Okome Studio is a San Francisco-based software technology service consultancy focusing on data analysis/analytics and data software product development. It is a mom-and-pop (well, more like a single dude) development studio founded by Taro Sato, a scientist by nature and an computer programmer by experience, to realize his passion for building well-designed software products from the ground up in small agile teams, under lean principles. Okome Studio aspires to provide solid products through quality work and ingeneous combination of design, science, and engineering, where creative minds meet scientific thought process and together brew entrepreneurial innovation.

What is behind Okome?

well-cooked okome

Short-grain Japonica white rice, okome has been the staple of Japan with over 2,000 years of history. Served warm and fluff, okome alone tastes plain and basic, yet it enhances the flavor of any dish that it accompanies. Okome serves as a canvas for other dishes to express their distinct personalities. It is self-effacing yet ubiquitous. It is simple yet beautiful and fundamental. Just like arts and sciences, okome is a foundation of life.

About Taro Sato


Born in Saitama, Japan and raised in the New York Metropolitan area, Taro Sato has been in a perpetual love-hate relationship with computers ever since he first played with an NEC PC-8800 home computer in the late-1980s. What started out as a desire to create Nintendo-like 8-bit games by BASIC and hand-written assembly turned into a profession of number crunching using the latest of software technology.

More recently, Taro has worked as a data scientist and software engineer for San Francisco/Silicon Valley startups. He has over 15 years worth of experience building and using scientific computing tools in both academia and industry. He is an avid supporter of open-source development environment and adore the UNIX philosophy and enjoys installing Debian Linux on all his ThinkPads at home.

Taro holds a Ph.D. in physics and has done academic research in condensed-matter physics, astrophysics, and cosmology. He has analyzed some of the largest observational data in astrophysics using high-performance computing facility. Being able to analyze electromagnetic signals from distant astronomical objects from the far reaches of the universe has been the greatest privilege of his life.

In his free time, Taro enjoys baseball and post-disco funk music from the late-1970s to early-1980s. An avid reader of random books, he is often found in cafes in San Francisco reading about the richness of life through the eyes of science. Every day, an extra sip of coffee prevents him from ever recovering from the late-stage insomnia.

Online, Taro is anti-SNS but fond of quality Q&A sites. He frequents Quora reading and writing about Japanese culture and language among other topics. StackExchange is another one of his favorite:

profile for Taro Sato on Stack Exchange, a network of free, community-driven Q&A sites