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Kei Shibata
Co-founder & CEO, VRG - TRAVEL jp & Trip101
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About me

TravelTech entrepreneur based in Singapore and Tokyo with 20 years of experience who led his company to an IPO, a buyout and two exits.

One of the original investors & advocates of Travel Massive.

Kei co-founded Venture Republic Group (VRG) in 2001 and has been serving as a CEO since foundation. Company runs a group of online travel services worldwide including TRAVEL jp, Japan's largest online travel metasearch/media, Trip101, Singapore based global online travel media and Allstay, mobile accommodation search app in Korea.

In 2008, he led the company to an IPO and to LBO by the management in 2012. Kei also led to acquire Flocations, a Singapore based travel startup, have it grown to one of the fastest growing online travel media in the world under Trip101 brand that attracts the users from 200 countries.

Harvard MBA. Keio University BA.

Cross country & alpine skier/snowboarder. Love jazz, coffee and working from vacation homes.

What is your favorite travel destination?

Zermatt, Switzerland

Where do you dream of traveling to?

Safari in Namibia and heli-skiing in Russia’s Kamchatka.

What was your first travel job?

Started running (now LINE TRAVEL jp), travel metasearch site.

What do you want to learn more about?


Three words that describe why we should travel?

Friendship, family, fun, diversity. life


  • Do you want to join our WiT Japan Meet Up in Tokyo next week on Dec 6 ang chat about that?

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    Tokyo Travel Massive 7 months ago

  • We'll look around and let you know if some travel agency among our members shows an interest.

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    Tokyo Travel Massive 2 years ago

  • Sounds good, Scott. No rush.

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    Tokyo Travel Massive 2 years ago

  • Hey Scott, Glad to hear from you. There is no event in the horizon. Yes, it would be great if we could plan something together.

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    Tokyo Travel Massive 2 years ago