People Digest: Ken Nishimura joins Coral Capital; Danny Chin appointed as CMO at Carsome

From left: Mr. Yohei Sawayama, Founding Partner of Coral Capital, Mr. Ken Nishimura, Former Editor-in-Chief of TechCrunch Japan who newly joined as Partner and Editor-in-chief, Mr. James Riney (James Reigny), Founding Partner and CEO (Source: Coral Capital)

Ken Nishimura, a former journalist with Techcrunch, has joined Japan-based venture capital firm Coral Capital as partner and editor-in-chief while Malaysia-based used cars platform Carsome has appointed Danny Chin as its new group chief marketing officer.

Ken Nishimura joins Coral Capital

Ken Nishimura, formerly with technology media group Techcrunch Japan, has joined Japanese venture capital firm Coral Capital as its partner and editor-in-chief, according to a statement.

Coral Capital is an early-stage investment firm founded by the former 500 Startups Japan team, led by James Riney and Yohei Sawayama. In March 2019, Bloomberg reported that the pair has raised 5 billion yen ($45 million).

As a partner and editor-in-chief at Coral, Nishimura will be responsible for content of web media, Coral Insights, and be involved in the development of new investment destinations.

Carsome names Danny Chin as CMO

Malaysia-based and one of Southeast Asia’s leading used car platform Carsome has named Danny Chin as its group Chief Marketing Officer. Chin will head Carsome’s brand marketing, consumer marketing and trade marketing activities across the region. Chin will report to the Group CEO and co-founder Eric Cheng.

Chin was previously the CMO at redONE, a Malaysia-based postpaid Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) before leaving the company earlier this year. His responsibilities at redONE included the growth of the consumer brand strategy, product marketing, retail marketing and consumer engagement.

Eric Cheng said in a statement, “His (Chin) senior leadership position is key for our business growth as the brand continues to provide convenience to customers across the region through our services”.