About Us

Sakino Consulting helps both Japanese and American companies come together in joint product development ventures to bring new products to market.

Founder Matt Schlegel brings a deep understanding of the product development process, language, engineering and technology. A Mombusho research scholar at the University of Tokyo and an alumnus of both the University of California and Harvey Mudd College, Matt holds a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering in Applied Physics, has published a research paper in Japanese, and is an inventor on three patents.

Sakino Consulting understands Japanese culture and how business is done in Japan. We have teamed with top talent around the world to help advance and support business between Japan and America.

With over 20 years experience working with Japanese companies, Sakino Consulting brings a unique combination of Japanese language capability, technical expertise and cultural understanding to the development teams, allowing for quick problem identification and resolution during the product development process.

Sakino Consulting has worked with companies to develop a number of different products including:

  • CATV set top boxes
  • WLAN terminals
  • Point-to-point microwave communication systems
  • Handheld computers
  • Smartphone devices
  • Digital video recorders
  • Liquid crystal displays
  • Fans and motors for thermal management


Sakino Consulting has worked with a number of different Japanese companies including Toshiba, Fujikura, Sanyo, Sharp, NEC, Seiko Epson, Optrex, Toshiba Matsushita Display, Nidec Sankyo and Panasonic.

While consulting for ReplayTV, Sakino Consulting worked to deliver a Panasonic branded and distributed DVR, with models manufactured in both the US and Japan. As a bridge for both technical and cultural issues, Sakino Consulting enables teams to work together more effectively and deliver products more quickly.

“Sakino Consulting understands business, people, relationships and technology. They listen to all entities internally and externally, and get the business done.”
- Stu Kaler, IP Counsel, Clairvoyante