Yasuyuki (Yas) Motoyama is a director in Research and Policy at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. His main research areas are regional ecosystem of entrepreneurship, drivers of high-growth companies, and university-industry relations.
Motoyama is the author of a number of peer-reviewed journal articles, including articles in Technological Forecasting and Social Change, the Economic Development Quarterly, Review of Policy Research, Technology in Society, and the Journal of Small Business and Entrepreneurship. He is the author of Global Companies, Local Innovations: How Engineering Aspects of Innovation Making Require Geographical Proximity, and a co-author of Local and Global Networks: Immigrant Professionals in Silicon Valley. An avid speaker, Motoyama has presented at numerous conferences in the United States and Japan. He also is the recipient of several honors and research grants.
Prior to joining the Kauffman Foundation, Motoyama was a postdoctoral fellow with the Center for Nanotechnology in Society at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was researching the process of commercialization and globalization of nanotechnology.
Motoyama earned a Bachelor of Arts with triple majors in history, international relations, and political science from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He earned a Master of Public Administration from Cornell University, and a PhD in city and regional planning from the University of California, Berkeley.