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Company Name Cinnamon, Inc.
HQ Address 3-Chome-19-13 Toranomon, 6F Spirit Building, Minato, Tokyo. 105-0001, Japan
Incorporation Oct 5th, 2016
Representing Director Miku Hirano
Board of Directors Director Yoshimitsu Kaji
Director Yoshiaki Ieda
Outside Director Makoto Takano(linkties Chairman and Publisher of Forbes JAPAN, D4V(Design for Ventures) Founder and CEO)
Outside Director Dr. Hiroaki Kitano(President & CEO at Sony Computer Science Laboratories, a Senior Vice President at Sony Corporation)
Outside Director Aki Mori
Audit & Supervisory Board Member Mamoru Yamazaki
Audit & Supervisory Board Member Eriko Kosaka
Audit & Supervisory Board Member Makiko Tsuda
Main Investors FinTech Business Innovation LPS(SBI Investment)
SBI Venture Investment Revitalization Tax System LPS(SBI Investment)
FFG Venture LPS 1(FFG Venture Business Partners)
ITOCHU Techno-Solutions Corporation
Sony Innovation Fund
Mirai Creation Investment Limited Partnership Ⅱ (SPARX Group)
Nomura Incubation Investment Limited Partnership(Nomura Holdings)
Sumitomo Corporation
Next-Gen Corporation Supporting Ⅰ Investment Limited Partnership (SMBC Venture Capital)
MT Partners
D4V Fund I L.P.(D4V)
Monex Edison Investment Business Limited Liability Partnership(Monex Ventures)
RPA Holdings



Miku Hirano

Serial Entrepreneur and Angel Investor. MSc, in Artificial Intelligence, from Tokyo University. Engaged in research on Recommendation Engine, Complex Network, Clustering. Won the Innovative Software Creation Program (Super Creator Award) under Information-technology Promotion Agency Japan (IPA) in 2005 and 2006. Started her first business to create the middleware which enables to develop iOS / Android / Feature Phone simultaneously, and sold the company to mixi.inc. Founded Cinnamon in Singapore in 2012.


Dr. Hajime Hotta

Serial entrepreneur and Angel Investor. PhD, in Neural Network, from Keio University. Engaged in research on Recommendation Engine, Neural Network. In 2005, joined Sirius Technologies Inc. and in charge of developing AdLocal, a geo-targeting digital advertising network. Won the Innovative Software Creation Program (Super Creator Award) under IPA in 2005 and 2006. Exited his companies 3 times in Japan. Founded Cinnamon in 2012.


Yoshiaki Ieda

Serial entrepreneur. 15 years of experience in Global Business and Entrepreneurship in Internet & FMCG industries including start-up experience. Previously, led global expansions of one of the billion-dollar Procter & Gamble brands in Singapore. Providing consulting services on New Business Creation and Product/Service Design by connecting true business needs and technical solutions.

Board of Director

Makoto Takano

Mr. Takano joined Daiwa Securities after receiving his master’s degree from Waseda University and later joined Daiwa Institute of Research where he was head of the strategist team. He was seconded to Daiwa Securities’ United States office in 1991 where he co-developed asset management models with Nobel Economics Prize Winner Harry Marcovitz. He joined Goldman Sachs Asset Management in 1997 and served as Head of Marketing as well as Operating Officer and Chief of Planning and Research before joining PIMCO Japan Ltd. in 2001. Mr. Takano served as President of PIMCO Japan for 13 years. In 2014, Mr. Takano moved on to the publishing industry and joined Atomixmedia Inc. (currently linkties Co., Ltd.) and serves as Chairman and Publisher of Forbes JAPAN. He also co-founded D4V (Design for Ventures, a venture capital formed in partnership with IDEO) in 2016 and currently serves as its CEO. Mr. Takano serves on the board of a number of organizations, including GHV Accelerator, Endeavor Japan, Japan Venture Capital Association, UWC ISAK Japan, Asia Pacific Initiative, and Human Rights Watch. Mr. Takano has also published extensively on capital markets including his contribution to the Nikkei newspaper. In 1992, he was awarded Securities Analysts Journal Prize by the Securities Analyst Association of Japan. He holds master’s and undergraduate degrees in engineering from Waseda University.

Board of Director

Dr. Hiroaki Kitano

Hiroaki Kitano is a President & CEO at Sony Computer Science Laboratories, Inc., Tokyo, a Senior Vice President at Sony Corporation, Tokyo, a President at The Systems Biology Institute, Tokyo, and a Professor at Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate
University, Okinawa. He received a B.A. in physics from the International Christian University, Tokyo, and a Ph.D. in computer science from Kyoto University.
Since 1988, he has been a visiting researcher at the Center for Machine Translation at Carnegie Mellon University. His research career includes a Project Director at Kitano Symbiotic Systems Project, ERATO, Japan Science and Technology Corporation followed by a Project Director at
Kitano Symbiotic Systems Project, ERATO-SORST, Japan Science and Technology Agency, a Group Director of Laboratory for Disease Systems Modeling at RIKEN Center for Integrative Medical Sciences, and so on.
He is also an Editor-in-Chief of npj Systems Biology and Applications, and a Founding Trustee of The RoboCup Federation. Kitano received The Computers and Thought Award from the International Joint Conferences on Artificial Intelligence in 1993, Prix Ars Electronica 2000, Japan Design Culture Award 2001 and Nature’s 2009 Japan Mid-career Award for Creative Mentoring in Science, as well as being an invited artist for Biennale di Venezia 2000 and Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) New York at Worksphere Exhibition in 2001.

Board of Director

Aki Mori

Mr. Mori is an experienced professional in finance. He has been a member of board of directors at Cinnamon since 2017. Mr. Mori is currently serving on board of directors at various startup companies.
Mr. Mori used to work for Renova, Icn., a Japanese renewable energy operator listed on the 1st section of Tokyo Stock Exchange, as the CFO. Before joining Renova, Mr. Mori worked for Goldman Sachs as an investment banker both in New York and Tokyo. He started his career at KPMG Japan as a CPA.

Country Manager in Vietnam

Bach Nghiem Xuan / Erik Nghiem

He is Country Manager of Cinnamon in Vietnam since January 2017. On the behalf of Cinnamon, he has been speakers in several technical conferences such as Vietnam Frontier Summit, Hi-Tech Konec AI, Techtalk… in which he shared on applying AI in business, trends of market and development of AI startups. From 2015 – 2016, Erik was project manager of Cinnamon focused on building image-sharing social networking mobile app for the Taiwan market. From 2013 – 2015, he worked as Senior HR Specialist at JW Marriott Hanoi. In 2012, Erik was Vice President of Human Resource of AISEC Hanoi, a branch of International AISEC – the world's largest student-driven organization.


Oki Matsumoto

Born in 1963. BA in Law from the University of Tokyo (1987). Began his career at Salomon Brothers and joined Goldman Sachs in 1990. He was the head of their fixed income and currency business in Asia and became General Partner in 1994 at the age of 30, the youngest ever at that time. In 1999, he founded Monex which was jointly capitalized with Sony. Monex Group, Inc. is listed on the 1st section of Tokyo Stock Exchange where he is presently Chairman & CEO. He served as Financial Counsel to the Prime Minister and also as outside directors of several companies including Tokyo Stock Exchange from June 2008 to 2013. He presently is an outside director of MasterCard, Incorporated. and UZABASE Inc., also a Vice Chair of Human Rights Watch.


Mamoru Taniya

Mr. Mamoru Taniya has broad range of investment experiences, he became the youngest managing director in Asia and led the proprietary trading division for Japan and Asia at Salomon Brothers.
And he set up Asuka Asset Management Co.,Ltd.
As a venture capitalist, he initiated the launch of Lifenet Insurance Company, the first online insurance company, studio yoggy which is pioneering yoga studio and Campus for H Inc which is health care company that promotes well-being including mindfulnnes, and founder of Money Design Inc which is first robo advisory company and D4V corporate venture capital with IDEO.
As a NGO/NPO,he also serves as Representative founder of International School of Asia, Karuizawa (ISAK), the first international boarding school in Japan.Also he is Vice Chair Person of Human Rights Watch , Director of Asia Pacific Initiative Foundation and Director of Endeavor Japan.



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