We are Studio Ousia, a Japan-based startup company based on an industry-academia collaborative effort with Keio University Shonan Fujisawa Campus. Our mission is to use computer science to turn the world into a better and more convenient place.
He has been a programmer since he was in junior high school. In high school, he won the silver award in Oracle ThinkQuest. When he entered university, he established Newrong Inc. For three consecutive years, he was selected for Japanese government projects, including the Mito Program and the Jisedai Software Project, and developed a P2P middleware called NAT Traversal SDK. After selling Newrong to a listed mobile software company, Fractalist Inc., he was appointed CTO of that company. In 2007, he cofounded Studio Ousia and began developing Phroni. He enjoys science fiction, such as Star Wars, TRON, and Harry Potter.
After working at JAFCO Co., Ltd., Japan's largest investment firm, and ING Life Insurance Co., Ltd., he established an independent investment company, Incubate Capital Partners. He invested in several successful companies, including F@N Communications, Inc. (IPOed in 2005), Commerce21 Corporation (acquired in 2004), and AIP Corporation (acquired in 2005). In 2007, he cofounded Studio Ousia. He has earned a black belt in karate, has surfed for eighteen years, and enjoys camping, deep sea fishing, and bicycling.
While at university, she engaged in public relations work for NPOs and social ventures. After graduation, she joined Studio Ousia to help innovate the world through her novel ideas. Her hobby is reading; she especially enjoys reading books by her favorite authors García Márquez and Milan Kundera.
Tomotaka has had his interest in how interactive web pages are constructed and studied programming since he was in his junior high school. At his university and graduate school, he conducted his research in the middleware for intuitive controls and service integration in the field of ubiquitous computing. At Phroni, he is mainly responsible for the implementation of server-side systems. Some of his hobbies are visiting hot springs, driving, watching movies and so on.
He has been a graduate student at Graduate School of Media and Governance, Keio University since 2011. He studies about a spatiotemporal database and a context-aware e-Learning system. Since Firefox 7, he is the main localization contributer of Japanese Firefox for Mobile. At Phroni, he is mainly responsible for the implementation of web browser extensions. He likes reading novels, playing computer games, and going to the theaters. His favorite writers are Shinichi Hoshi and Sakuraba Kazuki.
She began working as an illustrator when she was 16. She worked at several firms where she concentrated on advertising and editorial content design. She expanded her skill set when she went to work for the Bandai Group. There, she spent two years designing toys and packaging, as well as the supporting marketing materials. In 2006 she joined web design company where she shifted her attention to the purely digital world working on websites and then iPhone applications. She also had the opportunity to develop branding strategies for a number of their clients. She has moved to London in 2011, been working for Calltrunk as art director. She likes indie rock music.