We are TieSet
We lead next AI generation

TieSet Inc. is an industrial institute with a research and development base in Silicon Valley that is creating new platforms, technologies and business models in the field of Artificial Intelligence and Distributed Systems, led by research scientists and engineers from world-class laboratories and Ph.D. programs. We are proud of creating paradigm shifting technologies that will fundamentally change the world of AI and technologies with strong experts from diverse backgrounds of research and development who have worked in top industry laboratories.


Our Team

Silicon Valley HQ

Kiyoshi Nakayama

Founder & CEO

Kiyoshi is the founder and CEO of TieSet Inc. He was a Research Scientist at NEC Labs America where he led an R&D project of a decentralized Federated Learning framework using blockchain. He also conducted research on design and optimization of a scalable Computer Vision system and a cloud energy management platform. Before that, he worked at Fujitsu Labs America. He holds the Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from University of California, Irvine where he received two Best Paper Awards.

Genya Ishigaki

Principal Architect

Genya is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Computer Science of The University of Texas at Dallas. His research and development experience lies in deep reinforcement learning with combination theory, 5G communications system, protection and recovery in networks, and online learning techniques. He is exploring a scalable and secure Federated Learning framework.

Jose Barreiros

Research Scientist

Jose is a Ph.D. student at Cornell in Systems working at the Organic Robotics Laboratory. His interest in Robotic Systems converges on the intersection of Computer Science, Electrical, and Mechanical Engineering. Jose worked at Facebook Reality Lab, which is among the most popular research labs in Robotics located in Seattle, to conduct latest research on robotics applications.

Mei-Yu Wang

Research Scientist

Mei-Yu is an experienced researcher with rich technical expertise and experience as a data scientist creating machine learning applications for various domains including the medical field. She received her Ph.D. in Astrophysics from the University of Pittsburgh and was a postdoctoral research fellow in the Physics Department at Carnegie Mellon University.

Zahra Askarzadeh

Research Engineer

Zahra is a Ph.D. student at University of California Irvine and belongs to the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Her research focuses on applying various deep learning and graph theory methods to social networking problems. She is also developing advanced federated learning platform for emotion detection that can be applied to robots and healthcare.

Anthony Maddalone

Research Engineer

Anthony has an ample experience in technology, product management, business development, and marketing as a Former Founder/CEO leading and scaling a successful startup. He is a Machine Learning author for Packt Publishing about deep learning with CNN’s, RNN’s, GAN’s and Custom TensorFlow. He is also deepening his knowledge in Analytics at Georgia Tech.

Patrick Amalraj

Innovation Strategist

Advisor helping us with fundraising activities and BD. Rich experience in data industries.

Steven Zhang

VP of BD in US

Steven is a serial entrepreneur, former BD director of a Fortune 500 company. Co-founder of UpChannels

Colleen Northcutt

VP of Marketing in US

Colleen is a 10 years marketing and ad-tech veteran. Co-founder of UpChannels

Our Tokyo Team

TieSet Asia

F9 New Shimbashi Building, 2-16-1, Shimbashi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-0004, JAPAN

Shigeki Nakayama


Shigeki is a co-founder of TieSet Inc. and serves as a CFO. With more than 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur, he has succeeded in deploying the subscribe model business nationwide in Japan. He currently serves as a CEO of Ultra Holdings that operates three group companies of Ultra Print Service Corporation, UPWORLD Corporation, and Fun Standard Corporation, aiming for IPO.

Koji Ito


Koji has ample experiences in telecommunication businesses in Asian countries, Brazil, etc. During his time at trading company, he partnered with a Korean company to become the COO of a mobile software development company and achieved IPO. In addition, he is internationally active in a wide range of the latest technology fields and serves as a CEO of many companies and chairman of the overseas business committee.

Shigeru Yuasa


Shigeru started his career as a SE of the biggest newspaper company in Japan. After that, he studied AI in the US. He also worked on products, services, business planning at Apple, Compaq, SONY, etc.  After participating in the launch of a new MVNO company, he was engaged in video distribution infrastructure services. He is active in a wide range of fields such as marketing and consulting both in Japan and overseas.

Yukio Ichinose


After graduating from SUA in California, he worked as a consultant for security technology startups and large companies at Nomura Research Institute. Currently, he is intensively studying machine learning also as an R&D engineer and tries to bridge our business and engineering teams.

Toyomi Amano


Mr. Amano has overseen the business of a Japanese corporation in a global company operating in more than 180 countries around the world and has served as a managing director. He established M&S Corporation (currently PCI Holdings Corporation) in April 2005. PCI holdings Corporation was listed on TSE Mothers in 2015 and then listed on First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange in 2016. Based on his own business experience and IPO experience, he makes capital and business alliances with many venture companies and maximize their potential.

Fujio Tanaka, Ph.D.


As an R&D engineer, Dr. Tanaka received many patents for system development of recording materials, and was awarded a Ph.D. degree in engineering at Waseda University.  He was awarded the Prime Minister’s Invention Award for “The invention of magneto-optical recording media”. After serving as a director, technical adviser, and consultant for domestic and foreign companies, he became a CEO of an investment company. He is currently playing an active role as a venture capitalist and local governmental supporter.