global partnerships as a local window to Panasonic VIERA and Sony BRAVIA for TV integration. Companies including SmartNews, Rovio, Gengo, and Supercell now benefit from his experience as they establish and scale their presence in Japan.

Before Skype, Shin was involved in the establishment of a technology venture company, Ariel Networks. There, he managed the overall development of peer-to-peer (P2P) applications, from planning to design and development, and wrote numerous articles and gave lectures on P2P technologies and applications.

Shin's career began as a software engineering manager at Lotus and Microsoft.

Education, Personal, and Fellowship

Shin is a graduate of Keio University with a bachelor degree in physics.

Shin serves as a member of the Tech Venture & Entrepreneurship in Japan committee of the Advanced Institute of Industrial Technology (AIIT) and as a member of H2’s Tokyo chapter. Shin also often serves as a judge or panel speaker at startup pitching events in Japan.

Shin wrote a book about P2P technology and its application from Ohm Publishing in 2005.

Shin served his fellowship at Atomico under the mentorship of Mattias Ljungman. He is a member of Class 20.