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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
Yoshiaki Ieda
Board of Directors Director Yoshiaki Ieda
Director Yoshimitsu Kaji
Director Shimpei Saito
Outside Director Aki Mori
Outside Director Dr. Hiroaki Kitano(President & CEO at Sony Computer Science Laboratories, a Senior Vice President at Sony Corporation, CEO at Sony AI)
Outside Director Makoto Takano(linkties Chairman and Publisher of Forbes JAPAN, D4V(Design for Ventures) Founder and CEO)
Audit & Supervisory Board Member Eriko Kosaka
Audit & Supervisory Board Member Makiko Tsuda
Audit & Supervisory Board Member Masaru Yamazaki
Main Investors Officers and employees
D4V Fund I L.P.(D4V)
FFG Venture LPS 1(FFG Venture Business Partners)
ITOCHU Techno-Solutions Corporation
Mirai Creation Investment Limited Partnership Ⅱ (SPARX Group)
Monex Edison Investment Business Limited Liability Partnership(Monex Ventures)
MT Partners
Nomura Incubation Investment Limited Partnership(Nomura Holdings)
RPA Holdings
FinTech Business Innovation LPS(SBI Investment)
SBI Venture Investment Revitalization Tax System LPS(SBI Investment)
Next-Gen Corporation Supporting Ⅰ Investment Limited Partnership (SMBC Venture Capital)
Sony Innovation Fund
Sumitomo Corporation
Trusco Nakayama



平野 未来 / 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.


堀田 創 / 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.

Vice President

家田 佳明 / 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 Management

森 暁彦 / Aki Mori

Mr. Mori is the CFO at RENOVA, Inc., a rapidly-growing renewable energy company headquartered in Tokyo. Before joining RENOVA, Mr. Mori worked for Goldman Sachs as an investment banker both in Tokyo and New York for a decade. Prior to that, he worked for 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.


北野宏明 / 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.


谷家 衛 / 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.


松本 大 / 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.



3-19-13 Toranomon,
6F Sprit Building,
Minato City,
Tōkyō-to 105-0001, Japan



10th floor, Geleximco building,
36 Hoang Cau, Dong Da district,


Ho Chi Minh

VIC3-40, Riverview 5,
Vinhomes Golden River,
No.2 Ton Duc Thang,
Ben Nghe Ward, Dist.1,
Ho Chi Minh, 70000



11th Floor,
No. 129, Songjiang Road,
Zhongshan District,
Taipei City 104, Taiwan