SmartNews Co-founder and COO Kaisei Hamamoto to Present at TechCrunch Disrupt 2020 and Reveal Upcoming New Features

SAN FRANCISCO – September 10, 2020 – SmartNews announced today that Kaisei Hamamoto, Co-Founder, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Engineer, will present at TechCrunch Disrupt 2020 via webcast at 23:00 on September 16 PDT. This will be the first time SmartNews presents at TechCrunch’s flagship event.

Hamamoto will present “Changing How We Consume News,” where he will discuss how SmartNews develops global products in two different markets: Japan and the United States. At the end of the event, Hamamoto will have a special announcement revealing upcoming product feature updates for Election 2020 to help American voters make well-informed voting decisions this fall.

TechCrunch Disrupt is an annual global event bringing together founders and investors from around the world to share their stories and insights. This year, the entire event will take place via webcast from September 14-18, 2020.

About Kaisei Hamamoto

Kaisei Hamamoto is a passionate programmer and entrepreneur. Hamamoto graduated from Tokyo Institute of Technology’s School of Information Engineering in 2005. He is the Co-Founder, COO and Chief Engineer of SmartNews, the leading mobile news app that delivers stories from thousands of trusted publishers globally.

Much of his work has focused on aggregating massive amounts of information from the Internet and creating simple visualization and organizational systems to help people better understand it. This interest turned into a personal project in 2010, then evolved into SmartNews in 2012.

About SmartNews
SmartNews is a leading global news-discovery company dedicated to delivering quality information to the people who need it. SmartNews provides news that matters to millions of users thanks to its unique machine learning technology and relationships with over 3,000 global publisher partners. Founded in 2012, SmartNews has been downloaded more than 50 million times globally. The company has raised $182 million in venture funding, and has achieved a valuation of $1.2 billion, making it the first news app UNICORN since 2015.

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