Mr. Makoto Takano is CEO of Atomixmedia Inc., Editor-in-Chief of Forbes JAPAN, and Founder/CEO of D4V (Design for Ventures). Prior to joining Atomixmedia Inc., he was Managing Director and President of PIMCO Japan Ltd. Before joining PIMCO in 2001, he was head of marketing at Goldman Sachs Asset Management. Mr. Takano’s prior experience also includes work at Daiwa Securities where he was head of the strategist team at Daiwa Institute of Research. Mr. Takano has published extensively on the capital markets. In 1992, he was awarded Securities Analysts Journal Prize by the Securities Analyst Association of Japan. He has also given lectures on asset management at Waseda University, Kyoto University, Nagoya University and Kobe University. He holds master’s and undergraduate degrees in engineering from Waseda University. He serves as Founding Board of Endeavor Japan, Senior Managing Director of Japan Venture Capital Association, Director of UWC ISAK Japan, Board Member of GHV Accelerator, Asia Pacific Initiative, and Human Rights Watch as well as Editorial Board of Tokyo Financial Research Co., Ltd.