Phillip is the Director of Plug and Play IoT and founding member of Plug and Play Mobility; two startup accelerator programs focused on Internet of Things and Mobility related technology. The program has partnered with companies such as Mercedes, Bosch, Panasonic, Fujitsu, and Philips Lighting to select the top startups in the IoT/Mobility space. Phillip has worked with Plug and Play for the past two years growing the IoT and Mobility community. Phillip founded and organizes Internet of Thursdays, an event that joins industry experts, corporations, entrepreneurs, and big players within IoT to discuss the latest trends in technology. Utilizing his Japanese background, Phillip manages all Japanese corporate partners and has built a bridge between Japanese corporations and Silicon Valley. Phillip graduated from San Diego State with a B.A. in Economics and a minor in International Business. Prior to Plug and Play, Phillip worked for a Japanese trading company focused on bringing new ventures from the U.S. to the Japanese market. Phillip graduated from San Diego State University with a B.A. in Economics and a minor in International Business.