Board of Directors
Barak is the Director of Operation and Strategy and the MIT Media Lab as well as the founder of MarketCentrix, a consumer strategy consultancy for tech companies. He consults to start-ups, VCs and Large companies. Including, Digital Garage, Apple, Sony, Fujifilm, Polycom and many others. He also serves as an investor and advisor to many start-ups including Little Bits, Neo, New Context, Improbable and Quixey
Kaoru Hayashi serves as Chairman of the Board of New Context and is the co-founder of Digital Garage Inc., an Internet company started in 1995 in Japan focused on the support and incubation of web-based business. Hayashi has served as the Group CEO of Digital Garage since 2004 and he is also the Chairman of the Board at DG Incubation, Inc., Veritrans and Kakaku.com.
Joi Okada, Board Director of New Context, has been Head of Global Business Promotion Office – Group Chief Executive Officer Division at Digital Garage, Inc. since September 2013. Okada has been President of Digital Garage U.S., Inc. since July 2013 and served as Deputy Head, Group Chief Executive Officer Office at Digital Garage, Inc. since joining in October 2012 until 2013. From 2003 to 2012, Okada worked as a broker for different companies within GFI Group Inc., a company that provides brokerage and execution services for institutional wholesale customers.
Joichi Ito serves as Board Advisor to New Context and Co-founder and Board Director of Digital Garage, Inc. Ito is a leading thinker, innovator and entrepreneur on Internet business and technology. Ito, together with Kaoru Hayashi, established Digital Garage in 1995. He is the current Director of MIT Media Lab and serves on the Board of the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, and Science. He is a Board Member of Sony Corporation, The New York Times Company, The MacArthur Foundation, The Knight Foundation and Creative Commons. Ito is a venture capitalist in Silicon Valley and he was an early-stage investor in Twitter, Six Apart, Flickr, Path and more than 40 promising IT companies.