Prior to founding Sansan in 2007, Chika worked in IT at Mitsui & Co., where he was involved in importing computer equipment, developing systems, and working on joint ventures. In 2001, he was transferred to Silicon Valley, where he dealt with cutting-edge U.S. ventures as they developed their business links with Japan. Upon returning to Japan, he sold database software he brought back from the U.S., and then became a manager at Mitsui, handling corporate planning and management at security-related companies. In May 2007, Chika left Mitsui and together with four friends started Sansan, an IT venture providing business card-based contact management services. Sansan has now grown to over 7,000 corporate clients and over 2.5 million individual users, making it the largest database of its kind in Japan. In 2011, Chika received the U.S. Ambassador’s Award at the Entrepreneurs’ Awards Japan. This honor recognizes entrepreneurs who start companies with high growth potential, and devote themselves to becoming market leaders.
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