The world needs more daring

Existing world systems have many economic, environmental, and social problems. In order to create solutions with social impact, many disruptive innovations are necessary. However, the world lacks effective mechanisms to support the startups providing needed disruptive innovation.

Mechanisms to support disruptive innovation and social impact

  • Efficient fundraising mechanisms that eliminate excess costs
  • Mechanisms to determine which ventures are truly innovative and have potentials to create great impact
  • New concept to the definition of “ROI”

What we do

Hotaru discovers talented teams with great ideas, nurtures their ideas, and connects them with those who want to support innovation and social impact. Our vision is the decentralized world where the true impact innovations are supported by the power of the public.

Who we are

Co-Founder & CEO
Hiro SHINOHARA

After encountering his first Macintosh computer at home as a kid, Hiro learned the joy of creating things with a computer and was strongly influenced by a TV show on Marc Andreessen’s Netscape-driven internet revolution.
As a middle-schooler, he visited the US for the first time and encountered the phenomenon that would later be termed as dot-com bubble, which made him determined to pursue a career in the tech industry.
After experiencing initial success of creating a mobile website, he founded his first startup at the age of nineteen. Since then Hiro has been involved in numbers of internet-based startups in fields including mobile applications, cloud hosting, IoT semiconductors, and have founded companies in Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, and the US. Hiro was profoundly impressed by the efforts to develop a decentralized society through the emergence of Bitcoin, and has focused his work on Bitcoin and Blockchain ever since.
More about Hiro Shinohara.

Co-Founder & Chairperson
Aya Miyaguchi

With her focus on Microfinance when she was working on her MBA in San Francisco, Aya was originally fascinated by Bitcoin’s technology for its potential in Financial Inclusion in emerging markets. She joined Kraken and the cryptocurrency sector in early 2013 and has globally educated the public, VCs, and regulators on the cryptocurrency / blockchain innovation and technologies. She is a founding member of Japan Blockchain Association and spearheads JBA’s foreign relations. She is passionate about creating social impact with Blockchain technology and currently advising different cryptocurrency/blockchain projects both in the developed and the developing world.

Ayano Maria

Raised in Japan and Europe. After graduating from university in UK, she has entered a global financial company. She believes in future possibilities of blockchain technology and has joined Hotaru to help overseas clients.

Yukari Khaleel

After graduating from university, she has worked in a global consulting firm as a secretary, then moved to Republic of Maldives. In charge of assisting operations in Hotaru.

Sayo Sera

Majored in International Development at the University of Tsukuba.

By referring to the studies of Ivan Illich etc., she had analyzed the systems and institutions which enable to realize the decentralized society based on the perspective of symbiosis between human and nature.

Her passion in the reconstruction of the society based on new thoughts after the disruption of modern capitalistic systems through Blockchain technology brought her to join Hotaru

Maya Sato

With her strong international background of being born and raised in both Japan and The Netherlands, she has successfully pursued her career in Meitu, a Chinese IPO beauty tech company where she found the fascination working in tech industry. Now based in Mexico City, Mexico, Maya has joined Hotaru, Inc. for facilitating the operations on several services using the impressive technology of cryptocurrency and blockchain.

Megumi Avigail Yoshitomi

Born in Jerusalem, Israel. Graduated from department of Physics, Waseda University, and entered Master course of Physics Department of University of Tokyo. Studied lower-dimensional quantum many body theory for 2 years. Executive assistant of Hiro Shinohara. Have been doing employment and sales project in Israel. Mainly managing scientific project or clients from overseas.

Hidemi Arai

Graduated from department of Law, Osaka University. Organizer of intellectual property management collegium “Smips” – entertainment and intellectual sectional committee / Co-organizer of Study group “StudyCode” for engineers and lawyers. Her main business operations are IT related, consulting for approval and licensing gray area related business establishment, visa applications for foreigners, inheritance for Koreans in Japan. She likes going for business trips on airplanes.

Shotaro Kubo (SHO)

Graduated from middle school and high school in NY area, he has studied Political Science concentrating on developing countries in the oldest university in Japan, Keio University. While Sho was a student, he joined Stanford based organization called ASES. There, Sho saw the opportunity in Asia, and decided to go to china to start a business in 2005. He started the first serviced apartment in China for Japanese corporation. His company became official accommodation for Japanese Olympic Committee. Sho believes blockchain technology will not only change the way people consume things, but also distribute genuine things.

Amry Amanah

Majored in Security Technology at Multimedia University Malaysia. After he has studied the information technology, he worked as a quality engineer at antivirus company in Malaysia before moving to Japan. While working in Japan, he took a master degree in Precision Agriculture in Kyoto University where he was exposed to machine learning and image processing. During his studies, he was introduced to blockchain technology and cryptocurrency by Hiro Shinohara and simply took his interests. Since then he has been working together to built trading bot and asset management for cryptocurrency.

Yanuar Affandy

After getting his first PC as a high-schooler, Yanuar became interested in computer science and he majored in Information System Engineering in Multimedia university Malaysia. Then he worked as a software engineer in several startups in Malaysia for 5 years, involved in many different projects, mostly rails application and some mobile development for Android. He was introduced to bitcoin by Hiro Shinohara in 2015 which shifted his interests towards blockchain technology. Since then he has been working together to build trading bot and asset management for cryptocurrency.

Kevin Pang

After getting his first PC as a high-schooler, Yanuar became interested in computer science and he majored in Information System Engineering in Multimedia university Malaysia. Then he worked as a software engineer in several startups in Malaysia for 5 years, involved in many different projects, mostly rails application and some mobile development for Android. He was introduced to bitcoin by Hiro Shinohara in 2015 which shifted his interests towards blockchain technology. Since then he has been working together to build trading bot and asset management for cryptocurrency.

Ian Cheung

Originally from the UK, currently based in Osaka, Japan. Graduated from Queen’s University of Belfast with a BSc in Computer Science. After graduating, he has worked as a web developer and a Rails programmer, most recently with one of Asia’s largest dedicated WordPress hosting services.

Has long held an interest in the field of Behavioral Economics especially how transformative outcomes can arise from seemingly small changes made with a deeper understanding of societal constructs and human nature. He joined Hotaru as a Project Manager and is looking forward to bringing his experience to the various innovative projects currently undergoing that are targeting lasting social impact using blockchain and decentralized technologies.

Rani Yanarastri

Rani began to be familiar with project management during her undergraduate study in civil engineering with engineering construction management route way. Since then, she grew an interest in project management. After she graduated, she worked as a project control engineer. Following this she decided to enhance her technical knowledge of the subject she is fascinated with by pursuing her master’s degree in project management in the University of Manchester, UK. After that, she continued working as a project control until she decided to join the Cube team based in Indonesia to pursue her passion in project management while fulfilling her desire to learn about cryptocurrency and blockchain.

Kuniyoshi Mabuchi

Kuniyoshi is a pioneer in the digital space with over 20 years of top management experience in serving the world’s best brands. He successfully established and operated one of Japan’s leading digital agencies from 1998 to 2009, and also the establishing of the Japan office Omnicom’s TribalDDB Tokyo in 2009. He became the Representative Director of OgilvyOne Japan in 2012 to lead Digital Lead of Ogilvy Japan Group. He joined Fleishman Hillard in 2016 to lead the Digital Team as the Senior Vice President & Partner.

Executive Advisor PwC Japan.

Kuniyoshi is the supervising editor of Japanese version of Sexy Little Numbers and The Impact of Blockchain – disruptive technology to change the global economy.