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UZABASE, Inc.

Company Name
UZABASE, Inc.
Management Team
Co-Chief Executive Officer Ryosuke Niino
Co-Chief Executive Officer Yusuke Inagaki
Chief Creative Officer Yusuke Umeda
External Director Oki Matsumoto
Managing Director & Head of Asia Business Osamu Iwasawa
Managing Director & Head of Business Development Tomoyuki Ota
Managing Director & Head of Japan Business Taira Sakuma
Managing Director & Head of Back Office Mirai Murakami
Corporate Professional Officer & Head of Research Mio Kato
Corporate Professional Officer & Head of Incubation Hideyuki Takeuchi
Audit & Supervisory Board Member Noriko Shimada
External Audit & Supervisory Board Member Masahiro Kotosaka
External Audit & Supervisory Board Member Shinsuke Matsumoto
Management Team
Business Outline
Provides information infrastructure supporting decision-making in business activities.
Established
April 1, 2008
Capital
JPY 2565 million (as of the end of March, 2017)
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
NewsPicks, Inc. (newspicks.com)
Japan Venture Research Co., LTD. (http:jvr.jp/)
Pitchness, Inc. (www.pitchness.com)

NewsPicks, Inc.

Company Name
NewsPicks, Inc.
Management Team
Chief Executive Officer Yusuke Inagaki
Managing Director Yusuke Umeda
Managing Director & NewsPicks Editor-in-Chief Norihiko Sasaki
Managing Director & Chief Technology Officer Masaaki Sugiura
Managing Director Daisuke Sakamoto
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 process 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.
Ryosuke Niino

Ryosuke Niino

Co-Chief Executive Officer

Prior to founding UZABASE, Ryosuke 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

Co-Chief Executive Officer

Prior to establishing UZABASE, Yusuke 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.

Yusuke Umeda

Yusuke Umeda

Chief Creative Officer

Yusuke Umeda founded Uzabase, Inc. with co-founders Ryosuke Niino and Yusuke Inagaki in 2008.
Prior to the establishment of Uzabase, Umeda worked at Corporate Directions, Inc., known as an Asian-based management consulting firm, and UBS Investment Banking Division. He launched industry and corporate inforation platform “SPEEDA” in 2009 and established NewsPicks in 2013. Currently, Umeda serves as the director at both Uzabase, Inc. and NewsPicks, Inc.

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, Oki 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, Osamu 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.

Tomoyuki Ota

Tomoyuki Ota

Managing Director & Head of Business Development

Prior to joining UZABASE in January 2017, Tomoyuki Ota was with UBS Securities and Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities. He has been engaged in the investment banking industry for 14 years, providing M&A advisory and equity debt finance services to corporate clients in the technological sector. From origination to execution, Ota managed numerous cross-border and domestic M&A deals. He also has experience working in the Silicon Valley.

 Taira Sakuma

Taira Sakuma

Managing Director & Head of Japan Business

Prior to joining UZABASE in 2013, Taira Sakuma worked in the Corporate Client Solutions division at UBS Japan. He has been engaged in the corporate financial strategic advisory business for 6 years. From March 2011 to April 2012, Sakuma managed M&A deals between Japanese and European companies at the UBS head office in London. He executed a wide variety of M&A deals, including domestic large-scale business integration, overseas acquisition, equity finance, and debt finance. In 2017, Sakuma also began to serve as the chief executive officer of Japan Venture Research.

Mirai Murakami

Mirai Murakami

Managing Director & Head of Back office

Certified Public Accountant (CPA). After years of experience in auditing at PwC, Mirai 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

Corporate Professional Officer & Head of Research

A graduate of the London School of Economics and Political Science and a CFA charterholder, Mio Kato 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.

Hideyuki Takeuchi

Hideyuki Takeuchi

Corporate Professional Officer & Head of Incubation

Hideyuki 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.

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, Noriko 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.

Masahiro Kotosaka

Masahiro Kotosaka

External Audit & Supervisory Board Member

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”.

Shinsuke Matsumoto

Shinsuke Matsumoto

External Audit & Supervisory Board Member

Shinsuke Matsumoto is a lawyer admitted in Japan and New York. He became a partner of Nakamura, Tsunoda & Matsumoto in 2005 after experience at Nishimura & Partners, Nagashima & Ohno, and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in New York. Whilst engaging in 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 audit & supervisory board member in 2016.
He has graduated from the Faculty of Law at the University of Tokyo and Stanford Law School.

Board of Directors / NewsPicks, Inc.
Yusuke Inagaki

Yusuke Inagaki

Chief Executive Officer

Prior to establishing UZABASE, Yusuke 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.

Yusuke Umeda

Yusuke Umeda

Managing Director Yusuke Umeda

Yusuke Umeda founded Uzabase, Inc. with co-founders Ryosuke Niino and Yusuke Inagaki in 2008.
Prior to the establishment of Uzabase, Umeda worked at Corporate Directions, Inc., known as an Asian-based management consulting firm, and UBS Investment Banking Division. He launched industry and corporate inforation platform “SPEEDA” in 2009 and established NewsPicks in 2013. Currently, Umeda serves as the director at both Uzabase, Inc. and NewsPicks, Inc.

Norihiko Sasaki

Norihiko Sasaki

Managing Director & NewsPicks Editor-in-Chief

Norihiko Sasaki 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

Masaaki 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.

Daisuke Sakamoto

Daisuke Sakamoto

Managing Director

Daisuke Sakamoto joined UZABASE as an intern when he was still in the Faculty of Commerce in Doshisha University. After graduation, he worked for a US-funded consulting firm before joining UZABASE again. He first worked in the product planning, customer service, and sales departments for SPEEDA, and then engaged in the founding of the NewsPicks business in 2013. Currently, Sakamoto oversees the business development of NewsPicks