We don’t talk about clients, but on occasion our clients talk about our CEO Taka.
Rony KleinDirector of Business Development at Vayyar Imaging
“Taka is a long-time business partner and a friend, very passionate about everything he does. He always strives for looking at the big picture and the best strategy when taking new products into the Japanese market. Working with western companies for many years, he is a great asset in bridging culture and business practices gaps, and as such, allows shorter time to market and effective processes. I highly recommend connecting with Taka for any company planning on expansion into the Japanese market.”
Antonio Fernandez PerezBusiness Development Director
“Hirano san has a good knowledge of the local Japanese business culture while also understanding the business dynamics of the Western economies. This makes him a qualified professional for overseas companies to initiate their venture in the Japanese market.”
Paul BojarskiCEO at Sceenic - Watch Together technology for media companies
“I met Taka san on my market visit to Tokyo in November 2022 and after that we began working together. He has presented Sceenic solutions to the local customers in the OTT and TV space in Japan as well as System Integrators and partners. Taka san has carried out all the demos and understood extremely quickly what Sceenic does and the solutions we provide. It's been an immense pleasure working with him, hugely recommended.”
Paul WeiserVice President of WW Sales & Marketing
“Taka has worked closely with Caton Technology for the past 1.5 years. He is a very experienced hard-working professional, with deep knowledge of the Japanese business community. During his time at Caton, he managed new business development and channel development.
One of the most important benefits of working with Taka, is that he not only provides guidance on clients and markets, but also on Japanese business culture.
It was a pleasure working with Taka. I look forward to working with him again in the future.”
Christophe PeriniC.E.O. at Inverto Digital Labs/FTA
“Taka San was a consultant for Verimatrix in charge of the Japanese market when we met. His connections as well as functional understanding of the key actors on the market were instrumental in getting to meet key people for our projects. It could not have been done without Taka San who on top is a wonderful person to get to know Tokyo with!!”
Guy ZismanSVP Product and Tech, DAZN X
“I worked with Taka San when he was our country manager in Japan. He worked closely with our sales, pre sales and system architects to share customers and end-user requirements focused in the Japanese market. If you are looking for penetrating the Japanese market, Taka San is you're guy.”
Eran B.VP of Biz Dev at Sightful
“When deciding to enter the Japanese fashion market I knew that Taka San will be able to help and support Sizer. His understanding of technology and Japanese culture helped Sizer to talk to Uniqlo’s top management and convince them to try the technology in their online and flagship stores. It was a great opportunity to work with expert and professional guy that helped in different aspects to build the right offering, position it correctly and pitch it to customers with and without us present in Japan. ”
Ted ChoCEO of Skelter Labs
“Taka helped us with our business Japan. Although the corona pandemic slowed us down, he has managed to help us connect with many meaningful partners. He is very well connected with the people in Japanese tech industry, which is crucial for any companies trying to get in the market. He is biligingual which is a big plus and he helped us understand the minor nuances that could often be a challange for foreigners.”
“Taka-san is a very dynamic person. He has a very good knowledge of other cultures and is a great help for companies who attempt to enter Japan market. He showed great ability to define a practical “go-to-market” plan for Japan. He also loves technology and can greatly introduce it to new potential partners/customers. It was great to work with Taka-san.”
Tsafrir PelesDigital Advertising and Marketing Consultant, currently (part time) Marketing and Sales Manager at Bike-israel.com
“I worked with Taka for about a year and a half, as jollywallet Japan representative, Taka's work yielded great relationships with the top affiliate platforms in Japan. Taka is a trustworthy, enthusiastic and details oriented partner. He has the ability to understand and solve problems on the fly and most importantly drive results!”
Chris MillerOperating Partner at Spotlight Equity Partners, LLC
“Taka san is an excellent executive for businesses looking to expand or establish operations in Japan. He helped us build a team, better engage with customers and to better understand the Japanese market and way of doing things. He understands the balance between what works in Japan and what works in other markets and he can help business translate this for success. I would recommend Taka to anyone looking at Japan but who needs help.”
Hideyo Nagashimaprofessor at Kogakuin University
“Taka engaged in a study of reflecting human senses to computers, in my office. He graduated from Kogakuin University department of information engineering, in March 1992, by writing a graduation thesis which is titled ‘An investigation in order to reflect personal opinions to a search for similar trademarks’ He was an active and excellent student who coped well with his work enthusiastically. He entered the major foreign-affiliated computer company immediately after graduating, and became a competent engineer as well as a salesperson. He got many achievements since he started working and was also officially commended by CEO. Now he is independent and founded the firm named Beare Consulting, which has its clients around the world. It has been paid attention that it is unprecedented in Japan.”
Ian LernerLecturer at UCSD Computer Science and Engineering
“In the short time we're engaged Taka to pursue specific opportunities in Japan he has help use better gauge the business environment and challenges in our market space. His experience and market knowledge is key to success.”
hiroyuki takaokaGeneral Manager at MITSUI KNOWLEDGE INDUSTORY CO.,LTD
“When we negotiated on the renewal of a contract, he was a excellent negotiator. He gave us many good suggestions for our business. And he contributed to our sales by selling the product through his sales route. He understand the Japanese way of doing business, supports the advancement of the foreign company to Japan.”
Peter CheleskiPrivate 4G & 5G Mobile Networks facilitation
“Taka-san was my "point" guy in Japan to open new distribution partnerships for Adero - a Boston based Web Content Distribution coy. Taka-san has a tremendous energy and drive to get the job done. Another of his key strengths is understanding the western world culture and what will work and wont work in the Japan. I can strongly recommend Taka-san to any technology company wanting to enter the Japan market.”
Kiyoshi KobayashiSenior Manager, Carrier Sales at Apple Inc.
“Taka-san is a professional business development, sales man and CEO with great passion to achieve expected business result.
Based on his experienced background as sales to approach directly to the right decision maker at customer, he always brought us something that enabled us to break through new business opportunity with new products.
Being as CEO, he has now established a comprehensive business process and approach to support potential ventures willing to start business in Japan.
Eitan KoterCo-CEO at Vimmi, The Video-Led Growth E-commerce Platform | Enterprise grade e-commerce platform that natively supports live shopping, shoppable videos, and video testimonials that boost revenue and increase conversions
“If you are looking to do business in Japan, please talk to Taka first. I worked with Taka on various business opportunities in Japan and it was a great success. Taka is a professional businessman, with impressive marketing & selling skills. He understand the Japanese way of doing business on one side and know how to work with international companies on the other side. More important, Taka has a great attitude and working with him is realy fun and positive.”
michitoshi morimotoSenior Manager at Nomura Research Institute
“He advised us about Sales & Marketing of our busies that was new one for Nomura Research Institute.
He gave us as good suggestion for us.”
Ross CooperCEO at Channel Islands
“Taka is very a talented and dedicated person. He was highly valued when we worked together at Verimatrix and he is a tremendous asset to any company. It is my hope Taka and I will begin working together again soon.”
Doug AhnCEO at GT Plus
“Smart, always ready, dilligent, aggressive and fun. Deeply rooted in Japan business culture and understands western thinking. If anyone is newly looking into Japan market, Taka can make it happen.
- Doug Ahn”
“When I was CEO of StarBurst, Taka reported to me. Taka was disiplined, well organized, bi-lingual and performed exceptionally well. He had strong relationships with our customer base and the StarBurst resellers in Japan.”