About Us

Our Mission

Advancing the future of commercial UAS and mobility

Aerial Innovation is a Silicon Valley based strategy consulting and research firm focused on commercial drones and the revolution in mobility and sustainable infrastructure.

We are bringing together the companies and organizations that will build the infrastructure for commercial drones and next generation mobility in Japan.

We advise decision makers at large enterprises on realizing the potential of commercial drones and new generation mobility in their businesses. We support public policy makers to create the environment for a robust commercial ecosystem. And we help hardware and software suppliers in the ecosystem to grow their businesses in Japan and the U.S. 

Our Team

Our principals have each been active in new technology markets for over 20 years. They have a wealth of Japan - U.S. strategy experience and are well known for their insight and access.


Ryoji Koike

Co-founder, CEO

Ryoji is a respected journalist, author and thought leader in Japan’s IT and telecommunications sector. He has covered Silicon Valley for over 20 years, bringing insight and context to the rise of the Internet, cloud computing, new business models, and a host of other pivotal developments. He writes frequently for Japan’s leading business publications and has published a number of books on key trends. Top management at Japan’s industry leaders seek out his advice on what’s next and how it will affect their businesses. Ryoji holds appointments as part-time lecturer at Waseda University, visiting researcher at Waseda University’s Research Institute of IT & Management, and as a fellow at International University of Japan’s Center for Global Communications (GLOCOM).

Fred Borda

Co-founder, COO

Fred has been helping companies understand the technology and market trends that affect them for over 20 years. As a founding principal at Intersect, a Silicon Valley research and consulting firm, he led the company’s Japan practice, advising some of the world’s largest companies. His work has covered the full breadth of the ICT ecosystem and technologies at all layers. He has also led business development, marketing and sales efforts in operating roles. Fred began his career at a leading Japanese marketing and strategy consulting firm and has lived in Japan and the U.S.


Some of the organizations we work with