Our Team

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Co-Founder, CEO
Shigeto Umeda

As a serial entrepreneur from Tokyo, Shigeto has founded several advertising technology companies such as Dennoo inc. in San Francisco. Dennoo provided the world’s first “viewable time” dedicated video ad-server and RTB systems. In 2011, Dennoo got the Grand prize of “Samurai pitch contest Silicon Valley,” and also won the “Digital Media Roundtable” contest in the United States.

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Shigeto also founded DSS inc. in Tokyo(Acquired by Opt inc. in 2013), a system integrator of programmatic ad platforms such as DSP,DMP.

In 2015, he co-founded TKNY global inc, an entertainment company known for producing “1OAK Tokyo,” in New York and Tokyo as a partner. In 2018, Shigeto’s shares were bought by a private owner.

He has also founded PT.NTP, an asset management firm in Jakarta partnering with Indonesian conglomerate Vorich International group in 2016. NTP has been operating property investments and financial services.

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Co-Founder, CTO
Kazutaka Tomita

Kazutaka is one of the main organizers of the major Apache Cassandra community in Japan and produces national Cassandra conferences every year.

He started working in the IT fields as system engineer in the Sun melx Co., Ltd in 2000,developed and operated ISP`s Billing System and document management for billing system. Moved to Simplex Technology Inc. and developed retail foreign exchange trading system.

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He later moved to Gourmet Navigator Inc. as a database architect and managed the biggest restaurant database in Japan, operated a huge traffic web application and database. Moved to Mulodo Inc. as a Database Architect and designed the architecture of retail foreign exchange trading and tore reservation system. Founded IN THE FOREST Co., Ltd in 2011, support designing architecture for Spring-8, Apache Cassandra etc. also development of text analyzing systems.

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Board Advisor
Kazuma Yamauchi

Kazuma Yamauchi was a co-founder COO of KonMari Media Inc., a startup in the field of digital content and lifestyle business, based in Bay Area, US. Prior to co-founding KonMari Media Inc., he was a private equity investment professional at the Hong Kong office of Apollo Global Management, one of the largest alternative asset management companies in the world.

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Prior to joining Apollo, he worked at MBK Partners, one of the largest Asian private equity funds, and Goldman Sachs in its principal investment team, in Tokyo. Kazuma earned a Bachelor degree and Master degree from The University of Tokyo. He is an active angel investor.

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Chief Engineer
Sahar Benarfa

Sahar spent 3 years as a software engineer for IN THE FOREST. Sahar has been an instructor for the Computer Science department of ENIC(Tunisia) for three years. Courses taught include; service-oriented architecture, Cloud computing, Data warehousing and object-oriented programming.

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She moved to Japan after obtaining her software engineering degree from Higher Institute of Engineering and Technology (ESPRIT)-Tunisia with High Distinction in 2015. She also earned a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from National Engineering School of Carthage(ENIC) in 2012. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science also from ENIC in 2010. As an undergraduate Sahar’s main areas of study were artificial intelligence, computer vision, and software engineering. Sahar has always been fascinated by the inner-workings of software and ways to provide outstanding digital experiences with the firm belief that remarkable technology is the foundation for all future successful businesses.

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Bridging Project Partner
Alvin Mariogani

Bridging project partner for Indonesia, Malaysia, and Japan. International sales manager in MANEO inc.(biggest social lending platform in Japan). He came to Japan in 2008 with Japan Government Scholarship, graduated from University of Tokyo in 2016 graduated from Biotechnology and Life Science from Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology. 

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In 2014, he finished his master degree in the Department of International Studies at University of Tokyo in 2016. Worked at Japan Valve Company as an engineer.

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Patent Attorney
Kohei Okumura

Kohei received his bachelor's degree in Applied Physics from Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan in 2008. He also received his master's degree and Ph.D. in Information Physics and Computing from the University of Tokyo in 2010 and 2013, respectively.

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He has been a Research Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion (DC2 and PD) from 2012 to 2014. Through his devotion to the research, he earned several awards including JRSJ Best Paper Award in 2013. He has been working for several IP law firms since 2014. His current speciality is patent prosecution or consulting of an ICT realm, especially image processing, AR and robotics, based on his academic career.

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Patent Attorney
Masamune Oshitani

Masamune received his bachelor's and master's degrees in Electronics and Materials Physics from Osaka University, Osaka, Japan in 2009 and 2011, respectively. Following the graduation, he had been working for Fuji Xerox IP department since 2011. He is currently working for at an IP law firm since 2015.

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He joined IP utilization promotion committee in JPAA in 2015 and 2016. His speciality is patent prosecution or consulting of an ICT realm, especially UI, screen design and business model, based on his business career.

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