Noriaki Hirao, CEO of Planetway Corporation (Headquarters: San Jose, California, USA) will be contributing to World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2020 (Hereinafter: DAVOS 2020) from January 21-24 this year via broadcast interview. Noriaki will speak regarding cutting-edge technological innovations and policies for realizing the age of personal data sovereignty. The interviewer will be Andrew Wilson, a former British officer and former Sky News anchor.
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■ About Planetway Planetway Corporation a start-up headquartered in California, has developed its own core platform technology "PlanetCross," an advanced version of the powerful Estonian e-government administration platform “X-Road”, and “PlanetID,” a digital universal ID with functions including ID assignment(identity-verified), authentication, and electronic signature. Our company is certified as an X-ROAD TECHNOLOGY PARTNERS-SILVER. Based on the fundamental idea that the rights to personal information belong to individuals rather than companies or organizations, Planetway has created a mission to change society "For a Human-centric and Secure Planet" with the aim to promote the idea of information disclosure or utilization by an “individual’s consent or denial thereof”.
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■ About the founder Born in 1983, Noriaki Hirao is a three-time entrepreneur (with one liquidation), founding companies in entertainment, semiconductor and IoT fields. As a student, he studied space engineering, organic chemistry and marketing in the United States, then founding a content production startup for Hollywood films and video games. In 2008, after graduating from California State University's Northridge School of Marketing, he returned to Japan joining SoftBank Mobile and received several internal awards, including first prize for a sales contest by closing 800 national mobile contracts. From June 2010, he worked in the Business Promotion Department in charge of completing partnership (MVNO) contracts and engaged in the creation of various new businesses. Noriaki was also responsible for data analysis of customer information for signage terminals, which had 1.5 million users at that time, and was involved in the planning of new optional services. Concluding a 2011 joint development research agreement with Tohoku University, he established a technology licensing company for next-generation semiconductor industries (smartphone, solar, IoT, etc.) based on approximately 500 patents (investment: 6 Billion yen with the largest US semiconductor company and a major telecom carrier in Japan). In 2014, he joined Sircomm Japan, a Japanese branch of IoT ODM vendor headquartered in Taiwan. Noriaki founded Planetway Corporation in July 2015.
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