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CEO & CO - Founder @
Investments
1 Investment in 1 Company
Born:
November 20, 1968
Gender:
Male
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Niren Hiro is the CEO of CrowdStar the creators of the social games Happy Aquarium, Happy Island, Happy Pets and Zoo Paradise.CrowdStar games are some of the largest on Facebook and have growing popularity on the Japanese social network Mixi across both the PC and advanced mobile phone platforms.Niren has 20 years of start-up and leadership experience at high growth Internet, mobile, media, and entertainment companies, including AdMob, Yahoo!, CBS Sportsline, MTV Networks, Plus Channel, and BPL Mobile (a France Telecom joint venture).

As the former Vice President & Managing Director of Asia-Pacific and Latin America for AdMob, Niren was responsible for the company’s strategy, partnerships and traffic acquisition, and business expansion.Prior to AdMob, Niren led the investment and operating strategy for Yahoo!'s Mobile division in Asia and the integration of Yahoo! Japan and Vodafone KK (Softbank Mobile).Niren has more than five years of angel investment, board, and advisory experience with early stage mobile companies in the areas of social networks, UGC, VOIP, messaging, image recognition, smartphone applications, m-commerce enablement, games, entertainment and publishing.

Niren has deep entrepreneurial roots. When he was 21 he founded a highly successful processed foods company in Japan, where he was born and raised, and today he is an angel investor in several promising mobile startups on different continents.Niren has a BS in Finance and a MBA from Boston University.

Jobs (10)

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CEO & CO - Founder

2012 - Current   (over 4 years)
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Company
Apr 1, 2010
2011
CEO
2009
2010
Strategy & Corporate Development Consultant
Nov, 2006
Feb, 2009
VP, Business Development, MD - Asia/Latam
2001
2006
General Manager, Yahoo! Mobile - Asia Pacific
2000
2001
President, Sports.com Asia
1996
2000
Senior Director, Licensing & Marketing, Asia
1994
1995
Head, Marketing & Sales
1989
1992
Founder / President

Board & Advisor Roles (2)

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Investments (1)

DateInvested InRoundDetails
Jun, 2011$1.5M / SeedPersonal Investment

Education (1)

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