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Company Profile

Company Background

HACARUS INC. was founded in Kyoto as an AI startup in 2014. Our strength is the ability to extract features from small amounts of data and the high interpretability of Sparse Modeling technology. We apply Sparse Modeling technology to AI.

The current mainstream technology of AI, Deep Learning, requires a large amount of data for training and has the problem that the decision-making process of AI is a black-box. Another problem is that training on the edge side is difficult because a large amount of computing resources are required in the training phase. We are trying to solve these problems with our unique AI.

Kyoto, where our headquarters is located, is a hub of well-known companies representing manufacturing and life-sciences industries, and has many years of accumulated know-how and experience in these industries. By leveraging this know-how and experience, we are focusing on the development of AI that does not rely solely on data. We listen closely to the opinions of the people in the industries and work on the realization of AI that can coexist with humans.

Mission and Code of Conduct

Mission

Extend human life expectancy to 120 years

Code of Conduct

  • It’s up to you to make your job exciting or boring.
  • Don’t be domestic. Be global.
  • Don’t follow mainstream. Be unique.
Our office – Address and access map

Kyoto head office

Dai 12 Hase Building 5A
Hashibenkei-cho, Nakagyo-ku Kyoto, 604-8151 Japan

CoLaborator Kobe office

KIBC 5 Chome-5-2 Minatojima Minamimachi, Chuo Ward, Kobe, Hyogo 650-0047

Philippines Subsidiary

1408-A 88 Corporate Center, 141 Valero Street cor., Sedeño Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City

Leadership team

Kenshin Fujiwara
Kenshin Fujiwara

Kenshin Fujiwara

CEO

B.S. of Computer Science from California State University. Worked on the GPU library development for PlayStation2 at Sony Computer Entertainment. Co-founded the first startup at the age of 26 and served a co-founder/CTO role at multiple technology startups.

Takashi Someda

Takashi Someda

CTO

Joined Hacarus in October 2016. M.S of Statistics and Information Science from Kyoto University Graduate School of Informatics. Recognized as a thought-leader globally, and frequent keynote speaker at machine learning conferences in Japan and internationally.

Naoki Kitora
Naoki Kitora

Naoki Kitora

CDO

Joined Hacarus in April 2018 as Chief Data Officer. B.S. of Engineering from Kansai University. Worked as a programmer and infrastructure engineer at Synergy Marketing as well as data analysis and machine learning from 2011. Presented papers at the Institute of Artificial Intelligence and the Institute of Language Processing.

Yasuhiro Imamura

CFO / Certified Public Accountant

Joined Hacarus in October 2019. B.A. from Nagoya University. Background as a systems engineer. Certified public accountant. 14 years+ at Deloitte with experience of financial statement/internal control audits, as well as management advisory services including IPO support for listed companies in a wide range of industries.

Adrian Sossna

CMO

M.B.A & B.A from Doshisha University, Yonsei University, Fudan University, Chinese University of Hong Kong and University of Gothenburg. Published Business Case writer with Ivey / Harvard Business Press. Experience from Start-Up Marketing for the IoT, Automotive and Cybersecurity fields prior to joining Hacarus.

Okahashi Hiroaki

External Director

Okamoto Shinichi

External Director

Hojo Akihiro

Corporate Auditor

Advisors

Masayuki Ohzeki
Masayuki Ohzeki

Masayuki Ohzeki

Chief Science Advisor
Kaoru Kawamoto

Kaoru Kawamoto

Advisor

Kentaro Ohki

Science Advisor

Team members

Marcel Takagi
Marcel Takagi

Marcel Takagi

VP of Product
Haruyuki Tago

Haruyuki Tago

Edge Evangelist

Tomomi Kikumoto

CHO & HR Manager

Jason Enriquez

Edge Engineer
Mitsutaka Shiraishi

Mitsutaka Shiraishi

Edge Engineer
Masaru Kimura

Masaru Kimura

Edge Engineer
Niño Eclarin

Niño Eclarin

Machine Learning Engineer
Gerald Quisumbing

Gerald Quisumbing

Tech Lead
Aldrin Bautista

Aldrin Bautista

Software Engineer

Love Nakagawa

UX & UI Designer
Christine Alcachupas

Christine Alcachupas

Software Engineer

Atsushi Yasumoto

Data Scientist

Haruki Inoue

Data Scientist
Ryuji Masui

Ryuji Masui

Data Scientist
Keiichiro Takahashi

Keiichiro Takahashi

Data Scientist
Ippei Usami

Ippei Usami

Data Scientist
Daisuke Takahashi

Daisuke Takahashi

Data Scientist

Yoshihiko Iwao

Data Scientist
Ryan Ho

Ryan Ho

Data Scientist

Ronghui Che

Chief Business Development
Megumi Minato

Megumi Minato

Accountant
Join our team

Chief Health Officer

Hacarus is not only innovating in AI technology – we are also exploring new ways to keep our team healthy and happy.

With our Chief Health Officer, we have put a focus on the well-being of each of our team members. Engineers, who spend many hours every day in front of a computer, are likely to develop back issues from their sitting posture. At the Hacarus office, each team member can take part in exercises several times per week, to avoid such issues.

Machine Learning Community

Our team members are actively engaged in the local and international machine learning community. As part of this engagement, we co-organize the monthly machine learning meetup in Kansai.

We also release some of our software projects as Open Source on GitHub. This way we strengthen our dialog and knowledge exchange with the AI tech community.
Check out our projects on GitHub.

Corporate Profile

Company name

HACARUS INC.

CEO

Kenshin Fujiwara

Established

2014

Board of Directors

Kenshin Fujiwara (CEO)
Takashi Someda (CTO)
Yasuhiro Imamura (CFO)
Hiroaki Okahashi (External Director)
Shinichi Okamoto (External Director)
Akihiro Hojo (Auditor)

Investors

Kyogin Lease Capital
Capital Medica Ventures
DS Pharma Animal Health Co., Ltd.
Innovation Engine
Chushin Venture Capital
Miyako Capital
Darma Tech Labs
Ohara Pharmaceutical
Osaka Gas Co., Ltd.
PALTEK
Senshu Ikeda Capital

Other Notable Investors

  • Shinichi Okamoto (Former CTO of Sony Computer Entertainment)
  • Hiroyasu Koma (GLM Co., Ltd. CEO)
  • Taizo Otsuka (KAKAXI Inc. CEO)
  • Kenshin Fujiwara

Technology Partners

Intel® AI Builders
Nvidia

Advisors

  • Masayuki Ohzeki (Tohoku University, Graduate School of Information Science)
  • Kaoru Kawamoto (Shiga Universiy, Data Science Department)
  • Ohki Kentaro (Kyoto University, Graduate School of Informatics)

Main bank

  • Mizuho Bank Kyoto-Chuo Branch
  • Kyoto Chuo Shinkin Bank Main Branch
  • Bank of Kyoto Main Branch
  • Senshu Ikeda Bank Kyoto Branch

Customers

Osaka Gas Co., Ltd.
DS Pharma Animal Health Co., Ltd.
Omron Healthcare Co., Ltd.
Hagiwara Electronics Co., Ltd.
Screen Holdings Co., Ltd.
Boehringer Ingelheim Japan Inc.

… and many others