Makoto Takano

Makoto Takano


CEO & Founder of D4V; CEO & Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Japan

East Asia

Mak Takano is a founder and CEO of D4V (Design for Ventures), a venture capital firm that focuses on seed and early startups in Japan. He has over 30 years of experience in the finance industry; beginning his career with Daiwa Securities, he then moved to Goldman Sachs Asset Management where he held the position of Head of Marketing and later on as Operating Officer and Chief of Planning and Research. In 2001, Mak became the President of PIMCO Japan, a position which he served as for 13 years. In 2016, Mak co-founded D4V and currently serves as its CEO.

Mak is also an active angel investor and also sits on the board of a number of venture, education and non-profit related organizations, such as Endeavor Japan, Japan Venture Capital Association, Human Rights Watch and UWC ISAK Japan. He graduated from Waseda University with an undergraduate and masters degree in engineering.

About D4V (Design for Ventures)

D4V is a seed, early stage focused venture capital firm that is in partnership with IDEO Tokyo. D4V seeks to actively support Japanese entrepreneurs and their startups by accelerating their growth through design, and providing them with a platform to succeed not only in Japan but also on the global stage.

D4V is a generalist fund that supports startups in diverse industries ranging from space tech, and AI, to entertainment and agriculture. Through its partnership with IDEO, D4V provides its startups with access to a team of diverse designers and collaborate with entrepreneurs in the form of design sprints and hands-on mentorship and consulting.

About Forbes Japan

Forbes is one of the world’s most prominent business magazines, published in 38 countries across the globe. Forbes Japan provides today’s Japanese businessperson with the insight they need in a style that suits them perfectly. Forbes Japan features original articles written in Japan and selected articles around the world. Each issue features content including articles contributed by experts based on overseas and articles dictated by the current situation in Japan.