Japan’s e-commerce solutions company Aratana acquires security startup Gehirn

From the left: Aratana CEO Shinji Hamauzu, Gehirn CEO Daiki Ishimori

This is the abridged version of our original article in Japanese.

Aratana, the startup that provides most solutions needed to launch an e-commerce site, announced earlier this week that it has acquired security solution startup Gehirn (named after ‘brain’ in German) and logistics company Terminal.

Since its launch back in 2007, Aratana has been serving over 5,000 companies with e-commerce solutions such as Cagolab (customizable e-commerce suite) and Sketch Page (e-commerce site design tool). Some of our readers may recall that the company fundraised 550 million yen (about $5.5 million) from Japan’s Docomo Ventures and recruiting company LiveSense (TSE:6054) last year. Using the funds raised at that time, they took over Japanese fashion and culture news publishing company Honeyee.com last year.

With the acquisition at this time, they aim to solidify their edge and provide a more flexible but secured platform for their users. Coinciding with the acquisition, Gehirn’s CEO Daiki Ishimori joined the board of Aratana Group as CTO and will focus on increasing the skill level of engineers at Aratana as well as managing the security business at Gehirn.

Born in 1990, Ishimori started running his own server at home when he was attending an elementary school. Subsequently he attended the Security Camp training program run by Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, where he got huge knowledge and experience about the server security.

In 2008, he moved into limelight since he pointed out mistakes in the hacking scene in Japanese TV drama series Bloody Monday, and later was hired by Japanese computer security company Cyber Defense Institute at his age of 18. He’s been providing consulting services in the computer security field to governmental institutions and major corporations in Japan, and subsequently established his own company Gehirn back in 2010.

When I visited Gehirn's office, they were displaying the earthquake early warning (EEW) system that they have developed.
When I visited Gehirn’s office, they were displaying the earthquake early warning (EEW) system that they have developed.