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About Hacarus

Company Background

Hacarus was founded in Kyoto in 2014 as an AI startup. 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, which is our headquarters, 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.

Our office – Address and access map

Kyoto head office

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

Tokyo branch office

Kyobashi Edoguran 3F,
Kyoubashi 2-2-1, Chuouku Tokyo, 104-0031 Japan

Manila branch office

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. Founded Hacarus in January 2014.

Takashi Someda

Takashi Someda

CTO

Joined Hacarus in October 2016. M.S of Statistics and Information Science from Kyoto University Graduate School of Informatics. Founded the startup after being adopted by the Information Processing Promotion Agency. Responsible for software development at Sun Microsystems, web application development at Synergy Marketing, and growth hacking at Nulab prior to Hacarus.

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.

Akihiro Hojo

Akihiro Hojo

CFO / Certified Public Accountant

Joined Hacarus in October 2016. B.A. from Kansai Foreign Language University. Worked on accounting audits and data analytics for major financial institutions at Tohmatsu, and business management consulting for startups at Tohmatsu Venture Support. Holds certified public accountants and tax accountants.

Adrian Sossna

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.

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
Shusaku Inoue

Shusaku Inoue

Senior Manager
Hajime Tsurumaki

Hajime Tsurumaki

Senior Manager
Yushi Miyazaki

Yushi Miyazaki

Chief Manager
Tomomi Kikumoto

Tomomi Kikumoto

Health Fitness Programmer
Mitsutaka Shiraishi

Mitsutaka Shiraishi

Edge Engineer
Masaru Kimura

Masaru Kimura

Edge Engineer
Niño Eclarin

Niño Eclarin

Software Engineer
Christine Alcachupas

Christine Alcachupas

Software Engineer
Aldrin Bautista

Aldrin Bautista

Software Engineer
Kendrick Mercardo

Kendrick Mercardo

Software Engineer
Keiichiro Takahashi

Keiichiro Takahashi

Data Scientist
Ryuji Masui

Ryuji Masui

Data Scientist
Ippei Usami

Ippei Usami

Data Scientist
Yoshinobu Ogura

Yoshinobu Ogura

Data Scientist
Junpei Goto

Junpei Goto

Data Scientist
Takuma Tanaka

Takuma Tanaka

Data Scientist
Jumon Nozaki

Jumon Nozaki

Data Scientist
Yohei Maeda

Yohei Maeda

Data Scientist
Yuuki Kawano

Yuuki Kawano

Edge Engineer
Genki Takahashi

Genki Takahashi

Data Scientist
Hayato Futami

Hayato Futami

Data Scientist
Megumi Minato

Megumi Minato

Accountant
Rikka Kaijo

Rikka Kaijo

PR
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

January 14, 2014

Investors

  • Miyako Capital
  • Innovation Engine
  • Capital Medica Ventures
  • Ohara Pharmaceutical
  • Essential Pharma
  • Medi Future
  • PALTEK
  • Kaga Electronics
  • Chushin Venture Capital
  • Senshu Ikeda Capital
  • Kyogin Lease Capital
  • Darma Tech Labs
  • Shinichi Okamoto (Former CTO of Sony Computer Entertainment)
  • Hiroyasu Koma (GLM Co., Ltd. CEO)
  • Taizo Otsuka (KAKAXI Inc. CEO)
  • Kenshin Fujiwara

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

  • Tipness Limited
  • Boehringer Ingelheim Japan Inc.
  • Osaka Gas Co., Ltd.
  • NTT West Corp.
  • DENSO Corp.
  • Tokyo Electron Technology Solutions Limited
  • Tokyo Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance Co., Ltd.
  • AVC Multimedia Software Co., Ltd.
  • Panasonic Home Appliances Company
  • iRobotics Inc.
  • … and many others