• Co-Chief Executive Officer

    Yusuke Inagaki

    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 design and construction of large-scale databases for financial institutions. With his rich experience and knowledge in systems technology, Inagaki co-founded UZABASE with Yusuke Umeda and Ryosuke Niino in 2008, and assumed the role of Co-CEO for UZABASE and CEO for NewsPicks in 2017.

  • Co-Chief Executive Officer

    Yusuke Umeda

    Yusuke Umeda previously worked at Corporate Directions, a strategy consulting firm, and UBS Investment Banking Division (Tokyo) before founding UZABASE with co-founders Ryosuke Niino and Yusuke Inagaki in 2008. UZABASE launched the corporate and industry information platform “SPEEDA” in 2009 and then the Economic and Business News Platform with Social Networking Functions “NewsPicks” in 2013. Umeda is currently the Co-CEO for UZABASE, Director for NewsPicks, as well as Chairman for NewsPicks USA, LLC.

  • Director

    Ryosuke Niino

    Prior to founding UZABASE, Ryosuke Niino worked 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 sectors. In 2008, Niino co-founded UZABASE with Yusuke Umeda and Yusuke Inagaki.

  • External Director

    Oki Matsumoto

    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.

  • Executive Officer, Head of SPEEDA Business

    Tomoyuki Ota

    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.

  • Executive Officer, Head of New Business Development

    Osamu Iwasawa

    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 was engaged in the product development of SPEEDA and founding the SPEEDA Asia's business as the President of UZABASE Hong Kong Limited. In 2018, he began to serve as the Executive Officer and Head of New Business Development.

  • Executive Officer, Head of Corporate

    Shinobu Matsui

    Certified Public Accountant (CPA). After 2 years of experience in auditing at one of the Japanese leading audit companies, Shinobu Matsui worked as a consulting manager of the international tax department at PwC. For her family reason, she moved to Turkey and lived in there for 4 years. After she returned to Japan, she joined UZABASE. In 2018, she began to serve as the Executive Officer, Head of Corporate.

  • CFO / Head of Finance & Planning

    Mirai Murakami

    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.

  • Audit & Supervisory Board Member

    Noriko Shimada

    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.

  • External Audit & Supervisory Board Member

    Masahiro Kotosaka

    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”.

  • External Audit & Supervisory Board Member

    Shinsuke Matsumoto

    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.

  • Advisor

    Hideyuki Takeuchi

    Hideyuki Takeuchi started two IT companies while he was still studying Software Engineering at the 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.

  • Chief Executive Officer

    Yusuke Inagaki

    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 design and construction of large-scale databases for financial institutions. With his rich experience and knowledge in systems technology, Inagaki co-founded UZABASE with Yusuke Umeda and Ryosuke Niino in 2008, and assumed the role of Co-CEO for UZABASE and CEO for NewsPicks in 2017.

  • Director

    Yusuke Umeda

    Yusuke Umeda previously worked at Corporate Directions, a strategy consulting firm, and UBS Investment Banking Division (Tokyo) before founding UZABASE with co-founders Ryosuke Niino and Yusuke Inagaki in 2008. UZABASE launched the corporate and industry information platform “SPEEDA” in 2009 and then the Economic and Business News Platform with Social Networking Functions “NewsPicks” in 2013. Umeda is currently the Co-CEO for UZABASE, Director for NewsPicks, as well as Chairman for NewsPicks USA, LLC.

  • Director & NewsPicks Editor-in-Chief

    Norihiko Sasaki

    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.

  • Director & Chief Technology Officer

    Masaaki Sugiura

    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.

  • Director

    Daisuke Sakamoto

    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

  • Chief Executive Officer of Japan Venture Research and FORCAS

    Taira Sakuma

    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 and FORCAS.

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