Pocket Change

Members

Shin.Aoyama

Director of Product

Completed the Graduated program at Tokyo Art School of Film Studies. Shin has continued his career as an engineer at AIST since graduating. In 2011 during its founding, he joined Spotlight, Inc. He was directly involved in device, android, and server-side development using ultrasonic analysis technology. In 2015 he founded Pocket Change Co., Ltd. As its Representative Director he now leads product development on both the software and hardware side of the business. Lately he has been eating a lot of Thom Yum Kun.

Kenta.Matsui

Director of Business

Graduated from the University of Tokyo Graduate School of Engineering. Kenta joined McKinsey after working with startups and the management of large-scale international NPO’s during university. As a manager he engaged in business and organizational reforms in the retail distribution industry focusing on strategy planning, and operational improvement. In 2010 he founded Ticket Star Co., Ltd. In 2013, three years after its establishment, it had achieved a turnover of 5 billion JPY. Due to its overall profitability it was acquired by the Rakuten Group. In his latest venture, Kenta Co-founded Pocket Change Co., Ltd. He heads all aspects of business development, partner alliances, sales, and funding.

Rokusuke.Sasaki

Director of Operation

Since his time at Waseda University, Rokusuke developed and produced an entertainment recruitment and training program using board games and targeted group work under Communication Designs Inc. While there, they created and adopted over 200 companies. Since the company’s founding he has had lead responsibilities ranging from the housing and part design, to the internal structure, design development, signboard production, operation design, manual bookbinding, and more. Lately, Rokusuke would say his hobby is to make sure he checks his white teeth in the morning everyday. Top notch dental health.

Jumpei.H

Head of Sales & Distribution

Having lived abroad and experienced life in the United States, Belgium, Thailand, and Hong Kong for 13 years, Jumpei decided to return home to Japan. While here, he was mostly engaged in sales & trading for institutional investors like Citibank, Morgan Stanley, and JP Morgan. Since 2012 he has been operating five restaurants in Aoyama, Sendagaya, and Shirokanedai. Jumpei worked to construct a system for purchasing from primary wholesalers which led to over 500 million yen in annual sales. He was a latestage founder for Pocket Change in 2017. His main responsibilities include running sales for domestic and overseas location establishment/new service introduction. His hobby is dancing. He’s got the moves.

Yuichiro.Nakagawa

Founder & Chief Computer Scientist

Yuichiro began his career in a variety of other ventures including Otobank, Gunosy, and PKSHA Technology as a programmer. He’s been engaged in various forms of platform development while he has been advocating at the Department of Information Science at the University of Tokyo. Most recently he’s chosen to focus and engage with deep learning and artificial intelligence development. At Pocket Change he is responsible for Scala as the main language and back-end software development as the Chief Computer Scientist. His hobbies are always changing, but recently his hobbies are looking at foodporn and online Texas hold’em battles.

Takashi.Ichii

Chief Information Officer

Takashi has advanced through the Graduate School of Information Sciences in the University of Tokyo. During his masters he joined Gree Co., Ltd. directly after its founding. While there he engaged in the design and development of OSS web frameworks and large-scale data analysis systems. After that, at Ticket Star Co., Ltd. he engaged in heavy duty service infrastructure and operations. Examples of this could be seen in the ticket sales site for professional baseball teams (NPB). At Pocket Change, he leads kiosks terminal and infrastructure construction, and management. His areas of expertise include PHP, MySQL, Solaris, ZFS, InfiniBand, and more.

Takahiro.Sasao

Software engineer

Takahiro graduated from the University of Tokyo Graduate School for New Area Creation Science. Since he was in middle school, he’s published programs related to his hobbies on major PC communication services on the web. After entering university, he was promoting the “Web-ization” of an IT venture through the development of a business system through the school’s festival operating group. He additionally created and developed solutions pertaining to IR, real estate management, and ticket sales with his fellow students. His specialties are wide ranging, but generally fall between support from the web to microcomputing. He aims to relate this to the tuning of Pocket Changes business over time.

Motoki.Nakamura

Marketing & Promotion Leader

Since his time as a student at Keio University, he worked as a sales and application developer at multiple startups. After graduation, he participated in Pocket Change as the only new graduate employee. Originally placed to lead production management, manufacturing and operation for the terminals themselves, he has recently been appointed as a marketing and promotions leader. Through continued dedication, he hopes to grow with the organization and expand his knowledge of the business. He’s a big poker player, having won tournaments abroad. He enjoys poker enough to travel to foreign casino’s overseas during his holidays and vacation.

Natsuko.Hojo

Designer

Natsuko graduated from Tokyo Art Universities Painting Department. During her time at the University she worked at multiple design companies. After graduating in 2014, she decided to move to freelance design work in order to increase her knowledge and experience in design, moving away from her web production company. In 2015, she joined in the founding of Pocket Change. Currently, she oversees the entire design, including logo, chassis UI, and all paper media of Pocket Change. She is happy with Pocket Change’s hourly working schedule, as it gives her time to get to bed early and cuddle with her cat.

Masaki.Tsuchiya

Software engineer

Masaki graduated from International Christian University. He was first introduced to programming in highschool through Windows 95. After entering University, he planned and developed in-house SNS introduction through SNS development systems (OSS). Since then, he has been involved in numerous projects as a freelance programmer. During his time at Pocket Change, he has been responsible for back end API and device firmware development. His favorite development environment is GAE/ Go. The programming that he feels he owes his current knowledge to is Ruby / Python. He is the most stylish person in the company.

Eitaro.Fukamachi

Lead engineer

In 2011 Eitaro conducted system development pertaining to the availability of large-scale SNS with global access. He’s worked tirelessly for open source development on over 70 products, including “Woo”, a high-speed web server. He’s been published on GitHub and ranks among the top in the world in Common Lisp. At pocket Change, he is in charge of a wide range of services from server-side development to service design. He is the lead engineer for Pokepay. His ambition is to create a widely used system in Common Lisp.

Masato.Igeta

Infra engineer

Masato attended the Graduate School of information and Communication Engineering. He joined Rakuten Corporation after his graduation where he was responsible for establishing and operating in-group media service infrastructure. He led operation automation and contributed to total man-hour reduction efforts. In addition, he oversaw the establishment and operation for the settlement infrastructure of Rakuten Edy, leading the relocation project for the encryption system that’s the core of FeliCa communications. At Pocket Change, he has been widely active in infrastructure layers such as SW & HW in kiosk and cloud operations, server side. During his free time, he likes to cook.

Mikio.Kiura

Design engineer

Mikio graduated from Nara Institute of Technologies Department of Information Engineering, then attended Graduate School of Electronic and information engineering. He finished his education in the doctoral program at Copenhagen Institute of Interactive Design. He has been accredited as a genius programmer and super creator in an independent administrative agency IT (IPA) exploratory business. After engaging in new business and product planning at Canon Inc. he was baited using sushi to come join the team at Pocket Change. It worked.

Ryosuke.Tani

Software engineer

Ryosuke graduated from the Ritsumeikan University Graduate School of Technology Management. After which he joined Fujitsu Ltd., and engaged in the operation, project management, and development of a one-hundred- person banking system, akin to Saki Megabank and various regional entities. As a server-side engineer at Ticket Star Co., Ltd. he oversaw the development and operation of a large-scale ticket system that supported a turnover of >10 billion yen. In Pocket Change, he engages in back-end and front-end development. Tani-san is in a cycling club, when its sunny he likes to ride his bike to work.

Akira.Noumi

Operation

After graduating from Waseda Universities School of Cultural Design, he worked as a construction manufacturing facility sales manager as well as a maintenance management support for drainage treatment. Customers ranged from general contractors to major design offices and local entities with annual sales of 100m JPY or more. He joined Pocket Change after coming across a Twitter posting looking for Operations management specialists. He is now in charge of production management and overall operational stability of Pocket Change’s terminals. Recently, he has been working to learn programming and trying to improve the business with his code. His hobbies include mixed martial arts and geology.

Lahee.Hong

Designer

Hong graduated from Tama Art Universities Graphic Design Department. After graduating she began gaining work experience in a wide variety of design fields ranging from web to graphic design while employed at a production company. She wanted to be involved in more interactive design and thus began production applications at TeamLab Co., Ltd. While there, she created the UI and UX of many designs that are implemented today. Currently she works as a designer at Pocket Change, she is focused on the overall art direction and design of Pocket Changes core competencies. She loves traveling and beer.

Naohiro.Tateishi

Software engineer

Naohiro graduated from Nagoya City Universities department of Arts and Engineering while majoring in Graphic design. After graduating, he participated in a variety of businesses during multiple venture stages. He worked to help consolidate a few of the subsidiaries of some large/major marketing companies. He is now mainly responsible for front-end design and development. He’s also directly involved in many other products/services like media curation relating to SNS and applications using recommendation engines through interest analysis.

Satoshi.Imai

Software engineer

Satoshi graduated from the School of Information Science at Nara Institute of Science and Technology. While at the University he studied machine learning and decided to withdraw from his doctoral program to focus on developing an algorithm-based trading system under his newly incorporated company. Since that time, he had been working as a freelancer. He enjoyed working in Common Lisp and is a member of the Lisp Language community, Shibuya. He is interested in developing artificial intelligence programs using Lisp. His hobbies include cycling around Japan to visit temples, and gaming.

Company Information

日本
  • Japan
  • Taiwan
  • Hong Kong
Company Name
Pocket Change, Ltd.
Founded
December, 2015
Location
First Okada Bldg. 3F, 4-3-5 Shiba, Minato-ku, Tokyo, 108-0014Show on map
CEO
Shin Aoyama
Business Area
Development and management of Pocket Change, which works to exchange foreign currency to e-money/vouchers. Development and management of services of e-money and merchant rewards. Development and management of services for inbound/outbound travelers.
Company Name
Change Box Ltd (Exclusive Service Provider)
Contact
Jessica Lan
Tel
(886) 938-271-638
email
jessica_lan@changesbox.com
Company Name
Pocket Change Global Ltd (Ex-Japan Office)
Contact
Mark Kun
Tel
(852) 65873710
email
mark.kun@pocket-change.jp

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