Founding Supporters

The Connection Lab is supported by more than 60 members, including some of the world’s leading technologists, researchers and entrepreneurs.

Mark Cuban

Pioneering Internet Entrepreneur, Investor and Philanthropist

Mark Cuban is the owner of the Dallas Mavericks, the 2011 NBA World Champions and one of most valuable franchises in sports. Cuban is also chairman and CEO of AXS tv, one of ABC’s “Sharks” on the hit show Shark Tank, and an investor in an ever-growing portfolio of businesses. Mark has been a natural businessman since the age of 12. After graduating Indiana University and moving to Dallas, he created MicroSolutions, a computer consulting service, which he sold in 1990 to CompuServe. In 1995, he co-founded streaming audio over the internet which was soon sold to Yahoo for $5.6 billion dollars.

Venky Harinarayan


Venky Harinarayan is an entrepreneur and investor. He was a founder of Junglee—a pioneering shopping search engine that was acquired by, a founder of Kosmix—an innovative search and categorization company that was acquired by Walmart Stores, Inc., and a founding investor in Efficient Frontier—a leading search and social media marketing company that was acquired by Adobe

Tetsuya Nakamura

Itabashi Medical Systems Group, Inc.

My name is Tetsuya Nakamura from Tokyo, Japan and I am the CEO of Itabashi Medical Systems Group. We have over 25,000 employees who are dedicated to helping the health and well being of others. I am a supporter of the UCLA Connection Lab and look forward to seeing it become the premier research lab in the world.

Eric Schmidt

Former Google CEO, Tech exceptionalist

Eric Schmidt served as Google’s Chief Executive Officer from 2001-2011, and Executive Chairman 2011-2018, alongside founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page. Under his leadership Google dramatically scaled its infrastructure and diversified its product offerings while maintaining a strong culture of innovation.

Schmidt serves on the boards of the Mayo Clinic and the Broad Institute, among others. His philanthropic efforts through The Schmidt Family Foundation focus on climate change, including support of ocean and marine life studies at sea, as well as education, specifically cutting-edge research and technology in the natural sciences and engineering. He is founder of Schmidt Futures which works to improve societal outcomes through the development of emerging science and technology.

The Shen Family

Cloud Computing Groundbreaker and Industry Statesman, CloudMosa

Dr. Shioupyn Shen founded CloudMosa and created the “wicked fast” Puffin Web Browser to bridge the digital divide. By sharing the massive power of the cloud to millions of users on demand, the “Cloud Avatar” technology enables Puffin phones under $35 to outperform Android phones over $350. Shioupyn has keen interest in moonshot projects. Shioupyn is an early employee of Google and a veteran of Microsoft. Shioupyn holds a PhD degree in CS from University of California, Los Angeles, two MS degrees in CS and EE from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a BS degree in EE from National Taiwan University.

Artificial intelligence is as impactful as any technology ever will be. No question about it. How you choose data to train your models is going to upset the apple cart.


The world will look very different 20 to 30 years from now than it does today in very many substantially fundamental ways.

The Connection Lab will provide a rich environment for research, innovation and collaboration.

The core design argument of the internet was that intelligence is on the edge. It’s called the edge-to-edge principle. You connect everything and don’t constrain what happens on the edges.

We did a great job connecting the rich through the internet. Mission accomplished. The new challenge is connecting the poor.

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Corporate and Individual Contributors

  • Aster Miso-Prince Ltd.
  • Gackt
  • Itabashi Medical System Group
  • The Lynch Family Foundation
  • Yohei Midorikawa
  • Go Nakamura
  • Sheng-Chih Coco Pao
  • Vijayakumar Tella
  • David Bohnett
  • Yu Uny Cao
  • Liming Chen
  • Aaron Cohen
  • Koji Fujita Family
  • Tom and Karissa Grasty
  • Yutaka Hagiwara
  • Yukihiro Harada
  • Koji Hirohata
  • Riku Ishii
  • Yukari Ishii
  • Keisuke & Ritsuko Iwano
  • Akiko Izumitani
  • Hironori Kasuyama Family
  • Kazuya Kazahaya
  • Tatsuya Kimura
  • Hiroo Kojima
  • Yoshifumi Miyazaki
  • Maki Nakaigawa
  • Mami Nakaigawa
  • Mari Nakaigawa
  • Masao Nakaigawa
  • Yoshiaki Nakaigawa
  • Akira Nakanishi
  • Shotaro Naohara
  • Mai Nishikawa Family
  • Shohei Noguchi
  • Steven H. Roesing
  • Akeyoshi Sanuki
  • Satoru & Eriko Shintani
  • Wayne Smith
  • Kazuhisa Sugita
  • Naohiro Takahashi
  • Tomoko Takahashi
  • Hiromi Takekawa
  • Naoko Tamada Family
  • Natsuko Tanaka Family
  • Shohei Tsujita
  • Hirohisa Uematsu
  • Kenji Umetsu Family
  • Tomoki Yamanaka
  • Hong Yuan
  • Xianrong Zheng
  • Xunwei Wilson Zhou