Mr. Kenji Kasahara is the Founder and serves as Director at Mixi Group. When Kenji Kasahara was a university student in 1997, he was greatly inspired by the IT business case studies he studied in seminars and the rise of online businesses in Silicon Valley. Sensing an opportunity, he started a recruitment website called "Find Job!" in November 1997. In June 1999, he incorporated the company and became its representative director. Following that, he launched the social networking service "mixi" in February 2004. In February 2006, the company name was changed to "mixi, Inc." and it was listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange's Mothers market in September of the same year. Kasahara was made chairman of the board of directors in June 2013.