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SmartNews is the award-winning, news discovery app loved by millions. They are a machine-learning company deeply committed to helping users discover the most interesting and important stories that matter right now.

SmartNews won numerous “App of the Year” awards in Japan and is consistently ranked as a top 5 News App for Android and iOS in the US.

SmartNews was founded in Jun 15, 2012 & is based in Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan. SmartNews has offices in San Francisco and New York.


SmartNews has raised a total of $88.3M in 4 funding rounds. The company received their last funding on Jul 7, 2016, where they cashed $38M from 3 investors in a "Series D" funding.

Employee: Kaisei Hamamoto
Title: CEO and Co-Founder
Email address: kaisei.hamamoto@smartnews.com
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kaiseihamamoto/
Employee: Kazuhiro Sera
Title: VP of Engineering
Email address: kazuhiro.sera@smartnews.com
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kazuhiro-sera-ba625019/
Employee: Tetsuya Chinone
Title: Head of People Operations
Email address: tetsuya.chinone@smartnews.com
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tetsuyachinone/
Employee: Yuhei Nishioka
Title: Director of Product Management, Recommendation & Discovery
Email address: yuhei.nishioka@smartnews.com
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ynishioka/