UZABASE

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UZABASE, Inc.

Company Name
UZABASE, Inc.
Management Team
Co-Chief Executive Officer Yusuke Umeda
Co-Chief Executive Officer Ryosuke Niino
Chief Operating Officer Yusuke Inagaki
External Director Oki Matsumoto
Managing Director & Head of Asia Business Osamu Iwasawa
Managing Director & Head of Japan Business Taira Sakuma
Managing Director & Head of Innovation Hideyuki Takeuchi
Managing Director & Head of Back Office Mirai Murakami
Managing Director & Head of Research Mio Kato
Audit & Supervisory Board Member Noriko Shimada
External Auditor Shinsuke Matsumoto
External Auditor Masahiro Kotosaka
Management Team
Business Outline
Provides information infrastructure supporting decision-making in business activities.
Established
April 1, 2008
Capital
JPY 2560 million (as of the end of November, 2016)
Contact Number
+81-3-4574-6552
Fax Number
+81-3-4574-6553
Main Bank
Mizuho Bank Shiba Branch
Group Company
Uzabase Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd.
Uzabase Hong Kong Limited
Uzabase China Limited
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NewsPicks, Inc. (newspicks.com)

NewsPicks, Inc.

Company Name
NewsPicks, Inc.
Management Team
Chief Executive Officer Yusuke Umeda
Managing Director & NewsPicks Editor-in-Chief Norihiko Sasaki
Managing Director & Chief Technology Officer Masaaki Sugiura
Business Outline
Development of personalised business news curation service "NewsPicks" (https://newspicks.com).
Established
April 1, 2015
Location
Ebisu First Square. 10F 1-18-14 Ebisu, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0013, Japan
Contact Number
+81-3-4531-9916
Fax Number
+81-3-4574-6553
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【Company Name】UZABASE, Inc. & NewsPicks, Inc.
【Address】Ebisu First Square. 10F 1-18-14 Ebisu, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0013, Japan
【Contact Number】+81-3-4574-6552(UZABASE), +81-3-4531-9916(NewsPicks)
【Fax Number】+81-3-4574-6553
【company name】Uzabase Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd.
【Address】20 Collyer Quay, #23-01, Singapore 049319
【Contact Number】+65-6653-8314
【branch name】Uzabase China Limited
【Address】606​, No.1440 Yan’An Rd.(M), Shanghai, China
【Contact Number】+86-21-​6103-1677
【company name】Uzabase Hong Kong Limited
【Address】30/F Entertainment Building, 30 Queen's Road Central, Central, Hong Kong
【Contact Number】+852​-​5808​-​3148
【Fax Number】+852​-​3103​-​1011

東京都渋谷区恵比寿1-18-14

20 Collyer Quay, #23-01, Singapore 049319

A Bo Luo Da Sha, NanJing XiLu, Jingan Qu, Shanghai Shi, 中華人民共和国 200040

30/F Entertainment Building, 30 Queen's Road Central, Central, Hong Kong

Mission

Business Intelligence to Change Your World

Combining technological innovation with human ingenuity to organize and analyze business information from around the globe. We will reshape your world with a service that improves your productivity and unleashes your creativity.

Seven rules

Think beyond the norm and take your own initiatives.
We avoid being bound by limitations - think beyond the norm and realize the endless possibilities. Without boundaries, our greatest achievements will come to life. However, we must all be responsible for ourselves, and hold each other to this standard. Not to create a boundary, but to inspire a culture of initiative taking.
Ingenuity in the industry is essential.
Is this revolutionary? Would this inspire excitement in our users? These are the questions we ask of ourselves. If the answer is no, then there is little purpose. We use our strengths as a team, fusing our renowned technological skills with our business prowess to continue providing products and services that breathe creativity.
Approach every situation with the user in mind.
Thinking of what is ‘doable’ is not a starting point. We use our ingenuity to capture users’ imaginations. We listen with open ears, hearts, and minds to pursue minimalism in our products, avoiding being caught up in minor or trivial details.
Surprise the user with the speed of the results.
Develop faster than anywhere; improve faster than anybody. Our culture is speed. The evolution of our products, the speed of our decision-making, the efficiency of our work, our response to users - we always aim to be the fastest in all aspects, and we abandon the ineffective from within.
The road less traveled brings the most growth.
We are on a journey with no correct answers. When in doubt, choose the path of greater challenges. Although choosing this path inevitably brings mistakes, by doing so together, we can create better solutions. In our world, failure is the shortcut to success. Failure bears strength and continuous innovation.
Your team will be there in your darkest hour.
We cannot be super heroes alone. It is only when we connect with each other as a team that our individual potential and abilities become limitless. The true challenge comes in the darkest hour, when everyone is on the verge of giving up. It is in these times we offer a hand to each other to turn around and achieve the best result.
Celebrate individual differences and unleash your own talents.
There is infinite potential when unique minds work together. By recognizing and embracing our differences in values, ethnicity, religion, gender, and sexual orientation, we are empowered to shape our own future. Communication from the heart is the essence of an environment where everybody has a free and equal voice.
Board of Directors / UZABASE, Inc.
Yusuke Umeda

Yusuke Umeda

Co-Chief Executive Officer

Umeda founded UZABASE together with Niino and Inagaki in 2008. Prior to the establishment of UZABASE, Umeda began his career at Corporate Directions Inc., where he was responsible for the overall company growth strategies, focusing mainly on the manufacturing industry and trading companies. He was also involved in corporate revitalization and operational support, as well as BPR for food makers and other enterprises. His other extensive experiences include working at UBS Investment Banking Division, where he developed clients' financial strategies, provided support and advice for funding, and managed proprietary investment.

Ryosuke Niino

Ryosuke Niino

Co-Chief Executive Officer

Prior to founding UZABASE, Niino started his career at Mitsui & Co., where he was a member of the business investment team in the Lifestyle Segment. Niino developed intermediate distribution strategies within Japan, and was actively involved in business investments and corporate restructuring. After joining UBS Investment Banking Division, he served as financial adviser for companies in the consumer goods and retail sector. In 2008, Niino founded UZABASE together with Umeda and Inagaki.

Yusuke Inagaki

Yusuke Inagaki

Chief Operating Officer

Prior to establishing UZABASE, Inagaki was the project manager of the Technology Integration Division at ABeam Consulting, where he actively developed and constructed the entire company's system strategies. Inagaki was also involved in the designing and construction of financial institutions' large-scale databases. With his rich experience and knowledge in systems technology, Inagaki founded UZABASE in 2008 and supervises the technical division.

Oki Matsumoto

Oki Matsumoto

External Director 

Chief Executive Officer, Monex Group, Inc. and Chief Executive Officer, Monex, Inc.
With a rigid commitment to contribute to sound development of capital markets, Matsumoto founded Monex, Inc. in 1999 to timely respond to the full liberalization of brokerage commissions in Japan. After conducting several mergers, Matsumoto now leads a financial institutions group that provides online brokerage services in Japan, the United States and Hong Kong.
Before founding Monex, Matsumoto was a General Partner, then the youngest-ever appointed, of The Goldman Sachs Group, L.P.
Former Outside Director of Tokyo Stock Exchange, Inc. Also serves on the boards of some public companies, including MasterCard Incorporated.

Officers / UZABASE, Inc.
 Osamu Iwasawa

Osamu Iwasawa

Managing Director & Head of Asia Business

Prior to joining UZABASE in 2011, Iwasawa was an equity research analyst at Lehman Brothers and Barclays Capital, where he focused on the chemicals and materials sectors. He was later a management consultant at Nomura Research Institute, where he specialised in M&A advisory, business strategy planning, and turnaround management. Iwasawa has been the President of UZABASE Hong Kong Limited since 2013.

 Taira Sakuma

Taira Sakuma

Managing Director & Head of Japan Business

Sakuma was with UBS Investment Banking Division, where he served as financial adviser for companies in the technology and financial institutions sectors for six years. From March 2011 to April 2012, Sakuma was in the London head office, where he took the lead in M&As between Japanese and European companies. He has dealt with more than 20 official cases, including large-scale domestic management integrations, cross-border M&As, and various types of financing. Sakuma joined UZABASE in 2013.

Hideyuki Takeuchi

Hideyuki Takeuchi

Managing Director & Head of Innovation

Takeuchi started two IT companies while he was still studying Software Engineering in University. As the founder and developer, Takeuchi has successfully developed a large number of software products and large-scale systems including Content Delivery Network. In 2008, Takeuchi met Inagaki and joined UZABASE during its initial start-up phase. At present, he is in charge of system designing and development of ‘SPEEDA’ and 'NewsPicks'. As the top engineer in UZABASE, Takeuchi is constantly finding new and innovative solutions for the company.

Mirai Murakami

Mirai Murakami

Managing Director & Head of Back office

Certified Public Accountant (CPA). After years of experience in auditing at PwC, Murakami spent three years at UBS Investment Banking Division, where he served as financial adviser for companies in the consumer goods and retail sector and the financial institutions sector. Prior to joining UZABASE in 2012, Murakami was in KPMG Healthcare Japan, where he provided M&A advisory services for clients in the healthcare sector, and also assisted clients in their business strategies through assessment of business models and financial risks.

Mio Kato

Mio Kato

Managing Director & Head of Research

A graduate of the London School of Economics and Political Science and a CFA charterholder, Mio has over ten years of experience in the financial industry. Prior to joining Uzabase in 2014, he focused on Japanese equities as a senior analyst and assistant portfolio manager for several Asia-centric hedge funds, with particular expertise in the automobile, machinery, materials and commodity sectors.

Audit & Supervisory Board Member / UZABASE, Inc.
Noriko Shimada

Noriko Shimada

Audit & Supervisory Board Member

Certified Public Accountant (CPA). After serving as an auditor for Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, Shimada worked for construction management firm Meiho Facility Works, where she was engaged in cost management accounting. She then moved on to international business development consulting and corporate taxation with SCS Global Group, before finally joining Uzabase in August 2015 as a full-time Audit & Supervisory Board Member.

Shinsuke Matsumoto

Shinsuke Matsumoto

External Auditor

Shinsuke Matsumoto practices law in Japan and New York. He became a partner of Nakamura, Tsunoda & Matsumoto in 2005 after experience at Nishimura Sougo Law Firm, Nagashima & Ohno, and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in New York. Whilst engaging with M&A, crisis management, governance support, and support in start-up companies as a lawyer, he also holds lectures at Gakushuin University, Tsukuba University, and Rikkyo University. He has been a professor at Waseda University since 2014.
He Joined UZABASE Inc. as an external auditor in 2016.
He has graduated from the Faculty of Law at the University of Tokyo and Stanford Law School.

Masahiro Kotosaka

Masahiro Kotosaka

External Auditor

Masahiro Kotosaka is an associate professor at Keio University (Faculty of Policy Management, Shonan Fujisawa Campus). Following experience of starting up several companies, he mainly engaged in management support of overseas companies at the Japan and Germany branches of McKinsey & Company. He went on to obtain a Master of Science and PhD in Management Research at the University of Oxford. He assumed his current position in 2016 after being a lecturer at the Department of Management at Ritsumeikan University. He is the author of “The Discipline of Crossing Boarders”.

Board of Directors / NewsPicks, Inc.
Yusuke Umeda

Yusuke Umeda

Chief Executive Officer

Umeda founded UZABASE together with Niino and Inagaki in 2008. Prior to the establishment of UZABASE, Umeda began his career at Corporate Directions Inc., where he was responsible for the overall company growth strategies, focusing mainly on the manufacturing industry and trading companies. He was also involved in corporate revitalization and operational support, as well as BPR for food makers and other enterprises. His other extensive experiences include working at UBS Investment Banking Division, where he developed clients' financial strategies, provided support and advice for funding, and managed proprietary investment.

Norihiko Sasaki

Norihiko Sasaki

Managing Director & NewsPicks Editor-in-Chief

Norihiko has over ten years experience in the media industry. Following a sabbatical, during which he graduated with a Master's degree from Stanford University, Norihiko became Editor-in-Chief of Toyo Keizai Online from November 2012 where he oversaw a publication with monthly page views in excess of 5.3 million. Norihiko had previously served Toyo Keizai first as a writer covering auto and IT sectors, and later as a member of the editorial team. He also has a BA in Policy Management from Keio University.

Masaaki Sugiura

Masaaki Sugiura

Managing Director & Chief Technology Officer

Sugiura began working for Hitachi Solutions straight out of university before later joining Simplex, where he worked as a project manager to develop services for major securities firms. He also gained experience as the lead for a team developing computer architecture design for a high-speed forex trading system.
After this, Sugiura then took on the role of CTO at Talknote and was a key player in the service’s expansion.
Sugiura joined UZABASE in 2014 and has been the NewsPicks Head of Development since early 2016.