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.
- 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”
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.
Co-Founder & CEO
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
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.
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.