Our Team

It’s time to put our expertise to use in the start-up founder community—helping the explorer, the pioneer, the first-mover to actualize their vision. Cultivating innovations and charting the way, we finance patent filings and articulate patent value.
We provide the insight you need to navigate the voyage.

Michael Lubitz

Michael Lubitz Ideaship

Michael Lubitz

Michael is the founder and managing director of GTT Group, a global patent asset transaction and analysis firm. As an entrepreneur, Michael’s startups have been acquired by Softbank and Hewlett Packard. Words that Michael lives by: “No mud, no lotus. No lotus, no mud” (Thich Nhat Hahn).

Masa Murayama

Masa Murayama

Masa is the creative visionary behind Ideaship. An entrepreneur and quiet maverick, Masa created the business model and originated the Ideaship concept. His responsibilities include due diligence, investee company development and value creation. Prior to Ideaship, Masa was the Head of IP Strategy for the Audio, Video, and Communication (AVC) Technology and Products Division of Panasonic. Words that Masa lives by: “Courage without wisdom is mischief, and wisdom without courage is nonsense” (Erich Kästner).

Andy Godsey

Andy Godsey

Andy is a managing director of GTT Group and leads consulting, brokerage, and sale side M&A business units. Andy has led major transaction advisories including AOL and the negotiation and completion of the highest price paid in the last 20 years for a single patent family. One of Andy’s favorite quotes is from John Wooden, “Whatever you do in life, surround yourself with smart people who’ll argue with you.”

Yukiko Ryonai

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Yukiko Ryonai

Yuki provides contractual support and due diligence support services. Formerly responsible for Panasonic’s standard essential patent portfolio, Yuki has experience in patent licensing, litigation, and monetization, especially in drafting and negotiating agreements. Yuki lives by the words “Nana-korobi Hachi-oki”, the Japanese version of ‘A man’s walking is a succession of falls’.

Byron Godsey

Byron Godsey

Byron serves as the Finance Director of Ideaship and oversees finance, accounting, and investee company monitoring. He is also responsible for due diligence, and providing early stage accounting and financing support for investee companies. Before joining GTT Group and becoming a team member of Ideaship, Byron was a Senior Management Analyst for BearingPoint. He holds a B.S. in International Business Management from Brigham Young University and a M.S. in Financial Analysis from Portland State University. Words that Byron lives by: “In the fields of observation chance favors only the prepared mind” (Louis Pasteur).

Kazuki Kawakami

Kazuki Kawakami

Kaz provides operational guidance, investee company development, and due diligence support services. A practitioner of gentle wisdom and kindness, Kaz shepherded Ideaship from a concept to business reality and supports daily operations. Formerly responsible for Panasonic’s semiconductor patent portfolio, Kaz has extensive experience in patent licensing, litigation, and monetization. He has been the internal lead in ITC matters and is considered an expert in patent valuation. Words that Kaz lives by: “Ichi-go ich-e (Treasure every meeting, for it will never recur).”

Robert Bell

Robert C. Bell

Robert has coached hundreds of founders, startups, and executives from inception to acquisition to post public offering. Rob has been there from the napkin sketches to companies doing $5B in annual revenue. He has been a founder, co-founder, adviser, partner, coach, consultant, and investor. Robert has leveraged his background in entrepreneurship, management, and engineering to bring a transparent and direct results-oriented approach to starting and growing companies. Words that Robert lives by: “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart” (Helen Keller”).

Kari Lubitz

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Kari Lubitz

Kari is a managing director of GTT Group and brings her vast operational management experience to Ideaship in a marketing capacity. Kari graduated from Portland State University with a BS in Business Management, has worked for GTT Group for 14 years and prior to that Kari had her own small business management firm for more than a decade. “Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.” Maya Angelou

Tony Tanaka

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Tony Tanaka

Tony provides operational guidance, investee company development, and due diligence support services.  Prior to Ideaship, Tony’s practice was focused on preparing and prosecuting patent application in the fields of electronics, telecommunications, software engineering in Panasonic.  He was granted a patent agent (Limited Recognition) from USPTO in 2010.   Words that Tony lives by: “Netsui-ha-jisyaku (Enthusiasm is the great attractor and it opens a way to success)” Konosuke Matsushita

Kazutoshi Yasunaga

Kazutoshi Yasunaga

Yasu provides strategic due diligence, patent development support, operational guidance and leadership based on his unique patent life-cycle experiences that have been formed through his own personal innovations. A prolific inventor at Panasonic Corporation, he has been granted over 250 patents related to key mobile wireless technologies. Besides his career as pioneering wireless inventor and patent strategist, Yasu was a key member of the worldwide patent licensing and enforcement efforts since the founding of IP Bridge. Words that Yasu lives by: “Tasho-no-en (Even a chance meeting is due to fate)” (Buddhist teaching).

Ian Garrett

Ian Garrett

Ian provides operational support to the Ideaship team. An active early stage founder himself, Ian leverages his project management and software development experience to assist Ideaship in providing founders with mission essential services. Ian holds a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Oregon. Words that Ian lives by: “He who says he can and he who says he can’t are both usually right” (Confucius).

Takeshi Kawaguchi

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Takeshi Kawaguchi

Tak has worked to obtain amicable solutions for Panasonic to avoid and minimize business risk and ensure royalty income. Tak also has 10 years of patent prosecution experience in the area of electronic devices, processes, materials, and computer software. Words that Tak lives by: “I will prepare and some day my chance will come.” Abraham Lincoln

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