Guest Speaker

Startup Founder Talk


Ayumi Ode on 2/8/2022

You can download the event report in Japanese at the below links.

* Event Report: ⁠Download it from here.

CVC Japan hosted a virtual talk with Hitomi Kimura Pender, the Founder & CEO of Link Strollers. She shared her career and personal journey from a corporate professional in Tokyo to a startup founder & a mother in New York City.

In this virtual Startup Founder Talk, we touched on the following topics:⁠
(1) Her career transition from established corporates in Tokyo to a founder in New York City
(2) Her professional and personal experience in New York City running a business and raising children
(3) Support and benefits from Columbia Startup Lab, co-working facility located at WeWork Soho West that provides subsidized space for Columbia alumni entrepreneurs to house and nurture their fledgling ventures.

⁠Featured Speaker


⁠Hitomi Kimura Pender, Startup Founder & Advisor
After receiving a Bachelor of Law from Keio University, Hitomi joined JPMorgan Bank in Tokyo and received a Master's Degree, Management Science and Engineering from Columbia University. At JPMorgan, she worked as a Japan interest rate strategist in the Fixed Income Research Department, where she wrote numerous research articles and specialized in the Japanese government bond market. After working as an investment advisor at JPMorgan's New York Head Office Private Bank and at the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi in New York, she started her own business. Selected as a member of Columbia Startup Lab, she has been involved in several startups in New York. Since 2019, she has been an associate board member of Madison Square Park. Her hobbies include scuba diving and drinking coffee.