CEO, MT Partners K.K.|
CEO and Founder of Forbes JAPAN, linkties Holdings Co., Ltd.
Founder & GP, D4V
Mr. Takano joined Daiwa Securities after receiving his master's degree from Waseda University and later joined Daiwa Institute of Research where he was head of the strategist team. He was seconded to Daiwa Securities' United States office in 1991 where he co-developed asset management models with Nobel Economics Prize Winner Harry Marcovitz. He joined Goldman Sachs Asset Management in 1997 and served as Head of Marketing as well as Operating Officer & Chief of Planning and Research before joining PIMCO Japan Ltd. in 2001. Mr. Takano served as President of PIMCO Japan for 13 years.
In 2014, Mr. Takano moved on to the publishing industry and joined atomixmedia, inc. (currently linkties Co., Ltd.) as CEO and Editor-in-Chief of Forbes JAPAN to spearhead the launch of its Forbes JAPAN magazine. He holds his current title as CEO of linkties Co., Ltd. and Founder of Forbes JAPAN since 2019. He founded linkties Holdings Co., Ltd. in 2023. He also co-founded D4V (Design for Ventures, a venture capital firm formed in partnership with IDEO) in 2016 and is currently one of the GPs of its funds.
Mr. Takano serves on the board of a number of organizations, including GHV Accelerator, Endeavor Japan, Japan Venture Capital Association and International House of Japan. In 1992, he was awarded Securities Analysts Journal Prize by the Securities Analyst Association of Japan. He holds master's and undergraduate degrees in engineering from Waseda University.