Yasuyuki (Yas) Motoyama is a senior scholar 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, such as the paper titled "How Do Business Owners Perceive the State Business Climate." 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 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, the Journal of Small Business and Entrepreneurship and an essay in the Journal of Applied Research in Economic Development titled "How Can I Create My Favorite Startup Ranking." 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.
Previously, Motoyama was a lecturer in the Department of Planning, Policy, and Design at the University of California, Irvine, where he taught a research design seminar for doctoral students. In addition, he served as a postdoctoral associate with the Lewis Center for Regional Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles.
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.