PEOPLE: Renowned Motion Graphics Artist Joins Cie Venture Studio as Entrepreneur-in-Residence
A well-renowned motion graphics artist is returning to an Irvine venture studio, this time as an expert-in-residence.
Cie and Wavemaker announced a strategic partnership last year that introduced an “innovative” venture studio model to incubate new ideas and grow established startups.
Building digital environments is Yasuto’s specialty. He started his career in graphic design and flash animation, becoming what’s considered an “elite” motion graphics artist.
He was named one of the world’s Top 10 Flash designers, and was a contributing author on the book, “New Masters of Flash.”
His work on rayoflight.net was recently featured in “Web Design, the Evolution of the Digital Era 1990-today,” which chronicles a history of renowned website designs
and their impact on modern interactive design.
He originally joined Cie more than15 years ago when it was a small studio of less than 10 people, eventually serving as co-founder and president of Cie Games Japan KK. (Cie founded Cie Games, which was acquired by Glu Mobile in 2014 for $100 million.)
Yasuto ultimately went into the management and direction of tech, eventually becoming co-founder of Kadho Sports in 2015. See recent article on Kadho Sports here.
Building the tech with his team from scratch, Kadho’s sports training platform was adopted by athletes across the sports world to improve real-world performance. Its clients include teams in MLB, NBA, NCAA baseball and football, as well as multiple Olympic teams.
Yasuto is the third recent expert that Cie has brought on in recent months. Albert Chow and Parham Javaherian both joined Cie as experts-in-residence last year.