Takao is the former CEO of YJ Capital. He is also the President of Shopping Company at Yahoo Japan. Prior to Yahoo, he founded Bizseek, Inc. in 1999 which was acquired by Rakuten, Inc. in 2001. He joined Rakuten after the acquisition and was the Corporate Officer in charge of auctions. During his career in Rakuten, he was engaged in projects such as formation of Rakuten Eagles. He left Rakuten in 2006 and founded Ozawa Research Institute where he enhanced business in areas such as investments to start-up companies and consulting. In 2011, he founded Crocos, Inc. which was sold to Yahoo Japan in 2012. As an angel investor, he invested/founded companies like nanapi, Appgrooves, STARFESTIVAL, Crocos, Netage and many others.
Yusuke is an Executive Vice President of Yahoo Japan and the head of Yahoo Japan’s Personal Services Company. In 1996, he co-founded and became CEO of Dennotai Co., Ltd., one of the pioneering mobile internet ventures in Japan. In 2000, Dennotai and its joint venture PIM Co., Ltd. was acquired by Yahoo! JAPAN and founded Fractalist Co., Ltd. which he successfully led to IPO as a president in 2006. He also founded Fractalist China Co., Ltd. in 2003, which grew to be one of the largest companies in the Chinese mobile marketing industry through its partnership with China Mobile.
After leaving Fractalist, Yusuke joined Yahoo Japan in 2012 where he was initially responsible for developing its e-commerce businesses.
Yusuke received a master’s degree in Media and Governance from Keio University.
Gen founded Cirius Technologies, Inc., a start-up providing location-based advertising platform, which was acquired by Yahoo Japan in 2010 and joined Yahoo Japan as a project leader of YDN (formerly Interest Matching Program). In 2014, he became the President of Search Company and the youngest Corporate Officer of Yahoo Japan. In 2016, he became Executive Corporate Officer EVP, President of Media & Marketing Solutions Group of Yahoo Japan. He participated in WEF Annual meeting in Davos in 2012 as a member of Global Shapers Tokyo Hub and also St.Gallen Symposium in 2011 as a member of Leaders of Tomorrow.
Gen received his bachelor's degree in Agriculture from Tokyo University.
Hiroki Joined Yahoo Japan on January 2013. From April 2014, He serves as a Director of Corporate Srategy and Business Development (ongoing). Before joining Yahoo JAPAN, he spent 6 years at Mckinsey & Company focusing on TMT sector. He mainly supported clients in high-tech, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, public sector industry with themes like growth strategy, globalization/Japan entry, acquisition/alliance, new business development, R&D, marketing, operation improvement.
Hiroki holds an MBA/MOT degree from University of California, Berkeley. Also he received a bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree in Applied Physics from Kyoto University and University of Tokyo respectively.
Yoshi joined YJ Capital in January 2018. Previously he worked at Sumitomo Corporation as an investment analyst after which he moved to ICT division and played a key role in starting a US$50mil FinTech business in Singapore and SEA.
He was then in charge of FinTech startup investments in the SEA, and was seconded to a remittance company to oversee and support it's IPO process as well as the company's new business initiatives.
Yoshi received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Carleton College in the US with Magna Cum Laude. He started and sold his company to an angel while in college.
Shion joined YJ Capital in 2016. Before joining YJ Capital, she was an associate of Mori Hamada Matsumoto and provided legal support to clients mainly with respect to mergers and acquisitions and general corporate matters.
Shion received her bachelor’s degree in law from Keio University.
Hiroto joined Yahoo Japan and YJ Capital in 2019. He started his career with a Japanese governmental organization as researcher of overseas economy and industry. After that, he joined a consulting firm specialized for public projects in developing countries, and involved in rural development programs in Asia. Prior to joining Yahoo, he was a manager of CVC at Fujitsu to accelerate spin-off projects and collaborations with startups.
Hiroto holds Master’s degrees in Political Science from Keio University and in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University.
Kohei joined YJ Capital in 2017. Previously, he was a member of Yahoo Shopping service.
He has experience in Sales for the company that participate in our B2C e-commerce platform.
He also focused on introducing programmatic advertising as a member of Advertising Planning team.
Kohei received his Master’s degree in Management of Technology from Tokyo Institute of Technology.
Keita joined YJ Capital in October 2018.He joined Yahoo Japan, he was seconded to GYAO Corporation as a General Manager of Ad Products Development. He focused on joint business development in the fields of video streaming service and digital marketing.
He is a master’s student in Business Administration at Waseda University and a Director of Waseda Entrepreneur Club.Keita received his bachelor's degree in Economics from Meijigakuin University.
Masaki joined YJ Capital in October 2018. Prior to joining the team, he was a financial analyst in the Media Group at Yahoo Japan. His responsibilities included analyzing and reporting financial status, formulating a business plan, and developing financial operations. He was also a former member of the Marketing Division optimizing marketing campaigns and creating advanced marketing methods using digital technologies. He also has experience with product planning and development for Paid-Listing and Interest-Matching advertising products.
Masaki received his bachelor’s degree in Social Science from Waseda University.
Jumpei Yamashita joined YJ Capital in 2019.
Previously, he was in charge of advertising sales specializing in listing＆network ads consulting in Yahoo! Japan.
Yamashita received his bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Chuo University.
Corporate Planning Department Head
Hirotaka joined YJ Capital in October 2016. Prior to joining the team, he was member of the group company's administration department and auditing department at Yahoo Japan. He was responsible for founding the new subsidiary's company in Enｇland, PMI, and auditing. Prior to joining Yahoo Japan, he worked for management planning department at machinery company, and new business development department at printing company.
Hirotaka received his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Meijigakuin University.
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