Mr. Makoto Takano is the Founder and serves as Chief Executive Officer, Chairman, and Representative Director at Linkties. Mr. Takano is a Co-Founder and serves as Chief Executive Officer at D4V (Design for Ventures). Mr. Takano is the Founder and serves as Representative Director and Chief Executive Officer at MT Partners K.K. He serves as Senior Managing Director at the Japanese Venture Capital Association. Mr. Takano serves as Managing Director at Genuine Startups. He serves as a Board Member at GHV Accelerator and Cinnamon AI. 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 and chief of Planning and Research before joining PIMCO Japan Ltd. in 2001. He holds master's and undergraduate degrees in engineering from Waseda University. He serves as a Board Member at Ierae Security. He serves as an Advisor at Pegasus Tech Ventures.