A builder and storyteller, my guest today is Timothy Koide. Tim was born in Berkeley, CA of Japanese and Caucasian descent. Tim’s great grandparents immigrated from Japan and settled in the Bay Area.
At a very young age, Tim’s family moved to the East Coast and he spent the majority of his childhood there, but would spend parts of his summers back in California. Tim later embarked on a very impactful Mission with his Church to Tokyo, Japan for two years, spending time in the towns of Hachioji and Kichijoji which allowed him to dive into his rich Japanese heritage.
Tim has worked as a Japanese language instructor, spent time working in the policy world in Washington, DC, and has spent the last decade plus in the Bay Area founding and advising startups and helping to run corporate innovation units for Fortune 500 companies primarily in the food, ag, and retail tech worlds. Tim is currently the CEO of Seisuke Knife, which is one of the largest retailers of high-end traditionally crafted Japanese culinary knives in the world.
Tim and I dive into many of the classic restaurants in the USA and how we connected through an amazing event put on by Seisuke Knife, Japan's youngest Master Bladesmith Yu Kurosaki and first-generation Vietnamese-American Chef Tu David Phu. We also discuss how sharing a single meal/event is one of the best ways to connect with people.