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.
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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.