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Rochelle Kopp

Advisor San Francisco Bay Area, US

Japanese business and cross-cultural communication specialist. Co-Author of Valley Speak: Deciphering the Jargon of Silicon Valley.

Japanese business and cross-cultural communication specialist. Co-Author of Valley Speak: Deciphering the Jargon of Silicon Valley.

2 vouches

Involved In


Otsuka Pharmaceuticals
Gilead Sciences
NTT Data
Ricoh Americas Corporation
Blue Bottle Coffee
Mitsubishi Electric Power Products
Toray Composites America
DeNA & ngmoco:)


Managing Principal Japan Intercultural Consulting 1994 - present
Consultant IPC Group October 1992 - July 1994
Public Relations Specialist Yasuda Trust and Banking Co. 1988 - 1990
Business Analyst ZS Associates June 1986 - June 1988


The University of Chicago Booth School of Business Finance and Business Policy 1990 - 1992
Yale University History (E. Asian Studies) 1982 - 1986

Interested In

Markets of Interest
  • • Enterprise Software
  • • Hardware

You Should Know About Me

Key Accomplishments

My area of expertise is Japanese culture and business practices, particularly Japanese communication style and organizational behavior and decision-making in Japanese firms. The goal of my work is to help Americans and Japanese who are working together increase mutual understanding and strengthen their business relationships.

I gained firsthand experience of Japanese corporate culture when I lived in Japan and worked at the Tokyo headquarters of a major Japanese financial institution. Since that time, as a consultant I have worked closely with numerous Japanese companies of various sizes and in a wide variety of industries, including many of Japan’s most prominent firms. I bring these first-hand insights into my seminars and consulting. I also work frequently with American firms that have Japanese customers, joint venture partners, and suppliers, or a entering the Japanese market.

One of my current focuses is helping firms both from Japan and other countries build their teams and strengthen their HR infrastructure in the United States. I have a particular interest in helping firms and entrepreneurs from overseas understand and thrive in the unique culture of Silicon Valley.

How I like to work with people
As an Advisor

I work with clients in various ways, ranging from one-off seminars to retainer relationships.

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Robert Eberhart
We worked together  •  Assistant Professor of Management, Santa Clara University. Stanford grad. University of Michigan grad.
Rochelle is an extremely creative and hard working entrepreneur. She is a great organizational leader and particularly skilled inter-cultura ... lly.
Timothy Connor
Managing Director, Corporate Development and Marketing Services, Newport Ltd.

Joe Peters
We worked together  •  Consultant, Net Expat.
Joe does a great job at finding just the talent that companies need in the challenging Japanese market.